We are excited that you are considering to apply to be a Resident Assistant! The RA position is one of the most rewarding student employment and leadership opportunities on our campus. Below you will find information on the role and the processes.
What is a Resident Assistant?
A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student staff member who is responsible for a floor or living area within a residence hall. As the front-line staff member in the assigned area, the RA is responsible for serving as a mentor and guide to their residents while also facilitating a cooperative and inclusive community. This is a people-oriented position in which the RA is expected to initiate relationships with residents, encourage participation in the hall community, and inform residents of university and departmental policies. In addition, the RA assists with the personal and academic concerns of students, mediates interpersonal conflicts, and serves as an informational resource for residents.
The RA position has a variety of responsibilities, including upholding and implementing the six Housing and Residence Life Core Values:
We value environments that support educational opportunities for academic, personal, and professional development.
We value creating excellent experiences through the use of departmental resources, individualized guidance, innovative ideas, and purposeful engagement.
We value environments and resources that contribute towards social, physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and intellectual development.
We value fostering a sense of belonging to an environment that offers opportunities to share perspectives, acknowledges interdependence, and provide mutual support and understanding to all.
We value individual and interpersonal conduct guided by honesty, consistency, transparency, and ethical principles.
We value environments that support access, challenge biases, cultivate empathy, and foster respect and fairness for all.
Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to assist students in the areas of the six values as well as being a role model, community leader, educator, administrator, helper, and team member.
Minimum qualifications for the RA position include:
- Minimum of two (2) completed semesters of on-campus living experience or other approved "similar experiences" prior to employment start date
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2018-2019 academic year
- Must be in good standing with The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility and Housing and Residence Life at the beginning of employment
- Must maintain a 2.50 cumulative grade point average at time of application and throughout the employment period
- Attend one information session
Complete an online application by Friday, January 19
th, 2018 at 11:59pm
Please note: all references need to submit candidate feedback by Wednesday, January 24
th, 2018 at 11:59pm for the application to be considered fully complete; incomplete applications will not be considered for movement to the next step of the process
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 (as detailed below.)
Step 1: Attend a Mandatory Information Session
RA Recruitment Kick-Off and Info Session
- Monday, November 13th – 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Baker 240/242
- Wednesday, November 15th – 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Jefferson Multipurpose Room
- Tuesday, November 28th – 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM, Jefferson Multipurpose Room
- Wednesday, November 29th – 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Jefferson Multipurpose Room
- Sunday, December 3rd – 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Jefferson Multipurpose Room
- Tuesday, December 5th – 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Jefferson Multipurpose Room
- Tuesday, January 16th – 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Jefferson Multipurpose Room
Step 2: Complete the RA Application
A complete application includes the following material:
- Completed electronic application
1 current or former Housing and Residence Life staff member (if you are not able to provide a reference that meets this requirement, please contact
with a brief explanation as to why and obtain approval for exemption)
- 1 former supervisor, mentor and/or advisor
Please note that references are not notified to complete their electronic form until your application is submitted
- The Student Staff Recruitment and Selection 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 3: Interview Process
- For candidates who proceed to this step, you will participate in a personal interview with Housing and Residence Life professional and student staff
- Dress for interviews is business casual
Step 4: Housing Contracts
All 2018-2019 RA candidates who are required to reside on campus must complete the housing contract and submit the $200.00 deposit starting January 5 at 9:00AM and complete the contract no later than Friday, March 2 at 5:00PM. (See Housing Requirement:
All 2018-2019 RA candidates who are
required to reside on campus should only complete a housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit, if they have been offered/accepted the position or will reside on campus regardless of the RA employment offer.
All 2018-2019 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. Once the RA housing credit is applied to the student’s account in July, the student will be able to request a refund of the $200 housing deposit through the Bursar’s Office. A refund will only be able to be processed as long as the student does not have any outstanding balances on their student account.
Application Timeline for 2018/2019 RA Positions
- RA Recruitment Kick-Off and Info Session – meet professional staff, current RAs, and learn more about the RA role with an opportunity to attend the first information session of the year
- 2018/2019 RA Application Available
RA application period ends at 11:59pm EST – your application must be complete in order to be considered for a position (
Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered for movement to the next step of the process
Reference submission period ends at 11:59pm EST – all references must be submitted by this deadline for your application to be considered to fully complete (
Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered for movement to the next step of the process
– candidates who are invited to this step will participate in personal interviews during this time
– March 2
- Notification of offer/alternate/not hired sent via email
Studying Abroad, Internships, & 2018 OHIO Fall Transfer Students
If you are studying abroad, interning in Spring 2018, or transferring to OHIO for Fall 2018 and will not be on campus while interviews are being conducted, you should still apply. You will need to attend a mandatory information session; if you are unable to be present in person, please contact the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection team at
by Friday, January 12
th, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. If your application is completed (including references) by the deadlines listed and you meet the minimum qualifications you may be contacted via email to set-up a phone or video interview
Throughout the application process, representatives from the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection team will be in contact with you via your university account. It is important that you check your email frequently and, when needed, take action regarding the Resident Assistant process. Should you have any questions please contact the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection team at
Responsibilities, Benefits, & Terms of Employment
- Reside on campus in assigned space
- Act as an information/resource person for residents on campus
- Be actively involved in residents’ arrival, stay, and departure
- Uphold and support the University, Division of Student Affairs, and Housing and Residence Life’s mission statements, values, and policies
- Attend all scheduled training sessions, staff meetings, and supervision meetings as determined by the in-hall supervisor, Assistant Director, or department
- Other position or department-related duties as needed
- Serve as an RA to all residents regardless of your personal beliefs regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information
- Assist in-hall supervisor and/or Assistant Resident Director, as needed, in the administrative operations for academic year functions
- Assist in the opening and closing of residence halls
- Facilitate and implement the Community Development Model and strive to develop a healthy, active, and inclusive community on the floor and in the hall/complex
- Assist in the management of emergency response, fire alarms, and other issues in the halls
- Maintain area and building coverage via a shared duty schedule
- Submit reports, logs, forms and other documents related to job responsibilities on time
- Uphold policy and submit documentation for alleged policy violations
- Communicate resident and community concerns to professional staff supervisor
- Support student leaders in the hall/complex through participation in Hall Council, tRAC, and other hall initiatives
- Host floor and community meetings
- Create and post signs, door decorations, bulletin boards, etc., as needed
- Be responsible for issued keycards and keys
- Be familiar with University and Departmental policies and emergency procedures necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of residents
100% of room waiver
$3,158 per academic year (subject to change; based on 2017-2018 pay rate)
Terms of Employment
- The period of employment is August 2018 – May 2019. 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 position and an RA position
For more information email the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection team at