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The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is excited to offer Resident Assistant (RA) positions at the Bowes Center for the 2021-2022 school year. RAs serve as staff members for the SFCM Office of Student Affairs. RAs report to the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Susannah White. The 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 RA Application by 5pm on Monday, April 5.
  • You will be asked to provide 3 references, including at least one SFCM community member
  • Applications will open on Monday, March 22, and hiring decisions will be made no later than Monday, April 19.
  • Please contact Susannah White, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, with any questions: or make an appointment to talk over zoom.

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.
  • Mediate conflict and help residents take responsibility for their residential community.
  • Maintain and update bulletin boards and other programmatic correspondences.
  • Each RA must conduct, at a minimum, one program each week that they are on-call.

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 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 2021. First-year graduate students who have recently graduated from SFCM are welcome to apply.
  • GPA: RAs must have, and maintain, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Enrollment: RAs must be an SFCM student for both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 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 Associate Director of Student Affairs about any potential conflicts or concerns.
  • Dates of Employment: RAs must commit to living at The Bowes Center for the 2021-2022 residential year (defined as Fall Term: August 15-December 31, 2021; Spring Term: January 1-May Commencement, 2022), with specific attention to the following dates:
    • RA Training:August 16-21, 2021
    • Move-In for Students: August 21, 2021
    • Fall New Student Orientation: August 23- August 28, 2021
    • 2022 Graduation: May 2022


  • 85% discount on housing for a shared room in the Bowes Center for the duration of the academic year; RAs will share a room with another resident (inside a four-person unit) and have one extra-long twin bed.
  • 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 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
  • $16.07 per hour compensation for office hours, programming, and training time.