Resident Assistant Selection: Academic Year 2021-2022

Make an Impact as an RA

Do you want to shape the residence hall experience for others? If yes, you should apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs help their fellow students and create a welcoming community where students feel like they belong.

The residence hall experience is a crucial aspect of college life, especially for incoming students. RAs help build community within the residence halls by planning social activities and events, by fostering relationships with residents, and by encouraging campus involvement.

Some RAs specifically work with a living-learning community to foster student growth and development. They encourage faculty-student interactions as well as campus involvement. Click here to check out the Living-Learning Communities Valparaiso University has to offer.

What does it take?

Being an RA takes leadership, initiative, and organization. It is a great opportunity for you to further develop your leadership skills, get involved on campus, and make lifelong friends.

Check out our links below to learn more about this exciting leadership opportunity.

Should you have further questions or need additional information, please contact Nell Colyn, Selection Chair.

The online application can be found in your DataVU.  Once in Data VU, log into your Housing Self Service.  Under the Application dropdown, you will see the RA application, Resident Assistant Job Application (Spring 2021). The application consists of three steps: Resident Assistant Position Description Review, General Information, and Scenario-Based Discussion Questions.

You will complete the Resident Assistant Position Description Review and General Information Application in your Student Self-Service. Following the completion of these parts, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and be provided the link to a google form where you will complete the Scenario-Based Discussion Questions. Attached to the confirmation e-mail there will be a copy of the scenario for you. Please consider reviewing the scenario and jotting down a few notes to prepare for the scenario-based discussion questions in the application.

If you are interested in Sorority Housing Complex staff position, please contact Trenton Holloway at trenton.holloway@valpo.edu.

 
 

Resident Assistant Position Description

German House Resident Assistant Position Description

Available Applications:

  • New Resident Assistant (application due Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 11:59 pm)
  • Returning Resident Assistant (application due Monday, December 14, 2020, at 5 pm)

Your room will be provided with a 100% discount off the current rate for the building to which you have been assigned, as space permits. 

This room will be provided during the length of your employment. You are required to complete a Housing Agreement form and are subject to all conditions outlined in the agreement regardless of your employment status.  A stipend will be paid in the amount of $1200 per semester (semesters 1-2), $1400 per semester (semesters 3-4), or $1600 for any subsequent semesters of employment unless otherwise noted in your appointment letter. This stipend is subject to review each semester in accordance with the merit salary guidelines as printed in the current Resident Assistant Manual, and final approval of the Director of Residential Life.

Thank you for your interest in the Resident Assistant position in the Office of Residential Life. Below you will find the timeline of events related to the application process and selection process.

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 RA application for 2021-2022 opens
Monday, Nov 16, 2020 Information Session #1 at 7:00 pm in Guild-Memorial’s 1st floor TV lounge
Monday, Nov 16, 2020 Information Session #2 at 8:30 pm in Wehrenberg’s Ground Floor Lobby
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 Information Session #3 at 7:00 pm in Beacon’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 Information Session #4 at 8:30 pm in Lankenau’s AC Lounge
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 Information Session #5 at 7:00 pm in Brandt’s 1st floor TV Lounge
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 Information Session #6 at 8:30 pm in Alumni’s 1st floor TV lounge
Sunday, January 24, 2021 RA Application due by 11:59 PM, My Housing Self Service Online Application and Google Application
Friday, Feb 5 – Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 Resident Assistant Interviews with Residential Learning Coordinators
Friday, February 19, 2021 Group Process
Friday, February 26, 2021 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Monday, March 15, 2021 Employment Agreements to accept RA offers due by 5 pm to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Union, Suite 250

 

Individual Interview

After a review of candidate applications and case study responses, applicants who we feel will be successful RA candidates will be offered the opportunity to interview with members of the Residential Learning Coordinator team. Should a candidate be invited to participate in the individual interview, candidates are interviewed on an individual basis by a panel of current Residential Learning Coordinators. During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. There will be anywhere from one to three Residential Learning Coordinators present, please be prepared to speak with a small group of current professional staff members during the interview.

If offered an interview, you will be e-mailed with instructions to sign up for a 30-minute individual interview.  Individual interviews will take place from Friday, February 5, 2021 to Thursday, February 11, 2021, and will be 30 minutes long.

 

Group Process

RA group process is a 1-2 hour session where you participate in activities with groups of other students. Group process is another formal part of the selection process and is mandatory for you to attend if you wish to be considered for the RA position. Group process is a time where we are able to observe you interacting with other candidates. This portion of the process gives insight into teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking as current RLCs observe the small groups.

Please save the Group Process date in your calendar (Friday, February 19, 2021).  Those selected to move onto Group Process will receive an e-mail on Monday, February 15 specifying the directions on registering for a time.  Candidates will have until Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 5 pm to register.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a German House Resident Assistant in the Office of Residential Life.  The Kade-Duesenberg German House brings the education German majors and minors receive into their living environment through an intensive immersion program.  The RA position within the German House uniquely works with both the Office of Residential Life and the German faculty.

