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Resident Assistants

As a ResLife Resident Assistant you can help create a lively, friendly and supportive community in a BU halls of residence or UniLet area.

You’ll live in designated BU accommodation throughout your employment, acting as a point of contact for other students, organising events, producing social media content and have knowledge of, and able to signpost to, appropriate support services when required.

Guidance and support will be provided by our Welfare Coordinators, staff within the accommodation residences and our Residential Services team, as well as other Resident Assistants. You will all work together to:

  • Foster an inclusive BU student community through a series of planned social events and activities

  • Develop an active and engaging online presence for the ResLife community

  • Be a friendly point of contact for other students, helping them to help themselves

  • Assist BU and accommodation partner staff problem solve and communicate important messages within student accommodation.

Benefits of the role

As a current student returning to continue your studies, this paid opportunity will provide you with the chance to develop personal and professional skills, including: interpersonal skills, problem-solving, event planning and team building.

You will take part in a one-week training programme before the start of term (usually in September) where you will meet other Resident Assistants, develop your skills, become familiar with BU support services and processes, and start planning activities for the start of term.

Application information

We’re looking for applicants who are organised and proactive with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Please download the job description (pdf 108kb) for full details of the job specifications and skills required. 

To be considered for the role of Resident Assistant please submit your CV, and complete an assessment question and an event plan - download our 'how to apply' (pdf 144kb) document for full details and instructions. Please email your application and all documents to email us with 'Resident Assistant' in the subject line.

Closing date: midnight, Friday 18 August 2017.

Key information

Salary: The hourly rate paid will be appointed at a Grade 2 with an hourly rate of £9.76 which is inclusive of holiday pay.

Working arrangements: We expect the Resident Assistants to work an average of 5 hours a week during term time - these hours will be more during the first part of the academic year but will average out over the year. The hours of work for any particular week will be agreed between the Resident Assistant and the Welfare & Communities Officer. 

Training: All applicants must be able to attend the one week induction programme in Bournemouth before the start of term, usually in September.