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Resident Assistant (RA)

                                                      WOULD YOU LIKE TO… a community builder?                                                                     a leader?

                                               a role model?

                     a resource?                  a programmer? a listener?                                                                            an educator?

                                                           ...BE AN RA?


Application Process

To apply for the RA position for Spring 2016 please submit application materials by 5pm on Monday, November 30th:

  • TWO REFERENCES need to be submitted on your behalf via Google forms

LAPC is available to assist with working on your resume and cover letter on an individual basis.  

This application process is for several openings that we have for Spring 2016, however, openings are very limited and not all applicants will receive an interview due to time constraints.  Application materials will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled with top candidates based on materials submitted.  If you submit application materials by November 30th and are not granted an interview for our Spring 2016 vacancies you can ask to have your materials included in our selection process for Fall 2016 vacancies, interviews for these vacancies will be scheduled in February.


11/9/2015                         Accepting Applications (send to

11/30/2015                       Applications Due (send to

11/30/2015                       Two Recommendations Due (one from Faculty/Staff, one from current RA)

12/2-12/9/2015                  Interviews will be Scheduled


Forms (use your email account when completing the reference forms below)

Supplemental Questions

Faculty/Staff Reference Form

RA Reference Form


Resident Assistants

The 47 Resident Assistants (RAs) live on most floors and in most houses. Primarily, the RAs are a major resource for students living in the halls.  They actively engage in developing community, serve as support people, and are the connection between the student body and the administrative staff.

Resident Assistants receive extensive training and work with students in the following areas:

  • Peer counseling
  • Community building
  • Educational and social programming
  • Conflict mediation (roommate conflicts, relationship problems)
  • Crisis intervention
  • Campus resources and referrals
  • Policy enforcement / Community norm setting
  • RAs serve as liaisons between student affairs and the student body

RA job description


Head Resident Assistants
Head Resident Assistants (HRAs) are RAs who have previous RA experience, but take on more leadership responsibilities.  They have their floors or buildings like any other RA, but work closely with another HRA and a Hall Director in overseeing a complex of RAs.  There are three - six HRAs and one or two are assigned to each complex. HRAs have been RAs for at least one semester and are often-times seniors.  They lead programs for the RA staff, co-facilitate meetings, and are a peer resource for RAs.

The application process for the HRA positions occurs in the last two months of every spring semester and in the fall semester when there are openings for the spring semester.  HRA applicants fill out a slightly different re-application that is tailored for the job. 

HRA job description