Residential Advisor

Mount Michael Benedictine School - Elkhorn



Name of Facility: Mount Michael Benedictine School
22520 Mount Michael Road
Elkhorn, Nebraska

Submitted By

Name: Mr. Derrik Spooner, Dean of Students


Department: Residential Advisor
Reports to: Derrik Spooner

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Residential Advisors work collaboratively to monitor and support the residential dorms. Residential Advisors are expected to utilize their independent judgment when making decisions related to the supervision of residential students and are expected to be prepared to make critical, sometimes life impacting decisions as the first responder for students’ needs in non-office hours, including nights and weekends. Residential Advisors will oversee and interact dynamically with students on the floor; suggest, create, and participate in activities; communicate with school personnel as needed; make decisions related to discipline and safety issues and administer medications in addition to other duties.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Be available to students in the dormitories during assigned hours.
2. Create an academically-focused residential environment that supports student success and learning.
3. Directly monitor and support the academic, emotional, developmental needs and progress of residents.
4. Annually develop, implement, and promote educational and social programs grounded in our Benedictine values.
5. Communicate student issues with other residential staff, parents, faculty, and other support staff as necessary.
6. Serve as a resource for students in the event of residential/roommate conflicts, personal physical and mental health crises, acts of intolerance and substance abuse situations.
7. Monitor residential student attendance, academic progress, and service-learning requirements through Sycamore.
8. Monitor and promote community spaces, with residential and day students.
9. Demonstrate inclusive behavior and assist with creating a socially just community where differences are celebrated — bringing together students from many different countries to create an internationally focused community.
10. Actively represent the school to students, faculty, staff, and parents though effective means of communication, collaboration and inclusion.
11. Responsible for following school safety programs, including disaster preparedness, emergency drills, safe environment training, and related safety training.
12. Understand the unique character of a diverse student community with a residency program.
13. Serve on an on-call rotation to cover nights.
14. Document any violations of the residential policies.
15. With parental permission and doctor approval, document and administer prescription medications to minors.
16. Transport students to medical appointment as needed.
17. Implement on-going safety and security plans for the residence hall.
18. Attendance may be required at parent/teacher conferences, weekly residential mtgs, staff in-service mtgs, etc.

Education and Experience
• Bachelor's degree required.
• Experience in residential life strongly preferred.
• Experience working with adolescents is strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals and diverse populations.
• Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• The nature of the position requires living on campus in a furnished, assigned room located within the hall/area of responsibility.

Application Instructions

To apply send cover letter and resume to:
Mr. Derrik Spooner
Dean of Students
Mount Michael Benedictine School
22520 Mount Michael Road
Elkhorn, NE 68022

or email