Are you thinking of becoming a Residential Assistant (RA)? Here are a few advantages:
- Free housing (single room) and a meal plan
- Leadership training
- Great experience for your resume
- Making friends
- Having an impact on creating a sense of belonging
- Playing a key role in making changes at the University
Learn more about the application process below.
Applications are due Feb. 19
RA position and requirements
All RA applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate (minimum of 12 credits) student. Graduate students are not eligible for the position.
- Obtain sophomore, junior, or senior standing by the start of the Fall 2022 semester. Applicants must also have completed at least one full semester at the University of Hartford by the start of the fall 2022 semester.
- Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher by the time of hire. Any applicant that does not meet the GPA requirement will not be eligible for an interview and consideration until they raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.5. Additionally, the RA has to maintain a 2.5 GPA during the time they hold the position.
- Obtain/maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your specific college and/or program of study.
- Eligible to receive financial assistance from the University of Hartford (In most cases 99.9% of students at the University are considered eligible – You do not need to currently receive financial aid, you just need to be eligible for financial assistance). RAs are compensated with room and board and students who are not eligible for this form of compensation are, unfortunately, not able to be considered for the RA position.
- No significant or repeated violations of University Code of Student Conduct or University Housing Agreement. Each applicant’s student conduct and housing records will be reviewed.
Commit to having no more than two night time commitments a week. A night time commitment is defined by anything that would interfere with your RA role at/after 7:3 p.m.. This does not include a being available Wednesday nights at 8:45 P.M. for staff meeting.
- Limit additional employment and extra-curricular activities to 20 hours per week (on or off campus).
- Must be in good disciplinary and academic standing at all times through the position.
- Must live on campus while being an RA
The following are the steps in order of becoming an RA
- Complete the online application which includes answering demographic questions, essays uploading a resume.
- Provide the contact information for one reference who can attest to your character and work ethic. Parents & Family members, RAs, Grad Assistants and Residential Life staff are not eligible to serve as a reference, as they will already serve as an informal reference.
Individual Interviews—a 45 minute interview with a current RA and professional staff member in the Office of Residential Life
- After each part of the process, candidates will be informed as to whether or not they will continue in the process.
In order to apply for the RA position each applicant must complete the following
- Online application (applications are only accepted online; handwritten or printed applications will not be accepted)
- You must be signed into your hartford.edueEmail account in order to apply. All applications must be submitted by noon on February 19, 2021.
- If you would like to be considered for a living-learning community (Hawk Hall, or upper-class-area themed housing) an optional essay prompt is in the application. You only need to do this if you are interested in working with these communities.
Employment status notification
All RA applicants will be notified of their employment status by March 19, 2021. Applicants will either be offered a position, placed on the alternate list, or that at this time we are not interested in their candidacy as a RA. RAs that are offered the position will need to accept or decline the offer by March 25, 2021.
- Application Opens: Jan. 20, 2021
- Application Deadline: Feb.19, 2021
- Invitation to sign up for individual interview: March 2, 2021 (If selected)
- Individual Interview (if selected) with a current RA and a professional staff member: Tuesday
- March 9–Friday March 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Notification of status: Friday, March 19, 2021
- Acceptance of position: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Virtual Zoom Information Sessions:
A Residential Life Staff member about the responsibilities of an RA, the process, and support through the process.
- Jan. 26, 2021 from 5–6 p.m.
- Jan. 28, 2021 from 6–7 p.m.
- Feb. 2, 2021 from 5–6 p.m.
- Feb. 3, 2021 from 12–1 p.m.
- Feb. 4, 2021 from 12–1 p.m.
- Feb. 9, 2021 from 4:30–5:30 p.m.
- Feb. 11, 2021 from 9–10 a.m.
- Feb. 11, 2021 from 6–7 p.m.
- Feb. 15, 2021 from 9–10 a.m.
- Feb. 16, 2021 from 9:30–10:30 a.m.
- Feb. 17, 2021 from 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Register for as many sessions as you would like here.
You will need to be signed into your hartford.edu email account. Please note, only those registered 24 hours in advance of each session will receive an email with the zoom room invitation.
Resume help: Do you need help writing your resume? The Career Studio can support you in that effort through their resources online or in person. They may also be able to support you with interview preparation.
It is imperative that RA applicants review and understand the following information prior to applying for the RA position:
Course registration limitations
Due to the nature of the demands of the position, if you are selected for an RA position you cannot have more than two (2) night-time commitments. A night-time commitment is viewed as anything that goes past 7:30 p.m.
