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Resident Assistant Selection 2016-2017

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 Derek Wills at

Minimum Requirements

  • Enrolled for 2016-2017 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 should attend one information session. If you cannot attend, please e-mail 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 RD’s and RA’s will lead these sessions and can answer questions about what it is like to be an RA at Pace.

  • Monday, November 2, 2015 at 12:10pm – Kessel Multipurpose
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 9:30pm – Alumni Hall Classrooms
  • Monday, November 9, 2015 at 9:30pm – Martin Hall Lobby
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9:30pm – North Hall Lobby
  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 8:00pm – Dow Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm – Townhouses

RA Selection Timeline and Application Process

Timeline for 2016-2017 Applicants

Monday, November 2, 2015:
New RA Application becomes available.

Monday, November 2, 2015 – Tuesday, November 17, 2015:
RA Information Sessions

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM:
Applications due on OrgSync. Application includes basic information, resume, and essay questions. References are also due on this day.

Monday, February 1, 2016:
Invites to RAAP weekend are sent out via e-mail.

Thursday, February 4, 2016-Sunday, February 7, 2016: RAAP Weekend.
RAAP Weekend includes a scheduled individual interview (based on your availability) with a current RD and RA scheduled between Thursday and Saturday which will last approximately 30-45 minutes. This is followed by a Group Process interview on Sunday which is approximately 4-5 hours. Wear appropriate clothing and come prepared to meet a lot of new people.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016:
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.

Friday, February 26, 2016:
Deadline to accept or decline position.

Friday, March 4, 2016-Friday, April 15, 2016:
The RA Class runs on select Fridays during this time period. This is a requirement for all new RAs

  • RA Application - (
    • Due by January 28th at 11:59 PM
  • Complete basic information, upload resume, answer essay questions
  • 2 References Required – will complete a reference form
  • At least one must be from a Pace Residential Life staff member (student or professional – RA, RD, Assistant Director, Associate Director, Director)
  • The other can be Pace or non-Pace, but cannot be a student.
  • Invites to RAAP Weekend will be based on evaluation of a completed quality application. Not all applicants will be offered an invite to RAAP weekend.

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 37 RAs, and the amount of new RAs we need to be hired will be based on those current RAs who decide to return. We anticipate to hire 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 the preferences they have for buildings (Townhouses, Martin, North, Alumni, Residence Hall B) and FIGs (if selected for a FIG). 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 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 the RA class?
The RA class is brand new this year! In conjunction with SDCA for coordination of OL training, the class is a series of 5 two hour training sessions throughout March and April for new RAs and new OLs, covering topics that are relevant to both positions. The dates are March 4th, March 18th, April 1st, April 8th, and April 15th

What is duty?
Duty is when an RA is required to be in the building and/or RA office for a set period of time. There is an RA on duty from 6:00 PM – 8:00 AM daily, in addition 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?
RA’s 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 in 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 also 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 down time 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?
RA's 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 in addition to 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 date of hire. Judicial checks will be completed prior to invites for RAAP weekend. 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 (Matthew Landau at if you have any further questions.

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 and are unable to get the required Pace reference, please contact Derek Wills at