The Sophomore Advisor (SA) works with other residence hall staff members in first year communities to facilitate an environment within the residence hall contributing to the intellectual, social, physical, moral, and cultural development of the first-year students and the residential/hall community. The SA assists other Residence Life staff in articulating the philosophy and policies of Residence Life, Campus Life, and other departments and divisions within the university. The volunteer position of SA requires ethical leadership skills, respect for confidentiality, enthusiasm, and sensitivity towards others as the SA will respond to the changing needs and situations of residents.
Programming & Community Development
- Assist first-year students with the transition to college and with academic, social, personal, and ethical concerns.
- Assist the Resident Advisor (RA) in promoting and developing a community of care among students in the residence halls through programming and establishing a rapport with all residents.
- Be knowledgeable about university resources to help students find their niche in the wider campus community.
- Be accessible to residents by being present and visible.
- Work cooperatively with other SAs, RAs, and supervisor to plan and implement social and educational programs and activities for first year students.
- Plan the Songfest routine with the SA building group and participate with the residents.
- Support and attend major first year-wide programs and initiatives.
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Training & Meetings
- Be available to attend weekly Monday night staff meetings.
- Meet regularly with supervisor.
- Attend and participate in all selection, on-boarding, training, professional development opportunities, and evaluation processes as deemed appropriate by the supervisor and/or Residence Life.
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- Deliver and/or post all flyers and campus information on a daily basis.
- Preserve the confidentiality of personal information about students obtained in the course of employment and responsible treatment of all information to which access is given (e.g. rosters, keys, student ID cards, etc.).
- Check and respond to email and other communications daily.
- Complete and submit all paperwork as assigned by the supervisor in a timely manner.
- Respond appropriately to students in crisis.
- If necessary, be responsible for thorough and accurate communication and documentation of all violations of Residence Life policies and the Undergraduate Code of Conduct.
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- Convey a positive attitude towards the SA position and its duties and responsibilities.
- Demonstrate leadership by developing a space for students to be successful in their personal, academic, and professional pursuits.
- Act as a positive role model for both fellow staff members and residents by consistently and reliably acting with honor, humility, and helpfulness and by not participating in questionable and unethical behavior. This includes modeling behaviors that do not violate the Undergraduate Code of Conduct, the honor code of the school in which the SA is enrolled, and any other University or department policies.
- Act with moral courage when presented with challenging circumstances.
- Counsel residents regarding personal, academic, and ethical concerns.
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- Admission to Emory University as a second-year student in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing.
- Be an active and contributing member of the Emory community.
- The SA should be:
b) Consistent in acting with integrity (which is defined as acting with honor, humility, and helpfulness);
c) Interested in people on an individual basis and aware of the feelings, needs, and rights of others;
d) Interested in group living and in promoting positive aspects of community life on the floor and in the hall as a whole;
e) Able and willing to fulfill all management functions;
f) Committed to student growth and the concept that residence halls can facilitate the educational, personal, and ethical development of the residents;
g) Committed to developing and managing a team.
- All SAs are required to have completed two full semesters of on campus residency at Emory College of Arts and Sciences by the time of employment.
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- SAs are volunteers and, therefore, are not compensated monetarily, but will be offered the following for their service:
- Early residence hall check in
- Staff shirts
- Meals during trainings and opening days
- Valuable leadership experience
- Full-time enrollment and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required at all times.
- SAs must be aware of commitments and manage their time effectively to fulfill the leadership role and responsibilities of an SA.
- SAs report to the Residence Hall Director or Complex Director for their assigned community.
- Appointments for the position are made during the spring semester for the next academic year from August to May (9 months). Termination may occur at any time during the year due to one’s performance or lack of compliance with university policies, rules, and regulations.
- SAs will receive ongoing evaluation from their supervisors.
- As a result of their position within Residence Life, SAs are considered mandatory reporters when informed of potential violations of the Emory University Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Please refer to the SA Terms of Employment for a complete listing of expectations for this leadership position.
For additional information please contact:
Ryan Roche, Associate Director
Office of Residence Life
DUC/Drawer B Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-7631 Fax: (404) 727-4774
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