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Residential Assistant

University of California Merced
Full Time
Fresno, CA
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Hiring Range

$15.00 - $17.00

Job Closing Date

Posting will remain open until filled.

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

To set the course of UC Merced’s evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.

About the Job

UC Merced’s Center for Educational Partnerships Upward Bound Program will provide a comfortable, convenient, and engaging residential experience for Upward Bound incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students attending the Upward Bound Summer Residential Program on the campus of California State University, Fresno and Fresno Pacific University. The Residence Assistant (RA) supports this mission by facilitating opportunities to engage Upward Bound Summer Residential participants in the creation of living-learning communities.

Under the general supervision of the Upward Bound Project Director(s), the Residential Assistant is responsible for facilitating various aspects of student life in the residence community. The Residential Assistant plays an important role in developing inclusive and interactive communities through programming and activity implementation serving as a mentor, counselor and referral agent; establishing and enforcing behavioral standards; facilitating communication; and participates in an on-call duty rotation for emergency response. The Residential Assistant works cooperatively with their staff team and other campus departments to create an enriching experience in support of our participants’ academic goal s and seamless transition to University life. Residential Assistants are required to live on campus and will be compensated with a dorm, meals and salary. These activities will take place from June 26 – July 22, 2022.


Community Development

  • Strive to create a community that practices our “Principles of Community” and enhances a student’s University experience.

  • Coordinate on-going formal and informal activities to help Upward Bound participants connect with each other.

  • Promote participant involvement in activities offered by the Upward Bound Program.

  • Create opportunities for students to provide feedback and evaluation of our programs and services. Channel student feedback to the appropriate sources.

  • Coordinate interactive meals with participants in the dining facility and assist with enforcing behavioral standards and expectations.

Programming and Resident Education

  • Implement programs and activities to support participants’ academic and life successes while participating in the Upward Bound Summer Residential Academy. Categories may include community and life-skill development, academic success, leadership, educational, cultural awareness, and social/recreational.

  • Present workshops designed to educate students on the services and resources available.

  • Work collaboratively with Dining Services, Campus Police, Student Life, Health Center, Wellness and Recreation, and other campus agencies to facilitate social programs and activities.

Resident Support and Resource

  • Get to know participants, be approachable, and make yourself available, particularly in the evening hours.

  • Serve as a liaison between the residents and the Upward Bound Program. Maintain open lines of communication.

  • Counsel and advise students on academic, personal, and policy interpretation matters within your purview of training. Refer students to appropriate resources as needed.

  • Abide by and confront all UC Merced Center for Educational Partnerships Upward Bound, university policies and procedures. Educate participants about these policies and their rationale. Document policy violations and incident of concern using an Information Report.

Emergency Response and Conflict Resolution

  • Participate in an after-hour on-call duty rotation to respond to emergencies and provide for resident needs.

  • Facilitate the resolution of conflicts through mediation and counseling. Refer students as appropriate.

  • Work cooperatively with Campus Police, Fire Department, Counseling, and Health Center, to resolve student issues.


  • Attend individual and staff meetings as scheduled.

  • Facilitate the accurate completion and submission of all forms and reports by established deadlines. Examples include: weekly reports, informational reports, programming paperwork, room condition forms, roommate and suitemate agreements, damage investigations, etc.

  • Follow FERPA mandates to maintain confidentiality surrounding student records.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Must be in the process of attaining a bachelor’s or a master's degree. (Required)


  • Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Experience in supervision of minors.

  • Ability to maintain complete discretion, confidentiality, sensitivity, and professional judgment.

  • Demonstrate experience working with low income, underrepresented students, and the interventions necessary to reach this community through culturally appropriate strategies and approaches.

  • Ability to follow detailed instructions.

  • Ability to maintain excellent attendance and promptness.

  • Ability to act responsibly in a professional work environment.

  • Must be available for a residential overnight program June 26 – July 22, 2022.

  • Must be available for training June 21-24, 2022.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting will be required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact [email protected]

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.

Vaccination Program Policy:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.

All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/

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