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RA Recruitment

Congratulations on taking the initiative to explore the Resident Assistant position within the Department of Residential Life. We believe that RA position is a great opportunity 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 description 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!

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Benefits of Being an RA:

  • Develop Transferrable Skills that look great on a resume!
  • Develop Invaluable Leadership Skills
  • Enhance Your Public Speaking
  • Work on a Diverse and Involved Team
  • Close Access to Prominent Leaders and Administrators on Campus
  • Single Room at a Double Rate
  • Stipend

Informational Sessions

We will be holding six 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, September 26, 2016
    • 6:00 PM in the KC Alumni Conference Room (3rd Floor)
    • 8:00 PM in Wesley Hall Ground Floor Lounge
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    • 6:30 PM in Whitehouse Hall 1st Floor Lounge/Main Lobby
    • 7:30 PM in Mitchell Towers Lobby
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
    • 7:00 PM in Seaton Hall Main Lobby (1st Floor)
    • 9:30 PM in Mitchell Towers Lobby

If you have any questions please email Julie McMahon 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Process

Application

There are 4 parts of the application:

  • Application
  • References (2)
  • Statement of Interest/Cover Letter
  • Resume

The Application will be completed by following the link, and completing the application. The reference page may be emailed to your references or printed and given to them. A Resume and a Statement of Interest may be uploaded with the application or emailed under a separate cover. Read more about the Application

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Group Process

All new RA candidates must attend the group process retreat on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 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 Julie McMahon (). You will be in the Alternate pool and attend group process on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Interview

Interview Format

The interview will be approximately 45 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.

Interviewing Tips

  • Research the position. Know about all aspects of the staff member role including programming, peer helping, student conduct, 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.

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 24th to be considered for the Resident Assistant position.

pdfJob Shadow Application

Application Information

There are 4 parts of the application:

The Application will be completed by the ABOVE link, and completing the application. The reference page may be emailed to your references or printed and given to them. A Resume and a Statement of Interest may be uploaded with the application or emailed under a separate cover. Read more about the Application

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References

Two references are needed when completing the RA Application. The first from either a Resident Assistant or Resident Director, and the second from another Faculty or Staff Member. The second recommendation can be from an FYE mentor, a Smooth Transitions mentor, or another programmatic mentor.

Resume

The resume should highlight skills and interests relevant to the Resident Assistant position, as well as work and volunteer history and current clubs, organizations, and co-curricular activities. Your resume should include:

  • Employment Experience
  • Community/Volunteer Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Other co-curricular involvement

Statement of Interest/Cover Letter

The Statement of Interest/Cover Letter should offer an insight into who you are as a candidate and give the staff an idea of why you are interested in the position. The Statement of Interest/Cover Letter should address the following four areas:

  • Why you are interested in the RA position
  • How has your personal growth been impacted by living in the residence halls?
  • Describe the role of the RA within a residence hall community as you see it.
  • Your top preference for placement and why you believe your strengths/expertise will be best utilized there.

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