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Residence Life

Resident Advisors

The Resident Advisor Position  

Being a Resident Advisor (RA) is the best job you can have on campus. Not only do you meet amazing people, but you will also get the opportunity to create a home away from home while having fun! This year’s (2015-2016) RA compensation included:

  • Leadership Experience
  • Resume Experience
  • $3,000 Scholarship
  • $5,000 Stipend
  • Opportunity for a single room
  • Compensation is reviewed annually and subject to change.

The 66 RAs are instrumental in building community both within the Residence Halls and on campus. This meaningful experience will allow students an exciting opportunity to contribute to Merrimack and impact the lives of students who live in your hall.

The function of the Resident Advisor position is to work with other students and professional staff members to facilitate and develop a community environment that will contribute to the intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural growth of the students. The RA upholds and presents the philosophy and community standards of Merrimack College and the Office of Residence Life and acts as a liaison between students and administrators.

The RA reports directly to the Resident Director for his/her area.  The RA is accountable to abide by and enforce the policies and procedures of the Residence Life Office and Merrimack College. Because of the nature of the position, RAs may, at times, be privy to confidential information. In accordance with the expectations of the position, RAs should maintain privacy when appropriate.


  • RAs must be a full-time undergraduate student who is eligible to live on-campus.
  • As must maintain a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 each semester. Candidates must have a 2.5 cumulative and semester GPA in their last full semester in order to be hired for the position. GPAs will be confirmed with the Registrar’s Office prior to an offer of employment.
  • RAs must act in accordance wit the Merrimack College Code of Student Conduct. Candidates must be in good conduct standing in order to be hired for the position. Candidates’ conduct records will be checked by the Office of Community Standards prior to an offer of employment.
  • RA Candidates must submit a housing deposit for the 2015-2016 Academic Year by the housing deposit deadline of Friday, February 26, 2015. (In areas where RAs have roommates, roommates must also have submitted a housing deposit by this date).

Community Development

  • Create and foster community among your Unit (floor, tower, wings, etc).
  • Know the names of each of your residents as well as the residents of the area in which you advise.
  • Be available and visible to your residents.
  • Assist your residents getting to know the people that live on their floor and in their building.
  • Encourage students to make the most of the Merrimack College experience and get involved.
  • Be a positive role model for students.
  • Keep residents informed about the College through meetings, posters, flyers, etc.
  • Provide residents with opportunities to attend programs that meet their interests.
  • Create and develop bulletin boards several times throughout the semester.

Administrative Tasks

  • Complete all administrative tasks including but not limited to: weekly reports, program proposals and evaluations, incident reports, completing facilities work orders, check requests, petty cash forms, van reservations, etc.

Policy Enforcement

  • Participate in duty rotation.
  • Document residents as policy violations occur.
  • Confront and educate students who violate the Community Standards.
  • Submit incident reports by the end of duty night.
  • Participate in judicial hearings as necessary.
  • Assist in damage billing by identifying appropriate individuals, following up with the Residence Life Office, etc.
  • Encourage students to respect the rights of others, discuss, formulate, support, and enforce quiet hours and courtesy hours with all students. 
  • Educate students regarding safety, by reporting emergencies or serious illnesses and facilitate emergency procedures when necessary. 

Staff Interaction

  • Attend all training sessions, staff meetings, and others designated activities (1-1, in-services, etc.).
  • All staff must attend August RA training that begins in mid-August.
  • Get to know fellow staff members by attending staff fun and staff development opportunities you’re your schedule permits.
  • Assist with office initiatives including, but not limited to, general orientation to campus, room assignments and changes, room inventories and inspections, floor lists, and maintenance.
  • Participate in the opening and closing of college residences at the beginning and end of each semester. Develop and maintain close and supportive working relationship with fellow staff members.
  • Participate in staff selection processes as needed.