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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 a residence hall and has specific responsibilities for working with students on a particular floor. RAs are expected to provide strategies for, and assist residents with, community development, social justice issues, learning and personal well-being. 

Optional Information Workshops

Join us at one of the optional information sessions to find out more about the position and how to apply!

ra selection info sessions

If you are unable to make one of our info sessions, one has been recorded and shared below for you to view.

Application and Timeline

HRE is thrilled that you are interested in applying to be an RA! 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.


Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year have closed. Hiring for the 2022-2023 year will open in January 2022.

New RA Application Timeline

  • Monday, January 11: RA Application will be available online after 4:30 pm.
  • Friday, February 5: RA Application closes at 9 am.
  • Friday, February 19 - Saturday, February 20: 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.
  • Tuesday, March 16: RA Candidate decision letter sent out.
  • Tuesday, March 23: RA reply forms due.

Returning RA Application Timeline

Please email for details on the Returning RA process if you are a returning RA currently who will be studying abroad.

  • Friday, December 11: Returning RA Application goes out
  • Thursday, January 14: Returning RA Application due at 8:30 am
  • Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21: Returning RA presentation interviews
  • Tuesday, February 9: Returning RA decision letters emailed
  • Tuesday, February 16: Returning RA Reply Forms due by 12 pm
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.
  • You must have been enrolled in at least one full academic quarter at the University of Denver before being hired.


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 in one of three types of space: stand-alone room/shared suite/apartment (room types differ per community) during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters (this does not include Winter Break housing) and full meal plan for compensation (when dining halls are open). RAs may have the option to live on campus over Winter Break with a commitment to working a minimum number of desk and/or duty shifts. RAs cannot have another individual live with them in the single room or apartment. A position with Housing & Residential Education will likely affect financial aid packages; each RA needs to check with Financial Aid regarding their financial aid package.

DU is an EEO/AA employer  

If you have questions, contact the HRE team at