Resident Assistant (RA)

(part-time student position)

Department: Residence Life

Reporting to: Residence Life Management Team

Deadline to Apply: Monday March 23rd 2024 at Midnight

Start Date: Mid-August, 2024

End Date: May 1, 2025

Expected hours: Average 16 hours/week

Salary (dependent on start date): $10,140.00 (before Employment Insurance, CSST deductions and pension deductions)


  • The Activity Fund is not charged to members of the Residence Life Team ($75.00)
  • The residence Service Fee is not charged to members of the Residence Life Team ($504.00)
  • All RAs are entitled to reimbursement for tutoring to a maximum of $125.00/year.

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed. They do not represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Nature of duties and responsibilities

A Resident Assistant plays a vital role in fostering a positive and supportive living environment in university residences. Their duties and responsibilities typically include:

Mentoring and Support:

  • Serve as a resource and mentor for residents, helping them adjust to university life and navigate academic and personal challenges.
  • Provide emotional support and be a listening ear for residents facing personal issues.
  • Set a positive example for residents in terms of behavior, academic commitment, and responsible decision-making.

Community Building:

  • Plan and organize events and activities to build a sense of community among residents.
  • Foster a friendly and inclusive atmosphere within the residence hall.

Conflict Resolution:

  • Mediate conflicts between residents, encouraging open and constructive communication to resolve issues.
  • Address policy violations and enforce university residence rules when necessary.

Safety and Security:

  • Conduct duty rounds to ensure the safety and security of residents.

Administrative Duties:

  • Maintain records of incidents and interactions with residents.


  • Serve as a liaison between residents and the Residence Life Management Team
  • Keep residents informed about Community Living Standards, important university policies and events.

Crisis Response:

  • Be prepared to respond to various crisis situations, such as mental health concerns or emergencies.
  • Know how to connect residents with appropriate support services.

Training and Development:

  • Participate in RA training programs to learn about policies, procedures, and resources.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development to improve leadership and interpersonal skills.

Promoting Inclusivity:

  • Encourage a diverse and inclusive living environment, respecting and celebrating different backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Address issues of discrimination or harassment.

Job Requirements

  • Candidates need to be registered students at Bishop’s, preferably having completed one year of university studies prior to beginning in the RA role;
  • Must have a minimum average of 65% (most recent unofficial transcript). Under exceptional circumstances, the Residence Life Management Team will consider applicants who do not meet this requirement;
  • Excellent study habits, time management skills, organization, goal setting, problem solving and multitasking skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including flexibility, and ability to work well as part of a team;
  • Sound understanding of group dynamics and factors affecting university student’s success;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, take initiative and be creative;
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage stress;
  • Cross-cultural communication skills and openness and understanding of diversity;
  • Previous leadership experience would be an asset.

Bishop’s University implements an equal access employment/program under the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies. The University welcomes applicants who are committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and who will assist us in expanding our capacity for diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including Indigenous peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons living with disabilities, women and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

We provide support in the recruitment processes to all applicants, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant with a disability’s accessibility needs. If you require assistance or an accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact careerservices@ubishops.ca.

If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter, including what position you are applying for by Monday March 23rd 2024 at Midnight to residencelife@ubishops.ca to the attention of the RA Hiring Committee.

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; thank you for your interest. All successful candidates must be present Saturday April 6th 2024, from 9AM-5PM for Spring Training.

To apply for this job email your details to residencelife@ubishops.ca.