The RA is responsible for promoting the core values of Resident Education and Development to create an environment conducive to living and learning, to foster the personal growth of students and to build a sense of community within the residence hall system. Resident Advisors are supervised by Community Coordinators.
Resident Education & Development recruits RAs during the fall semester for the next academic year. We look for dynamic and responsible leaders to serve as RAs for the UC community. Information sessions will be available for interested students during the recruiting period.
Benefits of Being a Resident Advisor
The RA role has many benefits, which include on-going leadership development opportunities, learning about and serving as a resource to peers across campus, having a lifelong impact on a student's collegiate experience, learning crisis management skills, as well as receiving a housing scholarship.
If you wish to learn more about the role, we encourage applicants to speak with current RAs, Community Coordinators or Area Coordinators. Also check our campus advertisements for dates and times of information sessions.
Resident Advisor applications open about 4 weeks after the start of the fall semester. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are closed. Follow the RED social media accounts and watch this website for future application opportunities.
Resident Advisor FAQ
Yes, commuter students are encouraged to apply. We strongly suggest that students express their experience either in a residence hall setting or other leadership type roles (e.g., experience in student organizations and other leadership roles). Experience of living on campus for at least one semester is recommended.
Because hall leadership picks a diverse group of RAs as a representative of the population of their residence hall, candidates will not have an opportunity to pick where they would like to work.
Yes. As with all returning RA staff members, you would be asked to complete a returner application and complete the student staff evaluation process, as well as meet with a member of the hall senior staff within Resident Education and Development. With a satisfactory evaluation, you would be considered a returner and could be selected as such when hall community staffs are selected.
Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are closed. Applications for 2021-2022 will open early in fall 2020.
The RA position is considered 15 hours of work per week. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Interacting with and building community among residents
- Serving on duty an average of one (1) weeknight per week and 2-3 weekends per semester (may vary by building)
- Attending weekly meetings such as hall government and hall staff meetings
- Participating in departmental meetings such as training, in-services, committees and other opportunities that may arise
Applications are closed for 2020-2021. If you would like to live in University Housing, please apply during contract renewal in spring semester 2020.
If you are confident you want to live in University Housing for the 2021-2022 academic year, regardless of employment, you are encouraged to apply for housing during the re-contracting time.
Most of what the RA position requires is within 15 hours per week, but other duties and responsibilities may arise due to the varying needs of the department.
RAs may work up to 9 additional hours per week for an additional on-campus job. An off-campus position is possible with approval from your RA supervisor, to ensure that our RA’s focus is on their academics and their RA position.
Yes! All RAs are asked to commit to a year-long position. As an International student, you may have additional hiring paperwork to complete. You would also be expected to return for training on the designated date in 2021 and would be asked to make travel arrangements that accommodate that start date.
Yes, but it must be no more than 9 hours if you are employed on campus due to federal regulations. Approval from director supervisor is needed for additional off campus employment.
Yes! We ask you to fill out an outside involvement form; if your job performance is negatively impacted for outside involvement, you may be asked to decide between lessening the outside commitment or making a choice between that outside commitment and the RA position. Your supervisor would work directly with you on time management skills prior to getting to a crucial point, however.
Because we hold our RAs to high academic standards, and because we have applicants who are qualified for the position and meet the GPA minimum (2.5), unfortunately we are unable to hire anyone who does not meet the GPA minimum (2.5).
Depending on the severity of your violation, you could be removed from the process at the discretion of the selection committee. Students who are not in good standing with the university are not eligible to become an RA.
RED runs grade and conduct checks prior to offering employment. It should be noted that candidates selected for the position are offered a contingent offer of employment based on the successful completion of a background check.
Yes, we just ask that local co-op students be here for group interview weekends or set up alternate interview dates and times, and those who are not local including study abroad students, participate in a phone or Skype interview with RED senior staff members.
While the 2020-2021 application period is closed, you may use the dates below as a guide for the general timeline for 2021-2022.
- Application: Sept. 30 – Nov. 1, 2019
- Invitation to interview sent out: Dec. 2, sign up by Dec. 6, 2019
- Interview weekend: Jan. 30- Feb. 1 2020
- Offer letters sent out: Feb. 17, 2020
UC is committed to offering all students the opportunity for experiential learning with Co-op 2.0: On-Campus Co-ops. Student employees are an integral part of the university talent system, and now students may earn academic credit for their employment on campus. The benefits of working on campus are many: convenient work location that offers professional growth and skill development, active engagement in the university ecosystem, and increased awareness of one’s professional skills.
RED is offering Resident Assistants the opportunity to gain valuable professional skills through work experience on-campus. As part of the university’s strategic initiative Co-op 2.0, students have the opportunity to earn academic credit by enrolling in INT 1000 while they work on-campus. As the birthplace of co-op, UC is now offering all students the opportunity to connect their work and their professional selves.
Internship Reflection Course Policy
Student’s successful completion of the On-Campus Co-op Program involves enrollment in the INT 1000 Internship Reflection course*, led by Experience-Based Learning and Career Education (ELCE) faculty. The course provides academic-based reflection and course assignments to guide the student in reflection and integration of coursework and skill development. 1 credit hour, (0 credit option for students enrolled in >12 or <18 credit hours).
*Students who are federal work-study eligible within the On-Campus Co-op Program are not required to enroll in the course to be eligible to receive compensation from the Federal Work-Study program. However, a student’s enrollment in the course is integral as an element of the On-Campus Co-op Program. The student will be compensated either from departmental funds or the Federal Work-Study program while they complete their on-campus co-op.