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Resident Assistant Selection

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student staff members who live in residence halls. RAs encourage and support students in academic and personal growth by fostering awareness, appreciation, and development of skills to succeed in a diverse, global society. Finally, RAs are role models within their communities, demonstrating responsibility and ethical behavior. Duties of the RA role include facilitation of the development of the floor and hall community, referral counseling, administrative functions, upholding university policy, and community development through programming. RAs play a pivotal role in the Office of Residential Life & Housing and are a vital resource for many members of the campus community.

We need an opportunity to get to know you through an in-depth application and interview process that lets us know you're qualified to be an RA. Applications are accepted electronically via OrgSync. Should you experience any difficulties during the process please contact the selection committee.


Minimum Requirements

  • Enrolled for 2018-2019 as a full-time student
  • Students in the final year of a 5th year program and graduate students are eligible
  • 2.5 QPA/GPA required and maintained while in the position
  • Residence hall community experience (preferred)
  • May not be on disciplinary probation at date of hire
  • Must be able to serve as an RA for the entire academic year

RA Information Sessions

All applicants must attend one information session. If you cannot attend, please e-mail raselection@pace.edu. At the information session, you will receive an overview of the RA position, from the application process, the interview process, RA Training and more. Current RDs and RAs will lead these sessions and can answer questions about what it is like to be an RA at Pace.

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Martin Hall
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm - North Hall
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Townhouses
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Alumni Hall
  • Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Elm Hall

RA Selection Timeline and Application Process

Timeline for 2018-2019 Applicants

October:
RA Information Sessions

Late October to Early November:
New RA Application becomes available.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 11:59 pm:
Applications due on OrgSync. The application includes basic information, resume, and essay questions. References are also due on this day. We are providing a rubric to help guide you in answer the essay questions, it can be found here.

Friday, December 8, 2017:
Invites to individual interviews are sent out via e-mail.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Friday, February 2, 2018: Individual Interviews
The first portion of the interview process is an individual interview (based on your availability) with a current RD and RA(s) between Wednesday and Friday which will last approximately 30-45 minutes. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018:
Invitations to Group Process Interview sent.

Saturday, February 10, 2018: Group Process Interview
Based on individual interviews, a select number of applicants will be invited to the final interview of the application process, a Group Process interview on Saturday, which is approximately 4-5 hours. Wear appropriate clothing and come prepared to meet many new people.

Late February:
New RA offers will go out by this date. Candidates will be notified via e-mail if they are being offered the RA position. Alternate positions will be offered as well.

Sunday, February 25, 2018: RA Celebration
Candidates who receive an offer will be invited to the RA reveal celebration. At this celebration, RAs will find out where their RA placement is, and meet other members of their staffs.

Early March:
Deadline to accept or decline the position.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are you looking for in hiring an RA?
The Office of Residential Life & Housing is looking for a variety of attributes. Most importantly, a student who is a good role model, responsible, has the ability to develop relationships and enjoys being a part of a team. Our RAs come from many walks of life and display a variety of characteristics- it is very important for us to have a diverse team that represents our student body.


How many new RAs are being hired?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have an exact number. We currently have 40 student staff members, and the amount of new RAs we need to hire will be based on the current RAs who decide to return. We anticipate hiring between 15-20 RAs in any given year.


If hired, do I get to choose what building I am in?
During the application and selection process, candidates will rank preferences they have for working with upper-class or first-year students. We will do our very best to place an RA into a top choice, but it is by no means a guarantee. Placements are made based on building fit, team fit, and need for that community.


When does RA training begin? What is RA Training?
RA training typically begins the second week of August and lasts approximately two weeks. RA Training includes a series of sessions that prepares RAs for all facets of the RA position from community development to responding to emergencies, as well as preparing for the opening of the residence hall and team bonding. Additional RA training takes place during the semester via RA In-Services, as well as during the days leading up to the beginning of the Spring Semester in January.


What is duty?
Duty is when an RA is required to be in the building and/or RA office for a set period. There is an RA on duty from 6:00 PM – 8:00 AM daily, as well as to the entire weekend. While an RA is on duty they hold the duty cell phone and are expected to remain in the building and respond to any issues that come up. While on duty, an RA completes rounds of the building to ensure safety and security and responds to maintenance and emergency issues.


What outside activities can I have outside of RA position?
RAs are permitted to hold 15 hours of outside job responsibilities outside of the RA position. This could include outside employment, student club or organization involvement, athletic team participation, etc.


Can I take a night class every day?
Unfortunately, No. There are evening obligations that are expected of RAs. Because of this RAs should not take more than two night classes and should not take a class on Tuesdays that begins after 7:00 PM. This is to accommodate for weekly RA staff meetings on Tuesday, and scheduling duty shifts. RAs get priority registration to accommodate for these needs.


Can I be an Orientation Leader and an RA?
Yes! A student can be an RA and be an OL. If you choose to be both an OL and an RA, please understand the demands it places on you throughout the summer. Orientation is a busy time, as well is RA Training & Opening. There will be very little downtime from the end of OL expectations to the beginning of RA expectations.


Can I be Greek and an RA?
Yes! We encourage students involved in a variety of areas to become RAs. There are many RAs on staff who are involved in Greek Life. However, please note that new RAs cannot go through New Member Education for a Greek organization in their first semester of being an RA. For example, if a new RA for the fall wishes to join a Greek organization, they would need to complete the New Member Education process in the spring semester.


When can I leave at the end of the semester/during breaks?
RAs leave after the residents of the building have checked out for the semester. Since we do not close for Thanksgiving and Spring Break, some RAs are expected to be around during these breaks.


Will I have time for myself and to spend time with my friends?
Absolutely! Time management is a key component to the RA position. You will learn skills on how to best manage your time, and your RD will assist you in continued development in this area. The RA position can sometimes be a demanding position, and it is very important that each RA finds the balance needed to meet these demands as well as being an extremely successful student and having time for other responsibilities. There will be times when you will need to make sacrifices for the position. The RA job is a student personnel position, and we cannot always predict when our students will require our attention.


Am I allowed to student teach/go to preceptorship/have an internship and work as an RA during the same semester?
Yes, please talk to your RD about these responsibilities and how you balance them with the RA expectations.


I was documented for a policy violation. Am I eligible to be hired as an RA?
Our policy is that you cannot be on current disciplinary probation at the date of hire. Judicial checks will be completed prior to invites for individual interviews. We understand that every situation is unique and that students make mistakes. However, all RAs must follow all university policies, and not doing so would put your job in jeopardy. Please contact your RD or Assistant Director of Student Conduct (Shawna Mott) if you have any further questions.


Where can I find the application rubric?
Our committee provides a rubric to help guide you in what we are looking for on the application.


I transferred to Pace in the Fall/Spring. Am I eligible to become an RA?
The RA Selection Committee welcomes transfer students to apply for the RA position! If you are new in the spring semester please contact the committee.