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Becoming an RA

Become a Resident Assistant (RA)

Being a Resident Assistant (RA) is one of the most unique and rewarding leadership opportunities that students can have during their time at MSMU. Not only do RAs serve as exemplary role models to peers living in our residential communities, but they also acquire a multitude of transferable skills that will assist them with many of their personal, professional, and academic endeavors at the Mount and beyond.

Attend an Interest Session to learn more about the RA position and the selection process. If you have questions, we can answer them, or your current RA can tell you more about life as a RA at the Mount.

RA Job Description

A Resident Assistant is a full-time undergraduate student and part-time para-professional staff member who works with and for the Office of Residence Life. RAs work collaboratively with the Professional Staff to develop safe, inclusive, and educational residential communities for our students who live on campus. RAs/CAs report directly to either a Graduate Hall Coordinator or the Area Coordinator, and indirectly to the Assistant Directors of Residence for Residential Experience & Housing Operations and the Associate Dean & Director of Residence Life. Together the office provides residential support, mediation for intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts, facilitate programs and community building activities, support housing operations, opening and closing, and overall create a thriving environment for the Mount Students.

RA Job Functions and Expectations

  • Maintain frequent and consistent contact with residents living on their assigned floor or area.
  • Ensure that community residents understand their rights and responsibilities within the community and can effectively address concerns or conflicts that arise within the community.
  • Develop and implement a variety of social and educational programs and community development opportunities for the residents living in their respective area.
  • Plan and lead floor and/or area meetings with residents to discuss upcoming events, such as residence hall closings for break periods and housing selection for the upcoming academic year.
  • Assist students in developing hall/community programs which contribute to areas of their development according to departmental and supervisory expectations.
  • Design and regularly update passive education displays and community building tools such as bulletin boards and door decorations on their respective floor or area.
  • Approach students of all racial/ethnic, religious, physical ability level, gender, and age differences with an attitude of respect, fairness, and equity.
  • Provide information, referrals, and crisis intervention for any resident who may request or demonstrate a need for assistance.
  • Participate in a rotating evening and weekend duty schedule with other RAs in their assigned residence hall or area under the direction of their supervisor.
  • Participate in all aspects of the Fall Training Program, Winter Training Program, and RA In-Service Program throughout the academic year.
  • Serve on at least one Residence Life Committee throughout the academic year, including: Staff Selection, Staff Training, Staff Development & Appreciation, and Social Media.
  • Assist with all major events hosted by or involving the Office of Residence Life, including but not limited to, RA Interview Days, New Student Orientation, and Freshmen & Returning Student Move-in Days.

Academic and Student Conduct Requirements

  • RA candidates must have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply for the position, and;
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to accept an RA position and retain the position in subsequent semesters
  • RA candidates must be in and remain in good judicial standing with the University to be employed as a Resident Assistant

Resident Assistant Compensation

  • 100% Room Remission, 75% Board Remission.

Submit Your Application

Talk to your current RA about about what the job is like, or sign up for an RA Info Session to learn more.

How to Become a Resident Assistant

1. Attend at least one (1) RA Interest Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023: Library 101 at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023: Horning Classroom at 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023, in McCaffery Lounge at 5 PM
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023, in Brute Lounge at 6 PM

2. Complete the RA Application

Interested candidates will be able to submit their application starting Wednesday, November 1, 2023, until Friday, December 8, 2023, by 5:00 PM. The Residence Life Professional staff will carefully read each application before sending out invitations to participate in Spring semester interviews.

Submit Your Application

3. Acquire Three References

Each successful candidate must submit three references from the following:

  • One reference from a current or former RA is required.
  • One Academic Reference from a professor or advisor.
  • One Professional or Personal (character) reference (i.e., a former or current supervisor, coach, minister).
  • Ask each person you are requesting a reference from to submit the reference through our RA reference form.
  • Reference Forms Are DUE by Friday, December 8, 2023, by 5:00 PM

4. Participate in Interview Days

Students who have successfully submitted their application and have met all eligibility requirements, will be invited to sit for two sets of interviews: Induvial and Group.

Individual Interviews will begin Tuesday, January 16, 2024, and commence on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

Group Interviews with other RA candidates is required and is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

5. RA Training

All RA candidates will be contacted regarding the status of their application in time for housing selection.

Those candidates who are offered RA appointments for the following academic year will be required to attend a Welcome Mixer, RA In-Service for closing and will be staying for hall closings through Monday, May 13, 2024. All dates will be provided via email and inside the offer letter.