Paraprofessional Employment

Campus Living Paraprofessional Student Employment: Picture Yourself as a Paraprofessional.

Ellicott East Staff

Campus Living houses 8,000 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.

Paraprofessional Positions Available

The paraprofessional role is an essential position that provides opportunities to positively impact the student experience as an educator, community developer, role model, campus resource, and peer mentor. The relationship between the paraprofessional and residents will change with each person and each situation to help residents achieve academic and personal success through exploration and engagement. This position provides an opportunity to develop skills that are essential to career readiness, and absolutely enhance paraprofessional’s personal and academic success.

Career Readiness

Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of the skills within competency areas that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. Campus Living has identified the following competencies aligned with our paraprofessional positions:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

Three Positions Available:

Resident Advisor (RA)
Community Assistant (CA)
Academic Assistant (AA)

Resident Advisor

Resident advisors are student leaders, hired based on their high level of maturity, interpersonal skills, empathy, and work ethic. These student leaders work to provide support, refer residents to campus resources, and build inclusive communities within our residence halls. As remuneration, RAs receive the waiver of the cost of a single room in the residence halls, and choice of a discounted meal plan.

RA Responsibilities:

  • Community Development
  • Needs Based Programming
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Training and Meeting Attendance
  • On Duty and Emergency Response
  • Role Modeling
  • Provide personal and academic support

View the Paraprofessional Contractual Agreement and Code of Ethics here: PDF (118KB)

Community Assistant

Community Assistants are upper class student leaders, hired based on their high level of maturity, interpersonal skills, empathy, and work ethic. These student leaders work to provide support, refer residents to campus resources, and build inclusive communities within our apartment complexes. As remuneration, CAs receive a full rent waiver for a single bedroom located in a 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom unit (depending on village and need), the option to pull in one additional roommate, and a $500 stipend per semester.

CA Responsibilities:

  • Community Development
  • Needs Based Programming
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Training and Meeting Attendance
  • On Duty and Emergency Response
  • Role Modeling
  • Provide personal and academic support
  • Working office shifts in assigned village community building

View the Paraprofessional Contractual Agreement and Code of Ethics here: PDF (118KB)

Academic Assistant

Academic Assistants are student leaders, hired based on their high level of maturity, interpersonal skills, empathy, and work ethic. These student leaders work to provide support, refer residents to campus resources, build inclusive communities and provide direct academic support within living learning communities or special interest housing in our residence halls. As remuneration, AAs receive the waiver of the cost of a single room in the residence halls, and choice of a discounted meal plan.

AA Responsibilities:

  • Community Development Responsibilities in Collaboration with RAs
  • Needs Based Academic Programming
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Training and Meeting Attendance
  • Role Modeling
  • Provide personal and academic support
  • Assist academically in a certain academic program or subject

View the Paraprofessional Contractual Agreement and Code of Ethics here: PDF

How to Apply

Position Requirement

Below are specific eligibility requirements. Unfortunately, if you do not meet minimum requirements for employment, we cannot accept your application for the position.

Resident Advisor (RA)

  • Possess a 2.5 minimum UB QPA
  • UB On Campus Residency for at least 2 semesters by time of employment
  • Availability for mandatory Fall and Spring training
  • Maintain full time enrollment (12 credits for undergrad, 9 credits for grad)
  • Be in positive Campus Living conduct standing

Community Assistant (CA)

  • Possess a 2.5 minimum UB QPA
  • Attendance at UB for 2 years (transfers 1 year) at time of employment
  • UB On Campus Residency for at least 2 semesters by time of employment
  • Availability for mandatory Fall and Spring training
  • Maintain full time enrollment (12 credits for undergrad, 9 credits for grad)
  • Be in positive Campus Living conduct standing

Academic Assistant (AA)

  • Possess a 3.0 minimum UB QPA
  • UB On Campus Residency for at least 2 semesters by time of employment
  • Availability for mandatory Fall and Spring training
  • Maintain full time enrollment (12 credits for undergrad, 9 credits for grad)
  • Be in positive Campus Living conduct standing

Application Process:

  • Attend one information session. The information sessions are a resource in learning additional details about all positions. You will not only receive information about the position, but will be able to meet with current staff and ask any additional questions about the position(s).
  • Complete the application online. Candidates for Resident Advisor, Community Assistant, and Academic Assistant must complete the application by Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

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

Resume

Make sure you have a typed, up-to-date resume. If you are unsure how to convert it, you can do it for free at Acrobat.com. It is recommended that you take time to develop this resume, and utilize resources such as the career center to ensure this resume showcases your best skills, experiences, and abilities.

Short Answer Questions

You will be asked to answer three short answer questions based on your experiences, skills, and motivation for the position. We advise you to take time to reflect and answer questions, and to utilize resources to ensure these responses are clear, concise, and free of grammatical or spelling errors.

References

You will be asked to provide contact information for a professional reference (professor, staff member, current or former supervisor, coach), and another from a 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.

Attend Your Interview Day

Each candidate will complete both an individual interview and participate in a set of group process activities. Both will take place on the same day. Please plan accordingly.

Paraprofessional Interview Days: January 31, February 1, and February 2, 2020

You will be assigned to one day and time

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Question: What if I have difficulty completing the application? 
Answer: Contact the selection chairs at the following email: ppsmith@buffalo.edu or hannahto@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 QPA requirement, we cannot accept your application for the position.

Question:  If I am applying for the paraprofessional position, do I need to submit my housing deposit for the upcoming academic year? 
Answer:  Yes. All applicants that have interest in living on-campus should submit their housing deposits to secure housing for the upcoming academic year.  If you are successfully selected for the paraprofessional position, deposits will be refunded.

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, and must have lived on campus at UB for at least two semesters at time of employment.

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 tjgray@buffalo.edu