It is imperative that our RAs be academically successful and serve as a positive role model for their residents. If you are selected for an RA position you will be required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout the duration of your employment. If a RAs GPA falls below the 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement, will be subject to discipline. Any newly hired RA whose GPA falls below the 2.5 GPA requirement at the end of the spring 2021 semester will have their offer of employment rescinded. RAs must be in satisfactory academic progress as defined by your specific college and/or program of study.
Please include your personal pronouns in your application. This will help us effectively place RAs in areas of appropriate accommodation, such as restrooms that are single gendered in our neighborhood buildings. If you have concerns about your placement, specifically concerning placement on a non-preferred gender floor, please inform the staff member in your interview.
RAs are placed on specific staffs and are tentatively assigned to these spaces based on the need of the community and department. All RA assignments are tentative as the Office of Residential Life reserves the right to move a RA for a departmental or University need. If selected as a RA, your specific housing assignment is a designated staff assignment and can only be occupied while you are employed in the RA role. If a candidate requires special housing accommodations that will be reviewed, however we cannot be guarantee they can be accommodated as RAs are placed in specific areas based on department and community need.
Anyone selected for the RA position is expected to recognize the RA position as your primary non-academic responsibility. Scheduling of staff meetings, duty nights, supervision and all other RA duties takes precedence over all other non-academic commitments, including outside employment and extracurricular activities. RAs are expected to limit outside employment to no more 20 hours a week.
Staff training and development
RAs are expected to attend all staff training and development activities as outlined in the RA position description. These training activities are mandatory and essential to a RAs success within the position. Our two main training programs consist of the Resident Assistant Training, which happens during August and January. In both training programs staffs are scheduled from a.m. to p.m. each weekday. These are extensive training sessions and RAs are informed that they are expected to suspend all activities during this timeframe to ensure they can participate fully. RAs that are unable to attend these training and development activities will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination from the position.
Student leadership positions
RAs are encouraged to be active leaders within our campus community. As a result we support RAs being engaged in extracurricular activities, such as being involved in a student organization, serving as a Red Key, competing as a student athlete, etc. RAs need to understand that the RA position takes priority above all forms of outside employment and extra-curricular involvement. In most cases, RAs are able to manage their RA position and their student leadership roles successfully. However, in situations where this is not the case, the RA will be expected to either decrease their level of involvement or step down from the RA position. Due to conflicting demands between the responsibilities of RAs and Red Caps, any applicant who accepts both a RA and Red Cap position will be allowed to serve as a Red Cap for sessions 1 through 4 only. RAs that are hired as Red Caps will not be able to assist with orientation session 5 or Lift-Off. The Office of Orientation is in agreement and will excuse RAs who are hired as Red Caps from assisting with session 5 and Lift-Off.
We don’t know what Covid-19 will bring the University and the department. But polices are continuously being updated. RAs are continuously being asked to shift priorities and do different things and the expectations may shift. We ask for your flexibility and understanding during these difficult times.
RA position description
The RA position is not final until you sign your agreement in March. Prior to that you will have the opportunity to review the RA position description. RAs are expected to complete all tasks outlined in the RA position description.
RAs are not able to alter their compensation package, which includes changing their housing assignment and/or meal plan for any reason.
Compensation for the Resident Assistant position includes a housing assignment in a single occupancy room (note that exceptions to the single room may be made for unforeseen circumstances) and at minimum a meal plan. The meal plan may vary, based on the University and dining service negotiations. The Office of Residential Life does not provide compensation for any fees or deposits that may come with being a residential student. RAs are not able to alter their compensation package, which includes changing their housing assignment. RAs may pay additional money to upgrade their meal plan if they choose to do so, if they do, they will work with the meal plan office. Please note that the Office Residential Life may move your assignment at any point to meet the needs of the department.
RA compensation (housing and meal plan) is considered part of each student’s financial aid package and may impact a student’s financial aid, including work study funding. Please speak to the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 860.768.4296 to see what impact the RA position will have on your financial aid package
Title: Resident Assistant
Division/Department: Student Success/Residential Life
Reports to: Resident Director
Employment Dates: August – May
The Resident Assistant (RA) is a key member of the Residential Life staff. The RA is a peer who is an educator and mentor who facilitates the personal, interpersonal, and holistic growth of students. The RA plays a vital role in developing a community that is inclusive, academically successful, and socially responsible. The RA is an integral part of upholding the department’s educational priority: Residential Students will demonstrate self-awareness and advocacy, develop constructive relationships across difference, and contribute within complex communities.
