THE RA APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NEW APPLICANTS:
Thank you for taking the time and showing an interest in becoming a Resident Advisor! Below you will find the following information about the Resident Advisor Application Process.
- Application Process Timeline
2014-2015 Application Process Timeline:
- November 4, 2013: Applications Available for Submission
- Friday, February 7, 2014: RA Applications due at 12:00 PM, EST
- Thursday, February 20, 2014: RA Group Interview, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
- Friday, Febryary 21, 2014: RA Group Interview, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
- Monday, February 24 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014: RA Individual Interviews
- Thursday, March 13, 2014: RA Offers Extended
- Tuesday, March 25, 2014: RA Contracts Due by 12:00 PM, EST
All candidates are required to attend one of the following information sessions:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
12:00-1:00 PM, Usdan 108 Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM, Usdan 108
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6:30-7:30 PM, Usdan 108
Monday, February 3, 2014
7:00-8:00 PM, Bennet Lounge
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
7:00-8:00 PM, Butterfield C Lounge
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM, Usdan 108
Thursday, February 6, 2014
7:00-8:00 PM, Nicolson Lounge
- Position Description and Responsibilities
Resident Advisors (RAs) are directly supervised by the Area Coordinator for their area and at times by the Head Resident. Resident Advisors are responsible for the entire residence hall; specific responsibilities relate to meeting the needs of their assigned area. Resident Advisors play an integral role in establishing a community environment conducive to maximum academic, personal, and social development; maintaining healthy and safe living conditions; and providing overall support of the mission of Residential Life. Resident Advisors are expected to help build a strong, inclusive community by initiating and organizing community programs. RAs also serves to assist with the personal and academic concerns of the resident and to help manage conflicts that may arise in the residential area. Please click here for a full job description.
THE RESIDENT ADVISOR:
- Staff member – a RA will serve as a part of a staff and will support and challenge other staff members in helping everyone perform their job well. This will be accomplished through regularly scheduled staff meetings, training and staff activities, as well as constant and constructive communication with other staff members.
- Programmer – a RA will create and plan programs for hir floor or hall
- Administrator – a RA will assist in major administrative tasks including but not limited to check-in and check-out at the respective open and close of the year
- Policy Enforcer – a RA must abide by and enforce all policies designated by the Office of ResLife and the University. It is important to note that all outcomes of sanctioning will be decided by the Student Conduct Process, and that the student staff is only the reporting party.
- Resource – a RA will serve as a resource for hir residents, being available and having a knowledge of other campus organizations/ services and being able to refer his/her residents to these offices (the Health Center, CAPS, and others.) This will help the RA excel as a Resource.
- Role Model – a RA will be a role model by following the policies and behaviors ze expects of hir residents. Because RAs are expected to serve as role models, they are held to a much higher standard of expectations than other students.
- Mediator - a RA will mediate conflicts and problems between roommates or other residents within the community.
- Counselor - a RA will serve as a counselor to residents in need of help, referring out to professional staff and/or other offices when necessary.
- Crisis Responder - a RA will respond to crises of various types and understand the correct protocol to follow as well as whom else to contact in the event of a crisis. Some common examples of crisis can include medical transports, facilities emergencies, missing students, assisting professional staff during inclement weather/power outage emergencies, etc.
- Advocate - a RA will advocate for hir residents when communication problems relating to facilities, wellness, and behavioral concerns to other Residential Education staff members occur.
- Community Builder - a RA will build a community with hir area of responsibility as well as area-wide community. This will be accomplished through serving all the other roles: Policy Enforcer, Programmer, Administrator, Resource, Role Model, Mediator, Counselor, and Staff Member.
- Additional Responsibilities – A RA will participate in required training/professional development sessions throughout the year. Attend and participate in all scheduled meetings and serve on a rotating duty schedule.
