Office of Residential Life

RCA Position Description

Residential Community Advisor (RCA) Position Description:

The Office of Residential Life is responsible for translating the overall philosophy and objectives of the Illinois Wesleyan University residence hall program into a practical and meaningful set of services, activities and programs for students living within the university- owned residence halls. The RCA represents the Office of Residential Life and works to promote an environment that fosters educational and personal growth. Interpretation of the University, its purposes, objectives and standards is a vital function of the Residential Community Advisor position. The main functional responsibilities of this position include supervision of the hall desk, serving as a role model to staff and residents and assisting the Area Director of that hall. It is the intent of the Office of Residential Life to have one Residential Community Advisor in each traditional residence hall. The Residential Community Advisor positions will be filled and placed before RA or FYRA Selections are made.


Educational & Personal Growth

Crisis Response

Desk Supervision




Accountability Residential Community Advisors report directly to the Area Director of the hall in which they are assigned.
Requirements Residential Community Advisors must be Illinois Wesleyan student with one semester of experience as a FY/RA at Illinois Wesleyan. Residential Community Advisors must be in good academic standing and have access to a cell phone to use when he or she serves on duty and while on campus.
Role Modeling As a residence hall staff, we function as educators. One of the most effective ways of educating others is through role modeling appropriate behaviors. Examples of behaviors expected of a Residential Community Advisor include: Setting a positive example. Conducting yourself in an honest, conscientious,courteous, and professional manner at all times and showing respect for persons of all backgrounds, ethnicity,races, lifestyles, interests, and abilities. Maintaining appropriate personal and professional decorum. Refraining from becoming involved in activities or encouraging behaviors which are in direct opposition to this principle.Confronting your colleagues who display inappropriate actions or do not show respect for others, especially those situations dealing with alcohol use. Actively supporting, interpreting, enforcing, and abiding by all University policies and procedures as described in the University Catalog, Student Handbook, Residential Life Policies and any other official publications made available to you or to the student body in general.Inappropriate role-modeling, given the context above, may be cause for immediate termination of appointment by the Office of Residential Life. Additionally, any Residential Community Advisor who leaves the position (forced or voluntary) will be subject to a hall re-assignment.
Academic Standing Residential Community Advisors must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. A Residential Community Advisor will be placed on probation at the time the cumulative average falls below a 2.75. A Residential Community Advisor failing to achieve good academic standing after one semester of probation may be dismissed and the appointment terminated.
Missed Commitments If you cannot fulfill any part of your Residential Community Advisor responsibilities, you must contact your Area Director immediately (minimally one week in advance). Regardless if the missed commitment is excused or unexcused, you will need to "make-up" the missed information/responsibility.Remuneration: The remuneration for this position will be a credit given for University room charge. Additionally,upon successful completion of the Residential Community Advisor duties and responsibilities, a stipend of$1350.00 per contract term ($300.00 for Fall training, $400.00 per semester $200.00 for May term and $50.00 for Spring training/retreat). Stipends are paid out on the first pay period following the completion of the term of service, typically January for Fall, May for Spring and June for May Term. Leaving the position, for any reason,will result in the receipt of only a pro- rated portion of the room allocation at the date of release of service as a Residential Community Advisor.
Contract Provisions Residential Community Advisors are issued a probationary contract for the Spring semester. A joint review of the probationary period performance will be held in April between each RCA and the Director of Residential Life and/or his designee, if necessary. Based on successful completion of probationary responsibilities, the presence of a spirit of collegiality expected of incoming RCAs, as well as of the completion of responsibilities and expectations of the concurrently held staff position, a contract may be offered for the following Fall semester. Residential Community Advisors' contracts are issued for a particular academic term. In the event that the hall of assignment is closed at the end of a semester, it shall be understood that the Residential Community Advisor's contract will be terminated unless a transfer to another hall can be arranged. In the case where a RCA is hired as a mid-term replacement, the contract will be issued at the date of hire and run to the end of the current term.Contracts are not automatically renewed for subsequent terms of service but will depend upon the evaluation of past performance and future potential as determined by the Area Director. Failure to fulfill duties, responsibilities and expectations as outlined by the Office of Residential Life may be grounds for termination. Inappropriate role-modeling, given the context above, may be cause for probation or immediate termination of appointment by the Office of Residential Life. Additionally, any Residential Community Advisor who leaves the position (forced or voluntary) will be subject to a hall re-assignment. In such cases, a move can be expected within 24 hours.