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Job: Resident Assistant at Showa Boston

Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)

Showa Boston

Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Coordinator

Position Summary

This is a live-in position mentoring and supporting predominately female, Japanese study abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and group learning opportunities for students to communicate in English and become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time position. Full room and board and use of facilities are provided in exchange for services.


– Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus

– Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately twice a month and holiday duty as needed

– Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for required RA staff meetings, Co-RA meetings, and hall meetings

– Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips

– Participate in arrival and departure activities for student groups as assigned

– Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out

– Assist students when they need help; create a safe, welcoming residential environment

– Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students.

– Report pertinent student welfare concerns to Student Services staff

– Submit monthly reports to Resident Services Coordinator

– Participate in all in-service training activities and meetings

RAs work an average of 10 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange for private room with a private bath, full meal plan, use of campus facilities (including pool, Jacuzzi, and computer lab), free parking, wireless internet, discounted Japanese lessons on campus, and free shuttle bus (Showa to/from Reservoir T stop).


– Cultural sensitivity

– Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively

– Flexibility

– Patience

-Positive and outgoing


– Native English speaker

– B.A., B.S. or graduate degree preferred

– Previous Resident Life and/or Student Life experience preferred

– Interest in and/or experience with international or intercultural education preferred

– Interest in and/or experience with Japanese culture a plus

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Rev. 11/10

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