Picture Yourself as an RA

Do you want to shape the residence hall experience for others? Resident Assistants (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 Katie Bye, Assistant Director of Residential Life for Staffing and Programming.

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 two RA applications (Resident Assistant Job Application (Spring 2020) and Sorority Housing Complex RA Application (Spring 2020)). 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.

 

Resident Assistant Position Description

Sorority Housing Complex Resident Assistant Position Description

German House Resident Assistant Position Description

Available Applications:

  • New Resident Assistant (application due Monday, January 20, 2020, at 5 pm)
  • Returning Resident Assistant (application due Friday, January 17, 2020, at 5 pm)
  • Sorority Housing Complex Resident Assistant (application due Monday, February 3, 2020, at 5 pm)

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!

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. Sorority Housing Resident Assistants will be provided with a 50% 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 Assistant Dean of Students.

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, November 20, 2019 RA application for 2020-2021 opens
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 Information Session #1 at 7 PM in Beacon’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 Information Session #2 at 8:30 PM in Memorial’s Game Room
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 Information Session #3 at 7 PM in Lankenau’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 Information Session #4 at 8:30 PM in Wehrenberg’s Lobby
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 Information Session #5 at 7 PM in Brandt’s TV Lounge
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 Information Session #6 at 8:30 PM in Alumni’s TV Lounge
Monday, January 20, 2020 RA Application due by 5 PM, My Housing Self Service Online Application and Google Application
Wed, Feb 6 – Wed, Jan 12, 2020 Resident Assistant Interviews with Residential Learning Coordinators
Friday, February 21, 2020 Group Process
Friday, February 28, 2020 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 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 and asked to come to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Suite 250, with your schedule to sign up for a 30-minute individual interview. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Individual interviews will take place from Thursday, February 6, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 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 21, 2020).  Those selected to move onto Group Process will receive an e-mail on Friday, February 14 specifying the directions on registering for a time.  Candidates will have until Monday, February 17, 2020, at 5 pm to register.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Sorority Housing Complex (SHC) Resident Assistant in the Office of Residential Life. Below you will find the timeline of events related to the application process and selection process.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 RA application for 2020-2021 opens
Sun, Jan 19 or Sun, Jan 26 A presentation about SHC RA position at Chapter Meeting
Monday, February 3, 2020 SHC RA Application Due, My Housing Self-Service Application and Google Application
Wed, Feb 19 – Fri, Feb 21
Resident Assistant Interviews with SHC Residential Learning Coordinator and Assistant Director of Residential Life for Staffing and Programming
Friday, February 28, 2020 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Employment Agreements to accept RA offers due by 5 pm to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Union, Suite 250

 

Qualifications

Must be in and maintain good judicial, social, and academic standing with the University and their chapter.  Applicants must have a full-time student enrollment status with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to apply and obtain no lower than a 2.5 semester GPA throughout employment.  Applicants must have resided in a residence hall at least two full semesters prior to the start of employment.  The Office of Residential Life has final approval of all Resident Assistants for Sorority Housing candidates.  Applicants cannot serve as their Chapter President when they serve in the Resident Assistant Position.

 

Process

Each sorority will have a minimum of three (3) members apply for their house’s Resident Assistant position.  If a sorority member wishes to apply for a Resident Assistant position for their sorority community, they must commit to live in their sorority’s house (regardless of the outcome) and be on their sorority’s housing roster due Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 5 pm.  If a sorority does not have at least three applicants, they will be asked to submit additional applicants. If no applicants are qualified, then Residential Life will fill the position.

 

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 SHC Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) and the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Staffing and Programming.  During this interview, candidates will be asked a variety of questions assessing their knowledge of the SHC Resident Assistant position and the skills and abilities each candidate possesses. Please be prepared to speak with a small group of current professional staff members during the interview.

If offered an interview, you will be emailed and asked to come to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Suite 250, with your schedule to sign up for a 30-minute individual interview. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Individual interviews will take place from Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to Friday, February 21, 2020, and will be 30 minutes long.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you apply to both the SHC RA position and a traditional RA position?
    • No, applicants must decide which position they would like to apply for. To be considered for the SHC RA position, you must be listed on the sorority house roster.  If a member is on the sorority house roster, they are not eligible to apply for the regular RA position as this would pull them out of the house if hired.
  • I want to apply for an RA position outside of the house. What do I do?
    • Any sorority member who wishes to apply for a Resident Assistant position outside of the SHC should apply through the Non-SHC Resident Assistant Position Application and should not be listed on the Sorority Housing Roster turned into Residential Life.
  • I applied for the non-sorority house position and didn’t receive it. Can I still live in the SHC?
    • If the sorority member is not successful in obtaining a Resident Assistant position, and there is a vacancy within their sorority house within the Sorority Housing Complex, they are eligible to move into the vacancy.
    • If a sorority member is offered an alternate Resident Assistant position and they choose to accept the offer to be placed on the alternate list, they will NOT be eligible to live in their sorority house within the Sorority Housing Complex.
    • If a sorority member is offered an alternate Resident Assistant position and they choose NOT to accept the offer to be placed on the alternate list, they will be eligible to live in their sorority house within the Sorority Housing Complex (if there is a vacancy available).

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, Assistant Director of Residential Life for Staffing and Programming, to discuss the position.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 RA application for 2020-2021 opens
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 Information Session #1 at 7 PM in Beacon’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 Information Session #2 at 8:30 PM in Memorial’s Game Room
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 Information Session #3 at 7 PM in Lankenau’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 Information Session #4 at 8:30 PM in Wehrenberg’s Lobby
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 Information Session #5 at 7 PM in Brandt’s TV Lounge
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 Information Session #6 at 8:30 PM in Alumni’s TV Lounge
Friday, January 17, 2020 German House Application for 2020-2021 due to the Residential Life Office
Monday, January 20, 2020 RA Application due by 5 PM, My Housing Self Service Online Application and Google Application
Thurs, Feb 7- Wed, Feb 13, 2019 Resident Assistant Interviews with Residential Learning Coordinators
Friday, February 21, 2020 Group Process (additional information at information sessions)
Friday, February 28, 2020 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 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 and asked to come to the Office of Residential Life, Harre Suite 250, to sign up for a 30-minute individual interview. The office is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Individual interviews will take place from Thursday, February 6, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 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 21, 2020).  Those selected to move onto Group Process will receive an e-mail on Friday, February 14 specifying the directions on registering for a time.  Candidates will have until Monday, February 17, 2020, at 5 pm to register.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 RA application for 2020-2021 opens
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 Information Session #1 at 7 PM in Beacon’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 Information Session #2 at 8:30 PM in Memorial’s Game Room
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 Information Session #3 at 7 PM in Lankenau’s 1st Floor TV Lounge
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 Information Session #4 at 8:30 PM in Wehrenberg’s Lobby
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 Information Session #5 at 7 PM in Brandt’s TV Lounge
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 Information Session #6 at 8:30 PM in Alumni’s TV Lounge
Friday, January 17, 2020 RA Application due by 5 PM, My Housing Self Service Online Application and Google Application
Friday, January 17, 2020 Sign-Up for Returning RA Interviews Due by 5 pm
Wed, Jan 22 – Fri, Jan 24, 2020 Returning Resident Assistant Interviews with Residential Learning Coordinators
Friday, February 28, 2020 RA decisions finalized; notification letters sent
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 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 Wednesday, January 22 and Friday, January 24, 2020.  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 Friday, January 17, 2020, at 5 pm in the Office of Residential Life, Harre Union, Suite 250.