Resident Assistant

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Title:

Resident Assistant

Posting Number:


VP Area:

Sr. Assoc Provost Area


TX Academy Leadership In Humanity


TX Academy Leadership In Humanity Dept

Work Study Required?:


Job Duties:

The TALH Resident Assistant (RA) will be responsible for the development and oversight of the TALH community and students under their care in the residence hall.

TALH is an early entrance college program for gifted and talented high school students (ages 15 through 18).

The RA supplements and complements the process of formal education by enhancing the quality of life in the residential community. RAs are expected to be known, visible, and an active resident within their entire hall as well. Expectations include maintaining communication between residents and TALH and Cardinal Village staff, implementation of the on-campus policies, procedures and regulations, as well as those of the University, and participation in the day-to-day operations of the facility as assigned by TALH and Cardinal Village staff. The RA provides leadership and oversight for all TALH residents and assists in planning of educational and social activities that make the group living experience support student learning and retention.
Specific Job Responsibilities:
•Facilitate community building within the TALH program by building rapport with residents, maintaining contact with them, addressing individual and group needs, and supporting academic success.
•Support and uphold all apartment/residence hall, TALH, and University policies and procedures.
•Serve as a mediator with roommate conflicts and other conflicts within the floor/building area
•Assist with and facilitate a variety of educational and social programs on a weekly basis, which support community development, student learning and student retention.
•Fulfill a variety of administrative responsibilities such as health and safety checks, sharing on-call weekend rotation, regular staff and one-on-one meetings, building meetings, opening and closing, curfew checks, completing reports and other responsibilities.
•Respond to and manage crisis situations, which vary from individual resident issues to system-wide health and safety issues.
•Proctor study hall (M-R, 5-7p).
•Serve as a role model for resident students.

Minimum Qualifications:

•Classification as a student in good standing at the University.
•Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA each semester.
•Planning, organizational, leadership, and mediation skills.
•Customer service orientation.
•Ability to work well within a diverse community of students

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.


Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail [email protected]

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