The Resident Assistant (RA) position plays an integral role within the Office of Housing & Residence Life and within the lives of our residents. Students who are selected to assume this leadership role will have significant, focused responsibility for residential life in an assigned area. Studies show that students who invest in an active on-campus life have better academic performance and stronger connections to their peers. What better way to become actively involved and gain leadership skills than applying to become an RA?
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 or Residence Life Coordinator. 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
In order to be eligible to apply for and maintain a Resident Assistant position, you must meet the following qualifications:
*On-campus living at another university or military service does qualify.
The RAs compensation is based on a twenty (20) hour work week. This includes three (3) hours as adesk worker.
As part of the RA compensation package, each staff member is provided a room within their assigned community at no cost. In addition to the room each staff member will receive a stipend. Stipend amounts are based on length of service to the department and are not automatically adjusted. Increases in stipends for each year of service are based on exceptional performance in the role.
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Thank you for your interest in the 2017-2018 Resident Assistant position at FGCU! The application process starts October 24th. The application will remain open until December 9th. To begin the application process, please follow the timeline below:
|Wednesday||October 26||Osprey Hall 5th floor||9 pm|
|Thursday||November 10||Sugden (SHRM) 111||6:30 pm|
|Monday||November 21||Eagles' Landing||9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||December 6||Eagle Hall 5th floor||7 pm|
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 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. You will not “work” all weekends, but as an RA, if you have not requested time off, you will be expected to respond should you be needed.
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 three 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 cancelling. 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, but may have to share an apartment style suite depending on the area 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 Fall 2017 training start?
RA training usually starts at the end of July/ 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/area 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?
Candidates will be contacted the end of February regarding the status of their candidacy.
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.
Resident Assistants are a valuable part of Residence Life. For more information, please visit the Residence Life page.