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Resident Assistant Selection

Resident Assistants (RAs) are staff members who live in residence halls and provide leadership. RAs encourage and support students in academic and personal growth by fostering awareness, appreciation, and development of skills in order to succeed in a diverse, global society. These skills are in the following areas of growth: personal development, academic success, multicultural understanding and sense of community. RAs are role models within their communities, demonstrating responsibility and ethical behavior. 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 would like an opportunity to get to know you through our application and interview process. Applications are accepted electronically via OrgSync. Should you experience any difficulties during the process please contact the selection committee.


Minimum Requirements

  • Enrolled for 2020-2021 as a full-time student
  • 2.5 QPA/GPA required and maintained while in the position
  • May not be on disciplinary probation at the date of hire
  • Must attend an informational session
  • Students in the final year of a 5th-year program and graduate students are eligible
  • Residence hall community experience (preferred)

RA Information Sessions

All applicants must attend one information session. If you cannot attend, please email 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 7, 2019 at 12:10pm - Kessel MPR
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9:00pm - Kessel MPR
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 3:25pm - Kessel MPR
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 12:10pm - Kessel MPR
  • Monday, October 28, 2019 at 12:10pm - Kessel MPR
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9:00pm - Kessel MPR

RA Selection Timeline and Application Process

Timeline for 2020-2021 Applicants

October:
RA Information Sessions

November 4, 2019:
New RA Application becomes available on OrgSync.

November 25, 2019, 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 (PDF).

Mid-December:
First cut of applicants will be made based on the written application. Invites to First Round Interviews are sent out via e-mail.

February 3, 2020, to February 7, 2020: First Round Interviews
The first portion of the interview process is an interview (based on your availability) with a current RD and RA(s) which will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

February 7, 2020:
Second cut of applicants will be made based on Written Application, and First Round Interview Scores combined. Invitations to Second Round Interviews are sent out via e-mail.

February 11, 2020 to February 13, 2020: Second Round Interviews
The second portion of the interview process if a scenario based, round-robin style interview with current RDs which will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

February 21, 2020:
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.

February 23, 2020: RA Reveal 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.


Responsibilities of an RA

Student Development:

Facilitating a positive community is an indispensable part of achieving the goals of Pace University’s Office of Residential Life and Housing. In order to create a positive community, RAs must develop individual relationships with each student and create a safe space for a community valuing multicultural understanding, academic success, and personal development. RAs will facilitate community development through having meaningful conversations and hosting dynamic programming following the residential life curriculum.

Problem Solving:

To achieve the goals of the Office of Residential Life and Housing, RAs must be able to approach all situations in an educational manner. RAs achieve this by showing care and respect for all students. An essential component of maintaining a positive community environment is an RA's role in responding to student concerns and crises. RAs are the first line of response in managing student and community concerns, RAs are expected to critically evaluate and determine the appropriate follow-up needed.

Administrative Tasks:

As an Office of Residence Life and Housing staff member, RAs are responsible for administrative tasks such as promptly reporting incidents, facility concerns, meeting regularly with your Resident Director and completing necessary paperwork.

RA Class:

All candidates hired for the RA positions will be required to attend an RA preparation class during the fall semester on Friday afternoons or evenings.

Qualities:

  • Leadership potential as shown through past leadership experiences and recommendations
  • Commitment to both your own personal growth and the growth of others
  • Sensitivity and genuine concern for other students
  • Strong interpersonal, critical thinking, and communication skills

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

Why do I have to attend an Information Session?
To be considered for RA selection, you must attend an Information Session. The Info Session will provide candidates with information regarding the RA Selection process, timeline, requirements, and general knowledge of the RA role. The Info Session will also provide students with the opportunity to interact with Office of Residential Life and Housing Staff members, and gives students the opportunity to address questions and concerns.

What if I cannot make an Information Session?
Please email the committee and provide a detailed explanation as to why you are unable to make the scheduled info sessions. The committee will try to be as flexible as possible based on each individual’s personal reasons.

What are you looking for when hiring an RA?
The Office of Residential Life and 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. Some of the qualities we are looking for can be found in our Resident Assistant: Sefl Selection "Quiz". Please feel free to reflect on your answers to this document, and follow up with the committee, your RA, or your RD.

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

Am I eligible to become an RA?
All students who are enrolled full time are eligible to become RAs. This includes students in their final 5th year of a program and graduate students.

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 email the committee.

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 Community Standards (Shawna Mott) if you have any further questions.

How many new RAs are being hired?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have an exact number. We currently have 41 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?
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.


RA Role

What are the benefits of working with Residential Life and Housing?
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. These positions are demanding jobs which require dedication 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.

Will the room rent waiver and meal plan affect my financial aid package?
Each student’s financial aid package is unique. The Residential Life Student Staff 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 applicants contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the effect of the position 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 is RA Training? When does RA training begin? 
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 on Sunday-Thursday, as well as from 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM (24 hours) on Friday and Saturday. 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 all maintenance and emergency issues.

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 on duty during these breaks.


Outside Activities

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 be 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 a member of a Fraternity or a Sorority and be 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 Fraternity or Sorority Life. However, please note that new RAs cannot go through New Member Education for a Fraternity or Sorority in their first semester of being an RA. For example, if a new RA for the fall wishes to join a Fraternity or Sorority, they would need to complete the New Member Education process in the spring semester.

Can I be an Athlete and an RA?
Yes! Please email the committee, and inform your coach of your interest. We welcome all types of students, and student-athletes provide a unique perspective for the RA role.

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.