- Qualifications and Requirements
Because of the demanding nature of the Resident Advisor position, the Office of Residential Life places the following stipulations on those hired as Resident Advisors:
Applicants must have full-time enrollment status at the University. Applicants must have sophomore class standing by date of employment. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have no more than one judicial point at the time of application submission. Due to potential conflicts of interest and time constraints, student staff members are not allowed to serve as president, vice-president or chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Wesleyan Student Association (WSA).
Preference will be given to applicants with Junior/Senior Class standing by date of employment, be in good judicial standing (no points), and to applicants who can commit to employment for a full academic year.
Terms of Employment
ResLife student staff will adhere to all policies of the University. ResLife student staff must be United States citizens, permanent residents, or valid F-1/J-1 student visa holders. All RAs must reside in University housing during their contract period.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Resident Advisors are required to participate in training/professional development opportunities throughout the year to make them more effective in their position as well as providing considerable opportunity for personal growth. Upon hire, a complete list of dates will be provided, however typical training timeframes include:
- Spring Hire Meeting (May 2014)
- Fall Training (August 2014; typically 2 weeks prior to opening)
- Semester Professional Development (2 required per semester)
- January Training (January 2015; typically one week prior to opening)
- Compensation Package
For the 2014-2015 academic year, sophomore Resident Advisors will receive a stipend of $6,556.36 for the full academic year, junior and senior RAs will receive a stipend of $8,197.05. Paychecks are monthly.
- Selection Criteria
The Office of Residential Life seeks to provide students with the resources and direction needed to be academically successful at Wesleyan. The Office of Residential Life oversees major University programs such as General Room Selection, Program Housing, and the supervision of over 150 student staff members. Major areas of responsibility emphasized are community building, programming, peer helping, policy enforcement and administration. Please refer to the position description for detailed information.
CONSIDERATION FOR SELECTION
RA candidates are evaluated based off of submitted application materials and references. Candidates may then be invited to participate in a group and individual interview process.
Throughout the process candidates are evaluated based of demonstrated ability or potential skill in the following areas:
- Communication, leadership, teamwork, and creativity
- Problem solving, analytical thinking, organization and planning
- Administrative skills for the completion of paperwork and related details associated with residential area management
- Interest in personal growth and enthusiasm for participating in individual and group development activities
- Willingness to assume responsibility and take initiative for the development of an effective living environment.
- Tips and Resources
- Review the job description and Application requirements carefully so you are familiar with the position and requirements.
- Spend time talking with current Resident Advisors about job responsibilities and requirements. Ask an RA if you can accompany them on a duty round, or spend time with them when they are on duty.
- Practice asking the questions you would like to pose to your interviewers.
- Get a good night of sleep the night before your interviews and eat balanced meals the day of your interviews.
- Come up with a list of questions you think you might be asked to answer, and have your friends help you practice.
- Most important: BE YOURSELF! The purpose of the interview is so that you and the Office of Residential Life staff can get to know one another better. It is difficult to do that if you are pretending to be someone you are not.
- Dress neatly and professionally for your interviews.
RESUME, INTERVIEW, AND SHORT ANSWER RESOURCES
As a part of the RA application process, the resume, short answer questions and interview process are essential to a successful candidacy. As a means of helping individuals gain support in accomplishing these steps we highly suggest candidates take advantage of individual appointments and online resources with the Career Center and Writing Workshops. They will be very pleased to help you. Be proactive and courteous by scheduling in a timely fashion as outlined on the respective websites.
NOTE: Only candidates who have previously been on staff are required to submit a resume.
Students interested in applying for a Resident Advisor position must complete the following by 12:00 PM, EST on Feb. 7, 2014:
1. Please submit the online application. Make sure your application is complete and to your satisfaction before you submit it. Late applications will not be accepted.
2. Print out two reference forms and have people who can speak of your abilities complete the forms. References must be submitted prior to the deadline. It is your responsibility to follow up with your references to make sure they submit them by the specified date. NOTE: Family members are not suitable references.
3. Attend an Information Session