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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:

VP Student Affairs


Student Activities


Cardinal Village Operations

Student Supervisor:

Jeffery Kortman, Cyndia Sonier, Christopher Hazelton, Eric Washington

Work Study Required?:


Job Duties:

| The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for building community within a living area housing approximately 36-96 students in one of the University residence halls. Reporting to a Complex Director (CD) or Assistant Director (AD), the RA is responsible for facilitating a positive, inclusive living and learning environment within the residence halls.
The RA is the most direct link between the Office of Housing and Residence Life and the residents, and as such, maintains open and effective face-to-face lines of communication between themselves and their residents.
The RA position is considered to be approximately a 20-hour-per-week commitment, comprised of desk shifts (10 hours) and “active” time.
• Desk shift time consists of pre-scheduled blocks of time that the RA is required to sit at the desk, answer phones, respond to residents’ requests, and to carry out other desk operations in accordance with the Front Desk Operations Manual.
• Active time involves, but is not limited to, the following:
o Program planning, preparation, and implementation (1-3 hours)
o One-on-one meetings with supervisor (1 hour)
o Staff meetings (1 hour)
o Duty/Rounds (2-3 hours)
o Working directly with students (1 hour)
o Door-to-door communications, advertising programs (1 hour)
o Health & Wellness Inspections (2-3 hours during H&W inspection week)
NOTE: The 20-hour per week commitment is an approximation. Depending on the time of year and what is going on at the time, the RA should be flexible to dedicate over 20-hours when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

At least 30 credit hours completed & sophomore standing

Have no other on-campus employment commitments

Be an undergraduate enrolled full-time during employment

Be in good academic and student conduct standing with the university

Serve on an on-call rotation that requires you to be in the residence hall one weekday night per week and one weekend per month

Attend mandatory trainings and orientations at the beginning of each semester

Attend mandatory monthly all-staff in-services

Build healthy, positive relationships with other students

Work collaboratively with others

Be able to work at least 10 weekday hours at the desk as schedule


Additional Instructions for Applicants:

Must provide a letter of interest answering the following questions as an attachment (1 pg max)

1. What do you believe is the purpose of the RA Position?

2. In your own words, briefly explain why you want to become an RA. How do you think your previous life/work/student organization experiences and skills will help you be a successful RA?

3. What do you see as the needs of LU residents and what would you as an RA do to meet those needs?

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer

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

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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