Becoming a Resident Advisor is a life changing experience! The skills and experiences gained from this position prepare student leaders for careers in almost every field. And, if nothing more, the people you meet while building a community in residence are friends that will last a lifetime!


The Resident Advisor (RA) is a hired student leader who is expected to act as a role model, mentor, resource, and support to students living in residence. The primary objective of the RA as part of the Residence Life Department is to foster a community environment that eases the student transition into college/university, and supports the personal and academic success of residence students. The RA will live in an assigned residence room and be responsible for facilitating social and educational programs while creating a safe, respectful environment through the enforcement of the Residence Community Living Standards.

We respect, appreciate, and encourage diversity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Please review the important dates and information below before applying.


FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Residence Life Staff Applications Open

FEBRUARY 21 & 25, MARCH 4, 2019

Applicant Information Sessions

Location: Sibley Hall Main Lobby

All applications are encouraged to attend one of these sessions as they are designed to set you up for success in our process and provide you with more background information on positions.

MARCH 15, 2019

Application Deadline

All applications are to be submitted by 4:00pm via email to Erica Fearnall, Residence Life Coordinator, at

MARCH 20 & 21, 2019

Group Interview & Applicant Assessment Process

Location: TBA via e-mail

This is often called a ‘carousel’ interview process, where you and a small group of applicants will work together and participate in a series of activities. You will be observed by current residence staff as you engage in problem solving, team building, event planning, and communication exercises. Group interviews are approximately 2 – 3 hours in length.

MARCH 26 & 27, 2019

Individual Interview Process

Each candidate will be called in for an individual interview with a small panel. Behavioural questions will help the panel assess your previous experience, preparedness, and interest in the RA position.

MARCH 29, 2019

Offer Letters Sent to Successful Applicants

APRIL 4, 2019

Position Acceptances Due

APRIL 12, 2019

New Staff ‘Meet & Greet’

APRIL 25 & 26, 2019

New Staff Orientation

AUGUST 15, 2019 (TBD) – Move In Day

Move-In Day & Residence Life Staff Training

  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter

For any questions related to this job opportunity please contact Erica Fearnall, Residence Life Coordinator, at or or by phone at 804-475-6334.