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Fashion Institute of Technology

Resident Assistant Job Description 2018-2019


The mission of Residential Life is to provide a living environment that is conducive to studying and learning, and supports the mission of the College as found in the FIT Catalogue. The residence halls provide a diverse community living experience providing students the opportunity to develop an understanding of others and enabling students to grow personally and intellectually.


The Resident Assistant (RA) is an integral part of the FIT Residential Life staff. The RA is the paraprofessional staff member with the most direct and constant student contact. The primary responsibilities of an RA are to act as a facilitator in the development of the residence hall community, to enhance the development of the residents, and to serve as a role model at all times. An RA serves as a representative of the Office of Residential Life.

The intent of this document is to guide RAs in the performance of their job responsibilities and to outline expectations from Residential Life. Residential Life has the authority and responsibility to interpret this document, as well as to make changes as necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the office and its staff. Supervisors may set forth additional guidelines and expectations for individual staffs. 


  • RAs must be enrolled, with full-time status, at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Enrollment as a full-time student must be maintained throughout the application process, and throughout the term of employment.
  • RAs are expected to hold a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher. Good academic standing must be maintained throughout the term of employment.
  • The RA position is a commitment for one full academic year.  A re-hire process will occur each year through which current RAs may re-apply for the RA position for the following year.
  • RAs must remain in good judicial standing with the College. An RA candidate’s disciplinary status will be reviewed and considered during the selection process. Any policy violation during the term of employment may lead to termination from the RA position. 
  • RAs must attend a weekly staff meeting on Tuesday evenings and one-on-one meetings with their supervisors two times a month.
  • RAs must be present for the entirety of all meetings, training periods, as well as opening and closing procedures in the residence halls:


  • The dates for the 2017-2018 RA Staff are as follows:

    • Tiger Leader Training: April 6-8, 2018 (New RAs Only)
    • Spring Training Day: Thursday, April 26, 2018 (All Staff)
    • All Staff must remain on campus until 5:00PM Thursday, May 24, 2018 to assist with closing the residence halls after commencement.
    • New RAs Training: Wednesday, August 8-17, 2018 at 9:00 AM
    • Returning RAs Training: Sunday, August 13-17, 2018 at 9:00 AM
    • New Student Move-In: Sunday, August 19, 2018 (All Staff)
    • Orientation: Between August 20-26, 2018 (All Staff)
    • Returning Student Move-In: Friday, August 24-26, 2018 (All Staff)
    • All-Staff Meetings: The following Tuesdays from 7-9 PM:
          - October 16, 2018
          - November 13, 2018
          - December 4, 2018
          - February 19, 2019
          - March 19, 2019
          - April 23, 2019
    • Winter New RA Training: Tuesday, January 15-18, 2019 at 9:00AM

    • Winter Returning RA Training: Wednesday, January 16-18, 2019 at 9:00AM

    • All RAs must remain on-campus until 5:00PM Wednesday, December 19, 2018 assist with closing residence halls

    • Non-graduating RAs must remain on-campus until 5:00PM Thursday, May 23, 2019 to assist with closing the residence halls after Commencement

*Please note these dates are subject to change over the course of the year. It is possible that there will be shifts in the college’s academic calendar or the department’s needs. RAs will be notified of amended dates as soon as possible.


  • A single room (room size may vary due to physical layout of buildings)
  • Meal Plan or Declining Balance Contribution (Based on assigned room type)
  • Early registration for classes.
  • 10% Discount at FIT Barnes and Nobel Bookstore and Fashion Design Bookstore


  1. RAs are expected to maintain a positive attitude. An RA should be approachable for students and staff, positively reflect their hall, staff, the office, and the College.
  2. RAs are expected to be supportive. This includes respecting different ideas and opinions, offering assistance to those in need, and participating in the community. Disagreements with College policy or College officials should not be discussed in public venues.  If you have questions about how to address these concerns, speak to your supervisor about how and where to voice a concern.
  3. RAs are encouraged to remember that academic performance comes first. A balance between personal, academic, and professional lives must be found. RAs are expected to manage time wisely, and to properly plan their schedules to account for busy academic periods. 
  4. RAs serve as role models at all times, both on and off campus.  With that in mind, RAs are expected to represent Residential Life appropriately, uphold the department’s values, and adhere to all College policies.  This includes maintaining their online profile (i.e. Facebook) in accordance with college policies and promoting a positive self-image online.
  5. All staff should be on time for scheduled meetings, programs, and events, and participate fully in them.
  6. RAs will participate in the recruitment and selection process for new RAs.
  7. RAs are not permitted to have commitments outside of the RA position that exceed a total of 20 hours per week without prior approval from their supervisor.
  8. RAs are not able to serve in the Orientation Leader, Health and Wellness Peer Educator, Leadership Ambassador, or SGA Board of Directors position due to conflicts with the RA role.


