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RA Position Information

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.

HRL 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!

Hiring for 2021-2022 Academic Year: Our team will continue to accept applications for the 2021-2022 academic year employment opportunities through Tuesday, August 31.

Hiring for 2022-2023: Our team is in the process of establishing our application to apply for positions for 2022-2023. More information about this rolling application process will be available beginning Monday, September 27, with the application going live on Monday, October 18, for applicants to begin applying.

For more information, please explore the section below.

2021-2022 Conditions of Employment


What is a Resident Advisor?

An 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.

Minimum qualifications
  • Minimum of two (2) completed semesters of college prior to employment start date
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2021/2022 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
2021/22 Conditions of Employment

Please review the Position Description [PDF] and 2021/22 Conditions of Employment [PDF]  to find out more about the RA role and responsibilities.

  • The period of employment is August 2021 – May 2022. 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.
The RA Application & Selection Process

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

Step 1: Watch the Info Video

Please watch the RA Information Video

Step 2: Complete the RA Application

A complete application includes the following material:

  • Completed application on eRezLife (ohio.erezlife.com)
  • Completion of 2 Short Answer Questions
  • 2 References who are current or former supervisors, mentors, and/or advisors, one of which needs to be a faculty or staff member at Ohio University. Any references submitted by friends or family members will not be considered.

The Student Staff Recruitment and Selection Committee 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 3: Interview Process

  • For candidates who proceed to this step, you will participate in an interview with some of our professional staff.
  • Interviews are currently being done virtually over Microsoft Teams. You will receive links to join interview sessions the day before your 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 2021-2022 RA candidates who are required to reside on campus must complete the housing contract and submit the $200.00 deposit.
  • All 2021-2022 RA 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, the student will be subject to the cancellation policy.
  • All 2021-2022 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.
Studying Abroad & Internships

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.


Throughout the application process, representatives from the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection Committee will be in contact with you via your university account. Should you have any questions please contact the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection Committee at RAinfo@ohio.edu


More Information

For more information email the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection team at RAinfo@ohio.edu.