University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg





Please become thoroughly familiar with this information and this application packet.  It explains and clarifies the responsibilities of a Resident Assistant. 


A Resident Assistant spends a minimum of 20 hours per week in job related duties (on average).  Responsibilities of a Resident Assistant are identified in the enclosed job description.


A copy of your resume and two recommendations are required at the time of the interview.   At least one recommendation should be from a university administrator, staff or faculty member.


The application must be submitted by: Friday,  November 16, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.


The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg offers five types of residence halls.  Both University Court and the Behavioral Sciences/Humanities Academic Villages consist of furnished apartments including fully equipped kitchens.  The Natural Sciences and New Technologies Academic Village offers furnished apartments without the fully equipped kitchen. College Hall offers traditional residence hall style living with modern features including private bathrooms in each room.  Robertshaw Hall is another traditional Residence Hall, which is comprised of suites.  In this location every two rooms share a bathroom. 


The Office of Student Services establishes organization, staffing and programming to assist all residents in their adjustment to and enjoyment of the collegiate experience.  The Resident Assistant acts as a liaison between the residents, the Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Coordinator of Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Student Services and also, promotes an environment conducive to the personal growth and development of the residents.



University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg




General Description

As a staff member of the Office of Student Services, a Resident Assistant (RA) is expected to work cooperatively with all staff members of the Office of Student Services in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.  A Resident Assistant is responsible for the general welfare of the students within the residence halls and for continuing consultation with appropriate staff members.


A Resident Assistant is responsible for assisting students and staff in the development cultural and educational programs that enhances the educational experience.  A Resident Assistant acts as a liaison between the students, the Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Resident Director and the Office of Student Services.  A RA is also expected to have a sincere desire to provide educational and personal development opportunities to all resident students and work pro-actively in support of the University community in its mission, goals, policies and regulations.



Resident Assistant Responsibilities

1.   The Resident Assistant will carry out, accurately and punctually, all assigned duties and all responsibilities outlined in the job description.


2.   The Resident Assistant will abide by all University rules and regulation and must maintain a 2.5 QPA.


3.   The Resident Assistant is the last to leave and the first to return during holiday and other breaks in which the residence halls close for a determined amount of time.


4.   The Resident Assistant will participate in a diversity rally, leadership workshops, monthly, weekly, individual, and emergency meetings, and/or training sessions as deemed necessary.


5.   The Resident Assistant will complete and/or facilitate Hall Meetings and/or Residence Hall Assessments.


6.   The Resident Assistant will attend, participate in and is expected to be punctual at all orientation and training workshops prior to the Fall and Spring Terms as well as all in-service training throughout the year and all staff meetings.


7.   The Resident Assistant is responsible for a minimum of six (6) programs per term in the following areas.  (1) Educational/Social Awareness, (1) Community Service, (1) Cultural/Diversity, (1) Hall Program, and (2) Community Development.  Adjustments to these requirements will be made for Resident Assistants assigned to an Academic Village or to the First-Year Experience (FYE) floor.  One of these programs must occur during a weekend.  These requirements are subject to change if deemed necessary by the Dean of Student Services and/or the Director of Housing and Residence Life.  All programs are subject to approval by the Director of Housing and Residence Life or his/her designee.


8.   In cooperation with residents, Resident Student Council, Student Government, Activities Board, and other staff members, the Resident Assistant will initiate programs for residents each term according to the expectations set forth.


9.   The Resident Assistant will take appropriate action toward individuals who do not abide by University rules and regulations as stated in the Housing and Food Service Application and Contract, Resident Handbook, Student Handbook, and University Student Code of Conduct.


10. The Resident Assistant will complete other duties as assigned.


11. The Resident Assistant will participate in and assist with the New Student Orientation Program.


12. The Resident Assistant will keep the Director of Housing and Residence Life and the Resident Director informed of all important situations and developments within the residence area.



1.  Full-time student status at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg during employment.


2.  An overall 2.5 Q.P.A. is required and must be maintained throughout employment.


3.  Individuals cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation.


4.  All financial obligations to the University must be met.


5.  Residence hall or related experience is preferred.




Remuneration for Resident Assistants shall be a waiver of housing and food charges.  (Employment other than the Resident Assistant job is strongly discouraged.  The Director of Housing and Residence Life must approve any existing or intended employment.)


NOTE:  Please be aware that if you receive other financial aid, it may be affected if you receive a staff position.  Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information



Preparation for Resident Assistant Position

1.  Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if the remuneration of room and board affects their overall financial assistance package.  The Financial Aid Office is located in the Millstein Library building and the telephone number is 724-836-9981.


2.  Applicants are required to attend the interview, which will be scheduled during the selection process.


3.  Applicants must become familiar with the Resident Assistant responsibilities.


NOTE:  It is important that you realize the amount of time necessary to carry out Resident Assistant responsibilities.  The Resident Assistant position requires that one spend at least 20 hours per week doing job-related functions.






The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity.  Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.  Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission.  This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities.  This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.


For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, please contact: William A. Savage, Assistant to the Chancellor and Director of Affirmative Action (and Title IX and 504 Coordinator), Office of Affirmative Action, 901 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA  15260 412-648-7860.  At the Greensburg Campus, you may contact Carol Calloway, Unit Affirmative Officer, Millstein Building, 724-836-9904.


University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg

Office of Student Services

219 Chambers Hall

Greensburg, PA  15601


University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg




Full Name - Last, First, Middle Initial:


Date of Birth (##/##/20##):


E-mail Address:


Daytime Telephone Number (###-###-####):


Address - Street, City, State, and Zip Code:


Education - Universities Attended, Dates Attended, Degrees Earned, Major, and QPA:


Briefly describe your academic plans for next year.  Please indicate the specific number of credits, if you will have a practicum or internship, etc.:


Residence Hall Information - Number of Semesters Living in a Residence Hall,  Which University, and Which Residence Hall(s):


General Information #1 - List Leadership Roles, Offices Held, and Honors Received in College:


General Information #2 - List Your Hobbies and Special Interests:


If you receive a Staff Position, do you plan on holding an additional job?  If yes, please list where and for whom you'll be working and the numbers of hours per week you plan on working:



Essay Question #1:


What has motivated you to apply (reapply) to be a Resident Assistant?



Essay Question #2:


FOR RETURNING RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICANTS ONLY:  How, or in what ways, will you assume a leadership role in your staff team as a returning staff member?


FOR NEW RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICANTS ONLY:  Please describe a significant event, person or thing in your life that has contributed to who you are as a person.



Essay Question #3:


FOR RETURNING RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICANTS ONLY:  How has your view of the RA role changed since you were first selected?  How will your current viewpoint of the RA role impact your upcoming year as an RA?


FOR NEW RESIDENT ASSISTANT APPLICANTS ONLY:  Please describe a challenge you have had to overcome, what it taught you, and how you think you can use that experience as an RA.



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Two recommendations are required from each application.  These recommendations should be sent to Mr. Brian K. Root in 219 Chambers Hall.  They must be received by the application deadline of March 12, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.  These recommendation forms are on-line at the website listed below.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to obtain the mandatory recommendation form.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, please click here.


I have read the job description and I understand its responsibilities.  If selected, I am willing to accept these responsibilities and to serve for the entire Fall/Spring Term.  By typing my full name below, I am agreeing to the terms in this application and wish to apply for the position of Resident Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.


Full Name (First, Middle Initial, Last - acting as the signature on this application):


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