Resident Advisor Job Description
The primary role of a Resident Advisor (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, student support, crisis response, and other transferable skills. As a staff member of the Office of Residential Life, the RA is supervised by a Residential College Director or Residential Community Director (RCD).
Qualifications, Required Duties & Responsibilities and Compensation
- Minimum 2.75 semester and cumulative GPA
- Enrolled as a Full-time Student as defined by the University
- Junior or Senior in class standing at the start of the 2020-2021 Academic Year
- Able to serve in the role for the entire 2020-2021 Academic Year
- Availability on Monday nights from 7pm-11pm for the entirety of employment
- In good standing with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
- Demonstrate a willingness to learn and support issues related to social justice
- All RA Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or holders of an F-1 or J-1 visa. If you do not meet the listed conditions, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars before applying so ensure that you are permitted to work in the United States.
- Serve on a team of 7-17 Resident Advisors
- Attend weekly staff meetings or Monday night training and supervision meetings with RCD
- Implement the Residential Education Model
- Manage a programming budget as assigned by RCD
- Provide direct support for floor or building ranging from 20-120 Residents
- Facilitate resolution of interpersonal conflicts among residents
- Refer residents to campus and community resources
- Participate in duty rotation, which can include desk shift rotations at the duty desk and cell phone duty shifts
- Implement and evaluate University and departmental policies, regulations, and procedures
- Respond to crises and emergencies within residential area or while on-call and document information
- Identify and report maintenance concerns in community
- Serve as a Responsible Employee for the University
- Enforce and uphold all University and Office of Residential Life policies, rules, and regulations.
- Assist in opening and closing of residential communities at the beginning and end of each semester
- 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.
- Attendance at RA Contract Signing Night: Monday, March 23
- Attendance at RA/WUSA Night or Community Night in Spring 2020
- Completion of 4-week LEAD Class in Spring 2020
- Complete summer tasks as assigned by the RA Training Committee
- Attendance at August RA Training: DATE TBD
- Attend weekly Monday Night meetings from 7-11 p.m.
- Attend Winter RA Training: DATE TBD
- Assist with RA Recruitment and participate in Spring 2021 RA Interview Weekend
- Room and Board is provided for all RAs
- First-Year RAs: Half Silver Meal Plan
- Returning RAs: Full Silver Meal Plan
Resident Advisor Application
To better help you prepare to click submit when completing your
application, we have provided with you the essay questions you will be
asked here. We encourage you to type your responses in a Word document for saving just in case. Responses should be around 500 words.
- Why do you want to be a resident advisor? How do you see the RA
role enhancing your student experience at WashU?
- What characteristics and traits do you possess that make you a
strong resident advisor candidate?
- Describe a time that you were a part of a team and the role that
you played on it. What were some personal areas of strength and areas of improvement?
- What does community mean to you? How would you cultivate community within a building or on a floor?
- Describe a time that you advocated or could have advocated on
behalf of another person/group of people. What did you learn from that experience?
You will also be asked to list any activities, organizations, or jobs with which you are currently and plan to be involved in the 2020-21 academic year.
Applications for the 2020-21 Academic Year
- October 1, 2019: Application Opens
- October 28, 2019 at 11:59pm: Study Abroad Application Deadline
- November 9, 2019: Study Abroad Interview Day
- December 6, 2019 at 11:59pm: General Application Deadline
- December 3, 2019: References due
- January 18-19, 2020: General Process Interview Days
- Date TBD: RA Notification Day—HIRING DAY
In order to apply for the Resident Advisor position, you MUST complete your housing application when it opens.
You are required to attend an information session as part of the RA application process.
Information sessions will be held at these dates and times:
|Wednesday||October||2||6-8 p.m.||DUC 239|
|Monday||October||7||6-8 p.m.||Ursa’s Stage Side|
|Thursday||October||10||6-8 p.m.||Lien Seminar|
|Thursday||October||17||6-8 p.m.||Crow 206|
|Wednesday||October||23||6-8 p.m.||DUC 239|
|Sunday||October||27||2-4 p.m.||Lopata House 21|
|Friday||November||1||12-2 p.m.||Seigle L003|
|Wednesday||November||6||6-8 p.m.||DUC 239|
|Thursday||November||7||6-8 p.m.||Seigle 204|
|Wednesday||November||13||6-8 p.m.||Ursa’s Stage Side|
|Sunday||November||17||1-3 p.m.||Ursa’s Fireside|
|Tuesday||December||3||6-8 p.m.||Lien Seminar|
|Wednesday||December||4||6-8 p.m.||Lopata MPR|
|Thursday||December||5||6-8 p.m.||Seigle L006|
Open Houses are a new opportunity for candidates to connect with current Residential Life staff members (RCDs and RAs) as well as learn about our 13 residential communities. Open houses are not required for the application process, but are strongly encouraged. All potential applicants are invited to stop by and learn more.
Open Houses will be held in Risa Commons on:
Friday, Oct. 18 • 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 • 4-6 p.m.
Applicants must attend one information session to be considered for the position. We encourage you to attend a session before your respective application deadline, but it is not required. For example: if you are applying for the Study Abroad process, you can attend an information session after the October 28 deadline.
Online Application & References
It is imperative that the application is complete by 11:59pm on the day it is due. All incomplete applications will be removed from the selection process. Make sure you click submit when finished.
- Study Abroad Deadline: October 28, 2019
- General Process Deadline: December 6, 2019
All references are due by December 6th at 11:59pm. Please connect with your references prior to the deadline to insure submission.
Applicants must participate in the designated interview dates
- Study Abroad: Saturday, Nov. 9
- General: Saturday – Sunday, Jan. 18 – 19
As a part of the selection process for the RA position each candidate goes through an interview day consisting of a group interview in the morning, 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.
Though many interviews have a specific dress code, we would like to make a special note that we encourage candidates to come as you are for our interview weekend. Candidates will not be evaluated on dress.
If you are interested in getting additional prep for your interview, we encourage you to check out the Career Center website here.