Resident Assistant (RA)

Description: Resident Assistants are responsible for creating and maintaining emotionally and physically safe and secure residential communities. RAs are called upon to effectively respond to and manage a variety of crisis and emergency situations. They play a key role in creating environments that encourage all students to be academically and personally successful. Resident Directors supervise RAs in the performance and evaluation of their duties through weekly one-on-ones, staff meetings, and trainings/in-services. 

Before you begin filling out the new RA application, please take some time to make sure you have all of the materials needed to complete your application. Be sure to read over the Resident Assistant (RA) Position Description.

New Resident Assistant applicants

Essay Questions

Please draft your responses to the essay questions prior to beginning the application. We highly suggest drafting your answers in a word processor prior to starting the application. The essay questions are:

1. Give a specific recent example of a time when you experienced conflict. How did you manage the conflict, and what was the resolution? How would you help residents resolve conflict if you were a resident assistant?(Your response should be 250 words max)

2. What is your personal understanding of social justice? How would you create an inclusive community in the residence halls, particularly when serving those who have differing identities? (Your response should be 250 words max)

3. As a Resident Assistant, how would you create individual relationships with your residents while also connecting them with each other? How would you connect with students who are not actively involved in the community? (Your response should be 250 words max)


You will also need to have an up to date resume for your application. Please make sure you have your resume completed in a word or PDF file (.doc, .docx, .pdf). If you would like to know more about creating a resume, please contact the Career Development Center.

Once you have all of this information ready, you can begin filling out the RA Application.


There are no letter of recommendations or references required for the RA position.

Student Staff Hiring Timeline

2017 - 2018 (new applicants: RA, ALA, & CRF)

  • Online application opens: RA, CRF, and ALA applications available online by Dec. 1
  • OSU Corvallis Campus Information Sessions:
    • TBD
  • On-campus employment fair (time/location TBD).
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017: Application deadline
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017: Hall Staff interview weekend

Returning Resident Assistant applicants

  • To apply as a Returning Resident Assistant, you must have completed at least one term as a Resident Assistant at Oregon State University Corvallis campus.
  • Click here to fill out the Returning RA Application.

Student Staff Hiring Timeline

2017 - 2018 (Returning RA)

  • Online application opens: Returning RA application available online on Jan. 10th
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017: Returning application due.
  • Friday, February 3, 2017: Evaluation forms uploaded by current RD.
  • February 6 - 24, 2017: Individual interviews with RDs.
  • Friday, March 3, 2017: Returning RAs notified of rehire.
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Letters of intent to return are due.
  • Friday, May 26, 2017: Confirmation of position & placement due.

Criteria for returning staff members: Student staff that wish to return to the 2017-2018 academic year must continue to meet the "Requirements for Employment" during the current year of employment, and in addition:

  • Must complete least one (1) term of experience as a Resident Assistant at Oregon State University Corvallis Campus.
  • Must complete the returning staff application and participate in the returner selection process.

If you are offered a returner position for the 2017-2018 academic year, the offer is contingent upon your performance during the current (2016-2017) academic year.

*For questions about the RA position at the Corvallis campus, contact