Resident Assistant Recruitment

Position Overview

Resident Assistants and Apartment Assistants (RA/AA) form the face and the voice of Residence Life at Rutgers. As such all RA/AAs 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.

RA/AAs 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.

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


Please note these qualifications required to apply for a position as a Resident Assistant or Apartment Assistant (RA/AA) at Rutgers:

  • Leadership potential as shown through past leadership experiences, recommendations, 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.
  • GPA:
    • Students in their first semester must obtain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA by the end of the fall semester (giving preference to those with a 3.0 or higher).  First year students must obtain an overall cumulative GPA of a 2.8 or higher by the end of the spring semester.Upperclassmen students must currently have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA to apply (giving preference to those with a 3.0 or higher GPA).  Upperclassmen students must also obtain an overall cumulative GPA of a 2.8 or higher by the end of the spring semester.
  • Applicants must have completed one semester at Rutgers-New Brunswick.
  • Applicants must not have current judicial sanctions.
  • Applicants cannot hold a full-time position elsewhere such as student teaching or full-time internships.
  • All applicants must have lived in on-campus housing at least one semester either at Rutgers-New Brunswick or another institution.

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 RA/AAs must develop individual relationships with each student and foster a community valuing respect for others, celebrating the differences each person brings. RA/AAs will facilitate community development through having meaningful individual interactions with residents, monthly meetings, and programs.


To achieve the goals of Residence Life, RA/AAs must approach all situations in an educational manner showing care and respect for all students. The RA/AA 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. RA/AAs 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, RA/AAs 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, RA/AAs 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/AA. Providing support, responding to facility concerns promptly, and completing necessary paperwork are some of the ways an RA/AA can be a good team member.


All candidates hired for a particular position or selected for the alternate list will be required to attend a series of RA/AA preparation classes during the spring semester for 1.5 credits. Newly selected RA/AAs will need to attend another series of classes during the fall semester for 1.5 credits.