  1. RAs are required to set up and maintain their college-issued e-mail account.  RAs should check their e-mail at least twice a day and are required to respond to messages from staff and students within 24 hours of receiving them. 
  2. RAs are required to check their RA mailbox regularly, at least two times per week.
  3. Flyers distributed to RAs through the RA mailboxes must be posted on their floors at least two times per week. At certain times, RAs may be required to hand-deliver information to specific residents or to entire floors.
  4. RAs are expected to share their cell phone number with members of the Residential Life staff and should respond to messages within 24 hours of receiving them.  RAs are required to sign up for the all-campus text messaging system to receive emergency messages from the college.


  1. Formal programming must be substantial in nature and properly planned, advertised, and evaluated according to the departmental programming model. The supervisor will determine whether a program qualifies as substantial.
  2. RAs are expected to complete all programming requirements and forms in a timely manner as outlined by the department.
  3. The supervisor is authorized to approve a program, as well as to deny approval. Programs may be denied for several reasons, including failure to meet timelines, inappropriate content, excessive costs, and/or poor planning. Any expenses incurred for a denied program will not be reimbursed.
  4. RAs receive a budget with which to conduct programs.  RAs must adhere to departmental guidelines for spending the funds, seek funding approval from their supervisor, and reconcile all funds spent.  RAs may be held responsible for funds not used in accordance with departmental guidelines.


  1. RAs are expected to be actively involved in the life of their floor and their residents. RAs should know all resident names, room numbers, and items of interest and concern to residents within the first two weeks. 
  2. RAs will be required to conduct 1 on 1 meetings with residents as outlined by the department.
  3. RAs will be required to conduct community meetings with the residents on their floor as outlined by the department.
  4. RAs are educators and should take every opportunity to teach residents about life issues, coach them through difficult times, and have an ultimate goal of helping each resident learn and grow.
  5. RAs should treat each resident fairly, with proper respect, interest, and concern.  RAs should understand the concepts of “friend vs. friendly”.
  6. RAs should keep residents informed of relevant information about campus activities, programming, campus resources, and events on campus, in New York City, and in the world.
  7. Generally, RAs should have a presence and be available in the building beyond simply being on duty. When possible, RAs should be visible in the building, leave their door open when in the room, and create a welcoming environment. Additionally, most nights should be spent sleeping in the assigned room.  RAs must confer with a supervisor before staying out of the hall for more than 48 hours.


  1. Weekday duty begins every night at 6pm and concludes at 9am the following morning. The RA on duty must remain in the building/area the entire time.
  2. Weekend duty begins at 9am on Saturday and concludes at 9am on Monday.
  3. RAs serve on a duty rotation that includes office hours and rounds as part of the duty expectations.
  4. It is expected that RAs will use the time to complete RA related tasks. The RA on duty may be given specific assignments by the supervisor to be completed, however in most cases the RA should be interacting with residents and offering programs.
  5. The RAs on duty should always carry the duty cell phone and other assigned equipment, including during rounds.
  6. The Residence Halls must have duty coverage during all holidays.  These days are incorporated into the duty rotation that will be set at the beginning of each semester.  This includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Presidents Day, Good Friday, and Spring Recess.  The only exception is winter break and winter session.  A separate schedule for winter session will be created and is not a required duty period. 
  7. RAs will complete 2 hours of daytime office hours each week outside of their on-call hours.


  1. RAs are expected to follow and enforce the policies outlined by the College and any additional policies established by Residential Life. If clarification is necessary, consult the appropriate staff in Residential Life.
  2. The position of an RA is one of support for residents and as a person responsible for the safety and well-being of those same residents. As such, RAs should not purposely seek out violations of College policies, but rather properly confront situations when they occur.
  3. RAs are expected to treat residents fairly and with respect. All policies should be enforced for students, regardless of their relationship with an RA. RAs are expected to hold fellow RAs to the College’s policies.