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Housing and Residential Education

RA Position

Welcome to RA Selection

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a live- in student staff member in the Office of Housing and Residential Education (HRE). The RA assists in supporting the academic community in an undergraduate residence hall and has specific responsibilities for working with students on a particular floor. RA's are expected to provide strategies for, and assist residents with, community development, social justice issues, learning and personal well being. 

Application and Timeline

HRE is thrilled that you are interested in applying to be an RA for the 2017-2018 academic year. The application process is made up of three parts: an application, a workshop, and an interview. Please review the RA selection timeline below and be on the lookout for information to be posted on our website and around campus.


Application Link

Note: The application will be active starting Friday, January 6


  • Fri, Jan 6: RA Application will be available online.
  • Mon, Jan 30: RA Application closes at 8am
  • Fri, Feb 10-Sat, Feb 11: RA Candidates must attend a 2.5 hour workshop during of these days. 
    NOTE: Candidates will sign up for the mandatory workshop when filling out the application.
  • Mon, Feb 13-Fri, Feb 17: RA candidates will have a 30 minute interview with a Resident Director or Graduate Resident Director and a current RA.
  • Tues, March 7: RA Candidate decision letter sent out
  • Fri, March 10: RA reply forms due
Job Description

HRE plays an integral role in the education and development of students. In addition to supporting students' academic endeavors, HRE seeks to provide students with a safe, nurturing, and challenging residential environment that promotes personal growth. HRE is especially committed to building community and valuing all types of diversity and promotes social justice within all of our communities.

Detailed Job Description  

Requirements & Compensation

Resident Assistants (RAs) are vital members of the Housing & Residential Education staff, working in direct service to students.  In addition to being a student themselves, the RAs have many different roles, including acting as a leader, a community builder, a peer counselor, a policy enforcer, a resource person, an educator and a positive role model for both students and staff.  RAs will model strong leadership characteristics such as responsibility, positive attitude, fairness, enthusiasm, flexibility, commitment, integrity, good time management, communication skills and a willingness to learn and work as a team member.  RAs report directly to a Resident Director/Graduate Resident Director, but will also receive direction from other professional staff members.

General Requirements

  • Approach all work with a positive attitude.
  • Use appropriately and be responsible with keys and other property.  RAs will be held responsible for the costs associated with lost keys.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Be fair.
  • Be flexible.
  • Address concerns directly with the persons involved.
  • Inform supervisors promptly about actual or suspected illegal activity, students who may be a danger to themselves or others, and all other significant information.
  • Be a positive role model in all situations.
  • Be open and willing to discussing sensitive matters with care and respect.
  • Abide by University Sexual Harassment Policy.  RAs are required to disclose to their supervisors consensual relationships with other staff members or residents.
  • RAs must not misuse their positions or University information for personal gain.


The RA position is a 10 month, part-time, live-in position.  Throughout the term of the employment, the RA should expect to work an average of 15 hours each week, with increased workloads at the beginning and end of each quarter.  A substantial portion of this work includes evening and weekend hours.  Each RA receives a single room and full meal plan for compensation. A position with Housing & Residential Education will likely affect financial aid packages; each RA needs to check with Financial Aid regarding financial aid packages.

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If you have questions, contact the HRE office (303) 871-2246 or