Additionally, we encourage any interested students to meet with their German faculty and Katie Bye, Director of Residential Life, to discuss the position.

Below you will find the timeline of events related to the application process and selection process.

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 RA application for 2021-2022 opens
Monday, Nov 16, 2020
Information Session #1 at 7 PM in Guild-Memorial’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Monday, Nov 16, 2020
Information Session #2 at 8:30 pm in Wehrenberg’s Ground Floor Lobby
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Information Session #3 at 7:00 pm in Beacon’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Information Session #4 at 8:30 pm in Lankenau’s AC Lounge
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020
Information Session #5 at 7:00 pm in Brandt’s 1st floor TV Lounge
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020
Information Session #6 at 8:30 pm in Alumni’s 1st floor TV lounge
Sunday, January 24, 2021
RA Application due by 11:59 PM, My Housing Self Service Online Application and Google Application
Friday, Feb 5 – Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
Resident Assistant Interviews with Residential Learning Coordinators
Friday, February 19, 2021
Group Process (additional information at information sessions)
Friday, February 26, 2021 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Monday, March 15, 2021
Employment Agreements to accept RA offers due by 5 pm to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Union, Suite 250

 

Individual Interview

After a review of candidate applications and case study responses, applicants who we feel will be successful RA candidates will be offered the opportunity to interview with the Kade-Duesenberg Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) and other RLCs. During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. There will be anywhere from one to three Residential Learning Coordinators present, please be prepared to speak with a small group of current professional staff members during the interview.

If offered an interview you will be e-mailed with instructions on how to sign up for a 30-minute individual interview. Individual interviews will take place from Friday, February 5, 2021 to Thursday, February 11, 2021, and will be 30 minutes long.

Group Process

RA group process is a 1-2 hour session where you participate in activities with groups of other students. Group process is another formal part of the selection process and is mandatory for you to attend if you wish to be considered for the RA position. Group process is a time where we are able to observe you interacting with other candidates. This portion of the process gives insight into teamwork, leadership, and critical thinking as current RLCs observe the small groups.

Please save the Group Process date in your calendar (Friday, February 19, 2021).  Those selected to move onto Group Process will receive an e-mail on Monday, February 15 specifying the directions on registering for a time.  Candidates will have until Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 5 pm to register.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 RA application for 2021-2022 opens
Monday, Nov 16, 2020 Information Session #1 at 7:00 pm in Guild-Memorial’s 1st floor TV lounge
Monday, Nov 16, 2020 Information Session #2 at 8:30 pm in Wehrenberg’s Ground Floor Lobby
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 Information Session #3 at 7:00 pm in Beacon’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 Information Session #4 at 8:30 pm in Lankenau’s AC Lounge
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 Information Session #5 at 7:00 pm in Brandt’s 1st floor TV Lounge
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 Information Session #6 at 8:30 PM in Alumni’s TV Lounge
Monday, December 14, 2020 RA Application due by 5 PM, My Housing Self Service Online Application and Google Application
Monday, January 4, 2021 Sign-Up for Returning RA Interviews Due by 5 pm
Mon, Jan 11 – Wed, Jan 13, 2021 Returning Resident Assistant Interviews with Residential Learning Coordinators
Friday, February 26, 2021 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Monday, March 15, 2021 Employment Agreements to accept RA offers due by 5 pm to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Union, Suite 250

 

Individual Interview

Candidates are interviewed on an individual basis by a panel of current Residential Learning Coordinators. Individual interviews for Returning RAs occur between Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13, 2021.  During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions that will require them to reflect on their past semester(s) of service and the skills and abilities that they bring to the position.  There will be anywhere from one to three Residential Learning Coordinators present, please be prepared to speak with a small group of current professional staff members during the interview.

The office is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Returning RA Applicants must sign up for a 30-minute individual interview by Monday, January 4, 2021, at 5 pm in the Office of Residential Life, Harre Union, Suite 250.

FAQ Sheet

Interview Tips

To help you prepare for the selection process, listed below are some ideas to reflect upon before your interview:

  • What is your concept of the RA position and knowledge of the job expectations?
  • What is your attitude toward the RA position, the benefits of residence hall living, and helping students?
  • RAs create experiences and activities on their floor and in the hall. Why are these experiences and activities important? What are some ideas that you have?
  • Why do you feel you would be a good RA? What are your strengths and areas of improvement?
  • RAs act as referral sources for other residents. How much knowledge of the University do you have? Examples?
  • RAs are required to enforce University and residence hall policies. What is your attitude towards policy enforcement? How would you handle this aspect of the job?
  • Be able to discuss your leadership capabilities.
  • Be able to discuss the impact the job would have on your studies and current extracurricular activities.
  • Be familiar with the job description.

Other interviewing tips:

  • Read the job description on the Residential Life website so that you are very familiar with the position and its requirements.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Set up a meeting with your Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) to talk about the position.
  • Spend time talking with current RAs about what their job entails.
  • Dress neatly and be on time for your interview.
  • Be sure to answer all questions with more than a “yes” or “no.” Hall Staff want to hear what you think.
  • Be yourself!