Resident Assistant Essays For Job Applicant

Resident Assistant, 2018-2019

 

The 2018-2019 RA Application is now closed!

Please note that the job description below is subject to change prior to the conclusion of the RA Selection Process.

 

The Mission of Residential Education is to create safe and inclusive living-learning communities that foster holistic education and global citizenship. Residential Education’s vision reflects a commitment to the intentional creation of effective and innovative programs aimed to empower students with the skills to become engaged campus and global citizens, and active agents of social change. The Resident Directors and the Live-In Student Staff will accomplish this mission through a combination of community building activities, student empowerment programs, and personal conversations.

 

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that promotes residential communities through excellence in academic integration and personal development opportunities for students.  As an employee of Residential and Housing Services, each RA will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the Residential Education Student Staff Manual, the Residential Code of Conduct, the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Conduct University of California Personnel Policies and Procedures, and the University of California Policies applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students.

 

The RA's role is to connect with the members of the residential community, as directed by the Residential Curriculum (RC). The RC outlines the framework used by the residential staff that will engage students through one-on-one conversations, community meetings, and strategies that target the needs of the community. The RA serves as a resource to both residents and staff while upholding the goals and policies of Residential Student Service Programs (RSSP).  All responsibilities listed will be carried out under the supervision of the Resident Director (RD).

 

 

Ethics Statement:

As a representative of the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Residential Education staff, the Resident Assistant is expected to respect personal integrity of all community members and assure they be treated in a manner that is fundamentally fair. Staff should refrain from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that:

  • Would be considered harassment on the basis of gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, citizenship, age, and/or ability.

  • Would impinge on a resident's or another staff member's dignity, moral code, privacy, self‐worth, and academic, physical, psychological, and/or emotional well‐being.

  • Would seek unjustified personal gains, unfair advantage, unearned goods or services.

Essential Duties

 

Community Development (40%)

 

  • Be visible and available on the floor or building in order to understand the needs of the residential community and encourage the personal, social, and academic development of students.

  • Throughout the semester, conduct bear chats with residents, as required by the Residential Curriculum under the supervision of the Resident Director.

  • Support and encourage residents in the development and continued engagement in an effective Hall Association. This may include but is not limited to: recruitment of residents for hall association, promotion of election process, and attendance at some association meetings and events.

  • Provide academic, personal support and referrals and, demonstrate knowledge of campus resources.

  • Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate, noise, etc.).

  • Work cooperatively with students in the living environment to reflect a community that displays respect for the rights and privacy of others and promotes consideration of individual needs.

  • Cultivate an inclusive environment in which residents feel welcomed to engage and contribute to the living community.

  • Model ethical behavior through personal and academic pursuits and adhere to all residence hall policies.

  • Demonstrate appreciation of differences and assist students in developing an understanding of diverse backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles.  

  • Respect and treat all individuals fairly and equitably by being open and understanding of all religious identities, abilities, sexual orientation, gender expression, cultural & ethnic identities, and citizenship status.

Orientation & Welcome Responsibilities (10%)

 

  • Participation in the preparation for and implementation of opening of the halls prior to Golden Bear Orientation during Fall and Spring Semester which may include, but is not limited to: inspection of resident rooms and inventories, administrative, programmatic, logistical, and physical preparation of floors/suites, hall/area, and unit.

  • Facilitate welcome meetings and strategies both during and following Golden Bear Orientation to assist students in connecting to resources in residence and across campus

  • During move-in and Golden Bear Orientation, work in partnership with Orientation Mentors and  Leaders to ensure that students are engaged and connected to all GBO programs and events.

  • Identify any students in need of additional support and resources during GBO and work with supervisor (RD) and the GBO staff to help connect the students.

  • Foster a sense of belonging and connection to the UC Berkeley community as students transition to campus and throughout the academic year.

 

Residential Curriculum Implementation & Engagement (20%)

 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Residential Curriculum learning goals and outcomes.

  • Implement community strategies as directed by the Residential Curriculum and the Resident Director. Examples of these strategies include but are not limited to: Community Meetings, Bear Chats, Floor Fun Activities, Community Activities and Bulletin Boards.

  • Support, promote, and attend Unit, System-wide, and Campus Strategies as required by the Residential Curriculum under the supervision of the Resident Director.  

  • Participate in the Community Assessment conversations with the RD and CLA to analyze community trends and incorporate strategies that reflect the needs and experiences of the residential community.

