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10 Jul 2019

Contract Resident Advisor

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Inc  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Job Description

The Resident Advisor assists in the management of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s student residence, Byham House. The RA helps oversee residents ranging in age from 14-18, pursuing ballet full-time. This position works closely with the House Director to create and maintain a hospitable and safe community and living-learning environment. This is a Live-In position for the duration of employment.

Hours (subject to change):

Monday – Day Off

Tuesday/Thursday – 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Wednesday/Friday – 9am to 2:30pm
On-call from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Sunday – 5:30pm to 10:30pm

On-call every other weekend (Friday 5:30pm through Sunday 5:30pm)


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Contribute to all dorm move in/move out tasks and orientations.
  • Assist House Director with wellness reports, house programming and other duties as assigned.
  • Complete all paperwork, posting bulletin boards and activity sign ups in a timely manner.
  • Remain accessible during On-call shifts, by phone and by adhering to travel boundaries.

Engagement with Residents

  • Commit to resident success both as growing individuals and as students.
  • Encourage resident’s development of interpersonal skills and individual responsibility.
  • Be accessible for resident concerns and practice active listening.
  • Create intentional programming to develop house community.

Community Engagement

  • Develop partnerships with community organizations.
  • Organize volunteering opportunities for residents to obtain 80 hours of service.
  • Educate and debrief students on importance of community engagement.
  • Provide transportation for students to community engagement opportunities as needed.

Facilities/House Safety Management

  • Assist House Director in managing general maintenance of the residence facilities.
  • Keep up to date records of maintenance concerns and repairs.
  • Ensure that house property is being used appropriately.
  • Participate in safety guidelines and company and federal policy enforcement.

Policy Enforcement

  • Understand and uphold Byham House rules, regulations and policies.
  • Maintain consistency and fairness when addressing disciplinary concerns residents.
  • Document resident concerns and report directly to the House Director.

Conflict Resolution

  • Help develop an atmosphere of respect and concern for others.
  • Mediate conflict among residents as they arise.
  • Teach and empower residents in peer to peer conflict resolution.

 *Other Duties May Be Determined Based Upon Applicants Skill-Set and Interests*


Experience and Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Previous work with youth and/or residential settings
  • Ability to effectively and respectfully interact within a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Have the capacity to mediate conflict
  • De-escalate crisis situations through calm and efficient response
  • Practice professional and appropriate boundaries with minors in the residence hall
  • Course work in student affairs or a field closely associated preferred
  • Valid Driver’s license – preference given to those with clean driving record

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 20lbs and navigate stairs, industrial kitchen and minor maintenance needs
  • Operation requirements include ability to drive an automobile, standing and sitting for long durations

*Finalists will be subject to a background check and drug test.*

Compensation includes:

  • Annual Stipend of $15,000, paid bi-weekly over the course of 12 months
  • Free Housing and Utilities (valued at $12,000)
  • Health and Retirement Benefits Package
  • Time Off during School Breaks and other times coordinated and approved by House Director

This position offers the flexibility for additional part-time employment or academic coursework while employed at PBT.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Contract. Job Tags: ballet, school, and theatre. States: Pennsylvania.

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