Picture yourself as an RA!

Picture yourself as an RA
The Resident Advisor (RA), whether in university residence halls or apartments, serves as a liaison between University Housing and residents. Under the supervision of the Community Director (CD) or Residence Director (RD), the RA will fulfill the general requirements and responsibilities in the position description and the Resident Advisor Terms of Appointment. Example RA Terms of Appointment (pdf)

The 2016-2017 academic year RA application is now closed.

If you would like to be notified when the RA Application is opened again, please leave your contact info in the box under the “Contact Information” section.

Candidate Requirements

  • Be a full time enrolled NC State student (maintaining at least 12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits),
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher at the end of the fall 2016 semester and maintain that average throughout your appointment as an RA.
  • Have no active record of University disciplinary action at the time of application or appointment.
  • Have at least two completed semesters of on-campus living experience or other approved “similar experiences” prior to employment start date. Current first-year students are eligible to apply since the start date for the position is August 2017.
  • Have completed 24 undergraduate credit hours prior to employment start date. Any exception to this policy is subject to the review of University Housing administration.
  • Successfully pass a background check.
  • Undergraduate students are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week at NC State or any other UNC System institutions during the academic year. The RA position requires students to work 20 hours per week, so RAs are unable to accept additional employment opportunities. Exceptions may be considered for academic related employment.
  • Have completed ECD 220 “Topics in College Student Development” prior to employment start date. Students will receive more information about the class during the RA interview weekend.
EDC 220 Class Times

Position Description

  • Resident Advisors within University Housing residence halls can expect to live in either a suite, corridor style, or private bath residence hall with a single occupancy room. Resident Advisors within University Housing apartments can expect a living option for individuals with families in either a 10 or 12-month contract.
  • Resident Education
    • Be familiar with the students and their academic needs
    • Foster networking systems for residents within the same major or classes to form study groups
    • Help to create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to studying within the residential communities
    • Offer students the opportunity to learn how to manage time, maintain good study habits, and take tests efficiently
    • Involve upper class students in educating new students on ways to achieve and maintain academic success
    • Provide opportunities for faculty involvement in programming
    • Initiate, plan, and organize educational programs that respond to the needs and interests of all residents
  • Community Building/Programming
    • Strive to develop a sense of community among residents
    • Encourage self-discipline, self-government, and a respect for individual rights among residents; encourage individual assertiveness
    • Be visible and available to talk with residents about concerns, interests and needs
    • Develop an open, personal relationship with each resident
    • Initiate, plan, and organize programs of a cultural, social, and recreational nature that responds to the needs and interests of all residents
    • Seek student suggestions, and encourage students to participate in programs offered by staff and hall council
    • Attend and actively participate in programs, functions, and social events
  • Helping Skills
    • Serve as a concerned, non-judgmental peer advisor, whose goal is to assist residents in resolving problems; serve as mediator for residents in conflict with one another
    • Treat sensitive information confidentially
    • Display interest and sensitivity to the concerns of underrepresented groups
    • Respond positively to crisis situations
    • Refer residents to University and community resources
    • Demonstrate effective listening skills
    • Treat residents fairly and impartially
    • Identify and assist residents with personal, social, academic, or health related concerns
  • Safety/Security
    • Be familiar with the building fire alarm system and familiarize students with building evacuation and other emergency procedures
    • Regularly report repair requests that effect the safety and security of residents (i.e., stairway breezeway lights, damage to door lock mechanisms, etc.)
    • Educate students on the safety and security guidelines as listed in the Residence Hall or Apartment Agreement
  • Policy Enforcement
    • Educate students on the need for safety and security; encourage compliance with University policy by discussing and enforcing regulations; encourage residents to confront policy violations bringing them to the attention of staff members
    • Serve as a positive role model for all residents by complying with supporting NC State and University Housing policies and procedures
    • Communicate policies and their rationale to residents
    • Confront students who fail to comply with policies or violate other residents’ rights; refer these students to the Community/Residence Director
    • Support other staff members in the enforcement of hall policies
  • Administrative
    • Serve on duty for the residential community on an assigned, rotating basis, and in emergency situations. Note: some residential communities (Western Manor, E.S. King Village, Wolf Village and Wolf Ridge) are open during break periods and RA duty coverage is required
    • Assist in the opening and closing of the hall each semester and at every break period, as coordinated by area staff members
    • Fulfill administrative requirements promptly and efficiently (i.e., RA weekly reports, room condition reports, verification reports, maintenance requests, programming reports, etc.)
    • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings and staff training sessions
    • Read and utilize all related University Housing material
  • Multiculturalism
    • Create an inclusive residential community where students are embraced and supported in their multicultural identities
    • Create multicultural programming opportunities for students which meet the needs of a diverse student population
    • Hold students and self accountable for serving as a multicultural advocate and social justice role model
    • Challenge inappropriate comments or responses (racist, sexist, heterosexist, etc.)
    • Embrace the opportunity to actively develop skills and knowledge related to multicultural competence and social justice
    • Adhere to and uphold the University Housing diversity and civility statements
  • Useful Attachments
    • RA Terms of Appointment (2016-2017) (.pdf)
    • RA Acceptance Form (2016-2017) (.pdf)

Disability Accommodations

University Housing values the contributions that each member of our diverse community has to offer, holding a firm commitment regarding the creation of an environment where students with a disability can become successful Resident Advisors, while being able to fully participate in campus life. University Housing is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Students with a disability who require accommodation should email housing at housing@ncsu.edu.

Contact Information

If you’re interested in being notified when the RA position application open backs up, please leave your contact information below.

RA Interest Form

  • RA Position Interest Form

    If you are interested in becoming an RA the next time applications are open, please fill out the short form below:

If you have any questions about the RA selection process or requirements, please email: raselection@ncsu.edu.