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Apply To Be A Resident Assistant

The Resident Assistant Position at a Glance

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is vital in the daily operations of the residence halls, and we are committed to select and train the most qualified staff. The Resident Assistant takes on an active leadership role in developing and maintaining a positive community within the residence halls. The RA serves as both a role model and a resource person by assisting students with their academic and personal growth and sense of belonging within the residence hall community at Pace University.

The Resident Assistant fosters community within the residence halls by providing both educational and social opportunities. The RA participates in on-call duty rotation; conducts policy education and enforcement; reports and documents all incidents; manages check-ins and check-outs; and completes administrative tasks in addition to other responsibilities.

The benefits of being a Resident Assistant are invaluable. You will develop skills and abilities (e.g., active listening, community building and crisis management) that will aid you throughout your college experience and career choice. Additional benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • A housing waiver (Free Housing= a housing waiver of $6,000 per semester which covers the cost of fall and spring housing) and Meal Plan (exact plan TBA) provided.
  • Building positive relationships with colleagues and residents.
  • Working closely with a team.
  • The opportunity to network with college administrators and outside organizations.
  • An impressive addition to your resume.

RA Selection 2019 - 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the basic requirements to apply?

RA Application Checklist-

1. Meet the Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be an undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA
  • 2 completed undergraduate academic semesters at Pace University by the date of employment (Fall 2019)
  • In good standing with OHRL & University conduct

2. Attend a mandatory information session (dates are posted below).

3.Complete the Application by January 28th at 9:00am

  • Candidates will be granted access to the RA selection portal and application on Org Sync after successfully attending an RA Information Session.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The application requires:

  • Responses to two short essay questions
  • An updated copy of your resume

4. Candidates who are chosen to advance to the next stage of the process will be invited to attend the mandatory Group Process interviews that will take place the weekend of February 8-10th.

5. Candidates who advance from the Group Process interview stage of the process will be invited to attend and Individual Interview Presentation during February 11-20th.

Questions about the RA Information Session

When are the Resident Assistant Information Sessions?

  • Thursday December 6 3-4PM, 33 Beekman 1st Floor Lounge
  • Thursday December 6 8-9 PM, 182 Broadway Screening Room
  • Monday December 10 9-10PM, 1 Pace Plaza Lecture Hall South
  • Tuesday December 11 8-9PM, 33 Beekman 1st Floor Lounge
  • Wednesday December 12 3-4PM, 1 Pace Plaza West 627
  • Thursday December 13 5:30-6:30PM, 55 John Street Basement
  • Monday December 17 12:15-1:15PM 55 John Street Basement
  • Tuesday December 18 4-5PM, 182 Broadway Screening Room

Are Resident Assistant Information Sessions mandatory?
Whether you're unsure about working for us or you're brimming with excitement and can't wait to start, come to an RA information session! It is a mandatory aspect of the selection process and candidates will not receive the application until after attending the information session. You can ask all your questions and get insider tips about these important jobs that will help you prepare for the application and selection process.

Questions about the RA Application

When is the RA Application available?
After successfully attending the mandatory Information Session, candidates will receive an invitation to the RA application on OrgSync.

When is the RA Application due?
January 28, 2019

Can I apply as a graduate student?
At this time we only accept applications from undergraduate students who will have completed 2 full academic semesters at Pace University by the date of employment (August 2018).

What are the GPA requirements?
We currently require all employed Resident Assistant’s to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If you don’t meet these qualifications you may still apply as long as you meet the 3.0 by the date of employment (August 2019).

I do not have a resume. Where do I begin?
Career Services offers plenty of workshops and appointments for resume preparation. There are also plenty of resources on the internet. Use your favorite search engine to peruse styles for formatting and information to include.

I missed the application deadline, can I still be considered for the Resident Assistant Position?
No. Completing the application is essential to move forward in the Resident Assistant Selection Process. All applications are due on January 28, 2019 at 9 am, any requests for late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Questions about Group Process

What is RA Group Process?

Group Process interviews are the second step of the RA selection process. As long as all application materials are submitted appropriately, academic requirements and conduct standards are met, all RA applicants will receive an invitation to the group process interview.

During Group Process, candidates will be led through a series of interactive activities by Residential Life Staff facilitators. The Group Process Interviews usually are approximately 2 hours long and will take place on February 8th, 9th, 10th.

How should I prepare for Group Process Day?

All candidates will participate in the following:

3 interactive group activities

  • These activities will be facilitated, lead, and evaluated by Residential Life staff. The evaluators will be observing how candidates interact with peers and demonstrate decision making and leadership skills.

1 intentional conversation

  • Candidates will be asked to facilitate a 5-10 minute one on one intentional conversation with a residential life staff member representing a current first year 2nd semester student at Pace University. The purpose of the intentional one on one conversation is to expand academic, social, and developmental support of residential students in a one on one setting. Candidates are asked to arrive prepared with a few ideas of topics to discuss.

10 individual conversation questions, For interviewing tips, the office of Career Services is a great resource.

  • During group process candidates will meet with 5 professional staff members to answer questions on the following topics and how it relates to Residential Life:
    • Community Development
    • Academic Success
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Policy Enforcement
    • Diversity/Cultural Competency
    • Administrative Competency
    • Collaboration/Teamwork

How should I dress for Group Process Day?
Group Process Day dress is different from the interview attire. While you should still be clean and presentable, jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and sneakers, etc. are appropriate - pajamas are not.

