What does a Residential Assistant do?

Residential assistants provide a range of support services at residential facilities, group homes, and similar settings with permanent, around-the-clock residents. They assist with facility operations and maintenance, ensuring a safe, clean, and healthy environment for staff and residents. They provide administrative support, processing paperwork, coordinating deliveries and supplies, and managing vendors and service providers. In some cases, they may also have duties related to logistics, food service, or transportation. They may provide supervision, support, and help with daily care in settings where that is required.

Residential assistants typically have at least an associate degree, although additional education or training is helpful. They must be highly organized, and have strong project management abilities. These roles require good communication skills and flexibility to adapt to fluctuating duties.

What responsibilities are common for Residential Assistant jobs?
  • Assist with picture IDs as assigned or when necessary.
  • Coach residents in fulfilling plans for assisted daily living.
  • Assist with onboarding of new associates.
  • Maintain neat appearance, good personal hygiene and appropriate uniform.
  • Monitor resident's activities, groups, chore lists, weekly phone calls, etc.
  • Assist residents with packing/unpacking (storing, labeling and inventorying belongings upon move in)
  • Regularly review, follow, and adhere to the residents' care plans.
  • Assist residents in the care and maintenance of the house.
  • Report to management any deviations or changes observed in resident.
  • Any other tasks, assignments, projects or requests as deemed by management.
  • Assure that resident rooms are clean and tidy throughout each day.
  • Complete other tasks, as assigned by the department director.
  • Assist the resident in maintaining, a safe and clean environment.
  • You are responsible for doing room checks at curfew.
  • Answer the telephone and take and give information as necessary.
  • Provide personalized and appropriate care according to resident preferences.
What are the typical qualifications for Residential Assistant jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable assisting residents with daily needs and tasks.
  • Can multitask while demonstrating attention to detail and composure.
  • Is a critical thinker and problem solver.
  • A natural leader with a positive attitude and sound time management skills.
  • Is a professional at all times.
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Residential Assistant make?

$37,243 /yr
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Residential Assistant Career Path

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University of Tennessee KnoxvilleUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville
Resident Assistant
Dec 26, 2022

“Living conditions/equity to quality living spaces is not good and pay could be a lot better.”

Concordia University WisconsinConcordia University Wisconsin
Resident Assistant
Apr 9, 2021

“I met so many great people through this job and was able to connect with communities within our school.”

The CollectionThe Collection
Residential Services
Aug 19, 2022

“Career experience for what I consider a mid level luxury condo (meaning it could open doors to better opportunities in the future)”

University of RedlandsUniversity of Redlands
Resident Assistant (RA)
Mar 11, 2022

“The RA role was rewarding and I really enjoyed the flexibility”

Campus Living VillagesCampus Living Villages
Resident Assistant
Jun 3, 2022

“straightforward rules and you get a room plus pay which is good”

Edencrest Retirement Living CommunitiesEdencrest Retirement Living Communities
Resident Assistant
Jun 25, 2022

“Everyone is friendly and I enjoyed the residents.”

Bob Jones UniversityBob Jones University
Resident Assistant
Oct 22, 2021

“If you want an opportunity to work with people and help them grow I would recommend this position.”

Samford UniversitySamford University
Resident Assistant
May 10, 2021

“The reason I would recommend this job is to develop relationships and to serve others.”

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