We are looking for Responsible, Fun, Diverse members of our community to apply to be Resident Advisors! Our RAs are widely involved on campus and come from every academic school.
Resident Advisor Job Description
The primary role of the RA is developing a community of students in a university living environment. RAs create opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others and are responsible for facilitating the general safety and well-being of the community.
The RA position is a challenging and rewarding experience. There are opportunities for RAs to develop skills in many areas including leadership, communication, programming, counseling, crisis management and other transferable skills. Much of this development is obtained through training activities (August, winter, and Monday nights) as well as weekly staff meetings. RAs are also expected to take an active role in departmental committees and initiatives.
The Resident Advisor (RA), as a member of the Residential Life team, is supervised by a Residential College/Community Director (RCD). As a representative of the Office of Residential Life, RAs must abide by and uphold university regulations as well as state and federal law.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Enrolled as a full-time student
- Junior or senior in class standing
- Role model positive behavior that is in alignment with Residential Life expectations, the University’s Student Conduct and Community Standards Code, and individual community standards.
- Foster an environment that is respectful of and conducive to intellectual discourse among all members of the community.
- Role model healthy academic behaviors while fostering a culture that values multiple styles of learning and engagement academically within your community.
- Develop a personal understanding of identity, equity, diversity and social justice, and foster an inclusive community respectful and accepting of multiple identities.
- Become acquainted with residents to understand their emotional, physical, academic, and social needs. Facilitate resolution of interpersonal conflicts among residents.
- Implement the residential area’s Community Engagement Model.
- Become familiar with position expectations, individual RCD expectations and Residential Life policies and procedures.
- Implement and evaluate university and departmental policies, regulations and procedures.
- Serve as an ambassador of the Office of Residential Life and support all departmental initiatives.
- Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned by the RCD or other Residential Life staff.
- Respond to personal crises and emergencies of residents with promptness, dependability and consideration for individual needs in alignment with university and Residential Life guidelines.
- Serve as a responsible employee for the university. A responsible employee is a Washington University employee who has the authority to address sexual misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a member of the university community could reasonably believe has such authority or duty.
- Document crisis and emergency information into the Res Life reporting system.
- Be familiar with campus and community resources in order to provide information and referrals to residents.
- Enforce and uphold all university and Residential Life policies, rules and regulations.
- Participate in duty rotation, which can include desk shift rotations at the duty desk and cell phone duty shifts (overnight).
- Complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
- Promptly post signage, pertinent community information and regularly change passive programming
- Identify and report maintenance concerns in community
- Assist in opening and closing of residential communities at the beginning and end of each semester.
- Assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the RCDs, ARCD, Grad Fellow and other Residential Life professionals
- Attend weekly staff meetings and/or trainings. RAs must have Monday nights from 7-11 p.m. available.
- Attend weekly and/or bi-weekly 1:1s with RCD
- Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to racial justice on an individual and communal level.
- Participate in a focus area to support initiatives within the residential community and/or the Office of Residential Life.
- Maintain an ethic and practice of self-care and encourage others on staff and in your communities to do the same.
- Pursue Green Dot and Safe Zone certification by the deadline laid out by the Professional Development Committee.
- Room and Board is provided for all RAs
- New RAs: Half Silver Meal Plan
- Returning RAs: Full Silver Meal Plan
Resident Advisor Application
Applications for the 2018-19 Academic Year are now LIVE.
- Oct. 1, 2018: Applications are live
- Oct. 28, 2018: Study abroad applications deadline
- Nov. 10, 2018: Study abroad interview day
- Dec. 3, 2018: General application deadline
- Dec. 3, 2018: References due
- Jan. 26 & 27, 2019: General interview dates
- Feb. 8, 2019: RA notification day – HIRING DAY
In order to apply for the Resident Advisor position, you MUST complete your housing application. The Housing Application for Fall 2019 will open FEB. 1 and close FEB. 8.
You are required to attend an information session as part of the RA application process. Each session will be 2 hours. The first hour is required and will cover what it means to be an RA and important information about the process. The second hour is optional and will be an interview skills workshop in collaboration with the Career Center. Applicants are encouraged but not required to attend. Applicants will not be penalized or advantaged by attending the second hour.
