Paraprofessional Employment

Campus Living houses 7,800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, in 13 residence halls and 5 apartment complexes. A diverse student population benefits from a variety of learning-driven activities and services.

Resident Advisor

Peer student-leaders hired based on their high level of maturity, social skills, enthusiasm, and desire to serve the campus community. They are trained to help residence hall students deal with problems, lead a floor and building.

 Activities: plan educational, social, and cultural programs; help residents understand written guidelines; and perform a variety of administrative tasks. The primary concern of the RAs is to establish a one-on-one relationship with each member of their community

  • Serve as liaison, programmer, and support to assigned floor(s) of approximately 20-50 residents 
  • Hold students accountable to conduct guidelines 
  • Perform a variety of administrative tasks 
  • Play an active and positive role in a student's transition to campus life 
  • Communicate information to students through posting or distribution of notices and/or personal delivery of information 
  • Promote floor participation in various on- and off-campus social activities
  • Serve on duty approximately 5-8 times per month 
  • Plan and implement academic and educational programs that meet the diverse needs of residents.

View the Resident Advisor Formal Job Description & Ethics Agreement: PDF (118KB)

Community Assistant

Peer student-leaders, similar to RAs, who work in the apartment areas as a resource to upperclass students. They are trained to help students living in the apartments deal with problems; lead community activities; plan educational, social, and cultural programs; help residents understand written guidelines; and perform a variety of administrative tasks. Community Assistants work as a team to serve the needs of an apartment village.

  • Serve as liaison, programmer, and support to assigned buildings of approximately 72-100 residents 
  • Work daytime and/or evening, administrative office hours throughout the week and weekends during the academic school year. 
  • Serve on duty approximately 15 hours per week. 
  • Approximately 1 evening per week from 11 p.m. until the office opens the following day Hold students accountable to conduct guidelines 
  • Perform a variety of administrative tasks 
  • Communicate information to students through posting or distribution of notices and/or personal delivery of information 
  • Promote building participation in various on- and off-campus activities

View the Community Assistant Formal Job Description & Ethics Agreement: PDF (118KB)

 

Academic Assistant

Students who assist with academic support services and programming for residential living-learning communities. They provide tutoring, mentoring, and assistance for students in specialized living learning communities and themed housing areas.

  • Provide tutoring, mentoring and assistance for students making the adjustment to university life.
  • Act as liaisons among residents, faculty advisors and academic advisors 
  • Communicate information to students through posting or distribution of notices and/or personal delivery of information 
  • Plan and implement academic and educational programs that meet the needs of residents in their specific learning communities
  • Work cooperatively with Resident Advisors to create community and programs that meet the needs of residents in specific area

View the Academic Assistant Formal Job Description & Ethics Agreement: PDF

How to Apply

Here are the steps to becoming an RA/AA/CA:

1. Meet Positions Specific Eligibility Requirements - Unfortunately, if you do not meet minimum requirements for employment,  we cannot accept your application for the position.

  • Resident Advisors
    • Must possess a 2.5 UB cumulative QPA
    • Must have lived in a residence hall for at least one complete semester at time of application due date.
    • Candidates who have lived in a residence hall at another campus, please note this in your application.
    • Must be available to attend mandatory training starting August 12, 2018 at 12:00pm.
    • Must be available to work starting 2 weeks prior to the first day of classes in the fall.
  • Academic Assistants
    • Candidates must possess a 3.0 UB cumulative QPA
    • Must have lived in a residence hall for at least one complete semester at time of application due date. 
    • Candidates, who have lived in a residence hall at another campus, please note this in your application.
    • Must be available to work starting 2 weeks prior to the first day of classes in the fall.
    • Must be available to attend mandatory training starting August 12, 2018 at 12:00pm.
  • Community Assistants
    • Candidates must possess a 2.5 UB cumulative QPA
    • Attendance at UB for 2 years (transfers one year) at time of intended employment
    • One year on-campus living experience (at UB or another college/university) at time of intended employment
    • Graduate students are encouraged to apply
    • Community Assistants must be available to attend mandatory training starting August 12, 2018 at 12:00pm.
  • Requirements for All Positions
    • Attend required informational session
    • Submit a resume, cover letter and two references
    • Candidates must be full time UB students at time of application and during tenure of position
    • Candidates must be in good judicial/conduct standing with the university and within Campus Living
    • Exhibit proven leadership experience
    • UB Pride!
    • All newly hired staff must complete and pass a 12 week new paraprofessional class in the fall semester.
    • Return early and stay late for all breaks and at the end and beginning of the year (to prepare for check in and closing).

2. Attend one of the RA/AA/CA informational sessions. The information sessions are a resource in learning additional details about all positions. You will not only recieve information about the position, but will be able to meet with current staff and ask any additional questions about the position(s). 

3. Complete the Application online at https://buffalo.erezlife.com - Candidates for Resident Advisor, Community Assistant, and Academic Assistant must complete the application by Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59pm.

You will need the following supporting materials to submit with your application:

Resume 

  • Make sure you have a typed, up-to-date resume. You will need to submit it as a PDF file. If you are unsure how to convert it, you can do it for free at Acrobat.com

References

  • You will be asked to get a letter of reference from one faculty/staff member as a professional recommendation, and another from your current RA, AA or CA. You will need to have the e-mail addresses of both references in order to complete the application. Forms will be sent by e-mail and completed online. We have included some helpful tips here for the application

Attend your Interview Day

  • Each candidate will complete both an individual interview and a group interview. Both interview types will take place on the same day. Please plan accordingly.

    Resident Advisor, Community Assistant, and Academic Assistant Interview Days

    You will be assigned to one of these two days..

    All those applying for an RA or AA position must attend interviews this day. You will be scheduled for one ½ hour time slot in the afternoon. On your application you can indicate if you will be unavailable on one of these days. Notification of your scheduled individual interview will be sent out via e-mail by February 8th, 2018. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What if I have difficulty completing the application?
Answer: Contact the selection chairs at the following email: ppsmith@buffalo.edu or  rjspeare@buffalo.edu

Question: What if I don't have a 2.5 QPA (RA/CA) / 3.0 QPA (AA)?

Answer: Unfortunately, if you do not meet the (such as QPA), we cannot accept your application for the position.


Question: What if I'm a transfer student; can I apply to be an RA/AA/CA?
Answer: Yes. However you must meet the position requirements.


Question: How do I apply?
Answer: Please visit https://buffalo.erezlife.com portion of this website.


Question: I applied last year and was not offered a position, can I apply this year?
Answer: Yes. As long as you still meet the position requirements of the position, you can reapply.


Question: Are information sessions mandatory?
Answer: Yes. In order to apply to become an RA/AA/CA, you must attend an informational session.


Question: How long is the RA/AA/CA appointment?
Answer: It is a one year appointment, maximum of 2 years for the RA/AA position.


Question: What is the compensation package?
Answer: See the position descriptions for full compensation information.


Question: How do I know if I will make a good RA/AA/CA?
Answer: If you believe that you possess those qualities, then we encourage you to apply. If you are hired for the position you will be given extensive training in be given extensive staff training prior to the start of each semester.


Question: What if I want to retract my application?
Answer: Contact the selection chairs at the following email: ppsmith@buffalo.edu or rjspeare@buffalo.edu


Question: Can I apply if I am currently or planning to be a graduate student at UB?
Answer: Yes, you are encouraged to apply. We are specifically looking for graduate students to be CAs in our graduate communities. You do need to meet position requirements.