In addition to the Office of Residence Life professional staff, every residence hall is home to Resident Assistants (RAs).
The position of Resident Assistant is one of great responsibility, and also great fulfillment. It requires hard work but is very rewarding and will help to develop and hone skills that will serve you throughout your life. It is one of the most influential jobs a student can have on campus. RAs are the direct representative in the residence halls for the Office of Residence Life.
RAs are student leaders assigned to individual floors in each hall. They serve as the primary support personnel for all residential students. RAs are thoughtfully selected for their leadership potential, compassion, and skills. They receive extensive training that gives them the ability to assist their fellow residents. RAs create an engaged and vibrant community on each floor. RAs are responsible for creating a sense of community within their building, resolving any group or individual conflicts that might arise, knowing and enforcing the policies of the University, and serving as a resource within the residence hall.
RA Recruitment Schedule:
- RA applications available: October 19
- RA interest sessions: November 2nd, November 6, or November 10 at 5 p.m. in the HLSB Rotunda
- RA applications due: January 6
- RA interviews and Group Process: February 4 (more info to come)
Resident Assistant Job Application
Frequently Asked Questions about the RA Role and Recruitment Process
- What does the interview look like?
- You will be paired with a professional staff member in residence life and one current Resident Assistant who will ask the interview questions. The interview is estimated to last 30 minutes. All of the interviews this year will be conducted via Zoom.
- Is there any information about pay?
- Resident Assistants will receive a discount of 50% of the cost of Room and Board for each semester of employment.
- What exactly is Group Process?
- Group Process is similar to a Group Interview. You will be intertwined with current Resident Assistants and completing a variety of activities and tasks related to the role. Group Process will also take place via Zoom.
- If we are to be chosen for the role, do we pick where we live?
- During the interview process, all applicants will be asked what their building/area preferences are. The selection will take all preferences into account, however, applicants will be placed in the building/area best suited to their talents and strengths.
- What are some of the expectations of RAs?
- RAs should have a strong understanding of SU’s policies and procedures
- RAs must attend weekly staff meetings with building/area staff
- RAs are given the opportunity to create fun and educational programming for residents
- RAs must sit duty in their respective buildings and take rounds of the building.
- RAs are Mandated Reporters
- RAs are expected to return back to campus from Summer and Winter Break for training prior to the start of the semester
If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Residence Life at (540) 665-4611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.