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Job Description for Residence Life Associates

The following is the current draft of the job description for Residential Life Associates that is being used by Human Relations.

Basic Function and Responsibility

The Residential Life Associate (RLA) at MIT offers resources, skills, and energy in the areas of crisis response, event planning, activities support, training, and effective communication between MIT’s student life administration and residence halls (graduate and undergraduate). The four RLAs will work collaboratively with Housemasters, student residents, and the Residential Life and Student Life Programs (RLSLP) staff to each serve a specific zone of 3-4 residence halls. Residential Life Associates are on-site staff who serve to enable the work of the house teams and students within the residential system.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide support to residences, including, but not limited to:

* Providing administrative and logistical help in support of events and functions

* Working with Housemasters, House Managers, House Governments and Judicial committees, as requested, to improve procedures for handling complaints

* Serving as a resource link to RLSLP when issues arise

* Advising the Dormitory Council as requested

2. Provide support to Graduate student residents, particularly in residences lacking housemasters. This support will include, but is not limited to:

* Working with the Graduate Student Office, Graduate Student Council, House Managers and Graduate Coordinators

* Assisting with orientation to graduate residential life at MIT

* Providing support for family issues, including spouse and dependent support, cultural integration of international students and their families, and domestic violence

* Providing a direct link to Mental Health and Counseling and Support Services (CSS) for the graduate residences without Housemasters

3. Provide accessible on-site staff for after hours and weekend emergency situations and student concerns. Augment current Dean on Call system.

4. Assist with administrative support for residential initiatives, including, but not limited to:

* Providing administrative support for the selection of graduate resident tutors (GRTs), the graduate students that live in all undergraduate residences, through advertising and marketing the program, organizing pre-application information sessions, disseminating applications to residences, and answering general questions about program

* Coordinating logistics for required House Team training and CPR/First Aid classes and responding to specific training requests and needs of each residence with which they work

* Serving as a repository of programming ideas, both documenting what is done and to what effects, and keeping records about how to do things at MIT

* Assisting residential governments with funding issues and acquiring resources for initiatives

* Assisting and advising residential governments on event planning, logistics, and working within the MIT and City of Cambridge systems for proper event registration.

5. Serve as a liaison between House Governments and officers and administrative offices on campus, including, but not limited to, the International Students Office, Medical, Athletics, Campus Police, the Academic Resource Center, the Family Resource Center, the Graduate Student Office, and Counseling and Support Services.

6. Serve as an advocate for student resident and housemaster concerns, actively solicit feedback on issues of concern within the residences, and work to improve communication between and among student residents, house governments, House Teams (GRTs, housemasters, and house managers), and RLSLP.

7. Work as a team with other RLAs to improve residential communities throughout MIT.


The Residential Life Associates will report to the Assistant Dean for Residential Programs, RLSLP, and will work with and through Housemasters in those residences with housemasters.


This is a live-in position. Masters degree in Education or Counseling and 2-4 years of student service/higher education experience is strongly preferred. Experience working with both graduate and undergraduate student populations is preferred. Demonstrated experience in counseling, crisis response, and mediation is required. Strong writing, speaking, organizational, and event planning skills are essential.

Our ideal candidate must possess good judgement and sensitivity in understanding and relating to students of various backgrounds. The ability to be flexible and adaptable in understanding and working within the MIT culture is essential. Creativity, enthusiasm, and the ability to handle challenging situations with tact are essential.

Must possess solid teamwork skills and be able to demonstrate collaboration. Proficient in computer and web applications, or the willingness to learn new systems, is preferred. Experience in a high-pressure, academic setting, such as MIT, is desirable. Evening, night and occasional weekend work is required, as is ability to manage a flexible work schedule. A typical workday will be 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. This is a 12-month, renewable contract position. Efficiency apartment and full meal plan provided. Anticipated start date August 15, 2001.