Residence Life Applications

Welcome!

On this page you’ll find information about student roles within the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. You can read about the application process including — how to prepare your cover letter and resume, how to prepare for interviews, important deadlines, and where to find more information as you discern whether or not to apply.

Important updates to this website will be noted below the dash-line in this yellow box. Please reach out to Eddie Szeman (eszeman@bates.edu) with questions, comments, or suggestions for this web-page or for the application process broadly.

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Update Jan. 21, 2021Info Session Links

The Zoom meeting link has been changed. Please use the updated link below to gain access to current and future Info Sessions.

Update Jan. 15, 2021Deadline Change

Due to changes to the winter semester’s start date, the deadline for applications has been pushed back to Tuesday, March 9. Interview dates have also been moved and will now be conducted between March 15 and March 25. Decisions will be released at the beginning of Module D.

Update Jan. 15, 2021 New Info Sessions

Due to the new application timeline, two new Zoom info sessions will be offered — the last week in February and the first week in March. Dates and times will be announced soon.

Overview

The Residence Life Staff plays an important role in fostering community at Bates College. Through peer support, building intentional relationships, and living out the values of anti-racism and social equity, we seek to create safe and welcoming residential environments for all students. The team is comprised of two main roles: Junior Advisors (JAs), who work to support first-year centers (FYCs), and Residence Coordinators (RCs), who support upper-class student communities. While these roles share many similarities and often work in collaboration with one another, they are distinct positions that require unique considerations. Explore the drop-down menus below for more information on specific roles.

Application Timeline

The application process for the 2021-2022 Academic Year is now open. Students may submit applications throughout the winter break and into the winter term. The last day to submit your application is Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Interviews will be held Monday, March 15 to Thursday, March 25, 2021. Hiring decisions will be released at the start of Module D. For more information on how to apply or what to expect in your interview, refer to the drop-down menus below.

Info Sessions

The current Residence Life Staff will be hosting four Zoom Info Sessions to frame the work that we do, the challenges we’ve navigated during an unusual year, to explore changes ahead, to discuss the application and interview process, and to answer your questions. You can attend any of the info sessions by clicking the link below at the info session start time or by adding the event to your personal Google Calendar. Please be prepared to hang out in the Zoom Waiting Room for a few minutes until the start of the meeting.

  • January Info Session – Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST
    • Use link above
  • February Info Session – Date and Time TBA
    • Use link above
  • March Info Session – Date and Time TBA
    • Use link above

JA Position Description

Position Description

JAs help to build residential communities that support students’ personal growth by fostering inclusive living environments grounded in the principles of racial and social justice, ethics of care, and peer-to-peer support. JAs help to build these communities by supporting first-year students as they transition to college. Each JA is responsible for a small, intentional community of first-year students known as a first-year center (FYC) where they live and work to holistically support each student in navigating college by connecting them with on-campus resources, mediating residential conflicts, and recognizing that everyone’s needs are informed by their unique set of experiences, identities, and expectations. JAs play a critical role during First-Year Orientation and facilitate engagement experiences intended to help foster a sense of belonging.

Note: Unlike RCs who are informal peer advisors, JAs are part of a formal advising structure for first-year students that includes Academic Advisors and Student Support Advisors.

+Duties and Responsibilities (Abridged)
  • Support the students that make up your first-year center (FYC)
  • Be available to your first-year residents as a peer advisor
  • Connect residents with campus resources and extracurricular opportunities
  • Foster socially just and inclusive living environments
  • Facilitate engagement opportunities for residents
  • Manage and mediate residential conflicts with humility and empathy
  • Uphold College-wide community standards and rules
  • Uphold community standards unique to your FYC
  • Act as a steward of the physical spaces of your FYC
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with Custodial Services, Campus Safety, and Environmental Health & Safety to address instances of residential damage, messiness, and disarray
  • Serve as liaison between your FYC and administrative offices including Residence Life and Health Education, Campus Life, and Health Services
+Commitments
  1. Submit employment forms in a timely manner
  2. Complete required summer readings and assessments
  3. Attend all required training sessions, including:
    • Pre-orientation staff training
    • Pre-winter semester training
  4. Attend weekly staff meetings
  5. Meet regularly with JA Area and/or RCTL
+Prerequisites

Must be a rising sophomore, rising junior, or rising senior

RC Position Description

Position Description

RCs help to build residential communities that support students’ personal growth by fostering inclusive living environments grounded in the principles of racial and social justice, ethics of care, and peer-to-peer support. Acting as informal advisors, RCs work to holistically support their residents in navigating Bates College by connecting them with on-campus resources, mediating residential conflicts, and recognizing that each residents’ needs are informed by their unique set of experiences, identities, and expectations. RCs are also responsible for facilitating limited engagement opportunities for residents, maintaining collaborative relationships with campus partners, and generally acting as a liaison between their residential community and the rest of the campus.

+Duties and Responsibilities (Abridged)
  • Support the residents of one or more halls or houses
  • Be available to residents as an informal peer advisor
  • Connect residents with campus resources
  • Foster socially just and inclusive living environments
  • Facilitate engagement opportunities for residents
  • Manage and mediate residential conflicts with humility and empathy
  • Uphold College-wide community standards and rules
  • Uphold community standards unique to your residential community
  • Act as a steward of the physical spaces of your residential community
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with Custodial Services, Campus Safety, and Environmental Health & Safety to address instances of residential damage, messiness, and disarray
  • Serve as liaison between your residential community and administrative offices including Residence Life and Health Education, Campus Life, and Health Services
+Commitments
  1. Submit employment forms in a timely manner
  2. Complete required summer readings and assessments
  3. Attend all required training sessions, including:
    • Pre-orientation staff training
    • Pre-winter semester training
  4. Attend weekly staff meetings
  5. Meet regularly with RC Community and/or RCCL
+Prerequisites

Must have experience living in an upper-class residence

RC Positions w/ Special Duties

While all Residence Life Staff members are classified as either Junior Advisors (JAs) or Residence Coordinators (RCs), returning applicants are also eligible for expanded positions that include Team Leader, Community Leader, and the Frye Street Union Placement. Read on for more.

