Summer Resident Assistant (Summer 2024)

Administrator / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA seeks Summer Resident Assistants (RAs) for the Summer 2024 session.

Each summer, Walnut Hill School for the Arts welcomes talented students from across the country and around the world to our Natick, Massachusetts campus for immersive arts programs. Our programs are specially designed to provide students with a rich, satisfying summer arts experience that allows them to develop their skills and work with expert faculty and peers who share their exceptional abilities and love for the arts. The perfect blend of serious study and summer fun, Walnut Hill’s programs offer intensive training within a supportive, creative environment.


Summer Resident Assistants (RAs) are the summer role models, leaders, and planners for summer students. RAs help develop opportunities that complement the artistic programs, as well as plan and execute social and recreational events for summer students. RAs are also critical in helping maintain safety and order within the dormitory. The ideal Summer RA candidate demonstrates an understanding of both the mission of Walnut Hill School for the Arts and a desire to work in a summer arts community. Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of responsibility, experience in leadership, conflict resolution, teamwork, and working with diverse groups of individuals. Candidates should also demonstrate competency in written, oral, and interpersonal communication.

The roles and responsibilities of the Summer Programs Resident Assistant include but are not limited to:


  • Understand and implement security procedures; respond to emergency and critical incidents involving residents related to health, safety, and security issues;
  • Participate and assist in each registration and program closure; conduct check-in and check-out as students are moving in and out of their rooms with each program;
  • Communicate regularly, and as needed, with the Summer Resident Director and the Associate Director of Auxiliary Programs regarding individual students, dorm-wide issues, etc.;
  • Report maintenance needs and repairs in the building to the Summer Resident Director;
  • Attend all summer staff obligations, including registrations, meetings, and student performances;
  • Demonstrate appropriate and responsible behavior at all times, both inside and outside the assigned hall;
  • Abide by School policies; confront, enforce, and report violations of policies and inappropriate behavior; assist campus officials or other responsible parties elsewhere on campus when requested to do so;
  • Complete all administrative paperwork as required; follow all health and safety policies and procedures as directed;
  • Attend 3 days of training June 19-21 (Must move onto campus on June 18);
  • Assume other duties as assigned.


  • Establish and maintain behavioral expectations and community standards in accordance with Walnut Hill’s Summer Program Handbook;
  • Plan and implement social and community building activities on a nightly basis;
  • Chaperone weekly field trips throughout Boston and New England area;
  • Be vigilant and ensure the safety of all students while they are under the jurisdiction of Walnut Hill’s Summer Programs;
  • Develop a sense of community and a respectful, inclusive environment for students living in the residence hall;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with residents by being available and approachable;
  • Foster communication and community among residents, fellow staff members, and campus personnel;
  • Address individual student needs and concerns in a timely manner;
  • Mediate conflicts that may occur between roommates and among residents; and
  • Maintain a positive attitude and support for Residential Life and Walnut Hill.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills;
  • Experience working with adolescents in a school or camp environment a plus;
  • Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community;
  • Able to respond calmly and professionally during critical situations and exercise excellent judgement;
  • Excellent communication and computer skills;
  • CPR and First Aid certified preferred;
  • Other languages spoken a plus, especially Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Length of Assignment:  

The 2024 Summer Program dates are June 22-August 17, with RA training on June 19-21 (must move onto campus on June 18). RAs work in teams to provide supervision in the residence halls and throughout campus. RAs are on-duty evenings from 4:00 PM – 9:00 AM and all weekends. RAs are off every weekday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Room and board is provided throughout employment, residency required. Meals are available in the dining hall when it is open. Room assignment may change throughout the course of the summer. Compensation is $745 weekly.

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts Career Center.

Application review begins immediately. Priority application deadline is June 3. Applications received after June 3 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Physical Demands:

Physical demands include dexterity for office machines and supply operation including but not limited to writing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.

Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship. Pets are not permitted in RA housing assignments on campus.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Boarding, Day
All Gender