  • Complete all program assessment tools as directed by both the RCI and the RD for the purpose of tracking and assessing all strategies

  • Support strategies organized by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) and Hall Association and under the advisement of the CLAs and RD.

  • Support and promote strategies offered by the Resident Faculty, the Academic & Leadership Coordinators, and the Academic Center Staff.

  

Administrative & Risk Management Responsibilities (25%)

 

  • Follow all emergency procedures as outlined by the Hall Staff Manual and directed by Resident Director.

  • Confront and respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and/or is in violation of campus policies and procedures (i.e. behavior that endangers the health and safety of residents).

  • Following the situation(s), document incident(s) within 12 hours of an incident while following all protocols and procedures. Demonstrate sound judgement in reporting urgent situations in a timely and appropriate manner.

  • Perform regularly scheduled duty shifts:

  • RAs are on night duty an average of 5-6 weeknights per month and 2-3 weekend nights per month and 4-5 weekend day duties per semester

  • Hall Staff must provide coverage during some academic and administrative holidays,  including, but not limited to, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break.

  • Night duty begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends the following day at 8:00 am.

  • Duty includes, but is not limited to, performing community walks twice a night, addressing policy violations, responding to emergencies, providing coverage and breaks at the security monitor desk when necessary and in a timely manner.

  • Disseminate and communicate all announcements and policies as directed by the Resident Director on behalf of RSSP and UC Berkeley to the residential community.

  • Complete administrative tasks in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Attend regular one-on-one meeting with the Resident Director (RD)

  • Ensure that the RD is informed and updated on all aspects of your work as an RA.  This entails being in phone and/or email contact and meeting regularly with the RD to share job-related information, give/receive constructive feedback, and develop job-related skills.

  • Attend and actively participate in fall and spring student staff training sessions, and all scheduled in-service trainings.

  • RAs should be available every Tuesday from 7-9pm for weekly hall staff/unit meetings.

  • Participate in all individual, staff, group evaluation processes.

 

Additional Duties (5%)

 

  • Participate in hall staff selection process (i.e., panel and group interviews).

  • Assist with and be present for the implementation of Cal Day as directed.

  • Additional Duties as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the Residential Community

Qualifications

 

Required:

 

  • Undergraduate student possessing a minimum 2.300 cumulative GPA and good standing with the University at the start of position and throughout the period of employment. Please note that GPA does not round up, any GPA below a 2.300 (2.299 or below) will make you ineligible for this position.

  • Full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) during period of employment.

 

Preferred:

 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to facilitate community among individuals

  • Understanding or willingness to create an inclusive, socially-just community.

  • Meets residency requirements and demonstrates academic interest in the subject matter of the theme program

  • Preferred minimum of one year residence in a college or university residence hall, or a similar group living experience such as a Greek house, co-op, or theme program prior to term of employment.

Terms of Employment

 

  • Abide by all Housing and Residential Policies as outlined by the Residential and Campus Code of Conduct. Failure to abide by these policies  may result personnel action up to and including dismissal.

  • All new Resident Assistants must enroll in a one-unit EDUC98/198 course during the Spring 2018 semester. Employment is contingent on the Resident Assistant receiving a grade of “P” in the course.

  • Maintain the required 2.300 minimum G.P.A. throughout the term of employment.  RAs must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Education. Spring 2018 grade report must be submitted by July 1, 2018 while the Fall 2018 grade report must be submitted within the first week of classes of the Spring 2019 semester in order to ensure compliance with the academic requirements of the position.

  • Maintain full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) throughout the term of employment. Exceptions must have prior approval of the Resident Director and Assistant Director.

  • The period of employment for this live-in position commences with the start of student staff training on [dates pending on final GBO schedule]. For reference, we are including the dates from the current school year (Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 through Sunday, May 13, 2018). We don't anticipate a significant change to the time frame.

  • Active participation in Fall Training (beginning [dates pending on final GBO schedule]), Spring Training (beginning [dates pending on final GBO schedule]) and ongoing system-wide and area staff in-service training programs is mandatory for all student staff. For reference, we are including the training dates from the current school year (Fall Training began on Wednesday, August 2nd 2017, Spring Training begins on January 10th, 2018).

  • RAs are expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. This includes providing the hall coverage during some vacation and holiday periods (which may include Thanksgiving and Spring Break, among others). A commitment of approximately 19 hours/week is expected (some weeks may be more, whereas others may be less, depending on time of year, events, issues in the hall, etc.), which includes but is not limited to, engaging with residents, required meetings, duty coverage, program implementation and attendance, being visible and available to residents, and addressing the specific needs of the community.