+RC – Team Leader (RCTL)

Position Description

In addition to the typical duties of a Residence Coordinator (above), a Team Leader also works to support a team of Junior Advisors. RCTLs are responsible for fostering a collegial and supportive work environment among Junior Advisors, for encouraging the formation of a professional community, and are required to be visible and accessible in support of members of their residential community.

Duties and Responsibilities (Abridged)

  • Assist in facilitating staff training modules
  • Hold regular team meetings (weekly or bi-weekly)
  • Check-in regularly with individual team members (JAs) and other residents
  • Be available to provide professional support to JAs
  • Offer thoughtful professional feedback to JAs
  • Meet weekly with a professional Residence Life mentor
  • Co-facilitate self-evaluations and reflection meetings with team members

Prerequisite

  • Must have at least 1-year of experience as a Junior Advisor
+RC – Community Leader (RCCL)

Position Description

In addition to the typical duties of a Residence Coordinator (above), a Community Leader also works to support a community of Residence Coordinators. RCCLs are responsible for fostering a collegial and supportive work environment among Residence Coordinators, for exploring and identifying trends among upper-class communities, and are required to be active advocates for the needs of residential communities and accessible in support of community members.

Duties and Responsibilities (Abridged)

  • Assist in facilitating staff training modules
  • Hold regular team meetings (bi-weekly)
  • Check-in regularly with individual community members (RCs and residents)
  • Be available to provide professional support to RCs
  • Offer thoughtful professional feedback to RCs
  • Meet weekly with a professional Residence Life mentor

Prerequisite

  • Must have at least 1-year of experience as a Residence Coordinator
+RC – Frye Street Union (FSU RC)

Position Description

In addition to the typical duties of a Residence Coordinator (above), the Frye Street Union RC is also responsible for facilitating additional programs and events for the Bates community utilizing the spaces available in Frye Street Union.

Duties and Responsibilities (Abridged)

  • Market FSU to groups in the Bates community as a program and event space
  • Support student groups in facilitating 1 (one) or more programs per week
  • Initiate and design or sponsor 3 (three) programs or events per semester
  • Manage the FSU programing budget in collaboration with the Office of Residence Life and Health Education and the Office of Campus Life
  • Support the Frye Street theme houses as a liaison between the Theme House Coordinators and the Residence Life Staff

Prerequisite

  • Must have experience living in an upper-class residence

Application Directions

Step 1 – Learn about the roles: Read the position descriptions carefully, talk with your JA or RC, and consider attending an info session to learn more before applying.

Step 2 – Engage in self reflection: Identify the aspects of Residence Life that interest you, the intersection of values, and the impact you hope to have.

Step 3 – Identify your 2 (two) references: Ask 1 (one) current or former Residence Life Staff member to serve as a reference and identify 1 (one) other faculty or professional staff member. Make sure they know they’re your reference, and be sure to get their preferred email address.

Step 4 – Edit your cover letter and resume: The application requires a simple resume and cover letter. These are weighted significantly less than your interview and do not need to be a source of stress. However, we recommend that applicants check out the Center for Purposeful Work’s online resources or schedule a meeting to get a professional eye on their application materials.

Step 5 – Complete the Application (Google Form): Be sure to complete and submit the Google Form Application by the March 9th deadline. You will need to upload your cover letter and resume and provide the names and contact information for references as part of the application process.

Step 6 – Provide your interview availability: Once we receive your application, we will send a follow up form where you can provide your interview availability. We will use the information collected through that form to schedule interviews for the weeks of March 15 to 25.

Interview Details

Dates: Interviews will be facilitated Monday, March 15th through Thursday, March 25th, 2021.

Location: Interviews will be facilitated via Zoom, making it possible for students who are studying remotely or off-campus to participate in the process.

Length: Each interview will last approximately 20 minutes.

Interviewers: Interviews will be facilitated by a committee made up of current Residence Life Staff members, professionals in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education, and other Bates faculty and staff members.

Structure: Committees will ask 4 to 6 questions, depending on time and will leave a few minutes at the end of the interview for applicants to ask questions of their own. See below for examples of interview questions:

  • Sample Question #1: What interests you about [position], and what experiences or values would you draw upon for this role?
  • Sample Question #2: One of your residents comes to you complaining about another resident making a mess and not cleaning up after themselves. How might you address concerns raised by one member of your community about another?
  • Sample Question #3: As a JA or RC, how would you approach your role to foster communities that are reflective of the values of inclusion, social justice, and anti-racism?
  • Sample Question #4: What sources of strength — i.e. knowledge, skills, experiences, relationships — would you draw upon in this role? And what kind of supervisor support would help you to thrive?

What Makes a Good JA or RC?

There is no such thing as a model JA or RC, no one right way to live out these roles. There are many approaches to building community, fostering relationships, and supporting one’s peers; and, there are countless personality types, interests, skills, experiences, and dimensions of identity that are valuable to this work. Rather than asking yourself if you are qualified to be a JA or RC, instead, ask yourself how you would embody your chosen role in a way that is authentic and meaningful to you. Ask yourself what it is about Residence Life work that interests you, and what values would you bring to your role?