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RA Recruitment

The RA position is one of the most rewarding student leadership opportunities on our campus, and we are excited that you are interested in being a Resident Advisor!

Our team has developed a year-round application process for the RA position and we seek students with diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences to apply, bringing an array of voices and representation on behalf of our residents.

Housing and Residence Life is looking for students who are committed to developing inclusive communities and intentional experiences for our residents, seeking to support our students and make an impact!

What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?

A Resident Advisor (RA) is a student staff member who is responsible for a floor section within a residence hall. The RA is responsible for serving as a mentor and guide to their residents while also cultivating a cooperative and inclusive community. This is a people-oriented position in which the RA is expected to be a community builder, educator, conflict manager, equity and inclusion advocate, role model and team member. Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

What are the minimum qualifications for the position?
  • Completion of the student staff training class, taking place the second half of spring semester
  • Minimum of two (2) completed semesters of college prior to employment start date
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the upcoming academic year
  • Must be in good standing with The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility and Housing and Residence Life
  • Must maintain a 2.50 cumulative grade point average at time of application and throughout the employment period
What are the expectations of a Resident Advisor?

Please review the Position Description [PDF] and the latest Conditions of Employment [PDF] to find out more about the RA role and responsibilities.

  • The period of employment is August  – May. These dates may be revised and communicated to all successful candidates at the earliest possibility.
  • Staff members may engage in 5 hours of on-campus OR 10 hours of off-campus in additional employment during the period of employment.
  • Staff members cannot hold both a Federal Work Study, Graduate appointment, or an AmeriCorp position and an RA position.
What is the application and selection process for this position?

RA selection process has been designed to help you learn as much as possible about the position so that you can make an informed decision about applying for and becoming an in-hall student staff member. The hiring process involves several steps detailed below.

Step 1: Complete the RA Application

A complete application includes the following material:

  • Completed application on eRezLife 
  • Completion of 3 Short Answer Questions

Our team will process all applications to ensure that they are complete and that candidates meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If, for any reason, your application is incomplete or you are not eligible to move to the next step, the team will communicate with you via email regarding your status in the selection process.

Step 2: Information Sessions

Information sessions are not required to be able to apply, but are highly encouraged. These are designated opportunities for you to learn more about the open positions and get any questions you may have answered by our staff overseeing the hiring process.

Step 3: Interview Process

  • For candidates who proceed to this step, you will participate in an interview with some of our professional staff.
  • Interviews will be held in person, unless a virtual accommodation is needed. Information on how to sign up for an interview will be included in your invitation to interview.

Step 4: The Hiring Pool

  • Candidates who meet our standards for hire will be notified that they will join the hiring pool.
  • Hiring pool candidates will be contacted as positions become available.

Housing Contracts

  • All RA candidates who are required to reside on campus must complete the housing contract and submit the $200.00 deposit.
  • All candidates who are not required to reside on campus should only complete a housing contract, if they have been offered/accepted the position or will reside on campus regardless of the RA employment offer.
  • If an RA candidate is not required to live on campus completes the contract is not offered a position and would like to be released from the contract, they will be subject to the cancellation policy.
  • All RA candidates who complete a housing contract for on-campus housing before being hired as an RA, and who do not get the position, will only be released from the previously-signed contract if you are not required to live on campus. (See Housing Requirement)
  • Housing will not refund deposits for students who have accepted the position and paid the deposit when completing their contract. Deposits submitted with the housing contract will be applied to the student’s account. The RA housing credit will be applied to the student’s account in late July. The $200.00 deposit/prepayment will then be applied to any previous or future balances on the student’s OHIO student account.
What if I have a study aboard opportunity or an internship?

If you are studying abroad or interning during the semester before you would like to be an RA and will not be on campus while interviews are being conducted, you should still apply. We will conduct your interviews virtually and work with you throughout the process.

How will I be communicated with about the process once I apply?

Throughout the application process, our team will be in contact with you via your OHIO email account. Should you have any questions please contact us at


Have questions?

For more information email the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection team at