RA/RD Staff Selection

2017-18 Job Descriptions

Important Dates

Date Selection Event Location Time
Thur., October 20, 2016 RA Information Session* Bornhuetter MPR 7pm
Fri., November 4, 2016 Mid-Year Hire Applications Due  Campus Life Office 5pm
Wed., November 16, 2016 RA Information Session* Compton Basement Lounge 7pm
Mon., January 16, 2017 RD Applications Due Campus Life Office 5pm
January 16-20, 2017 RD Interviews Campus Life Office  
Wed., January 18, 2017 RA Information Session* Holden Hall Formal Lounge 6pm
Wed., January 18, 2017 True Colors Session** Wilson Governance Room 7pm
Fri., January 20, 2017 All Applications & Recommendations Due Campus Life Office 5pm
Fri., January 20, 2017 True Colors Session** Wilson Governance Room 6pm
January 23-27, 2017 Returning RA Candidate Individual Interviews Campus Life Office  
 Tues., January 24, 2017 True Colors Session** CoRE 7pm
 Jan. 30- Feb. 3 New RA Candidate Individual Interviews Lowry Center  
Wed., February 1, 2017 RD Offer Letters out with Tentative Placement Campus Mailboxes 5pm
Fri., February 3, 2017 RD Acceptance Forms Due Campus Life Office 5pm
Tues., February 7, 2017 Group Interview (1 Session) TBD TBD
Sat., February 11, 2017 Group Interviews (3 Sessions) TBD TBD
Wed., February 15, 2017 RA Offer Letters out with Tentative Placement Campus Mailboxes 5pm
Fri., February 17, 2017 RA Acceptance Forms Due Campus Life Office 5pm

*Attending one Information Session is encouraged, but not mandatory.

**New RA Candidates only need to attend one True Colors Session.

***Each New RA Candidate must sign up to participate in one group interview session upon turning in their application, as well as one individual interview. Sign up forms will be available in the Campus Life Office (Lowry Center).

Application

Students interested in applying to be a Resident Assistant (RA) must fill out the Resident Assistant application form and both recommendation forms. Turn them in to the Office of Residence Life by Friday, January 20, 2017 by 5 p.m. If a student is interested in bring a mid-year hire (hired for Spring 2017) the application form and both recommendations must be completed by Friday, November 4, 2016 by 5 p.m. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lauren Missik, Assistant Director of Residence Life.

A completed application for a returning RA/RD candidate must include:

A completed application for a new RA must include:

  • 2017-2018 New RA Application (.docx)
  • Two completed recommendation forms (one from Faculty or Staff and one from Residence Life)
  • A resume and cover letter
  • Participation in at least one True Colors Sessions. 
  • Participation in group interviews and an individual interview session.

The cover letter should summarize the applicant's interest in the position and highlight why the applicant is an exceptional candidate. The updated resume should highlight the applicants leadership and job experience. Applicants are encouraged to seek out Career Planning for any help in revising your materials.

FAQs

Q. What are the minimum requirements I need to meet in regards to academic and judicial standing in order to be an RA?

A. During the application process, professional staff members review judicial records and the academic standing of each applicant.  All applicants, as well as current staff members, must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 per semester, and as a cumulative GPA.  When reviewing judicial records we are looking to ensure candidates do not have a significant judicial history.  If you have specific concerns regarding your academic or judicial standing, do not hesitate to speak with Lauren Missik for additional information.
 
Q. How does the RA position affect my financial aid?

A. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 330-263-2317 to find out how the compensation would affect your individual package.  This is a very important step in the process as the RA position may affect each person’s financial aid package differently.
 
Q. What is the compensation for the RA position?

A. Compensation for the Resident Assistant position includes: a single room in a residence hall.  The Office of Residence Life does reserve the right to assign a Resident Assistant a temporary roommate in the event of a housing shortage. Half room and board for first time Resident Assistants and three-quarters room and board for returning Resident Assistants.
 
Q. Can I have other jobs while being an RA?

A. RAs are not allowed to hold off-campus jobs during the academic year, but they can work up to 10 hours in another on campus position.  However, if the RA's supervisor feels that they are over-extended due to extracurricular commitments and are not fulfilling their responsibilities as a RA, this may be a place where the individual is required to make changes. 
 
Q. In what and how many co-curricular activities am I allowed to participate?

A. Co-curricular opportunities are an essential part of the college experience, so we do not set a time limit for these kinds of activities.  However, it is important to remember that the RA position must be your first priority after your academic work.  We want our RAs to be well-rounded involved students without burning themselves out. If we feel that an RA is over-extended and is not fulfilling their responsibilities as an RA, these would be the types of commitments we’d ask staff to re-prioritize.
 
Q. What is the department’s policy regarding RAs using/possessing alcohol or drugs?-

A. It is necessary for the department to uphold The Scot’s Key (.pdf) as well as local, state, and federal laws.  There is no tolerance for illicit drug use amongst the staff.  If an RA is found responsible for the use of illicit drugs, a potential consequence may be the immediate loss of their RA position.  We take a similar stance when it comes to alcohol.  Residence Life staff who are 21 or older and choose to consume alcohol are expected to do so responsibly.  If an RA who is under the legal drinking age is found responsible for the misuse of alcohol, a potential consequence may be the loss of their job.