The 2019-2020 recruitment process is now completed. Please check back mid-October 2019 for details for the 2020-2021 recruitment process.

Resident Assistant Recruitment 2019-2020

Information Sessions

All interested candidates must attend one of the following information sessions. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the session in order to check-in.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Rutgers Academic Building Room 2125, College Ave

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Tillett Hall Room 264, Livingston

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall Room 102, C/D

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00PM-8:00PM*, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Busch – canceled due to inclement weather

Monday, November 19, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, B.E.S.T. WEST Lounge, Busch

Sunday, November 25, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Rutgers Academic Building Room 2125, College Ave

Monday, November 26, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Tillett Hall, Room 232, Livingston

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Science & Engineering Resource Center, Rm 111, Busch

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:30PM-10:30PM, Food Science Building Auditorium, C/D

If you are unable to attend a session, unfortunately, you will not be able to apply.

*Note session time 7:00PM-8:00PM

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.

RA/AAs are compensated with the following:

  • RAs receive a single traditional room and a 150-block meal plan
  • AAs receive a single room in an apartment shared with apartment-mates and a 50-block meal plan

Application Process

  • Applications are only made available to those who attend and check-in at an information session
  • The application process will begin on November 6, 2018
  • The application deadline is Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12PM (Noon). Late submissions will not be accepted
  • Qualified candidates will be notified via email early January
  • Interviews will take place January and February of 2019


Please note these qualifications are 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 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:
    • First-year and transfer 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 GPA higher than a 3.0)
    • Continuing students must currently have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA to apply (giving preference to those with a 3.0 or higher GPA)
    • All applicants 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 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 cannot hold a full-time position (25 hours or more/week) elsewhere such as student teaching or full-time internships
  • By January 2019, applicants must have:
    • lived on campus at Rutgers or another institution for at least one semester or
    • lived on campus at a summer institute or
    • been able to demonstrate an equivalent community-based experience

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 who are hired or placed on the alternate list will be required to take Foundations of the Resident Assistant Experience I (1.5 credit course) during the last seven weeks of the spring semester.  In addition, candidates who are hired will be required to take Foundations of the Resident Assistant Experience II (1.5 credit course) for the first seven weeks of the following fall semester.

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