Congratulations on taking the initiative to explore the Resident Assistant position within the Office of Residential Life. We believe that RA position is a great opportunities for you to enhance skills, experience personal growth, and become truly engaged with the campus as you pursue your degree at Albion College. Carefully read the job descriptions of the Resident Assistant position, which include the qualifications you will need to have your application considered. Thank you again for your interest. Best of luck!
Benefits of Being an RA:
- Develop Invaluable Leadership Skills
- Enhance your Public Speaking
- Work on a Diverse and Involved Team
- Close assess to prominent leaders and administrators on campus
- Single Room at a Double Rate
- Develop tons of Transferrable Skills that look great on a Resume!
We will be holding four informational sessions to answer any questions you may have. Learn the inner-workings of the position, how to apply, and get your questions answered.
- Monday, January 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Wesley Hall 1st floor lobby
- Tuesday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Whitehouse Hall and Mitchell Towers 1st floor lobbies
- Wednesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM in KC Living Room
If you have any questions please email Nick Varner at
About the RA Position
Residential Life at Albion College, consistent with the academic mission of the College, is committed to providing safe, secure, and comfortable residential communities that support students' academic performance and personal growth.
The Resident Assistant is a member of the Residential Life staff within the Division of Student Affairs. The office is committed to the personal, social, and academic development of the residents. Resident Assistants are key links in fostering this development. The quality of an RA's efforts has a significant, direct bearing upon the quality of life experienced by all members of the College community.
About the Process
There are 4 parts of the application, two will be completed by following the link, and completing the application. A Resume and a Statement of Interest will need to also be sent in. Read more about the Application
The interview will be approximately 30 minutes long. A Professional Residential Life staff member and a Resident Assistant will conduct the interview. It will focus on why you are applying, any relevant experience you may have, and what you hope to accomplish as an RA. There will also be time at the end for the candidates to ask any questions they may have.
- Research the position. Know about all aspects of the staff member role including programming, micro counseling, discipline, community building, staff interactions, etc.
- Reflect on why you want a position as a RA and what you hope to accomplish in the position.
- Review activities you have done recently so that you can demonstrate how your experiences could assist you as a staff member.
- Think about what makes you unique. Ask yourself the question, "Would I hire myself as a staff member and why?"
- Dress professional for the interview. Wear something that makes you feel relaxed and confident and that would make a good first impression.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Confirm the time and place.
- Remain calm. Remember that you should be yourself during the interview. Take a deep breath before you enter the room.
- Acknowledge each member of the interviewing team. Offer to shake hands and introduce yourself.
- Maintain eye contact and listen intently. Make sure you understand the question before you answer. Ask for clarification if you need to. It is perfectly acceptable to pause and reflect for a few moments before you answer the question. Remember to answer all parts of the question.
- Use appropriate language when responding to questions. Remember to speak clearly and confidently.
Interview Dress Code
Candidates are encouraged to dress professionally. Nylons or a tie are not required, but it is important to make an effort to look like you want the job. As mentioned above, wear something that makes you relaxed and confident.
All new RA candidates must attend one of the scheduled group process interview on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Group Process is a portion of the interview process when RA candidates are given different activities to work through as a group.
If you absolutely are not able to attend the Group Process, you must contact Nick Varner (
) to make alternate arrangements.
Shadow a Duty Night
Each RA Applicant is required to "shadow" an RA for a day. Shadowing will consist of following an RA throughout the course of a regular duty night and will provide an opportunity for applicants to get a true sense of what is involved in the RA position. Please select an RA in one of the Residence Halls on campus and schedule a time to shadow them. RA applicants will need to complete the Job Shadow process by no later than February 23rd to be considered for the Resident Assistant position.
Job Shadow Application