The goal of the Residence Life program at Bates College is to foster residential communities that support our students’ personal growth through critical thinking, and social and intellectual engagement beyond the classroom. The dynamic role that residential living plays in Bates students’ lives serves as a integral component of the educational mission of the college. Our student Residence Life Staff work in various roles to facilitate a strong sense of community among our student residents, whether in the smallest houses or the largest residence halls on campus.
Junior Advisors (JAs) live in and work within First Year Centers comprised of 12-20 First Year residents. JAs introduce incoming students to the positive aspects of residence life at Bates. JAs serve as mentors to their residents as they transition into college life and begin the process of becoming part of the broader academic and social community.
Residence Coordinators (RCs) work within upper-class buildings and houses to promote and maintain the positive residential experiences of our upper-class students. RCs offer a variety of residence-specific programming for the students in their buildings and serve as a connection to campus resources.
Residence Coordinator Team Leaders (RCTLs) are experienced Residence Life staff members who each serve as the RC of an upper-class residence as well the Team Leader for a group of JAs. RCTLs work in an advisory and support capacity with JAs within First Year buildings to assist in fostering a positive First Year living experience and to connect First Year students with upper-class students.
The Frye Street Union Programming Coordinator (FPC) is dedicated to maintaining consistent programming throughout each semester, utilizing Frye Street Union as an active programming space. In addition to supporting a complete programming model, the FPC acts as the RC for Frye Street Union’s upper-class residents.
Detailed descriptions for all Residence Life positions can be found by clicking on the above headings. Each position page also features an “Apply Here” link where you can learn more about the application process, deadlines, and sign up to receive notifications about the application process throughout the year.
The JARC Staff provides the community with robust programming focused on topics such as community engagement, late night programming, sexual respect, and relationship building. These programs allow students to participate actively in their residence in an engaged and meaningful way. In addition to fostering a tight-knit community, JARC Staff members grow on an individual level both personally and professionally.
Staff Selection Process
The hiring process for the upcoming school year’s Residence Life staff begins in mid-January. Application materials are available online and at the Office of Residence Life and Health Education in Chase Hall in January. We require letters of recommendation in addition to the completed applications. Your completed application materials will be read by current JARC staff members, staff and faculty members, and members of Student Affairs.
Staff will be selected based on application review and an interview in early or mid-February by a committee composed of members of Student Affairs, faculty, staff, and current JAs/RCs. All staff are appointed by Student Affairs and work closely with the Deans in carrying out their duties.
|Timeline for Students Abroad for Winter Semester 2020|
November 4, 2019
|Applications available online and at the Housing & Residence Life Office (Chase Hall, 204) for students traveling abroad for Winter Semester 2020|
November 6, 2019
|Information Session #1 for students traveling abroad for Winter Semester 2019 who are interested in applying to be on staff for the 2020-21 year: Time/Location, TBA|
November 7, 2019
|Information Session #2: Time/Location, TBA|
|Monday, November 25, 2019||Deadline to submit all application materials (including references) is 4:00 p.m. Applications can be emailed to Housing@bates.edu or delivered to Chase Hall, 204.|
|December 2-4, 2019||Interviews for applicants traveling abroad for Winter Semester 2020.|
|Timeline for General Applications|
|Monday, January 13, 2020||Applications available online and at the Housing & Residence Life Office (Chase Hall, 204) for all students on campus for Winter Semester 2020.|
|Monday, January 20, 2020||Information Session #1 for potential applicants: Time/Location, TBA|
|Wednesday, January 22, 2020||Information Session #2 for potential applicants: Time/Location, TBA|
|Thursday, January 23, 2020||Information Session #3 for potential applicants: Time/Location, TBA|
|Wednesday, January 29, 2020||Deadline to submit all application materials (including references) is 4:00 p.m. Applications can be emailed to Housing@bates.edu or delivered to Chase Hall, 204.|
|Week of February 3, 2020||Junior Advisor Interviews: February 3rd to 6th|
|Week of February 10, 2020||Residence Coordinator, RC Team Leader, & FSU Program Coordinator Interviews: February 10th to 13th|
|Monday, February 24, 2020||Hiring decisions will be emailed to applicants for all positions (JA, RC, RCTL, FPC, etc.) with offer letters and contracts as applies.|
|Friday, February 28, 2020||Deadline to submit signed contracts to the Housing & Residence Life Office for all positions (JA, RC, RCTL, FSU, etc.) is 12:00 Noon.|
Traditionally, Bates has taken pride in the responsibility of its students and the social and educational atmosphere of its campus. We do hold our students responsible for their conduct at all times. Any student who becomes disorderly, is involved in any disturbance, interferes with the rights of others, damages property, brings the name of the College into disrepute, or is involved, as an individual or part of a group, in unacceptable social behavior on or off campus may be subject to disciplinary action by the Student Conduct Committee.
Statement of Community Principles
Membership in the Bates community requires that individuals hold themselves and others responsible for honorable conduct at all times. Together we create the educational and social setting that makes Bates College unique, with an atmosphere characterized by trust and mutual concern. Our actions must support our ability to productively and safely work, study, live and learn together. We are dedicated as a community to intellectual honesty and the protection of academic freedom. These values are fundamental to scholarship, teaching and learning. We expect each other to maintain the highest integrity in all of our academic and social undertakings.