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The Resident Assistant position is a live-in, peer mentorship, student staff position working an average of 15 hours a week within the Residence Halls on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. RAs are assigned to a wing or floor of residents within that community.
RAs 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.
For more information, you can review the Resident Assistant Position Description for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The RA Application process for 2023-24 occurs throughout the winter and spring term. The application opens on January 30, 2023 and will close on February 26, 2023.
The application process includes submitting a resume and essay responses to the application essay questions. The Selection Committee will review application materials and extend an offer to interview to those who meet qualifications.
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The application requires candidates to provide essay responses to supplemental questions. It is recommended that you write your response offline and then copy and paste them into the application before you submit.
We want applicants to be successful in this process. Here are some resources and opportunities to prepare for the application process.
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What if I don’t have the required GPA?
I am an international student. Can I still apply?
When is training?
Can I hold another position on/off campus if I am an RA?
I’ve never lived on-campus. Can I still apply?
Do I already need to know how to confront people or respond to emergencies?
I see RAs are “on duty.” What does this mean?
Why am I being asked about social justice in the application?
What is my expected time commitment in the building?
What health and safety precautions are in place for staff members during the pandemic?
How many RAs are you hiring? What is an alternate pool?
Will I get to choose which building I will be assigned?
What should I do about housing if I don't get hired or get selected as hired as an RA?