What do you look for in a successful RA candidate?
Successful RA candidates have a variety of skills including good communication skills, an open mind, and a positive attitude.
What is your scoring criterion?
Your score is based on your application, group process/interview, and individual interview.
When will I find out where I am placed?
Letters concerning placement for academic year hires will be sent out the beginning of April via the email you provided on your application.
How many are on my staff?
Staffs range in size from 4-20 resident advisors.
What is UNIV 497?
UNIV 497 is the class that you will need to take concurrently with your first semester of employment with the Department of Residence Life. Departmentally sponsored UNIV 497 sessions are listed on the online course schedule
. Additionally, we will tell you what sections of this class will be for parapros at the group process sessions.
Can you be an RA without taking the UNIV 497 class?
Successful completion of the UNIV 497 course is strongly recommended. If you have a unique circumstance you would like considered, please call Residence Life at 335-1227.
What is the difference between Sponsor, RA, and paraprofessional?
A Paraprofessional is the umbrella term that you can use to refer to all student staff members in Residence Life. RA, or Resident Advisor, is the specific name to paraprofessionals in all of the halls, except Stimson Hall. In Stimson Hall, the paraprofessionals are called Sponsors. Both positions play a similar role in our hall communities
What if I can't make the process session/miss my session?
If you cannot attend or miss your process session, you will not get any points added to your candidate score and our staff will not have the opportunity to observe your readiness for the position. There are multiple process sessions and if you cannot make your assigned time you need to contact one of the committee chairs and have them reschedule your time. We do not guarantee that you will be able to reschedule, so please do not miss your session. Please see the Contact Us
section for contact information.
Where is the Residence Life office?
The main office for Residence Life is above the Streit-Perham lobby.
Do Sponsors still have to go to Process Sessions?
No. Sponsor candidates participate in their own selection process (Sponsor in Training program). Any Sponsor applicants who want to also be considered for an RA position must go through the group process as well as complete the entire paraprofessional process.
How many people are there in the applicant pool and how many of these will be hired? When do people usually find out?
This size of the pool depends on the number of applicants and the number of returnees to the department. The first wave of hiring will happen in February and we will continue to fill positions as they open throughout the semester and summer.
If hired, can you go through formal recruitment (Greek Life) in the fall?
We have students who are part of the Greek community who also work as Resident Advisors, however formal recruitment happens during opening and Week of Welcome for us in Residence Life. Balancing participation in formal recruitment with being available to your residents is possible, but is very challenging.
Can I be Greek and an RA?
Yes! If you plan to join a residential Greek chapter, you will want to make sure that you are able to be a live-out member of your fraternity or sorority as your position requires you to live in the residence halls.
What do you consider casual business attire?
Casual business attire includes but is not limited to collared shirts and ties, dress shirts, dress pants, slacks, skirts, and/or dresses. It is recommended that you wear casual business attire that does not restrict your movement as you will be moving around during your group process session.
If you are hired, how is it determined where you will be placed and when do you find that out?
The selection committee looks at your building preferences, your evaluator's recommendations, and your application so that you can be placed in a community and on a staff where we think your talents will be well utilized.
When do we find out where we'll be living?
Placement letters for academic year hires are sent in April.
How many people will be present in my interview?
There will be two people at you interview(s).
How much of your grades are factored in?
Grade point averages are not "scored" in the selection process; however a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA is required to be a paraprofessional.
Is there a way to find out your "rank" of being hired/not hired when you're in the alternate pool?
We do not operate on a strict ranking system. Your fit with a staff and community are more important than just your exact score. If you would like more information or feedback about your performance in the selection process, please schedule a time to meet with Karen Metzner, Assistant Director of Residence Life by calling 509-335-1227, option 4.
What is the time commitment of being an RA?
Resident Advisors can expect to commit about 20 hours a week to their RA role.
Do we have to attend fall training if we have already been through training? What if we have time/scheduling conflicts?
Training is required of all staff and takes place each semester. If you have a time/scheduling conflict with training, please contact a member of the central Residence Life staff at 335-1227.
Do we have to apply for housing as an RA?
If you have been hired to be an RA for the 2016-2017 school year, you should submit a housing application.
Do you have to attend meetings and how many how often?
Yes there is a weekly staff meeting on Wednesday at 7:00-10:00pm. You will also have a weekly meeting with your RED (Hall Director) that will last 30min-1 hour.
What do you get in compensation for being an RA?
Resident Advisors receive compensation in the form of their room cost and a level 3 meal plan.
When are paraprofessionals required to be back in the fall?
Usually training begins on the first Tuesday in August by 5:00pm. This information will be outlined in your acceptance letter.
Will I have time to find a house/apartment if I'm not hired?
We often hire people from the alternate pool throughout the summer. People who have signed leases for off campus housing, and are then offered the RA position, often have to decline as they are locked into a lease. We recommend considering returning to the Residence Halls or applying to live in University owned apartments as then your contract can be transferred if you are offered an RA position.
If my cumulative GPA is below 2.5 at time of application will I still be considered for a job?
Your application will still be considered, however you cannot be hired until your cumulative GPA is 2.5 or higher.
What does it mean to be "in the pool"?
Each year we have more people applying to be paraprofessionals than we have spots initially available. As a result, we place a number of applicants into what is called the alternate pool, commonly called the pool. This means we would like you on staff, but we don't currently have an open position to offer you! Those who are placed in the pool are still in the running to become paraprofessionals. Throughout the Spring Semester and into the summer, we will have a number of students decide that they are no longer interested in being a Resident Advisor. Each time we have an opening, someone from the pool will be selected to fill the opening, but it is impossible to know for sure if and when you could be hired from the pool.
What are the odds of being accepted?
It is difficult to provide the exact odds of being hired; however, of our 140 paraprofessional positions available each year, we often fill about 50% of those positions with new staff members.
What are advantages of living in all male or all female hall?
Some students are more comfortable living in a single-gender environment for many reasons. These reasons can range from liking the hall and its location, to having friends in that hall, to being more comfortable without members of the opposite gender around.
What is the purpose of the group interview?
In Residence Life, we work in teams and how you interact with people is important for us to understand. We want to create well-balanced teams with many different personalities and styles so that we can best serve our residents. The group process sessions give us a chance to see you in action with others.
How can I change my application if something happens and it is no longer accurate?
Contact the committee co-chairs or the Residence Life Office (335-1227).