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FGCU Housing RAs

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a part-time, paraprofessional staff member and student leader who is employed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL) and selected based on their intellect, leadership qualities, willingness to assume responsibilities and ability to relate to residents. The Resident Assistant works closely with, and is directly responsible to, the Resident Director. The Resident Assistant keeps the supervisor informed of activities, problems, and needs of the residents and the community. As an RA, you are charged with the development and creation of a residential environment that promotes and enhances the social, academic and diverse pursuits of our student population. The RA serves as a resource for our residential students and is responsible for creating an environment conducive to academic success.  The RA accomplishes this through their day to day responsibilities as well as the other responsibilities listed in on the following tabs.

Note: This is the tentative position description for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please check back near the end of November to see the final description.

Resident Assistant Position Description 2015-2016

Residence hall living provides many unique opportunities to stimulate the intellectual and social development of students.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a part time, paraprofessional staff member and student leader who is employed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL) and selected based on their intellect, leadership qualities, willingness to assume responsibilities and ability to relate to residents. The Resident Assistant works closely with, and is directly responsible to, the Resident Director. The Resident Assistant keeps the supervisor informed of activities, problems, and needs of the residents and the community. As an RA, you are charged with the development and creation of a residential environment that promotes and enhances the social, academic and diverse pursuits of our student population. The RA serves as a resource for our residential students and is responsible for creating an environment conducive to academic success.  The RA accomplishes this through their day to day responsibilities as well as the other responsibilities listed below.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • RAs must remain flexible and creative enough to be a friend, advisor, activity coordinator, source of information, educator, and authority figure. 
  • RAs should be committed to their own personal growth and education.
  • Perform all administrative tasks as defined by the Resident Director. Administrative tasks include things such as: posting informational flyers on the floor/community, attending weekly one-on-ones, completing weekly reports, and assisting with Eagle Expo.
  • Attend weekly area staff meetings.
  • Remain in the hall late / or return early to open during holidays and breaks, as determined by the Resident Director and/or the Office of Housing & Residence Life.
  • Respond to student concerns and crisis situations on an on-call rotational basis.
  • Attend and actively participate in the Fall RA Training and the Spring RA Training.
  • Participate in all training programs and other events as deemed necessary for purposes of further developing leadership, advising, programming, and administrative skills.
  • Participate in RA Selection (i.e. Informational Sessions, interviews, etc)
  • Work five (5) to six (6) hours a week at the desk as part of the RA job.
  • Understand, explain, enforce and support all Office of Housing & Residence Life and University policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a high standard of personal conduct. The Resident Assistant is expected to set an example both in knowing and abiding by all applicable laws and University policies.
  • Resident Assistants may be required to serve on a committee or collateral assignment as needed by the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

Minimum Qualifications
In order to be eligible to apply for and maintain a Resident Assistant position, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must have been an FGCU student for at least 1 semester before beginning the position.
  • Must have lived on campus for at least one semester* before beginning the position
  • Must maintain a semester & cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above at all times. (which includes during the application and interview process)Must be in good conduct standing with the University at all times (which includes during the application and interview process)
  • Must be a student enrolled in classes at FGCU
  • Must be able to complete entire length of contract, which typically lasts from August to May.
  • Students that will be in level two of student teaching for the 2015-2016 academic year may not be eligible to apply for the Resident Assistant Position.
  • Students that will be completing certain levels of clinical classes may not be eligible for the Resident Assistant position.

*On-campus living at another university or military service does qualify.

Compensation
The RAs' compensation is based on a twenty (20) hour work week.  This includes working five (5) to six (6) hours at their assigned community desk. The remaining hours are spent reporting maintenance concerns, enforcing policies and regulations, creating bulletin boards, and taking an active role in programming, building functions, advising individual residents, room/office hours, attending staff development and training programs, being on-call and executing other duties assigned by the Resident Director.

The 2015-2016 specific compensation package for each area of campus is currently under review. Please check back after November 1st to view the finalized compensation package.

 

To download a copy of this position description, please click here.

 

Note: This is the tentative position description for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please check back near the end of November to see the final description.

 

 

Transform the Eagle Experience - Be an RA

Thank you for your interest in the 2015-2016 Resident Assistant position at FGCU.  The application process starts in October and will conclude in February.  To begin the application process, please follow the timeline below:

  1. Applicants must attend an Information Session.  All candidates MUST attend one Information Session to apply for the RA position.  Students who do not attend an Information Session will not have their applications be considered. There are many sessions to choose from and all students can attend any session.


    Community Day Date Time Meeting Location

    Eagle Hall

    Monday November 3, 2014 9:00pm 5th Floor
    West Lake Village Monday November 3, 2014 9:30pm Community Center
    Osprey Hall Tuesday November 4, 2014 9:00pm 5th Floor
    Everglades Hall Thursday November 6, 2014 9:00pm 5th Floor
    North Lake Village Thursday November 6, 2014 9:30pm Eagles' Landing Conference Rm
    Biscayne Hall Monday November 10, 2014 9:00pm 4th Floor
    North Lake Village Monday November 10, 2014 9:30pm Eagles' Landing Conference Rm
    Palmetto Hall Tuesday November 11, 2014 9:00pm 4th Floor
    North Lake Village Thursday November 13, 2014 9:30pm Eagles' Landing Conference Rm
    Sugden (Main Campus) Tuesday November 18, 2014 9:00pm Room 240
    Sugden (Main Campus) Monday November 24, 2014 9:00pm Room 208
    Eagle Hall Tuesday January 6, 2015 9:30pm 5th Floor
    Eagle Hall Thursday January 8, 2015 9:30pm 5th Floor


  2. Complete the RA Application, located at https://fgcu.erezlife.com. 
  3. Submit RA Application online by 11:59pm on January 11, 2015 (available starting October 1, 2014)
  4. Applicants will be emailed by Friday, January 16, 2015 to let them know if their application will be moved onto the next stage of the process.
  5. Candidates will participate in the 1st round interviews on January 23rd, 24th and 25th of 2015.
  6. Candidates will be emailed by Tuesday, January 27, 2015 to let them know if their application will be moved onto the next stage of the process.
  7. If the candidate is moved forward, the candidate will be e-mailed to schedule a 2nd Round Interview & Group Process time, happening on January 30th-31st and February 1st of 2015.
  8. Candidates will then be emailed with the status of their candidacy on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

 

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2015 at 11:59pm
  • Reference Deadline: January 11, 2015 at 11:59pm 

 

 Thank you for your interest in the position!

