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2020-2021 was a unique academic year on campus and in Housing & Residence Life with fewer students living on campus resulting in less candidates in the RA selection pool.

While we have filled the available RA positions for Fall, our RA Alternate pool is nearly exhausted. In response, we have re-opened the 2021-2022 RA application and will be interviewing a batch of candidates to serve in the RA Alternate pool. When a current staff member departs the RA position, the position is filled with someone from the RA Alternate candidate pool.

Responsibilities of the RA position include community building, program facilitation, crisis response, policy enforcement, conflict mediation and resource referral. Ideal candidates will demonstrate skill and capacity in the following areas: interpersonal communication, time management, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and intercultural competency. In addition to room and board scholarship, RAs benefit from training and experience in a variety of topics including crisis response, conflict mediation, social justice, suicide prevention, academic success strategies, and legal compliance.

The RA application consists of three components (application questions, short answer essay questions, and the submission of a current resume) and must be submitted by Sunday, July 25 at 11:59pm. Absolutely no late or incomplete applications will be considered. Interviews will be held via Zoom on Friday, July 30 for qualified candidates.

About the RA Position

Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for community building, program facilitation, crisis response, policy enforcement, conflict mediation, and resource referral in a specific residential community. RAs facilitate engagement opportunities, offering students opportunities to interact and build relationships while gaining experience and skill in the areas of academic success, civic engagement, and social justice. RAs are thoroughly trained on residential and University policies, protocol, and services, preparing them for effective response and appropriate referral.

The RA position is a full academic year commitment requiring a significant time commitment. RAs must possess strong time management, critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication skills.

Application Process

Approximately 50-60 new RAs are hired each year. The RA application, which opens annually in October and closes in December, requires the submission of a resume and the completion of four to five short-answer questions. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and an active housing application on file for consideration. Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process in late January/early February. 

Position Benefits

In addition to compensation in the form of a scholarship for Room and Board for the academic year, RAs benefit from skill development in the following areas:

  • Professional networking
  • Confidence and character building
  • Suicide prevention
  • Crisis response
  • Conflict mediation
  • Legal compliance
  • Intercultural competency
  • Sexual assault prevention & response
  • Academic success strategies