Resident Assistant (RA)


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. 

Be sure to read over the full Resident Assistant Position Description before applying.

Before you begin filling out the application, please take some time to make sure you have all of the materials needed to complete your application.

Essay Questions

You will be required to answer essay questions when applying for this position. Please draft your responses to the essay questions prior to beginning the application.

  • Give a specific recent example of a time when you experienced conflict. How did you manage the conflict, and was there a resolution? How would you help residents navigate conflict if you were a resident assistant?
  • Creating inclusive environments is a core value of UHDS. Tell us about a time when you practiced open-mindedness or curiosity about another person’s experiences, identities, or values that are different from your own.
  • As an RA, you are tasked with building a community through one on one interactions. Tell us about a time when it was important to build a relationship or rapport with someone. What did you learn and how would you apply this to the RA position?

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.

  • January 1, 2018: Application Goes Live
  • January 24, 2018 6:30-8:00pm: Info Session at Marketplace West (Northwest conference room)
  • January 25, 2018 6:30-8:00pm: Info Session at ILLC 155
  • January 28, 2018: Application Deadline
  • February 9, 2018: Notice of Interview
  • February 19-20, 2018: New Staff Interview Day. Please note that interviews will take place throughout the day and evening. If you are not able to attend any part of the interview day, please contact the Hall Staff Selection team.

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


For questions about the RA position at the Corvallis campus, contact the Hall Staff Selection team.