Junior Advisor


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Main Responsibilities

  • Be a community resource for a First Year Center (FYC) with 10-18 first year residents
  • Act as a mentor for first year students in situations ranging from academic to social
  • Create and facilitate relevant and engaging programs for your First Year Center
  • Observe Bates community standards and uphold them within your First Year Center
  • Fully participate in the fall (August) and winter (January) staff training events
  • Attend weekly Tuesday lunch meetings (12:00 Noon) with the entire Residence Life Staff
  • Regularly connect with other Junior Advisors (JAs) within your building or area
  • Help facilitate at least one (1) Residence Life Process including serving on a hiring committee, assisting with the general housing lottery, or helping to plan future staff training events
  • For a detailed description of JA responsibilities see the JA Position Description


The goal of Junior Advisor/Residence Coordinator (JARC) programming is to offer residents a wide variety of exciting and engaging events within the residence hall, in the wider Bates campus, and in the surrounding community. Participating in these programs should help residents build a stronger connection with each other and create a positive climate within the residence.

Residence Life staff members will often plan small programs for their particular center or residence, but programs can also be run in conjunction with other staff members as part of a larger residential campus community. Residence Life staff members each have a small budget to help provide unique and relevant programs for their residents.

Junior Advisors (JAs) are required to offer at least five (4) programs for their First Year Center per semester, two of which must fit an educational theme. During the first semester, all JAs facilitate a health education program for their first year centers, many of them in partnership with the Peer Health Educators. Other educational program topics include study abroad, sustainability at Bates, culture and interest sharing, and the creation of study plans in preparation for finals.

Also included in the programming requirement, JAs must offer one (1) community engagement and one (1) social late night program, which can be offered during either the fall or winter semesters.