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The Summer Resident Assistant (Summer RA) is a part-time student paraprofessional position within the Office of Residence Life and Housing. The Coordinator of Residence Education (CRE) supervises the Summer RAs.

The Summer RA is responsible for performing a variety of front desk, clerical, and customer service functions, administrating, and participating as a team member within their residence hall. The Summer RA is assigned to a University residence hall, and specific duties assigned vary, depending on the needs of the residence hall and student population.

This position may range anywhere between 16-40 hours a week, depending on program needs, and it will be utilized from Commencement week in May to the opening of residence halls in August.

The application materials for this position are online, as is the application timeline.

For more information on the Summer Resident Assistant program, contact us.

Administrative Duties

  • The Summer RA works in the residence hall office, as scheduled by the Summer RA Program Coordinator.
  • The following shifts are available:
    • Team A: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (applies to Saturday/Sunday only)
    • Team B: 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (applies to Monday-Sunday)
    • Team C: 12:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (applies to Monday-Sunday)
  • Maintains a positive and helpful attitude toward summer residents at all times.
  • Refers summer residents to appropriate campus resources when necessary.
  • Notifies staff and/or the Department of Public Safety (DPS) immediately of any and all emergencies.
  • Responds to medical situations and/or emergencies.
  • Assists in cases of fire alarm to evacuate all residents from the building.
  • Responsible for room inspections and furniture inventories prior to and after each summer program.
  • Cleans the staff office and maintains a neat appearance in public lounges on a regular basis.
  • Responsible to maintain the security of the code box and key box and control over the master keys as well as reporting lost/non-returned keys to the CRE.
  • Assists the Visitor Housing Assistants with room inspections and preparing rooms for summer residents.
  • Maintains and updates flyers for campus and local events as directed by the CRE in their respective residence halls.
  • Maintains office supplies and equipment needed for positive residence hall living or office operations.
  • Assumes overnight (on-call) duty for emergencies on a rotating basis, as needed.
  • Maintains and enforces residence hall and university policies on a continuing basis, and prepares necessary reports and records of incidents.
  • Assists in the following procedures: opening and closing of the residence hall; keep up maintenance reports and key inventories; assisting in room inspections; preparing rooms for campus visitors; updating floor plans; and coordinating emergency evacuations.
  • Refers all maintenance requests to Facilities Department and safety-related requests to DPS.
  • Performs other tasks and projects as assigned.

Participating as a Team Member

  • Participates in Summer RA training session after the first dorm closure and before Commencement.
    • Training Session in May
    • Training dates will be communicated after hire
    • Work to begin immediately after training ends
  • Communicates on a regular basis with your CRE, other Office of Residence Life and Housing staff, and University officials.
  • Attends weekly or bi-weekly staff meetings when scheduled.
  • Provides regular briefing updates of work shift in the residence halls using a functional and residence hall-specific e-mail account.
  • Shows knowledge of, personally abides by, and helps enforce the university’s policies and procedures.
  • Aligns priorities so that the job responsibilities take precedence over personal commitments.
    • May not have any commitments outside the position (i.e. internship, extracurricular activities, athletics, and second jobs) without written consent of the Summer RA Program Coordinator.
  • Maintains standards of personal and professional conduct and serves as role model for students and other residence hall staff.


Compensation will be both hourly pay and free summer housing. Summer RAs receive kitchen privileges (for a $150 non-refundable fee) for the duration of employment.


  • An undergraduate or graduate student registered full-time and at least a year living on campus.
  • Must be term-active student for the following fall semester.
  • Experience in planning, participating as a team member, and knowledge of campus resources.
  • In good standing with the University.
  • At time of hire and throughout employment, candidate must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPAs) of at least 2.3 (for undergraduate students) and 3.0 (for graduate students) in the preceding fall semester.
  • Understands and works within the philosophy of student development held by the Office of Student Affairs at Gallaudet University.

To Apply – To apply for this position, please click here.

Application Timeline – To view the application timeline, please click here.

For more information on the Front Desk Assistant program, contact Usherla DeBerry, Housing Operations Manager, at Contact here

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