  • Assist with and be present for the implementation of CAL Day and Hall Association Executive Events.

  • All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the RD.  Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of each semester.

  • Resident Assistants are restricted to no more than fifteen hours of outside commitments (i.e. running for ASUC, club participation, additional employment, both on and off campus). Exceptions must be discussed and approved in advance by the RD.

  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the supervisor. Satisfactory job performance evaluation is defined as meeting expectations as defined by the job evaluation in all areas of the job description.

  • RA positions are for the academic year. Candidates who wish to continue during the subsequent summer or academic year must apply through the designated process.

  • Resident Assistants who display psychological behavior which raises concerns about fitness for the position may be required to complete an assessment of fitness and ability in order to continue in the position.

 

Compensation:

 

  • The RA will receive a room and board during the period of employment as compensation.

  • Living arrangements may range from a single room to a shared apartment space, depending on the departmental need.

  • Resident Assistants will receive the Ultimate Meal Plan. Unused points after the vacancy of the position will not be transferred to the student.

  • Resident Assistants will receive additional paid compensation for theme program responsibilities.

 

Expectations

 

  • Resident Assistants are expected to model ethical behavior for all residence hall policies and procedures. Failure to demonstrate ethical behavior may result in personnel action up to and including dismissal.

  • Maintain positive working relationships with fellow hall staff, Residential Education staff, as well as Residential and Student Service Programs staff members.

  • Maintain appropriate behavior on social media when engaging with residents and colleagues and act in the capacity of your position

  • Report maintenance problems in a timely fashion in order to maintain the physical condition of the residence halls.  Provide immediate follow-up on reported problems.

  • Do not duplicate or loan keys to unauthorized persons.  Master keys are to be kept in their designated, secure location at all times when not in use and are not to leave the building or area without authorization.

  • Be responsible with special staff privileges (i.e. use of office, phones, keys, office equipment, etc.).

  • Maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to students and staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the RD and the administrative staff of Residential and Student Service Programs.

 

Background Check Requirement

 

This position is subject to a criminal background check. This position meets the following background check criteria:

  • Possession of building master or sub-master key access to residences and certain other facilities.

  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk.  This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

 

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement for University of California

 

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.  The University also prohibits sexual harassment.  This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.  Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed as follows: Sex discrimination and access: ADA/504 Compliance Office, (510) 643-5116 (voice or TTY/TDD); age discrimination: Age Discrimination Act Coordinator, (510) 642-8471.  Other inquiries may be directed to the Academic Compliance Officer, 200 California Hall #1500, (510) 642-2795.

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Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and correct methods, and investigates accidents. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

 

Click here to directly access the Resident Assistant Application

The RA Application* closes onN​ovember 20th, 2017 by 11:59pm.

*Please note all TPA applicants must fill out the RA application in addition to their Theme Specific Application.

 

 

Resident Assistant Role

Resident Assistants (RAs) are integral to the operation of our residence halls, and therefore are asked to fill a variety of roles ranging anywhere from peer mentor to programmer to campus resource to peer advisor. We encourage you to read the RA role description provided at the link below thoroughly in order to become more aware of the qualifications desired for the role. In addition, we encourage you to reach out to your RA or any RA you may know to find out more about the role. 

On this page, you should be able to find the information needed to answer many of your questions and guide you through the selection process. In particular, it is important to review the RA role description, the selection timeline(s), and the dates and times for all information sessions for those respective selection processes; as well as other important resources you will need to complete the application, including individuals willing to serve as references for your application. Please note that a new hire candidate file is considered to be complete only after both a successfully submitted online application and recommendation forms have been received.

As RAs serve in prominent roles on campus, we are committed to selecting only the most capable and dynamic staff members. Therefore, the selection process is designed to enable us to learn as much as possible about each candidate. Please give this careful consideration as you complete the online application and progress through the interview process. Getting to know you is key to hiring individuals who will be successful in the role, and a vital member of our staff teams.

Spring (SP) 2018 RA Application Process 

Often, due to a variety of factors, our staff teams may experience vacancies for the spring 2018 semester. In order to ensure that we keep a full, capable and adequately trained staff for the entire academic year, we open a smaller-scale Resident Assistant application process for the spring 2018 semester. This application is open as of Thursday, September 14, 2017, and closes at 11:59p on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. You can access the application via this link.

