What is an RA?
Resident Assistants (RAs) are peer advisors and mentors who live and work with on-campus residents to assist them in addressing their personal, interpersonal and academic needs within the residence hall and college community. RAs foster a sense of belonging and build community by getting to know residents, planning and implementing floor/hall events and programs while maintaining a secure environment by addressing policy violations. Most importantly, RAs genuinely care about their residents and have the desire to help younger students succeed.
RAs report to the Residence Director of their respective residence hall.
What’s in it for You?
Being an RA is a challenging job. Why should you consider it? Here are some of the benefits you can expect as a RA:
- Increased skills such as time management, communication, peer counseling, event planning, leadership, navigating college resources, and more! These skills can really give you a jump on your job search after college no matter what field you are choosing to study.
- Chance to make a positive difference in the resident community and in your residents’ lives.
- The compensation. RAs are compensated with room/board.
- RAs get single rooms.
There are a few qualifications that a student must meet in order to be considered an RA candidate. Exceptions to these qualifications are considered but must be approved by the director of Residence Life in order to proceed in the process. Candidates must:
- Have at least a 2.3 cumulative grade point average
- Be registered for at least 9 credits
- Successfully complete all stages of the selection process
The selection process consists of five elements; each must be completed successfully to be considered for an RA position. Not all candidates advance to each element.
- RA application, cover letter, resume, 2 recommendations
- RA group process interview
- Individual interview with residence hall directors
- Shadowing in each residence hall
- Interview with director of Residence Life
For more information please contact Colby Chaput, Residence Director of Langley Hall, at firstname.lastname@example.org.