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Residential Advisors
District Of Columbia

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Coordinate activities in residential facilities in secondary and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem solving or refer them to counseling resources.

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Currently Employed: 680

Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

Typical Hourly Wage: $11.90 - $16.19

Typical Annual Salary: $24,800 - $33,700

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Enforce rules and regulations to ensure the smooth and orderly operation of dormitory programs.
  • Provide emergency first aid and summon medical assistance when necessary.
  • Mediate interpersonal problems between residents.
  • Make regular rounds to ensure that residents and areas are safe and secure.
  • Observe students to detect and report unusual behavior.
  • Communicate with other staff to resolve problems with individual students.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate residence hall staff, including resident assistants, participants in work-study programs and other student workers.
  • Counsel students in the handling of issues such as family, financial, and educational problems.
  • Collaborate with counselors to develop counseling programs that address the needs of individual students.
  • Develop and coordinate educational programs for residents.

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  • Minivans or vans
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  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs

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  • Data base user interface and query software
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