Once you access the Symplicity portal, you will need to provide Net ID and Net ID password in order to log in. Upon successful log in, you will select the “survey” tab, and you will find a link to the SP 18 Resident Assistant Application. 

Spring 2018 RA Application Screening Process

This application will take, on average, 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. You are permitted to revise your application after you submit it, as long as the application period is still open. Any applications that are not complete before the application period closes will not be considered for interviews. 

Your references will be contacted periodically between Friday, September 22, 2017 and Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Please be sure you have made them aware that they are serving as your reference before you submit your application. 

Your application will be reviewed by a Selections Review Panel (SRP) composed of Residence Coordinators, RA representative(s) and GR representative(s) and chaired by the Associate Dean for Staff Selections. Your application will be considered based on your responses, and based on the recommendations that your references provided. All who apply may not be invited to participate in the interview process, as the purpose of the SRP is to identify candidates for interview that would be successful in the role. Not being selected for an interview does not exclude you from participating in other applications processes for the RA role throughout the academic year.

Spring 2018 RA Interview Process

All applicants that have been invited to interview for any spring 2018 vacancies will be sent an invitation to schedule an interview. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in 45 minute increments, beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm. Interviews will be held in the Gilbert-Addoms Down Under (GADU) common space in Gilbert-Addoms Hall, on East Campus. 

Applicants will select their interviews time via a link provided to them in their invitation to interview, and will receive a confirmation email from rlselections@duke.edu prior to the interview date. Because we will have applicants who are not physically located in Durham this semester, and may need to interview at a distance, we provide the opportunity for those applicants to interview via Google Hangout, if necessary. 

The selection of applicants for open RA positions will occur on Thursday, November 9, 2017 and all offers will be submitted to those applicants no later than Friday, November 10, 2017. All mid-year hires (those hired in SP 18) will be expected to return to campus to move into their RA role on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. All new hires will also attend SP 18 RA Training, beginning on Friday, January 5, 2018. 

2018-2019 Academic Year Resident Assistant Application Process

The application for next academic year (2018-2019) will open on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and will close on Friday, December 15, 2017. You can access the application via this link. 

Once you access the Symplicity portal, you will need to provide Net ID and Net ID password in order to log in. Upon successful log in, you will select the “survey” tab, and you will find a link to the 18-19 Resident Assistant Application.

2018-2019 Academic Year RA Application Screening Process

This application will take, on average, 60 to 90 minutes to complete. You are permitted to revise your application after you submit it, as long as the application period is still open. Any applications that are not complete before the application period closes will not be considered for interviews. 

Your references will be contacted periodically between Friday, November 10, 2017 and Friday, December 15, 2017. Please be sure you have made them aware that they are serving as your reference before you submit your application. 

Your application will be reviewed by a Selections Review Panel (SRP) composed of Residence Coordinators, RA representative(s) and GR representative(s) and chaired by the Associate Dean for Staff Selections. Your application will be considered based on your responses, and based on the recommendations that your references provided. All who apply may not be invited to participate in the interview process, as the purpose of the SRP is to identify candidates for interview that would be successful in the role. Not being selected for an interview does not exclude you from participating in other applications processes for the RA role throughout the academic year.

2018-2019 Academic Year RA Interview Process

All applicants that have been invited to interview the RA role for the 2018-2019 academic year will be sent an invitation to schedule an interview. Interviews will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, and will be in the form of a group process, beginning at 10:00 am and ending at 4:00 pm. Interviews will be held in the Career Center in Smith Warehouse, on Central Campus. 

Applicants will indicate their acceptance of the group process invitation via a link provided to them via email, and will receive a confirmation email from rlselections@duke.edu prior to the interview date. Because we will have applicants who are not physically located in Durham this semester, and may need to interview at a distance, we provide the opportunity for those applicants to interview via Google Hangout, if necessary. 

The SRP will then review evaluations from the group process, and select those candidates that would best fit in the RA role, and those that are eligible to be selected as alternates, as well as those candidates that would not be a fit for the RA role. 

The selection of applicants for open RA positions will occur on Monday, January 29, 2018 and Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and all offers will be submitted to those applicants no later than Thursday, February 1, 2018, including alternate offers. All 2018-2019 hires will be expected to return to campus to move into their RA role on Saturday, August 11, 2018. All new hires will also attend 2018-2019 RA Training, beginning on Sunday, August 12, 2018. 

