A Resident Assistant (RA) is a full-time undergraduate student whose job is to act as a resource for the residential student population. The RAs are hired on the basis of character, leadership, and their ability to interact with students. All of the RAs have undergone extensive training so they may readily meet the needs of all our residential students.
The main function of the RA staff is to build a community, which is crucial to a successful residence hall living experience. The RAs practice an open door policy and are available day and night should students need them. We encourage our residential students to talk with their RA and be reminded that they are there to help. If they do not have an answer to your question or concern, they will direct you to the most appropriate source.
Throughout the year, RAs will sponsor various social and educational programs for those students who reside on-campus. These activities are a great way to get involved with fellow residents and learn something new in the process. In addition, the RAs are responsible for crisis management, documenting policy violations, reporting maintenance requests, and various other administrative tasks.
Wilkes University, Office of Residence Life
The staff of Residence Life is excited to know that you are interested in a position as a Resident Assistant. The RA position is a very important part of Student Affairs. As an RA, you will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the campus community.
RAs act as supervisors of a hall, wing, or floor of a building. As an RA you will gain valuable experience in event planning, organization, leadership, and peer counseling in the area of conflict resolution. This experience may benefit you later in life and should certainly be added to your resume!
Resident Assistant Application Process
The deadline for submitting the RA application is due in January. You will hand in your completed application to the Office of Residence Life on the 3rd floor of Passan Hall. Please type and fill out every part of the application.
Each applicant must submit two reference forms (download PDF) either in person, by e-mail, or fax. These forms should be given to individuals who are familiar with you and can comment on your leadership abilities, work performance, and peer interaction. It is appropriate to give these forms to advisors, faculty and staff members, or past employers. Take a look at the reference form and think about who it is that can comment on the areas listed!
Basic Requirements for the Position
There are basic requirements in order to be eligible to apply and be interviewed for the RA position. Please make sure that you meet the basic requirements before filling out an application. If you have any questions please contact our office!
- Having lived in campus housing for at least one semester (the semester you apply can be counted) OR if you are active in Wilkes clubs/organizations and you either commute or live off campus.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25.
- Be in good standing with the university.
- An active member of the Wilkes community.
Information Sessions in Breiseth 106
October 16, 2013 @ 5 pm
November 5, 2013 @ 11:30 AM
November 21, 2013 @ 11:30 AM
December 4, 2013 @ 5 PM
After you submit your application you will receive a save the date card. This save the date card is for group process. Group process will occur on Saturday, February 8 2014! There will be individual and group interviews on this date... all must attend.
The individual interview is a panel interview and the panel consists of the central office as well as current RAs. You should dress appropriately for this interview as you would for any interview. For tips on interviewing you can contact the career services office, http://wilkes.edu/pages/699.asp.
The compensation for the RA’s will be titled “RA scholarship” on the portal; this will cover the housing cost and the gold dining plan.
How to Submit Your Application
- Applications will be available in December.
- Open the document, enter your information, and save it.
- Print out the application and submit the packet to the Office of Residence Life in January.