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The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is pleased to offer Resident Assistant (RA) positions at the Bowes Center for the 2023-2024 school year. RAs serve as staff members for the SFCM Office of Student Affairs. RAs report to the Interim Director of Residential Life, Timothy Dunn. The RAs are responsible for building an intimate, supportive, and collaborative community within the Bowes Center.

Application Status

Academic year 2023-2024: Open Now!
Summer 2023: Application now closed


Academic Year RA Position

Application Instructions and Timeline

  • All interested applicants must complete the RA Application by 5:00pm on Monday, March 20, 2023
    • You will be asked to provide 3 references, including at least two SFCM community members.
  • Hiring decisions will be made no later than April 24, 2023

Please contact Timothy Dunn, Interim Director of Residential Life, with any questions at tdunn@sfcm.edu.

The RA job description includes the following responsibilities:

Community Development

  • Create an open, respectful, and nurturing environment among the residents of the Bowes Center.
  • Develop a sense of community by facilitating the development of relationships among residents.
  • Devise and implement creative floor and building programs that allow students to interact and collaborate socially, academically, and musically.
  • Each RA must conduct, at a minimum, one program each week that they are on-call.
  • Mediate conflict and help residents take responsibility for their residential community.
  • Maintain and update bulletin boards and other correspondences.

Peer Advising

  • Encourage the personal, musical, academic, and social development of residents.
  • Establish and maintain open communication with all residents; demonstrate availability and approachability with all residents.
  • Meet with residents who are experiencing concerns (roommate conflicts, personal concerns, homesickness, etc.) and refer residents to the appropriate resources for assistance.
  • Identify crises that require immediate attention and work with the Office of Student Affairs and others to resolve conflicts.
  • Serve as a leader and role model within the Bowes Center and SFCM communities.
  • Exercise mature, sound judgment in interactions with residents.

Policy Enforcement

  • Confront inappropriate behavior in an objective, consistent, and respectful manner in accordance with the Bowes Center and SFCM policies.
  • Educate residents with regard to personal safety, building policies, and general wellness.
  • Encourage residents to respect the rights of others with an emphasis on individual responsibility.
  • Set a positive example for residents by abiding by the Bowes Center and SFCM policies.

Staff Responsibilities

  • Act as a liaison between residents and the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Collaborate and compromise with the RA staff to address and resolve issues; act as a team player.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback regarding RA duties and job performance.
  • Assist with move-in day, Orientation, and other school-wide events.
  • Check SFCM email regularly – at least three times a day; Respond to emails in a timely manner. Actively participate in staff meetings, training workshops, and general programs.

RA Requirements & Conditions

  • Class Year:RAs must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student as of August 2023. 
  • GPA:RAs must have, and maintain, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Enrollment:RAs must be an SFCM student for both the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.
  • Commitment:The job of an RA can be undefined and unpredictable. RAs must have a consistent and constant presence at the Bowes Center. RAs are asked not to be involved in more than 15 hours a week in outside activities, which may include but are not limited to other employment (both on- and off-campus) and extensive on- and off-campus ensembles. RAs are Students First, RAs Second, followed by any other obligations and commitments. RA applicants should speak with the Director of Residential Life about any potential conflicts or concerns.
  • Dates of Employment: RAs must commit to living at the Bowes Center for the 2023-2024 residential year (defined as Fall Term: August 14-December 18, 2023; Spring Term: January 8-May Commencement, 2024), with specific attention to the following dates:
    • RA Training: August 13-18, 2023
    • Move-in for Students: August 19, 2023
    • Fall New Student Orientation: August 21-28, 2023
    • Graduation: May 18, 2024
      • We are grateful for anyone who might be able to stay at the Bowes Center during Winter Break

Compensation

  • 85% discount on housing for a regular single room in the Bowes Center for the duration of the academic year
  • Access to an on-site office at the Bowes Center for work and meetings with students.
  • Enrollment: RAs must be an SFCM student for both the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.
  • $18.07 per hour compensation for office hours, programming, and training time.