Resident Assistant and Graduate Resident Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Questions

  • I currently do not have a 2.5 GPA.  Am I eligible to be an RA?
    • No.  In order to be eligible to be selected, a candidate must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.  If a candidate applies and does not have a 2.5 GPA, they will not be invited to enter the interview process.  HDRL reviews the GPA of all candidates prior to the interview process after applications have been submitted.  
  • I am currently on disciplinary probation.  Am I eligible to be an RA?
    • No.  If a student is on disciplinary probation, they are not eligible to be an RA.  HDRL conducts a student conduct check on each candidate prior to the interview process.  

Undergraduate Student Specific Questions

  • I am an undergraduate student. Can I apply to be a Graduate Resident? 
    • No. Undergraduate students are not eligible for the Graduate Resident role. Only current or incoming Duke graduate students are eligible. 

Graduate Student Specific Questions

  • I am a current or incoming graduate student. Can I apply to be a Resident Assistant, Graduate Resident, or both?
    • Graduate students can apply for both roles. They can also apply to only one of the roles, if they so choose. There are typically more vacancies for the Resident Assistant role than for the Graduate Resident role.
  • If I am an incoming Duke graduate student and have not received admission, can I apply for a role?
    • Yes, you can apply for any role even if you have not yet received admission into a Duke graduate program. If you are selected for the role, your selection will be conditional upon your acceptance into a Duke graduate program. 
  • I am a married Duke graduate student; can my spouse live on campus or can I apply for a position?
    • Married Duke graduate students are allowed to apply for both the Resident Assistant and Graduate Assistant roles. 
    • Students in the Graduate Resident role can be partnered, engaged, or married, regardless of campus. 
    • For the Resident Assistant role, if married, you would only be eligible for positions on Central Campus (apartment style community), which makes up less than 15% of our Resident Assistant team (21 out of 168 positions). If selected, the candidate will be given a position on Central Campus. 
  • I have no prior experience being in a residential leadership role (i.e. Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident). Can I still apply for the Graduate Resident role?
    • We encourage any interested applicants to apply despite lack of experience with residential leadership. We like for applicants to have some experience; however, there are many other transferable skills that will help the individual excel in the Graduate Resident role.

Returning Resident Assistant Questions

  • I am a returning Resident Assistant and would like to switch campuses for the next academic year (i.e. East to West, East to Central, West to Central, Central to West). Can I switch campuses?
    • Yes. If you intend to return as a Resident Assistant, you may seek a campus switch for the next academic year. During the intent to return process, you must indicate that you would like to switch campuses. RL Selections will host a campus switch interview for all current RAs interested in switching campuses. 
    • Please note – if you enter the campus switch process and are offered a position, you are obligated to accept the position offered. 
    • You cannot return to your current position or seek another location.
    • Note: Your current home Residence Coordinator makes the final decision if they want you to switch campuses. 
  • If I was not accepted to a role, can I reapply at a later date?
    • Yes. If you were not accepted to a role at this time, you can definitely reapply at a later time. We have many opportunities for reapplication throughout the academic year and summer terms.

General Questions

  • Can I have a pet as a Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident?
    • No pets are allowed for Resident Assistants. Pets are allowed for Graduate Residents only.
  • Do I need references to support my application for the Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident Roles?
    • Yes. You will need to select at least two references and provide their information as part of your application. RL selections will reach out to them to provide a reference to support your applications. All references must be included on the completed application.
  • I am a rising sophomore; can I be an RA on West or Central Campus?
    • Yes, you are eligible to be an RA on West or Central Campus.  However, most sophomores who are selected for the RA role will be an RA on East Campus.

