Resident Assistant Program
The resident Assistant program provides opportunities for growth and leadership for both the Resident Assistant and the students on his or her floor.
Everything an RA does has an impact! Conversations with residents over lunch, being a resource for students in need, providing guidance on college policies and procedures, the formal and informal programs provided, all have a significant impact on the experience of residents and the atmosphere of the hall.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Residence Life Staff, have any questions about the RA application process contact the Office of Residence Life at 488-2956.
Serving in the residence halls or campus “villages,” the Resident Assistant is a full-time undergraduate student whose responsibility is to serve as a student advisor to 15 – 60 undergraduate students, depending on their placement. The RA is a part-time staff member of the Residence Life Office and the Division of Student Services. In this capacity, the overall responsibility is to provide leadership, assistance, and support to the students living in their area. Each Resident Assistant serves in diverse roles with many different responsibilities. Working in cooperation with the professional staff, the Resident Assistant strives to facilitate and maximize the residential experience.
Due to the nature of the position, a large portion of the Resident Assistant’s responsibilities is spontaneous and unscheduled. As a result, each staff member must carefully organize time commitments to meet the demands of academics, the RA position, and personal interests.
Peer Counseling and Referral: Resident Assistants provide paraprofessional counseling and advising in the areas of personal, social, and academic problems. For problems which require greater expertise, students are referred to the various resources available at the University and the larger community. Training sessions in basic counseling and referral techniques are provided.
Event Planning: Resident Assistants are asked to implement a balance of high quality educational and community development events for their floor and building. Under the guidance of their direct supervisor, RAs will work individually and in groups to accomplish the event planning goals of their building.
Building a Sense of Community: A significant task of the RA is to provide or support activities that assist students in developing a sense of belonging with the other members of the residence hall. In addition, through formal or informal community development strategies, the RA strives to help students establish common goals and standards, as well as respect for each student’s uniqueness.
General Administration and Building Coverage: Among the duties assigned are those involving routine paper work and other administrative tasks needed to help a community run efficiently. These tasks may include, but are not limited to, the completion of individual room and public area condition reports; and documentation of inappropriate behavior. Resident Assistants also have regular rotating duty coverage of their building or unit on weekdays and weekends. In addition, staffs are expected to be present in the building prior to all openings and closings.
Applied Skills: RAs will be challenged to use their skills and training to respond effectively to the various situations that may arise. In addition, it is very important that Resident Assistants provide and encourage experiences contributing to beneficial outcomes for their individual residents and the living unit as a whole.
Should You Apply?
Although the Resident Assistant program is challenging in both time and commitment, it can be very rich in its reward. Many past Resident Assistants have acknowledged their experience as one of the most beneficial in their college careers. If you are interested in working with resident students as a part of the Residence Life staff, we welcome your application.
Terms of Employment
- A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required at time of application and must be maintained throughout employment. If at any point during the semester your semester average falls below 2.5, the RA will be required to evaluate their academic performance and work performance with their supervisor.
- The RA must be in good standing (behaviorally) with the University at the time of application and throughout employment.
- The RA must have completed at least 2 semesters of college, (minimum one semester at UE) before contract start date.
- The RA must be a full-time undergraduate resident student (12 – 18 credit hours), unless otherwise given permission by the Director of Residence Life.
- The RA must be available at least two and a half weeks prior to the start of fall classes and one week prior to the start of spring classes. As well as up to 1 week following the end of both semesters.
- It is preferred that the RA be available for the entire academic year, however, the Office of Residence Life supports study abroad and other opportunities.
- The RA is required to participate fully in the Residence Life training program.
- The RA will be given a mid-year performance appraisal by his/her supervisor in order to enhance and strengthen skills.
- Employment other than that of Resident Assistant must have prior approval from the immediate supervisor and the Director of Residence Life. Work-study employment is not available to RA staff. Employment and other non-academic commitments should not interfere with job performance.
- The RA must successfully pass a background check.