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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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply for a RA position

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Dear Resident Assistant Applicant:

Thank you for applying for a Residential Life staff position at Albion College. The Resident Assistant (RA) is primarily responsible for creating a community within the residence halls that contributes to the social, educational, and developmental growth of students. The RA position offers many rewards, including personal growth and leadership development. It is also a role that requires substantial amounts of time and reordering of personal priorities. Of utmost importance is the need for each RA to act as a role model for their floor community and the campus community.

The minimum qualifications for the RA position are:

  • Current, full-time residential student of Albion College
  • Two semesters of college experience upon taking the position
  • A 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Good social and academic standing with the College
  • Ability to commit to RA position for a full academic year
  • Participate in all RA training programs
  • Fulfill specific RA position responsibilities
 

RA Application

Please enter your first name.
Please enter your last name.
Please enter your Student ID number.
Please enter your hall and room number.
Please enter your most recent RA.
Please enter your KC Box number.
Please enter you cell phone number.




Please choose your class standing.
Please enter your GPA.
Please enter your anticipated graduation date.
Please enter your Major and Minor.




Please indicate any participation.
Please choose one.
If yes, please explain.
 

Recommendation Forms

One way that Residential Life likes to get to know students is to see how they are in other aspects of their life. We do this through the recommendation form.

Residential Life will be contacting the people you put down for the Recommendation Form. They will be emailed the information they need. Please let them know that you are putting them down ahead of time. We do not need formal Letters of Recommendation from them.

There are 2 recommendation forms required. One from each of the following:

  • Resident Assistant or Resident Director
  • Faculty or Staff
Please enter the name of the RA/RD who will complete the recommendation form.
Please enter their email address.
Please enter the name of the faculty or staff that will complete a recommendation form.
Please enter the email of recommending faculty or staff.
 

Release of Information, Resident Assistant Job Responsibility Notification, and Waiver of Rights

You must agree to this statement to continue.
 

Statement of Interest/Cover Letter

Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Interest/Cover Letter. The Statement of Interest/Cover Letter should address:

  • 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 your see it.
  • Your top preference for placement and why you believe your strengths/expertise will be best utilized there.
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Resume

Applicants are required to submit a resume. This resume should highlight skills and interests relevant to the Resident Assistant position, as well as work and volunteer history and current clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities. Your resume should include:

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

This should be a polished resume. For help in writing a cover letter and/or resume please make an appointment at the Career and Internship Center or the Writing Center.

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