Summer RA position

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is excited to offer Resident Assistant (RA) positions at the Bowes Center for the summer of 2023. RAs serve as staff members for Summer@SFCM and the Office of Student Affairs. Summer Program RAs report to the Summer Programs Office and the Office of Residence Life. The Summer RAs are responsible for building an intimate, supportive, and collaborative Conservatory community within the Bowes Center.

Application Instructions and Timeline

All interested applicants must complete the Summer Resident Assistant Application by 5pm on Monday, February 13, 2023.

  • You will be asked to provide 3 references, including at least one SFCM community member.
  • Hiring decisions will be made no later than March 20, 2023.

If you have questions, please contact reslife@sfcm.edu

The Summer RA job includes the following responsibilities:

Community Development

  • Create an open, respectful, and nurturing environment among the summer residents of The Bowes Center.
  • Develop a sense of community by facilitating the development of relationships among residents.
  • Devise and implement creative floor and building programs that allow students to interact and collaborate socially, academically, and musically.
  • Mediate conflict and help residents take responsibility for their residential community.
  • Maintain and update bulletin boards and other programmatic correspondences.
  • During weeks of summer camps, perform curfew checks, develop and run evening activities in the Bowes Center and act as an escort and chaperone for transit between buildings and for field trips as requested.

Peer Advising

  • Encourage the personal, musical, academic, and social development of residents.
  • Establish and maintain open communication with all residents; demonstrate availability and approachability with all residents.
  • Meet with residents who are experiencing concerns (roommate conflicts, personal concerns, homesickness, etc.) and refer residents to the appropriate resources for assistance.
  • Identify crises that require immediate attention and work with the Summer Programs Office, Office of Student Affairs, SFCM security, and others to resolve conflicts.
  • Serve as a leader and role model within The Bowes Center and SFCM communities.
  • Exercise mature, sound judgment in interactions with residents.

Policy Enforcement

  • Confront inappropriate behavior in an objective, consistent, and respectful manner in accordance with The Bowes Center and SFCM policies.
  • Educate residents with regard to personal safety, building policies, and general wellness.
  • Encourage residents to respect the rights of others with an emphasis on individual responsibility.
  • Set a positive example for residents by abiding by The Bowes Center and SFCM policies.

Administrative Duties

  • Adhere to all Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines for prevention as outlined by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
  • Act as a liaison between residents and the Summer Programs Office and Office of Student Affairs.
  • Collaborate and compromise with the RA team to address and resolve issues; act as a team player.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback regarding RA duties and job performance.
  • Assist with Summer Program Orientations and other camp events.
  • Check SFCM email regularly – at least three times a day; Respond to emails in a timely manner. Actively participate in staff meetings, training workshops, and general programs.

RA Requirements & Conditions

  • Class Year: RAs must be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate student as of August 2023. Recent SFCM graduates are also welcome to apply.
  • Must be authorized to work legally in the United States.
  • GPA: RAs must have, and maintain, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Training: Successful completion of a background check, CPR certification, and RA training hours which will begin on or about June 1.
  • Commitment: The job of an RA can be undefined and unpredictable. RAs must have a consistent and constant presence at The Bowes Center. RAs are asked not to be involved in more than 20 hours a week in outside activities which may include but are not limited to other employment (both on- and off-campus) and extensive on- and off-campus ensembles. Summer RAs are RAs First, especially during camp weeks, followed by any other obligations and commitments. RA applicants should speak with the Associate Director of Student Affairs about any potential conflicts or concerns.

Dates of Employment: Summer RAs must commit to living at The Bowes Center for the months of June and July and can reside for a maximum of 11 weeks. Camp dates are:

  • June 11 - July 1, 2023
  • July 23 - July 30, 2023

Compensation

  • Free housing for Summer 2023 at Bowes.
  • Full dining privileges during camp dates; June 11- July 1, 2023 and July 23 - July 30, 2023.
  • Access to an on-site office at the Bowes Center for work and meetings with students.
  • $16.99 per hour compensation for office hours, events during on-call time, programming, and training time.