Apply to be a Resident Advisor! The Center for Residence Life is looking for individuals who are serious about the RA position and can define and articulate their motivation, expectations and desire for learning. The RA position is one of the most important and sought-after student leadership positions on our campus, and it requires a high degree of responsibility and commitment.

Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved and serve the residential community of RIT?

Are you someone interested in making lifelong connections?

Are you excited to work on events for the entire campus?

Are you looking for a unique way to get involved on campus?

On behalf of the Center for Residence Life, we would like to thank you for your interest in applying for the Resident Advisor (RA) position. The Center for Residence Life believes in selecting highly skilled and motivated individuals to be part of our dynamic staff!

Our mission is:

“To create an engaging, inclusive, and safe living-learning environments. We foster student success through pioneering initiatives, collaboration within our department and throughout the campus, and a focus on a respectful community, holistic development, and personal wellness.”

You can help us fulfill this mission by becoming an integral part of our staff. Furthermore, you will have the ability to develop a community of residents, collaborate with a team, and learn about yourself!

Learn more about the RA position from students in the role!

The Resident Advisor Position Description

  • General Requirements of the position include:
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Serve as a Liaison between Residential Students & The Center for Residence Life
  • Plan and Implement Community Development Events
  • Crisis Management and Policy Enforcement

A RA is a student staff member who resides within RIT housing with their residents and is employed by the Center for Residence Life. The RA is responsible for assisting their supervisor with administrative duties regarding the daily operations of the residential community. Administrative tasks include, but are not limited to, ensuring necessary forms and reports are completed accurately and submitted on time.

RAs will act as peer educators who are there to assist and develop community amongst their residents. RAs are neither strictly community builders, nor policy enforcers, but they should consider themselves a leader among students who foster a community of respect and civility and show concern for the development of all residents. RA will recognize opportunities to initiate contact with their residents and provide tutelage and support. In addition, RAs ensure accurate and timely communication occurs, disseminating pertinent information and collecting feedback from residents.

RAs will participate in collaborative efforts within their assigned staff, as well as Center Wide initiatives to promote an educational environment conducive to upholding and honoring the individual rights and responsibilities of all students. RAs are expected to demonstrate integrity, uphold core values and policies of RIT and the Center for Residence Life in order to be effective liaisons and support for students living on campus.

Given the high standards of this position, it is essential that RAs possess a genuine concern for others, inspire respect, and set a good example in attitude and general role-modeling. They are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner both on campus and in the RIT community. RAs will think critically in order to assist residents with problems or behaviors of concern, and demonstrate the resiliency to access the appropriate university resources. RAs will provide opportunities to reflect on the outcome of situations with residents when appropriate.


New RAs receive the below compensation for the position:

  • RAs in the position for fewer than two full semesters will be credited 90% of a single residence hall room and 100% of an all-debit meal plan while they remain in the position.
  • RAs in the position for two or more full semesters will be credited 100% of a single residence hall room and 100% of an all-debit meal plan while they remain in the position.
  • Compensation is reported to the Office of Financial Aid, and may impact eligibility for and/or financial aid awards.

What should I expect from the Application?

-Resume detailing experiences and qualifications

-Cover Letter including requested information

-Preference of special housing interests

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Want to learn more? Attend an info session!

1/21/18- 5pm-6pm- NRH 1250

Any Additional Questions?

Email: residencelife@rit.edu

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Applications are due Friday, February 2nd

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