Be a Resident Advisor
University Housing at Armstrong currently employs thirty-four (34) live-in resident advisors who help support the residential curriculum and administration of Armstrong's four residential areas. The RA position is crucial to the function of the housing department and to the education of our residential students. RAs provide a number of functions to our students including leadership, resources, student and community development, and safety awareness. Students who serve in this role are actively engaged in the departments's educational priority and serve as peer leaders and educators. RAs receive training in leadership development, community development, curriculum, and crisis response. The skills learned in this student position are transferable with any future career aspirations.
Are you a student leader who wants to help educate peers and serve as a role model? If so, then we hope you consider applying to be an RA for the 2018-2019 academic year. The RA Migration-Selection Process is about to take flight. Please review the selection process below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the process or the position, please contact Katie Fester, Assistant Director of University Housing at Armstrong.
Sign up for your individual interview here. Returning RA interviews are January 29th - February 2nd and New RA Candidates interviews are February 5th - 9th
Resident Advisor Migration-Selection Process
(January 5, 2018 - February 10, 2018)
Because RAs play a critical role in the educational priority of our residential students, the selection process is set up in three parts.
Part One - Application Period:
- The first part is the candidates successful completion of the online application through the University's human resource page.
- If applicants are interested in a specific theme or living-learning community, they will also need to complete a supplemental application here. For more information on what theme and living-learning communities will be offered in 2018-2019 on the Armstrong campus, please visit this webpage (insert link).
- Attend at least one RA Information Session. Sessions are available (1) at 8 pm on Thursday, January 11th | Compass Point Clubhouse or (2) at 7 pm on Sunday, January 21st | Windward Commons East Classroom. Candidates could also choose to attend the Join the Flock: RA Mixer event to meet current RAs and learn about the process. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th at 7 pm.
- Visit Career Services- Because our RAs are students too, we hope to continue to provide developmental opportunities for them, even during the RA Migration-Selection process. Candidates can attend at least one of these events or services provided by the Career Services office.
- Attend an interview skills or resume building workshop (dates TBD by Career Services)
- Send resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for review by a Career Services professional staff member
- Visit Career Services during their walk-in hours
- Schedule a one-on-one mock interview with a Career Services professional staff member.
Part Two - Individual Interview:
All candidates for the RA 2018-2019 year, will participate in an individual interview. The interview will be conducted by current housing staff members and offered during the week of February 5th and 9th.
Part Three - Group Interview Process:
All new candidates will participate in the group interview process. The process attempts to observe how candidates work as a group while actively participating in four different scenarios. Groups will be assigned randomly, and current housing staff members will serve as facilitators. The Group Interview will be held on Saturday, February 10th from 3-5:30 pm.
Returning RA Application Process:
For those RAs that are currently employed through University Housing, the reapplication process is as follows:
- Step One: Completion for Returning RA Application for 2018-2019 year and successful completion of a background check (including GPA and student conduct record)
- Step Two: An individual presentation-interview with housing professional and graduate staff members. The presentation will need to be no longer than 7-10 minutes and an individual interview will immediately follow. Current RAs will need to choose between one of two prompts for the presentation. The presentation prompts are:
- Option 1: Reading one of two articles related to residential curriculum, and, using the article, provide a presentation on how the resident advisor serves as a peer educator and leader. The articles can be found at these links:
- Option 2: Choose one of of the four Residence Education Learning Goals (Commit to Self-Discovery, Become an Engaged Citizen, Contribute to Inclusive Communities, Develop as a Lifelong Learner) and discuss what you have learned this past semester from this learning goal and how the goal assists in your role of being a peer educator and leader. The RELG rubrics can be found at this link.
Presentations can be done through PowerPoint, Google Slides, poster, video, etc. Your individual interview will follow your presentation.
In order to be considered for the RA position in 2018-2019, candidates must complete the above mentioned steps during the selection process. Candidates will be asked to "check-in" at the events they attend. The "check-in" process will be relied on candidate's truthful and honest completion. Candidates that are found to have falsely "check-in" throughout the selection process, may be documented and referred to the Office of Student Conduct. To access the RA Selection Check-In Form, please follow this link, or scan the below QR code to complete the form for each part of the application process.
Decisions for the 2018-2019 staff will be decided after the Group Interview Process. Both new and returning applicants will be formally reviewed by the housing search committee. Decision letters will be emailed to students' campus email addresses as early as Friday, February 16th.
We are actively searching for the best student candidates that have a passion for leading and serving as peer educators in the residence halls. If you would like to reccomend someone, please click here! If any student candidate has questions, please contact Katie Fester, Assistant Director of University Housing at the Armstrong Campus. We look forward to meeting and working with you through the selection process!
Resident Assistants Function at the Highest Level in the Areas of:
- Role modeling and leadership
- Resource assistance and referral
- Student and community development
- Safety and security awareness
- Community standards regulation
- Facilities and occupancy management
- Housing and Residence Life administration
Minimum Requirements for application consideration:
- Residency in on-campus housing for at least one full semester (exceptions provided on a case-by-case basis)
- Enrolled as a full-time, on-campus Armstrong student (12+ credit hours) during period of employment
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the start of and during the term of employment
- Ability to balance academic, employment, personal and co-curricular commitments
- Successful completion of an extensive selection process that includes completion of an RA passport of activities, individual interview, group interview and online application process.
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