A More Active Role in the Community
The presence of an experienced staff member is of great benefit to a community and staff, because this person provides an excellent resource for ideas, perspectives, experiences, and knowledge that first-year staff members typically cannot provide. For this reason, returning staff members are expected to play an expanded and more active role by being leaders and resources not just for their community, but also for their co-workers, the Residential Education program, and the Office of Residential Life.
These are some basic expectations of a returning staff member, and may be augmented as needed:
- Act as a role model for other staff members. This includes being timely, behaving ethically, supporting your supervisor appropriately, supporting Residential Education, and being committed to doing your job well and completing all of your responsibilities.
- Act as a resource person and advisor for your fellow staff members and for your supervisor.
- Use previous experience to establish a positive community more rapidly. In addition, help new staff members with suggestions and support in their community development efforts.
- Will help keep new staff's assumptions and perceptions about the job realistic. Help them acclimate to the culture of the position and the department.
- You may be asked to assist with staff training.
- You may be asked to play a direct role in departmental leadership opportunities, such as committees, projects, focus groups, and continuing education sessions.
- You will be particularly sensitive to issues such as staff unity, team building, and staff support.
- You will actively participate in staff meetings by sharing perspectives and ideas and helping the staff to develop and work together effectively.
- You may be asked to assist the Assistant Director with additional responsibilities and/or projects, as assigned.
- Avoid burnout and job dissatisfaction by seeking new challenges and leadership opportunities in the position.
- Actively support and adapt to any changes in the position or the Office of Residential Life.