I have a conflict with Group Process Day. Am I still eligible to stay in the RA Selection Process?
The short answer is no. It is absolutely vital that candidates complete the RA Selection Process in its entirety which includes attend an information session and attend a Group Process Interview. If candidates are studying abroad during the Group Process Interview Day, there is an emergency, or college-related circumstance that prevents a candidate from attending group process, candidates must communicate with the RA Selection Committee. These circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis.

Questions about Individual Interviews

What can I expect at the Resident Assistant Interview?
Interviews may last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. During the interview candidates will be asked to give a 5-10 minute presentation reflecting on who they are, what they have learned during the selection process and their understanding of how it relates to being a Residential Life staff member. The remaining time will be spent with follow up interview questions. Candidates who are applying for a specific RA role (Senior Desk Attendant or Social Media Coordinator) may be asked to sit for an additional interview. For interviewing tips, the office of Career Services is a great resource.

How should I dress for my interview?
Dress to impress. Clean and wrinkle-free clothing is essential. Your appearance should be polished. If you have the means, wear a suit. If not, wear an outfit that increases the confidence you have gained through preparation. Put your best self forward.

What if I cannot make it to my interview?
As soon as you know that you have a conflict, contact the RA Selection Committee.

Questions about the RA Alternate List

What does it mean to be an Alternate RA?
Alternate RAs are candidates for the RA position who are qualified, but have not been offered a position on a specific staff. Since there is no fall RA selection process, if there openings for the fall or spring 2019-2020 academic year, those positions will be filled by Alternate RAs.

How long will I remain a candidate on the Alternate RA list?
Alternate RAs are eligible for hire for until the next RA Selection Process begins.

Questions about RA Orientation, RA Training, and RA Class

What is RA Orientation?
RA Orientation is mandatory for all new hires. It is an opportunity to get further acquainted with the OHRL staff, sign-up for RA Class, and complete paper work pertaining to employment.

If I have a conflict, can I miss Resident Assistant Training or be late for it?
No. Attending Resident Assistant training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the Residence Halls is required to hold the position. Summer Resident Assistant Training lasts approximately two weeks in August and Winter Resident Assistant Training is approximately one week in January and covers a variety of information. This time is critical to prepare Resident Assistants for their role and responsibility as resources for their residents.

What is the RA Class?
For those applicants who are hired into the RA role, the RA class is a required course which helps prepare for the RA role. This Resident Assistant Pre-Training Course and covers topics such as:

  • Community building
  • Leadership skills
  • Effective communication
  • Student development
  • Helping skills
  • Inclusive communities

This RA course will meet in-person once a week for 4 weeks in the spring 2019 semester. If you are hired as an RA, you will be enrolled in a section of the RA course based on your availability.

All applicants hired as RAs during the RA selection process must take this course in the same spring semester.

Other FAQ's

When will position offers be sent out?
Position offers will be sent out via email addresses the week of April 11, 2018

Can I be a part-time student and be a RA?
No, only full-time students are eligible for the RA position. RAs must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

Can I still apply if I plan to study abroad in the Spring semester?
You may still apply and be selected for an RA position. It is preferred that you commit to a full academic year as an RA, however. If you are hired for the RA position and are later accepted into a study abroad program, you would not be an RA for that period of time. If you hope to return to the position for the semester following your study abroad experience, you will need to work with the RA Selection Chair to discuss availability, qualifications and the hiring process.

Can I have a work study, outside job, or other internship and be a RA during the same semester?
All work/internships and commitments must be approved by your direct supervisor. Full-time internships and practicums are not permitted while serving as an RA.

I have never lived on campus/ currently am a commuter student, can I still apply?
Yes, as long you have attended Pace University and completed two full academic semesters by date of employment (Fall 2019)

Will the room rent waiver and meal plan affect my financial aid package?
Each student’s financial aid package is unique. The RA remuneration can impact your ability to maintain your work study position or other aid that you receive. The Office of Residential Life and Housing recommends that all RA applicants contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the effect that accepting an RA position will have on their financial aid package. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of how the position may affect their financial aid.

What happens if I am offered a position, but I do not want to work in that specific Residence Hall?
The Office of Residential Life and Housing is searching for committed qualified RAs for our community. Therefore we do not allow candidates to select where they might take offers. If you decline an offer to be an RA in one of our residence halls, then you have declined an offer to be part of our OHRL team. You would be removed from our candidate pool.

RA Benefits

What are the benefits of becoming an RA?
While the benefits of a meal and room compensation are certainly a perk, those students who are only applying for this reason are encouraged to think again. The RA position is a job. It requires the person to be truly dedicated to making living in the Residence Halls a positive experience for others. Some other benefits include: professional development opportunities through training and conferences, leadership development, connections with people, and marketable skill development.

More Information

How can I learn more about the RA position and OHRL?
Please review the information provided on this page, the RA Selection OrgSync portal (you will receive an invitation after attending an information session) and the Residential Life and Housing website. You may also find information in the FAQ section above. You may email the RA Selection Committee to ask questions as well. One of the best ways to learn more about the position is to ask an RA. You can find RA staff in any Residence Hall.

More Questions?
Email the RA Selection Committee for more information.