The Office of Residence Life fosters the development of residential students through a number of involvement opportunities. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to gain leadership, time-management, cooperation and practical skills. In addition to the opportunities below, the student life suite and the Office of Student Engagement and Orientation can assist students with involvement in Hood’s many student organizations, class councils, Campus Activities Board and other leadership roles.
Governance of Hood’s housing system is shared amongst students, building/area staff, and College administration.Students play a significant role in creating a unique community atmosphere in each of Hood’s living environments and participate in the development of policy through the House Council/House Forum system and the Hood College Student Government Association (SGA). Members of House Council and House Forum are often called upon to provide key feedback as part of resident assistant and professional staff hiring processes.
Each of the traditional residence halls has a House Council made up of residents of the residential area. House Councils are advised by the professional staff member responsible for the area. Members of House Council play an active role in providing activities and events for their hall and serve as advocates for student concerns. Each House Council includes a president and vice president, elected at the beginning of each fall semester. Resident assistants serve as floor representatives. Students in the 7th Street Duplexes and Marx Center Honors housing apartments elect one president and vice president to represent the overall area.
House Forum serves as the student governance body for the residential system as a whole. This group, which consists of the president and vice president of each area, a House Forum chairperson, and a House Forum associate chairperson, plans several traditional campus-wide events each year. House Forum is advised by the director of residence life and student conduct or designee.
A number of student-staff positions within the Office of Residence Life are available. These positions provide students the opportunity to gain valuable job and leadership skills. Interested students are encouraged to speak with area coordinators or current resident assistants to learn more about these roles. For most positions, an application process occurs each spring and is publicized campus-wide. During this process, staff is selected for the following year.
Seventeen resident assistants (RAs) are employed in the five residence halls. While each RA is responsible for a specific floor or area, all RAs work as a team to serve the larger student community. RAs are available to students who have personal or academic concerns, are having problems with their roommates or just need a helpful listening ear for advice, guidance or referral. RAs also plan programs, disseminate information and work to build a positive community in the residence halls by enforcing behavioral expectations. RAs serve in a duty rotation within their assigned building each evening. Each RA reports to one of the three area coordinators.
Qualifications for the RA position include:
- Minimum of 2.50 cumulative and previous semester's GPA (from application, and throughout employment)
- Good judicial (disciplinary) standing
- Enrollment as a full-time, undergraduate student at Hood College
- Appreciation of diversity
- Sincere interest in working with other students
- Flexibility and a positive attitude
- Must have lived in Hood College housing for at least one semester by the date of hire
- Single room in assigned building
Head Resident Assistants
Five head RAs serve as lead staff members among the RA staff. In addition to fulfilling the same duties as an RA, head RAs are responsible for a variety of administrative tasks and provide an additional level of support to students beyond other members of the RA staff. Head RAs assist area coordinators in working closely with House Council and the residents, as well as by facilitating hall meetings and performing room inspections. Each head RA reports to an area coordinator.
Qualifications for the Head RA position (beyond what is listed for the RA position, above) include:
- A minimum of one year (two semesters) prior experience as an RA
- Leadership potential
- Single room in assigned building
Each fall, several student desk attendants are hired to staff the main residence hall front desks during select hours. Desk attendants monitor the building entrance, ensure proper guest registration and provide general customer service to students. Employment as a desk attendant requires federal work study or campus employments funds from financial aid. Typical hours include overnight, weekend shifts. Desk attendants work closely with RA staff under the direct supervision of an area coordinator.
Qualifications for the desk attendant position include:
- Federal Work Study or Campus Employment funds (financial aid)
- Commitment to customer service (preference given to applicants with prior customer service experience)
- Paid hourly at the current campus rate