RAs achieve this through intentional conversations, community meetings, programs, community hours, and education about and enforcement of policy. An RA is always conscientious, honest, courteous, and professional. An RA is a role model for other students, is knowledgeable of and enforces all university policies and procedures, and shows integrity by personally following University policies and procedures.
The RA’s responsibilities, under the direction of a Resident Director (RD) or Graduate Assistant (GA), require an average of 20 hours a week to complete the job successfully. RAs are expected to assign priority to their RA position over all other non-academic activities and commitments.
The Resident Assistant meaningfully contributes to the community, the mission and vision of the Office of Residential Life, the Division of Student Success, and the overall goals of the University of Hartford.
The unknown: COVID-19 not known at this time what next year is going to look like RAs may be called upon to support he department in various ways to support students.
Resident Assistants must consistently demonstrate the ability to act as a role model and peer educator capable of sound judgment and good decision making. Serving as a role model applies on and off campus, as well as during and outside of scheduled duty shifts.
The RA is expected to:
- Educate students on what it means to be a member of the university community
- Support and uphold university policies
- Maintain and respect privacy and confidentiality when handling resident and community issues
- Communicate and engage with others regardless of perceived or actual differences
- Respond to student concerns and crisis
- Care for oneself (yourself) in a responsible manner
- Care for others in a responsible and ethical manner
- Live as a responsible community member
Student Support and Development
- Be present and visible and develop a community based on common interests and connect residents with one another.
- Develop meaningful one on one relationships
- Serve as a mentor for residents as they come to you with questions or concerns.
- Listen, support, and guide the resident to appropriate resources.
- Provide support and resources to residents as
The Residential Learning Model (RLM) encompasses all aspects of the RA position in creating an educational environment for students to live and learn. The following are the specific requirements of the RAs for facilitating educational opportunities for residents on campus.
- Teach students about the department’s educational priority.
Facilitate the creation of community standards within your area at the beginning of each semester.
- Assist with the completion of roommate agreements by facilitating the discussion of topics such as: cleaning, guest visitation, sharing belongings, etc
Support residents with roommate conflicts and facilitate roommate mediations
- Plan, organize, and implement community builders
RAs will foster and lead a community that is inclusive and respectful of differences, that fosters learning and education.
- Where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected.
- Where members learn from one another across different identities and experiences.
- Supportive and respectful of individuals’ differences and rights.
- Perform on-duty responsibilities (on a rotating schedule) including rounds, duty log, documentation, and emergency response.
- Enforce all university policies and educate residents about the regulations and guidelines that are outlined in The Source (Student Handbook) and the University Housing Agreement.
- Submit documentation of all incidents through an Incident Report in Maxient.
- Be present during and assist with the management of emergency/crisis situations as instructed by the professional staff member or graduate assistant from the Office of Residential Life on duty.
- Serve as a Campus Security Authority with regard to Clery Act reporting.
- Complete daily administrative tasks and attend all scheduled meetings
- Conduct Health & Safety inspections and life Safety inspections (when applicable).
- Stay late and/or return early for all breaks
- Actively attend and participate in all student staff training and development activities
- Participate in the RA Performance Evaluation Process each semester.
- Assist with all functions of residence hall openings and closing (planned and unplanned)*:
- Educate and assist residents about administrative processes
- Perform other RA-related responsibilities or duties as assigned by the Office of Residential Life.
- Positively contribute to the development and function of your staff team.
- General COVID disclaimer: We don’t know what COVID-19 will bring the University and the department. But polices are continuously being updated. RAs are continuously being asked to shift priorities and do different things and the expectations may shift. We ask for your flexibility and understanding during these difficult times.
Important Dates of Employment:
- Summer Student Staff Online Training: Starting in Early July. Weekly online assignments, quizzes and tests through blackboard
- Fall Student Staff Training: Mandatory training, RAs come back in August traditionally 2-3 weeks prior to school opening. Training will not happen on the weekends
- Spring Student Staff Training: Mandatory training, RAs come back in January traditionally 1-2 weeks prior to school opening.
* Dates listed are subject to change at any time, advanced notice cannot be guaranteed.
I became an RA because I wanted to be able to help other people in a productive way as well as make a positive impact on my community.