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Residential Advisor

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

Residential Advisors Career Video

About This Career

Coordinates activities in resident facilities in secondary school and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Orders supplies and determines need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem solving or refer them to counseling resources.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Communicates with other staff to resolve problems with individual students.
  • Observes students to detect and report unusual behavior.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates residence hall staff, including resident assistants, participants in work-study programs, and other student workers.
  • Provides emergency first aid and summons medical assistance when necessary.
  • Makes regular rounds to ensure that residents and areas are safe and secure.
  • Mediates interpersonal problems between residents.
  • Enforces rules and regulations to ensure the smooth and orderly operation of dormitory programs.
  • Determines the need for facility maintenance and repair, and notifies appropriate personnel.
  • Collaborates with counselors to develop counseling programs that address the needs of individual students.
  • Develops and coordinates educational programs for residents.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Hall Coordinator
  • Residence Director
  • Residence Hall Director
  • Residence Life Coordinator
  • Residence Life Director
  • Resident Advisor
  • Resident Assistant
  • Resident Director
  • Residential Life Director
  • Residential Coordinator


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