Residence Life Applications

Welcome!

On this page you’ll find information about different student roles within the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. You can read about the application process including — important deadlines, how to prepare your cover letter and resume, how to prepare for interviews, 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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Updated November 16, 2021Applications Now Open!

Applications for the 2022-2023 Academic Year are officially open! We are now accepting applications for Junior Advisor (JA) and Residence Coordinator (RC) positions. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 4:00pm. More information can be found below!

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

Academic Year 2022-2023: The application process for Academic Year 2022-2023 is open as of November 15, 2021. We will accept applications through December and January with a final application deadline of February 2, 2022. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom in February of 2022. We will update this page with more detailed timeline information in the coming weeks! For more information on how to apply or what to expect in your interview, refer to the drop-down menus below.

Info Sessions

The Residence Life Team will host a minimum of four Zoom Info Sessions during the 2022-2023 application period to help frame the work of our team and to unpack the application and interview process. Please check back on November 15th for info session dates and details for how to attend.


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 JATL
+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 RCTL
+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 the expanded role of Team Leader or for a special placement as the RC of the Frye Street Union. Read on for more.

All Team Leaders are Residence Coordinators (with all of the responsibilities thereof) who also have the additional task of leading a team of Junior Advisors or Residence Coordinators. These peer supervisory positions are intended to help those closest to the work (student leaders) to utilize their full breadth of insight and experience while building residential communities and supporting residents.

+JA – Team Leader (JATL)

Position Description

In addition to the typical duties of a Residence Coordinator (above), a JA Team Leader also works to support a team of Junior Advisors. JATLs 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 – Team Leader (RCTL)

Position Description

In addition to the typical duties of a Residence Coordinator (above), an RC Team Leader also works to support a community of Residence Coordinators. RCTLs 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 unique 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 February 2nd 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 February 7-10 and 14-17.

Interview Details

Dates: Interview dates for applicants will be finalized the week before interviews begin. Interviews for the 2022-2023 Academic Year applications will be take place February 7-10 and 14-17.

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/or 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?