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Resident Assistant

Level Up, Become an RA Poster

Please read all of this information carefully prior to submitting your application.  This information will assist you during the application process.  If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Residence Life at (870)972-2042 or email us at applyRA@astate.edu 

Appointment Period

Resident Assistants’ appointments are made for an academic year. However, based on justifiable reasons such as violation of policy, insubordination, etc., a Resident Assistant’s position may be terminated.

Academic Requirement

If a Resident Assistant’s semester grade point average falls between 2.00-2.24 for any given semester, the Resident Assistant will be given one semester to raise the average above a 2.25 while participating in the academic assistance program.  At any point, if the cumulative GPA falls below 2.5, it will result in immediate termination.

Pay and Benefits (2014-2015)

Resident Assistants receive $2320.00 per semester disbursed in semi-monthly paychecks. As a condition of employment, staff will reside in a private room, based on availability, paid for by RA scholarship. Resident Assistants in CP, RWD, NPQ, RSC, and HLLC will be assigned to an apartment or suite with a roommate(s) you may select. Failure to select in a timely manner may result in the Department of Residence Life assigning someone.  Staff members receiving the Astate Scholar, Astate Leadership, or Astate Pride scholarships do not receive the Housing Scholarship to cover their Room costs as the academic scholarship covers it. However those students will receive the amount of the RA scholarship in the form of an increased rate of pay depending on the amount of the RA scholarship.

Job Qualifications

In order to be considered for a Resident Assistant position you must:

  • Have a minimum of one semester residence living on a college/university campus
  • Be a full time student with at least 24 hours of college credit (60 credit hours for Collegiate Park & Red Wolf Den)
  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and maintain that along with a 2.25 each semester of employment
  • Have the ability to relate to others

Interviews

All applicants must participate in the selection retreat and interview processes on Friday-Saturday February 21st and 22nd. If you are not available during these times you will not be considered for a position.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

The RA position within the Department of Residence Life is a live-in position, which requires the RA to reside on a floor or in a building housing 25 to 65 students.  The RA works under the supervision and direction of a Hall Director (HD)/Graduate Hall Director (HD/GHD) and an Area Coordinator (AC). Within his/her unit, the RA  is responsible for creating and promoting a community environment that is conducive to and enhances the personal growth and development of all residents, utilizing educational and social programming, counseling and/or mentoring to residents, and promoting student responsibility, while fulfilling administrative expectations.

Responsibilities in the paid leadership position of RA are numerous, and the RA is the focal point for the day-to-day operation of his/her floor.  The RA is at one time: student, community developer, referral agent, business manager, peer, friend, and disciplinarian.  Simply stated, the RA position is the most comprehensive student leadership position attainable at Arkansas State University.  This diversity of roles and responsibilities is challenging and calls on the RA to develop organizational and interpersonal skills.  The position of RA provides an opportunity to maximize self-development, maturity, and confidence during the college years.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Organizational and Interpersonal Skills
  2. Self-Development, Maturity and Greater Confidence
  3. Assessment of resident’s needs to build a community.
  4. Leadership traits as active participants in your hall community with the staff and with formal organizations (Hall Council/RHA).
  5. Build relationships with University staff and faculty outside of the classroom.
  6. Development of helping skills, mediation skills, conflict resolution skills.

 

What Your Resident’s Will Learn:

  1. They will meet many new people over the course of the year and learn about differences in a strong and involved community.
  2. How to initiate programming for their community.
  3. Leadership traits as active participants in their community and with formal organizations (Hall Council/RHA)
  4. Build relationships with University staff and faculty outside of the classroom.
  5. How to work through/solve personal concerns and problems in a multicultural society.
  6. Interpersonal Skills

 

Live-In Component:

  1. Visibility and Availability to your residents
  2. On-Call and Emergency response
  3. 24/7 Role Model

 

FURTHER DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES relating to the following topics can be found at the Department of Residence Life Website here: 

 

I.              Community Development and Programming:           

II.             Assisting Residents/Student Development:

III.            Student Conduct Duties:         

IV.            Administrative Duties:

V.             Staff Development

VI.            Conditions of Employment:

VII.           Compensation and Benefits:

  1. Re-Application/Re-Appointment Process:

 

Department of Residence Life

Mission Statement

Residence Life provides a safe, diverse, and well-maintained environment that complements and supports the academic mission of the University. We create a dynamic living/learning experience that promotes and inspires individuals to become empowered community members.

 

Learn.  Inspire.  Empower.  Succeed.

 

 

 

Join the Department of Residence Life in fostering a diverse environment that nurtures academic success and empowers residents and staff to promote community standards.

 Join Our Team!

Link to application here