Information sessions will be held at these dates and times:
|Wednesday||October||3||6-8 p.m.||Seigle L003|
|Thursday||October||11||6-8 p.m.||Dardick Seminar Room|
|Friday||October||12||10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Lien Seminar A|
|Thursday||October||18||6-8 p.m.||Lopata House 22|
|Wednesday||October||24||6-8 p.m.||Seigle 304|
|Friday||October||26||10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Seigle 109|
|Friday||November||2||12-2 p.m.||Lopata House 22|
|Wednesday||November||7||6-8 p.m.||Dardick Seminar Room|
|Thursday||November||8||6-8 p.m.||Lien Seminar A|
|Wednesday||November||14||6-8 p.m.||Lofts MPR|
|Sunday||November||18||1-3 p.m.||Lopata MPR|
|Tuesday||November||27||6-8 p.m.||Louderman 461|
|Wednesday||November||28||6-8 p.m.||Lopata House 22|
|Thursday||November||29||6-8 p.m.||Simon 18|
- Information Session
Applicants must attend one information session prior to their respective application deadline (i.e., study abroad or general deadline)
- Online Application & ReferencesApplicants must complete an application with references
- Interview 1-3 current RAs about the position
- Social Justice Article
Find an article that explores a social justice topic that could impact your residents within the realm of colleges and universities. For example, the article could explore topics of race/ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, access, etc. The article can come from a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc. You should be prepared to discuss article content and personal insights during the individual interview process.
Bring this to your RA Interview.
- Interview Day
Applicants must participate in the designated interview dates (Study Abroad – Nov. 10, 2018 & General Deadline – Jan. 26 and 27, 2018)
As a part of the selection process for the RA position each candidate goes through an interview day consisting of a group interview process in the morning and followed by an individual interview in the afternoon. Both the group and the individual interviews are important ways for us to get to know you as an individual and to evaluate your potential as an RA.
We want to note that we understand everyone comes from a variety of different background and experiences. Finding clothes for an interview can create added stress and we do not expect you to purchase anything new for your interview.
The Career Center offers some excellent advice and workshops on how to make the most of your interview:
Interviewing is the most critical part of your search process. No matter what you end up doing or where you go, you will participate in an interview at some point in your life. Internships, medical school, co-ops and full-time jobs all use interviews as a way to get to know you and better understand how your skills, and experiences bring value to their organization.
Employers consider knowledge of the organization a critical factor when they evaluate applicants. This element is completely in your control: research the organization’s website and study the position description so you can give confident and customized examples of your qualifications.
Clear and fluid communication skills are also important. Think beforehand about how to frame your comments and examples. Focus on what you can bring to the organization and the position.
Building Your Interviewing Skills
The Career Center has a variety of resources to help you develop your communication skills and prepare for your interview. For some quick information on how to prepare for an interview, download the Interviewing Skills Handout (PDF). The Career Center also provides interactive workshops and opportunities to practice your interview skills. Visit the Events Calendar for upcoming events.
What are you involved in on campus besides being a RA?
“On campus, I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity as well as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I also serve as the Programming Director for ThurtenE 2018! I also write for Reclamation & work in Cornerstone and Parent Programs & Athletics for Alumni and Development.”
~ RA Alexis Jaya Hutchinson | Wayman Crow Residential College
How has being an RA changed your experience at WashU?
“Being an RA has had a tremendous impact on my collegiate experience at WashU. The RA experience has helped me a find a community that not only empowers me to live out, but also to truly embrace members of our community “by name and by story”. This role has made me wrestle with the idea of what kind of person I am, what kind of person I want to be, and what kind of legacy I want to leave behind. It has challenged me to think critically, unequivocally speak up, and be fully present both in and outside the WashU community.”
~ RA Kyung | Brookings Residential College
Frequently Asked Questions
RAs are required to stay in the halls through the end of each semester, when the halls close. RAs return early for training in January. RAs will stay until the Sunday following graduation. All RAs are expected to participate in all August and January training sessions. Specific dates will be provided to newly hired RAs.