Resident Assistant Recruitment 2023-2024

The information listed below is 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.

Position Overview

Resident Assistants form the face and the voice of Residence Life at Rutgers. As such all RAs must be committed to the Residence Life mission.

RAs are expected to serve as role models on campus, exhibit the ability to be effective listeners and excellent resources, and 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:

  • Single traditional room or a single bedroom (housed in an apartment or suite to be shared with other student roommates). The majority of our residential communities are mixed gender areas. To learn more about the variety of amenities offered for each housing type, please review our individual hall pages.
  • 150-block meal plan per semester
  • Your remuneration package is listed as a scholarship on your account. If you receive financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office to determine how remuneration will affect your financial aid package.

Drop-in with Residence Life

Residence Life will be hosting five drop-in hours during the duration of our Resident Assistant application being live. Please feel free to drop in and chat with a variety of Residence Life staff and ask any questions you may have. Whether it be about the role, completing the application, who to use as a reference, etc.- we are here to help you! The drop-in hours will all occur via Zoom.

Drop-in dates & times:

  • Tuesday, November 1st, 3pm-4pm
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 7pm-8pm
  • Friday, November 18th, 1pm-2pm
  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 9:30am-10:30am
  • Monday, November 28th, 8pm-9pm

Zoom information:

Application Process

  • The online application will be open from Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 12 p.m. EST through Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 12 p.m. EST. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • In order to apply, applicants will need to watch informational videos before proceeding to the application itself.
  • A reference is required to support an applicant’s candidacy. The reference can be internal or external to Rutgers and should be from someone who can speak to your skills and ability to succeed in the RA position. If you live on campus, we highly recommend connecting with your RA prior to applying though you do not need to list them as your reference.
  • A resume is required as part of the application. The resume should include transferrable skills, leadership skills, involvement in college-based activities, and any other relevant experience.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up with their reference to make sure they have completed and submitted the online reference form by Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 12 p.m. EST. Failure to have your reference completed by the deadline will result in removal from the RA application process.
  • Need some support writing your resume or improving your interviewing skills? Please connect with Career Exploration and Success.
  • The RA position can be time-consuming, but it is possible to manage it.
  • For a better idea of the RA time commitments, please review two possible RA schedules: Sample Schedule 1 and Sample Schedule 2.

Qualifications and Terms of Employment

These qualifications are required to apply for the Resident Assistant position:

  • Be enrolled as full-time student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • Must be in good academic standing:
    • Must have completed 24 Rutgers New Brunswick credits upon receipt of application. This does not include advanced placement, transfer or current semester credits. Transfer students with 2 semesters of college credits may apply after emailing to: BecomeRA@echo.rutgers.edu to request access to the application. 
    • Must currently have a minimum of a 2.8 GPA to apply (giving preference to those with a 3.0 or higher GPA)
  • 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
  • Cannot hold a full-time position (25 hours or more/week) including, but not limited to: student teaching, internships, assistantships and jobs.
  • Due to the competitive nature of being selected for the RA position, having lived on campus at Rutgers or another institution and/or being able to demonstrate an equivalent leadership community-based experience is strongly preferred.
  • 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 based in inclusivity

Summary of Responsibilities

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT: 

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.

PROBLEM SOLVING: 

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.

ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS:

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.

RA TRAINING:

Full participation in staff training programs and staff meetings is an important requirement of the position. This includes summer and winter training, online training, campus meetings, and any other meetings as needed during the academic year. All staff must be present at all assigned training sessions; limited exceptions are granted and the unexcused absence of training programs may result in termination.

Summer Training 2023 Dates: RAs will need to complete their move to their fall assignment no later than Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Training will begin on Thursday, August 17, 2023, and will continue until the buildings open.

RA CLASS FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT: 

All candidates who are hired will be required to take Foundations of the Resident Assistant Experience (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 becomera@rutgers.edu.

This email is monitored Monday – Friday from 8:30AM-5:00PM except holidays.

To learn more integral information about Residence Life, please review the following webpages!

  • For information about accommodations and wellness, please visit our Student Support page.
  • For information about our Living-Learning Community Resident Assistant role, please visit our Living-Learning Community page.
  • For information about other ways to gain valuable Residence Life leadership experience, please visit our Student Leadership page to learn more about Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary.
  • For information about our communities, please explore our campus pages.