Working for Residential Programs
At the heart of our mission is our dedicated team who strives to enhance the residential experience for Columbia students. Within RP, Resident Advisers (RAs) and Community Advisers (CAs) are the front line of a layered on-call resource system. RAs work in partnership with the Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs), the Associate Directors (ADs), the Director and the Dean-on-Duty to provide a comprehensive network of support. The 14 GHDs and 8 Professional staff members in RP serve the undergraduate residential community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All staff members are trained as generalists, focusing on active and empathic listening skills and the ability to connect to the emotion someone is experiencing.
Columbia students have the opportunity to make endless choices regarding their involvement within our community. However students choose to pursue their passions and spend their time out of the classroom, we hope they will make it a priority to actively involve themselves in each residential community of which they are a member.
Who we are...
The paraprofessional staff of Residential Programs includes 129 students as Resident Advisers (RAs) and 13 Community Advisers (CAs). Among the entire population of 5,500 undergraduate students, our RAs and CAs emerge as leaders within the Columbia community. RAs develop a healthy community by focusing on the growth and development of each individual on their hall and promote an environment conducive to the overall wellness needs of residents. CAs are returning student staff members who use their experience to foster growth and development within their area staffs and support residential programming for their communities.
Who we want...
We want current first-years, sophomores, and/or juniors who would like to make a difference in the Columbia Community. We want students who are leaders or hope to be leaders by shaping our residence halls as vibrant, educational communities. We look for creative and energetic students who are strong team players and good listeners. We seek undergraduates open to gaining new skills - such as community development, conflict resolution, programming – through the experience of being an RA or CA.
Why you want to be an RA or CA...
- Gain transferable skills and experiences for all types of careers
- Develop problem-solving and effective time management skills and how to work within a larger team
- Support transition for new students and foster relationships among upperclass students
- Make a difference in campus life
- Compensation consists of housing and a $600 stipend
- Current CC or CE first-years, sophomores, or juniors
- Have guaranteed housing
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and behavioral standing