Time Related Questions

  • Are Resident Assistants and Graduate Residents expected to arrive early before the semester begins and stay past the start of breaks?
    • Resident Assistants and Graduate Residents are expected to arrive early prior to the start of the academic year for formal training and to assist in the preparation of residence hall opening. During breaks, they may be asked to remain on campus to help close the residence halls and return early to help re-open the residence halls. At the end of the academic year, both roles are asked to remain on campus to assist with the closing of the residence halls. A date is usually determined by campus.
  • Do we have to ask for a weekend off in either role?
    • Each Resident Assistant and Graduate Resident is allotted 8 pre-approved days per semester where they can be off and away from campus. 
  • What does “duty” look like?
    • Varies from campus to campus and area to area. Generally Resident Assistants will be asked to conduct 2-3 rounds per night and note any significant observations and incidents. During this time, Resident Assistants may encounter alleged policy violations and be expected to confront them. Students will serve as 1st responders to student issues between the hours of 5:00pm – 8:00am. Resident Assistants will also be expected to keep a detailed log of their observations and interactions to submit to their home Residence Coordinator and Graduate Resident. 
  • I work about 10 hours for another department, can I still be a Resident Assistant?
    • Yes.  We estimate that a Resident Assistant will spend about 15 hours per week in the role.  There are some weeks where the role may take more time and other weeks where it may take less. Employment in other departments must be pre-approved by your Residence Coordinator, so that they are aware and can make sure that you are able to handle your academic commitments and your RA commitments in an adequate fashion.
  • Is training mandatory? 
    • Yes.  It is required for all Resident Assistants and Graduate Residents to attend training. HRL does allow for RAs and GRs to apply for exceptions to be absent from training.  Each situation is handled on a case-by-case basis and is decided on by the RA Training Committee.  In general, academic course related conflicts are approved. Non-academic course conflicts are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Study Abroad Questions

  • I have been invited to interview for the Resident Assistant role, but I am currently studying abroad. How can I interview for the role?
    • If you are currently studying abroad, have applied to a role, and have been invited to interview, we conduct video interviews. You will be provided with an opportunity to indicate how RL Selections can contact you for interviews during the selections process. 
  • If I am studying abroad in the fall semester and would like to be a Resident Assistant for the spring semester, how do I apply?
    • In the fall semester, we have a separate application for spring vacancies. You will need to complete this separate application to be considered for any vacancies. 
  • I am a Resident Assistant and am planning to study abroad in the Fall semester; however, I have not applied to the program and/or been accepted to the program. Can I still apply for the Resident Assistant role?
    • Yes, we welcome any interested individual who would like to serve in the Resident Assistant role. If you are planning to study abroad and/or have applied to a study abroad program, you can apply for the Resident Assistant role. We ask that you inform us as soon as you are made aware of your Study Abroad approval or denial via your Residence Coordinator, or via the Associate Dean of Staff Selections. 

Application & Placement Related Questions

  • I am completing my application and would like clarification on what is expected from the essay response questions. 
    • The essay response questions are intended for the applicant to provide more information about their experience, skills, personality, work ethic, and more. Please write the essay responses in paragraph form. The applicant should use their judgment on length – enough to cover the topic. 
  • I am having some technical difficulties with Symplicity and/or the application. Where can I get assistance?
    • Please contact our team at rlselections@duke.edu if you have any questions about Symplicity, the application, or any other selections-related topic. 
  • How does the placement process work?
    • Once the interview process is complete, the Residence Life Team makes decisions regarding who will be the best individual for the role.  While we do take candidates preference into consideration, we ultimately select team members with the best interest of the department, area, and student.   Preference does not equal placement.  If a candidate is selected, but they are not happy with the campus or area location, they are not able to switch into a different area.  One offer, one placement.  

Benefits Questions

  • Benefits Clarification:
    • Resident Assistants and Graduate Residents receive a stipend that is divided into four payments throughout the year. Additionally, they receive free on campus housing and a meal allotment. 
    • Note: These financial benefits do affect financial aid packages. 
    • Special Note: The meal allotment is not to be misconstrued as a meal plan. Its purpose is to provide RA’s with food points so they can dine with residents in our many eateries. RA’s typically have to add food points towards the end of the semester to their meal plans. 
  • Financial Implication of Role Benefits:
    • The financial benefits of the Resident Assistant and Graduate Resident roles affect one’s financial aid package. HRL is required to provide financial details for both roles to the Office of Financial Aid. All situations are different and unique; thus it is hard to provide a consistent answer. We encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid at Duke with your questions. They have provided some examples and information on their website at http://financialaid.duke.edu/other-sources-aid. 
  • If I get selected to be a Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident, do I need to have a meal plan?
    • It is up to the individual to decide.  HRL provides a meal allotment for each role.  There are some who will solely use what we provide for their meal plan.  Others use the meal allocation that we provide and an additional meal plan.  It is the individual’s choice.

LINKS:

HRL RA Role Description 
Important Information for RAs Receiving Financial Aid from Duke

For more information, please send an email to rlselections@duke.edu or contact Associate Dean Janine Weaver-Douglas at janine.weaver.douglas@duke.edu.

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