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RA Position

General Requirements & Compensation

Housing & Residential Education (HRE) at the University of Denver 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. 

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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