Resident Assistant Recruitment 2021-2022

  • The online application will be open from Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST through Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • In order to apply, applicants will be asked to watch informational videos before proceeding to the application itself.
  • Late applications will not be permitted.

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 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 or a single bedroom (housed in an apartmental or suite to be shared with other student roommates).
  • 150-block meal plan per semester

Application Process

  • The online application will be open from Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST through Sunday, November 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • In order to apply, applicants will be asked to watch informational videos before proceeding to the application itself.
  • Late applications will not be permitted.


Please note these qualifications are required to apply for a position as a Resident Assistant at Rutgers:

  • Be enrolled as full-time student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • 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:
    • Applicants must have completed 24 Rutgers New Brunswick credits upon receipt of application. This does not include advanced placement, transfer or current semester credits. Exceptions include transfer students who will be classified as juniors in September 2021 can apply on a case-by-case basis
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • All applicants will be required to have a reference to support their candidacy. The reference can be internal or external to Rutgers. The reference can be a leader of a student organization, supervisor at work, current or previous RA or professional staff member.

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.


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.

Register: Optional “Keys to Interviewing” Virtual Sessions

Register to reserve your space at one of two virtual optional sessions to help better prepare you for resident assistant interviewing!

Tuesday, December, 8, 2020 | 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST

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Sunday, December 13, 2020 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST

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More Questions?

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