Resident Assistant Recruitment 2020-2021

learn about becoming a resident and apartment assistant 2019-2020

Resident Assistant Recruitment is Closed for 2020-2021.

Return to our website on or around October 15, 2020 for the 2021-2022 recruitment details.

The Information Sessions listed below are for current undergraduate Rutgers–New Brunswick students. There is a separate process for graduate students interested in becoming a Resident Assistant in Graduate and Family Housing.

Information Sessions

All interested students must attend one of the following information sessions in order to apply for the position. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the session in order to check-in and remain for the duration of the 1 hour session. Please plan accordingly and be mindful of class registration times that may conflict with session times.

Monday, November 4, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Rutgers Academic Building Room 2400, College Ave

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Food Science Building Auditorium, C/D

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, B.E.S.T. West Lounge, Busch

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Tillett Hall 254, Livingston

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:00-9:00PM*, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Busch

Monday, November 18, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Rutgers Academic Building 2400, College Ave

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Hickman Hall 101, C/D

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Richard Weeks Hall 105, Busch

Friday, November 22, 2019, 1:00-2:00PM*, Loree Hall 020, C/D

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 9:30-10:30PM, Tillett Hall 254, Livingston

*Note: different session times

If you are unable to attend any 1 of our 10 sessions listed above, please contact by November 14, 2019. Only academic challenges and emergencies will be considered on a case by case basis.


Keys to Interviewing Sessions – Optional for possible candidates

In addition to attending one of the mandatory Information Sessions, this optional session will help students become better prepared for interview days:

Friday, November 22nd, 2019, 2:15-3:45PM Loree Hall 020, C/D

Tuesday, December 3th, 2019, 8:00-9:30PM Rutgers Academic Building 2400, College Ave

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, 8:00-9:30PM SERC Hall 118, Busch

Position Overview

Resident Assistants form the face and the voice of Residence Life at Rutgers. As such all RA/s 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.

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.

RAs are compensated with the following:

  • RAs receive a single traditional room and a 150-block meal plan

Application Process

  • Applications are only made available to those who attend and check-in on the iPad at an information session
  • The application process will begin on November 5, 2019
  • The application deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019 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 2020


Please note these qualifications are required to apply for a position as a Resident Assistant 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)
  • 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) including, but not limited to: student teaching, internships, assistantships and jobs
  • By January 2020, applicants must:
    • have lived on campus at Rutgers or another institution for at least one semester or
    • be able to demonstrate an equivalent community-based experience
      • examples can include lived on campus at a summer institute

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


To achieve the goals of Residence Life, RAs 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 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.

A sample of the current 2019-2020 RA contract can be found HERE


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.

More Questions?

Questions related to the recruitment process can be directed to

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