Student Employment

Now accepting applicants for the 2023-2024 Academic year!

Click here to download the RA Employment Application!

What is a Resident Assistant (RA)?

Resident Assistants (RAs) are front line helpers on staff. RAs are dedicated to learning about their residents so that we can help make their stay in our hall a pleasant one. RAs plan programs/events to build community in the residence halls, and they are trained to help mediate and resolve resident issues. RAs also enforce policy and serve in an on-call duty rotation to ensure the safety and security of the residence Halls.

General Job Responsibilities

  • Be available, approachable, visible, and serve as a resource to students in your area by assisting them with personal, social, academic, and general problems.
  • Regularly interact with students on assigned floor(s) and building.
  • Plan and facilitate assigned number of programs (events) per semester.
  • Serve in an “on duty” rotation in accordance with departmental protocol.
  • Confront and report inappropriate student behavior that infringes on the rights of others or violates the Student Code of Conduct, while both on AND off duty.
  • Attend monthly all-staff meetings, weekly area staff meetings, weekly one-on-one meetings with your supervisor and any other meetings as required by your supervisor, or the Director of Residence Life.
  • Assist in the opening and closing of the Residence Halls (August opening, Thanksgiving Break closing/opening, Winter Break closing/opening, Spring Break closing/opening, May Closing & Senior Days)
  • Conduct monthly Health and Safety Inspections of your assigned residential area.
  • Remain on campus a minimum of two weekends a month.
  • General area assistance and other duties as assigned.

Outside Employment

  • Outside employment is permitted but may not exceed more than 12 hours during any given week for new RAs, or 20 hours per week for returning RAs.
  • The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to revoke permission for outside employment if concerns arise regarding academic performance and/or satisfactory employee performance.

How are RAs compensated for their work?

  • RAs are compensated $9,000 per year* ($4,500 per semester) applied directly to their student account.
  • *Advertised compensation rates are based upon current 2022-2023 budget and are subject to change pending budget approval for 2023-2024. See application for more information.

Who can apply?

  • In order to be considered for the Resident Assistant position, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Must be enrolled as a full-time day or graduate student throughout course of employment (12 academic credits)
    • Must be in good academic standing with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25
    • Must be in satisfactory disciplinary status as determined by Assistant Dean of Student Life
    • Must be a resident student for at least one semester by the start of employment (August 2023)

How do I apply?

Recruitment Timeline

  • Applications due – Friday, February 24th at 4:00 PM
  • Group Process – Sunday, February 26th from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Individual Interviews – Monday, March 6th – Friday, March 10th
  • Hiring Decisions – Monday, March 20th
  • Accept/Deny Deadline – Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00 PM
  • Student-Staff Roommate Selection – March 28th


Info Tables

  • Friday, February 10th, 12:00 p.m., Lombard Dining Hall

Info Sessions

  • Thursday, February 16th, 1:30 p.m., Bazzie’s
  • Thursday, February 16th, 6:00 p.m., Remillard Lobby
  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:00 p.m., Remillard Lobby
  • Tuesday, February 21st, 8:00 p.m., Fels Lounge