As the College's representative in the residence halls, the Resident Assistant assumes many roles. The RA's responsibilities largely center on establishing and maintaining a residence hall atmosphere that is conducive to the residents' overall education and development.
The Resident Assistant job can generally be described in terms of six areas:
Leadership and Role Modeling
RAs provide leadership, initiative, and support to students and the college. RAs are expected to actively demonstrate positive personal, academic, and job-related behaviors.
Counseling and Referral
RAs are expected to be available to discuss and mediate students' concerns and problems. The RA is also in a position to initiate referrals to the various specialized services available on campus and in the community.
RAs provide leadership and support for our departmental community development model. Some components of this model include educational and social programming, service learning, campus involvement, and individualized interactions with residents.
Policy and Support
RAs are expected to actively promote and support policies outlined in the KSC Student Handbook. This necessitates that each RA be thoroughly familiar with the policies, as well as the procedures for mediating disputes, enforcing policy, and reporting violations. Within the residence halls, RAs serve on duty on a rotating basis in order to promote safety and build community.
RAs are responsible for the environment of the residence hall. This includes reporting facility or maintenance concerns. RAs must also complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
RAs should be able to work with other RAs in a professional manner. They should also be able to lead their community with enthusiasm, pride and spirit. RAs are supported by the staff they are on, their Community Assistant, their Residence Director, and the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services. Being an RA is as much about being a part of a team as it is about any single component of the job.
- You must have a 2.50 gpa which will be verified by the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.
- You must be a full time student.
- You must be in good judicial standing with the college and be free of disciplinary probation.
Interested in applying?
We will be hosting five RA Information Sessions. You must attend one of these sessions if you would to apply to be an RA - and will receive a link to the application post-session. The dates/locations/times are as follows:
Monday December 2nd
8 pm in Holloway's Great Hall
Tuesday December 3rd
8 pm in Pondside III's Lobby
Friday December 6th
11 am in the Student Center's Flag Room
Wednesday January 22nd
8 pm in Randall's 2nd Floor Main Lounge
Thursday January 23rd
8 pm in Carle's Option Room
Each RA candidate is required to submit two recommendations.
If you currently live on campus, we encourage you to have at least one recommendation filled out by a Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Assistant (CA). Each recommendation should be completed by someone who knows you well enough to evaluate your potential to be a successful RA. Other suggestions for recommendations include former and/or current supervisors, teachers, coaches, advisors, etc. We will not accept personal references such as those from friends or family members.
You can download the recommendation form here. Please note that the recommendation forms are due to the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services on February 22nd, before 4:30pm.
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'Being an RA has been a wonderful experience, allowing me to get to know/help/be a resource for my residents. The job has let me build many strong bonds with great people I might have never gotten to know. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.'
– Virginia Pinker
'Becoming an RA has really helped me grow as a person. I have been able to interact with so many different types of people, and it has opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking.'
– Noelle Ferris