RA Selection Process

Recruitment & Selection 

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a student employee of the Office of Residence Life. They are an essential element of building a safe and sound residential community that allows all residents to live and work effectively in the residence halls. From planning social programming to directing residents to on and off campus resources, RAs are responsible for interacting and building connections with residents in an area of campus. They serve in an on-call duty rotation, return to campus early each semester to assist with opening, and informally counsel residents to share with them resources around our campus community. 

Resident Assistant Job Description

RA Eligibility & Application

(1) Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. 
(2) Be in good conduct standing with the University. 
(3) Be a Wilkes Student for at least one year by Fall 2021, when the position would start.1
(4) Maintain full-time undergraduate student status for the entirety of the 2021-2022 academic year. 
(5) Not be involved in any academic experiences that would take candidate away from campus for an extended period of time.2
(6) Attend one RA Info Session scheduled at the end of the Fall 2020 and start of Spring 2021 semesters (schedule below). 

All applicants must be present for RA Selection weekend commitments: February 20 - Individual Interviews & February 27 - Group Presentations. These days are essential to providing a fair and consistent process to all candidates. Candidates who have academic conflicts with these dates should contact the Office of Residence Life immediately.  

1Transfer students who have experience at another institution would remain eligible to apply for the position provided they meet the other requirements. 
For example, 4th Year Pharmacy (P4) students would not be eligible for the RA position. Candidates that will be student teaching during the 2021-2022 academic year, must be placed in the following school districts in order to remain eligible for the position: Wilkes-Barre Area, Wyoming Valley West, Hanover Area, Nanticoke, Wyoming Area, Pittston Area or Dallas. Candidates concerned about an experience and its compatibility with the RA position, should consult Ray FeDora, Director of Residence Life, at raymond.fedora@wilkes.edu before applying.

RA Position Info Sessions

Every new RA Candidate is expected to attend one of six scheduled RA information sessions. In these sessions, we will discuss the position, review requirements, visit the job description, and answer any questions about the application process and RA job expectations. These sessions are listed below.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:30 p.m. Stark Learning Center 101
Friday, November 13, 2020 2:00 p.m. Virtually*
Monday, November 16, 2020 3:00 p.m. Virtually*
Friday, February 5, 2021 2:00 p.m. Virtually*
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:00 p.m. Ballroom (SUB)
Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:00 p.m. Stark Learning Center 101

*To participate in the virtual information sessions, you will need to pre-register via Google Form. The link is below in order to go about signing up for one of the times.

Virtual Information Session Sign-Up

Applying for the Position

Candidates who are interested in applying for the RA position should click the button below to be taken to the application. It will direct you to a Google Form which will require you to login with your Wilkes username and password. It is recommended that users open an incognito window (Google Chrome) or a private window (Firefox), sign into your Wilkes email, and then access the application. Applications will be due by Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

New RA Application

There are three short answer questions in the application, which are included below. You may want to write those in a Word document and paste them into the application as the form will not allow you to save.

Application questions:
(1) Why is the RA position important to a residential community?
(2) Reflect on a time you had to work as part of a team or group. What did you do to ensure that group functioned effectively?
(3) What has been a challenge for you since coming to Wilkes University? What steps have you taken to overcome this challenge?

RA Interview Process

Once you have submitted the application, you will want to begin preparing for the individual interview and group presentations. Attendance at both is mandatory for candidates to be considered for the position. 

Individual Interview - Saturday, February 27, 2021

Once all applications have been received and basic eligibility has been verified, candidates will be contacted the week of February 22, 2021 with an individual interview appointment. All individual interviews will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each candidate will meet with at least one professional in Student Affairs and one RA and should expect the interview to last approximately 30-45 minutes. Dress is business casual and folks should expect to act in a professional manner throughout the experience. It would not be a bad idea to use the Career Services office to prepare for the individual interview. To prepare, here are some questions candidates will want to use to reflect. These are not actual interview questions. 
(1) Why do I want to be an RA?
(2) What makes an RA a good RA?
(3) How might I develop a community in my area if I were given the position?
(4) I am facing a homesick resident. How would I help them?
(5) If a resident is feeling targeted based on their identity, to what campus resources can I direct them?
(6) What kind of community might I work best in?

Group Presentation - Saturday, March 6, 2021

For a candidate to be successful in the RA position, it is essential for them to work with others. Group Presentations gives us a chance to see, firsthand, how you work with a group to develop a presentation. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes allotted to work with your group to develop a presentation on a prompt that relates to the Resident Assistant position, and you will be given 15 minutes to present your presentation to Residence Life staff. Depending on the number of applications received for this year, elimination of candidates may take place prior to this portion of the application process.

Candidates should dress comfortably (jeans, slacks, t-shirts, blouses, sneakers, etc.). Please avoid sweatpants. Candidates will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session. Morning sessions will last between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Afternoon sessions will last between 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You will learn of which group and time you have been assigned for the day, as well as the prompt of your presentation, the week of March 1, 2021.

You've Applied. You've Interviewed. Now What?

Time to wait patiently! The RA Selection crew will review all applications and make selections and placements based on putting together the best possible team we can to serve the Wilkes University residential population. That takes time. 

Application Decisions  - Monday, March 22, 2021

Candidates will be informed, via their official Wilkes University email accounts, of their status in our application process by Monday, March 22. At that time, folks will be notified if they have received a position, will enter our alternate RA pool, or if we cannot offer them a position at that time. Folks offered an RA position or an Alternate position will then be instructed on how to accept that offer.

New RA Orientation - Friday, April 9, 2021

We will gather all new RAs to the position for an Orientation session on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. We will go over hiring paperwork, talk about Fall Training, as well as meet the rest of the team that were hired. It will be expected for all new hires to attend this evening event.

You Have Questions

The process can be long and confusing. The Office of Residence Life is here to support you through this process. If, at any point, you have questions about any aspect of the position, please do not hesitate to contact our office:

Raymond D. FeDora, III

Director of Residence Life
Passan Hall, 3rd Floor
e: raymond.fedora@wilkes.edu
p: (570) 408-4354

Alex Reynolds

Residence Life Coordinator for North Campus
Passan Hall, 3rd Floor
e: alex.reynolds@wilkes.edu
p: (570) 408-4352