Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Resident Life Graduate Assistant

PRIMARY PURPOSE/SCOPE

The Resident Graduate Assistant (GA) is an active member of the Student Development department and someone that serves as a protector and promoter of the learning community that exists in the Residence Halls. The GA assists in the supervision and mentorship of the building residence assistance (RA) team, executes programming for the hall, develops relationships with residents, oversees the functioning of the Residence Hall, and assists with functions related to Residence Life. GA will also assist the RD with any additional tasks.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND FUNCTIONS:

 Teamwork and Collaboration.

  • Committed to serving as a team player within the department, Student Development, and Bluefield University.
  • Serves as a liaison with Health Services, counseling services, facilities management, food services, campus safety, and the business office.
  • Promotes good communication and relationships with students, Student Development personnel, administration, faculty, and the community.
  • Maintains consistent, weekly contact with the housekeeper assigned to their building.
  • Serves on appropriate Student Development committees as needed.

Uncompromisingly Safe and Maintained Facilities

  • Works closely with RA’s, Building Team Leaders, and Physical Plant in maintaining the Residence Halls.
  • Manages the overall operation of the residence facility, keeping it comfortable, safe and sanitary.
  • Expresses concern about the security and safety of the residence and its occupants and reports all security concerns to the appropriate people.
  • Opens and closes the Residence Hall before and after each University break.
  • Plans and implements duty schedules for RA’s.
  • Administers room sign-up for their individual Residence Hall and assists with the overall campus process.
  • Walks through their assigned Residence Hall every day to be aware of the general condition of the Hall

Loving Redemptive Discipline

  • Enforces all University policies, rules, and regulations governing Residence Halls and houses.
  • Assists RA staff with individual counseling and roommate conflict mediation.
  • Consults on disciplinary problems in the Residence Hall, as well as holds discussions with students referred by RA’s concerning the inappropriate behavior.
  • Hears and adjudicates in hall disciplinary cases for the Student Development Office for everything up to and including first-time alcohol offenses.

Involvement Over Programming:

  • Works closely with RA’s in planning activities.
  • Oversees class-based and other area programming for an assigned residential area.
  • Counsels and advises students about personal, spiritual, academic, or social issues.
  • Coordinates and assists the RA’s with Residence Hall social, educational, spiritual, and cultural programming.
  • Provides RA staff and student assistants in the development of a community in the Residence Hall.
  • Coordinates with the Director of Residence Life to plan and implement programs and events based on student’s classes and needs.

Purposeful Hiring and Training:

  • Takes leadership in the selection, training, and evaluation of the Residence Life Staff.
  • Assumes responsibility for organizing the Resident Assistants (RA’s) in the Residence Hall.
    • Orienting them to their responsibilities.
    • Conducting training sessions and weekly staff meetings.
  • Evaluates the individual RA as well as the overall Residence Life Program.
  • Supervise student employees to include interviewing, hiring, training, planning, assigning and directing work, coaching, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Must have a mindset of mentoring employees under supervision. Should be able to lead in a way that sets a good example, promotes teamwork, and encourages a positive, efficient work environment.
  • Participates in campus Residence Life staff orientation. Implements in-service training sessions as requested

Administrative:

  • Takes administrative responsibility for all tasks assigned by the Director of Residence Life and Resident Director.
  • Maintains regular contact with the RA’s to check on their progress.
  • Attends weekly meetings with the Director of Residence Life and/or the Student Development Office
  • Plans to be on campus during any period in which there are no classes, but during which the Residence Halls are open.
  • Shares rotating on-duty responsibilities with other Residence Life Staff.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL/EXPERIENCE

  • A minimum of 1 to 3 years experience in a similar position and/or training in performing similar tasks as required. Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Must be attending the Bluefield University Graduate Program.
  • Experience with occupancy management, training others, supervision, assessment, goal setting, and accomplishment.
  • Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be a thoughtful and articulate Christian and an active member of a Christian evangelical church. The individual must understand and support the University’s “Christ-centered Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
  • Must understand the stated mission of the University and understand how the promotion and sustaining of a Christian community at the University is an essential component.
  • Demonstrated success building relationships, programs, and services between diverse internal constituencies.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  •  Basic computer knowledge (MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel).
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task

Database or Student Information System (SIS) – Jenzabar experience

ERGONOMIC REQUIREMENTS

  •  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position is not necessarily a physically demanding job and requires no specific physical demands other than those typical in a modern office environment.  Normal responsibilities should not afford risks of accidental injury.
  • Specialized Equipment Requirements

The use of specialized equipment listed here is representative of equipment an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position requires no specialized equipment other than equipment typically used in a modern office environment, including personal computers, calculators, copiers, and fax machines.

  • Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties, responsibilities, and functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties, responsibilities, and functions.  This position has no specific working conditions; the work environment is typical to that of a small private University, with physical remote site locations within _50  miles of  Bluefield University, VA.

 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS 

 This position is subject to at least an annual evaluation based upon the job duties, responsibilities, and functions as set forth above as well as Communication, Job/Technical Knowledge, Teamwork/Cooperation, Initiative/Interest/Motivation, Adaptability/Flexibility, Stewardship, and Safety.

 APPROVALS 

 The job duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements delineated above should not be interpreted as an all-inclusive list of the same.  Additional duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate.  Bluefield University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, responsibilities, and functions, or combine positions at any time.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals.  However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on Bluefield University.  Position descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  Bluefield maintains its status as an at-will employer.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply for this position, please visit https://www.bluefield.edu/employment/ to complete the electronic staff employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and full contact information for at least three professional references
  • Statement of Christian Faith

Hard copy application materials may be sent to Judy Pedneau, Director of Human Resources at Bluefield University, 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605, [email protected]

Additional information about Bluefield University is available at www.bluefield.edu.

To be considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

Bluefield University is a Christ-centered, multicultural learning community that values and seeks faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives, are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Bluefield University shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. This institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

 

 

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231

 

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