Resident Assistants in Graduate & Family Housing

Position Overview

Resident Assistants in Graduate and Family Housing (RAs) form the face and voice of Residence Life at Rutgers. As such all RAs must be committed to our mission, which is to foster and inspire strong, inclusive communities; encourage and support students in their academic, social and personal growth; help students develop skills to succeed in a diverse, global society; and promote the appreciation of diversity. RAs are expected to serve as role models on campus, exhibit the ability to be effective listeners and excellent resources, and to show ethical behavior at all times.

Resident Assistants in Graduate and Family Housing are students enrolled full-time in a graduate program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The students in this role will live in communities serving graduate students in apartment-style living, who may share their space with other graduate students or their families (spouse/partner, and/or dependents). These unique communities also house undergraduate students with families, non-traditional undergraduate students, and international students. Below are the locations in which these communities may be found:

Busch Campus

  • Buell Apartments
  • Johnson Apartments
  • Marvin Apartments (Family Housing)
  • Nichols Apartments (Family Housing)
Cook Campus

  • Starkey Apartments

Livingston Campus

  • Livingston Apartments A

Due to the unique nature of the position of the RAs, work cannot easily be translated into hours per week. The RA job requires both regularly scheduled responsibilities and times during which RAs are available and accessible to floor residents. RAs are expected to be reasonably available and willing to work during emergencies and other unexpected events for which Residence Life support is needed.

Please see a full description of this position.

RAs in Graduate and Family Housing are compensated with the following:

  • Single bedroom (housed in an apartment to be shared with other graduate student roommates)
  • 150 block meal plan/semester

Application Process

  • Submit an application and resume RA in GRAD and FAMILY Housing Application.
  • The application deadline is Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 11:59PM for priority consideration.
  • Qualified candidates will be notified via email.


  • Please note these qualifications are required to apply for a position as an Resident Assistant in Graduate & Family Housing at Rutgers:
    • Leadership potential as shown through past leadership experiences and a desire to advocate for residents
    • Commitment to personal growth
    • Sensitivity and genuine concern for other students that would compel one to form relationships with every resident assigned
    • Strong interpersonal, critical-thinking, and communication skills
    • Applicants must be in good academic standing demonstrating a GPA of 2.8 or higher
    • Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program by time of hire in April 2021
    • Applicants must not be on student conduct probation or have any active sanctions
      • Applicants who are on reprimand but have no other active sanctions are eligible to apply
    • Applicants need to disclose any pertinent time commitments that impact their ability to fulfill the responsibilities of this role (including, but not limited to: internships, assistantships, jobs)

Summary of Responsibilities


Facilitating a positive community is an integral part to achieving the goals of Residence Life. In order to create a positive community, RAs in Graduate & Family Housing must develop individual relationships with each student and foster a community valuing respect for others, celebrating the differences each person brings. RAs in Graduate & Family Housing will facilitate community development through having meaningful individual interactions with residents, monthly meetings, and programs.


To achieve the goals of Residence Life, RAs in Graduate & Family Housing must approach all situations in an educational manner showing care and respect for all students. The RA role in responding to student concerns and crises will allow staff to maintain a positive community and to build relationships with students and the community at large. RAs are the first line of response in managing student and community concerns and will be expected to critically evaluate and determine the appropriate follow-up needed.


As a Residence Life staff member, RAs in Graduate & Family Housing are expected to be an integral part of the staff team and to participate in the work that supports the development of inclusive and safe communities. To facilitate the development of a staff team, RAs must work cooperatively with all staff within the building and the department. Much of the work that Hall Directors, Residence Life Coordinators, and Campus Directors do is dependent on the strong work ethic of the RA. Providing support, responding to facility concerns promptly, and completing necessary paperwork are some of the ways an RA can be a good team member.

More Questions?

Questions related to the recruitment process can be directed to becomera@rutgers.edu.

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