If you have any questions about the RA Application Process, please email us at RARecruitment@fgcu.edu

What is an RA (Resident Assistant)?
Resident Assistants are student leaders who live in the residence halls/areas and provide leadership to the community.  Resident Assistants are responsible for providing educational and social programming, connecting students with campus resources, and enforcing residence halls policies.

 How much time does the RA Position require?
The RA position is unique in that it is a live-in position, so you may be required to work at any time.  There are several structured and scheduled hours per week (e.g. working at the desk, attending meetings, etc.), but additional responsibilities (on-call, resident concerns, programming, advertising, etc.,) will take up additional time per week.  On the whole, RAs work an average of 20 hours a week. 

How much do RAs get paid?
RA remuneration includes a residence hall room, a meal plan or stipend, internet, and cable. Additionally, RAs  may have an opportunity to work as a Desk Assistant in their or another residence hall/community. 

Do I have a curfew or a specific number of nights I can be away?
RAs are expected to spend a significant portion of their time in the community.  

Will I have to work weekends?
RAs are required to work all days of the week for different events or on-call shifts throughout the course of the semester. 

Can I apply if I do not currently live in the residence halls or if I never lived in the residence halls?
Students must live on campus for at least a semester to apply for the position. First-year residents are eligible because when they start the job, they will have lived on for the minimum of one semester. Off-campus residents are encouraged to apply as well as long as they’ve lived on for at least one semester. (This can be satisfied if you’ve lived on at a different university or if you have served time in the military, etc.) 

Do you have to be a Desk Assistant?
Yes.  Part of the RA responsibility is working five to six hours at the front desk of their building/area. 

Does my GPA have to be great?
RAs are required to have a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA.  RAs must be enrolled as a FGCU student during the entire academic year. 

How do I look for housing if I don’t know if I’ll get the job?
Since we cannot guarantee that any particular person(s) will be hired, we encourage all applicants to secure housing they think fits their situation the best. If you are going to live on-campus and you are hired, your current agreement will be moved to your RA space and your room assignment adjusted to your Resident Assistant room. If you are planning to live on-campus and are not hired, you are required to fulfill the terms of your agreement or pay any penalties for canceling. If you are planning to live off campus, we highly encourage you to not sign a lease until after the process if over. The Office of Housing & Residence Life is not responsible for any fees you may incur should you choose to accept the position after having signed other leases, contracts or agreements.

What are the housing options for RAs?
RAs receive a single space in one of the residence halls though may have to share an apartment style community depending on the hall placement.

Can I just do it for a semester?
No, the RAs are hired for the entire academic year. This is to ensure consistency in the community and provide the best customer service possible to our residents.

When does summer training start?
RA training usually starts at the beginning of August and lasts approximately two weeks, including the weekend between the first and second week of training.

What do you do during training?
Training is an intense 2-week period where RAs attend sessions on a number of different topics including: emergency preparedness, campus resources and departments, residents' needs and how to meet those needs, alcohol and other drugs, how to confront conduct situations, diversity training and more.  In addition, time is spent bonding with other RAs, your building staff, and other campus resources.  Most RAs find this to be a very beneficial time!

What kind of programs do RAs do... what are the requirements?
Each area has its own Community Development Plan that is designed to outline the program requirements expected of the RAs. They typically include a number of individual social programs while contributing to area-wide programming initiatives as well. 

Can I have a second job?
RAs are allowed to work a second job with the approval of their Resident Director for up to 9 hours per week on-campus and 10 hours per week off-campus. 

How much of the job will focus on student behavior?
While it tends to be the most visible, conduct is only a small part of the many responsibilities of an RA.

Can I have a social life with this job?
Yes, in fact we encourage it! Do remember to role model your behavior in and outside of the building/community as your residents will always associate you as their RA first, and as a regular college student second.

How can I make sure I get placed in _________ hall/area?
You will be asked to preference the communities on our campus when you complete your application. At the time of selection and placement, the hiring supervisors will take into account where a candidate would like to be placed.  However, we reserve the right to place candidates in the location that best serves the students and the Office of Housing & Residence Life. 

When will I know that I have the job?
Offer letters for the position will be sent out by February 17, 2015. 

Will being documented for something in the past impact my chances of being hired?
Being documented in the past can, but does not automatically, exclude you from being an RA.  The only exception to this is if you are currently on Disciplinary Probation. Individuals who are on Disciplinary Probation are not eligible to apply or be hired for the RA position. Other than probation, the committee looks at each student's conduct file individually and makes an assessment based on a number of factors including: severity of violation(s), number of violations, time since violation(s) occurred, and community involvement since violation(s) occurred.

For Further Information or Questions, Contact the RA Selection Committee
e-mail: RARecruitment@fgcu.edu
phone: (239) 590-1820
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/FGCURARS

NLV RA Staff

Resident Assistants are a valuable part of Residence Life. For more information, please visit the Residence Life page.

http://www.fgcu.edu/Housing/current/residence-life.html