Why Be An RC?
Biola takes the undergrad residential experience very seriously; we know from experience that much of students' growth during their time at Biola comes in being challenged, being supported, and making choices outside the classroom.
Therefore, all university-owned housing for undergrads is staffed by Residence Life staff. However, students at different stages have different needs. University residence halls are staffed by full-time professional Resident Directors (RDs). Apartment-style housing for upper-division students is staffed by paraprofessional Resident Coordinators (RCs).
An RC is either a Biola graduate student (preferably with res life experience), or a Biola undergrad student with 2 years of Res Life experience.
What Does An RC Do?
The mission of Res Life is to develop students relationally by directing conversations, creating programs, and providing resources, so that they are able to authentically and lovingly engage their neighbor.
The Resident Coordinator, under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Residence Life, is responsible for the coordination and development of the residence life program within his/her living area. The Resident Coordinator is primarily responsible in providing programs, care, and services for the residents living in their area.
The RC contributes to developing students of character by intentionally engaging residents in conversation, developing relationships, providing opportunities for residents to interact and form friendships and planning programs that promote growth.
The RC is also to be an accessible campus resource, administer care in conflict and crisis situations as well as carry out the expectations below.
• Pursue personal growth and leadership development as an individual and team member
• Understand and respond appropriately to relevant issues college students face
• Articulate, confront, enforce and model Biola’s policies and procedures
• Manage administrative tasks for the effective functioning of the community
• Deploy helping skills in order to effectively care for residents
• Lead students in building community and developing a sense of social/communal responsibility
• Facilitate purposeful and relevant social and educational programs
• Maintain the building’s appearance and cleanliness
• Perform related duties as assigned by AD and other Residence Life professional staff
• Active participation in the following:
— Residence Life Training (Fall and Spring)
— Staff Meetings (Weekly)
— 1x1 with AD (Bi/Weekly)
— Staff Retreats (Fall and Spring)
— Residence Life celebrations (Fall and Spring)
— RC Availability Hours/Rounds
— RC Selection and Commissioning (Spring)
Important: You must be a 'validated' student in order to use the online application form; that is, you must have submitted your Enrollment Deposit. If you wish to apply but are not yet a 'validated' student, please contact Patrick Saia, Assistant Director of Residence Life at (562) 903-6000 x5887.
Feb 6: RC Apps open
Mar 5: Applications Due
Week of Mar 12: Interviews
Mar 21: Hirings announced
Mar 28: Acceptances received
Apr 27: Hiring paperwork & commissioning
Apr 27@10am: Hiring paperwork
Apr 27@6:30pm: Commissioning
July 27: Move-In Day
Aug 8-19: Fall Training
Dec 15: Christmas Break
Jan 23: Spring begins
May 27: End of contract
Other dates TBA