Resident Assistant Selection Summer 2014/Academic Year 2014-15
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Residence Life's Student Staff selection process. This site is specifically designed to provide you with information to make a more informed decision about applying for this important position. It’s intended to help you navigate through the application process and answer as many general questions as possible. Therefore, this website is your primary source of information about becoming an RA. Please bookmark this page and use it as a resource.
If, after reading the information on our web page (including the resources provided under Links and Information), you have further questions about the RA position we offer or the process by which we select staff, feel free to contact Erron Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Selection Philosophy
The selection process focuses on seeking qualified candidates for available positions while providing an educational opportunity for all applicants.
About The Position
Each residence hall floor/wing has at least one live-in student staff member who is responsible for development of programs and activities on the floor and in the hall, serves as a resource and enforces policies and procedures that ensure the safety of residents.
RAs are full time-students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (enrolled in 12 credits as an undergraduate or 9 credits as a graduate student). RAs are carefully selected and trained to be knowledgeable about university services and opportunities. The RA helps build a community where residents can grow and succeed. The RA helps residents adjust to college life, keeps residents informed, gets residents involved, and most importantly, lends an ear when residents need advice or assistance.
Resident Assistants play a vital role in developing and maintaining an atmosphere of academic, personal and social growth in the residence halls. RAs organize floor meetings, programs and activities to bring residents together and to inform students of events in the halls. They fill an important role for new residents as they make their transition to college through sharing their own experiences with others.
Being an RA is a rewarding experience. As part of the Residence Life team, you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance leadership and communication skills, promote and support diversity through student interactions, assist students with the transition to college and serve as a mentor and friend. RAs grow socially and professionally by working with people from various backgrounds. RAs have many opportunities to learn about their own strengths and weaknesses while gaining valuable skills through their experiences. RAs become leaders and develop strong interpersonal skills, which prepare them for success in their future careers.
Weekly Responsibilities (Estimated)
- Weekly staff meeting (2 hours)
- Individual meeting with RD or RM (1 hour)
- Floor and hall events (2-4 hours)
- Interacting with residents on the floor, in the hall, one-on-one and in groups(4-6 hours)
- RA Class (Fall semester until Thanksgiving Break) (2 hours)
- On-duty responsibilities (1 evening per week and approximately one weekend per month)
- Desk shifts (4-6 hrs) *for RAs in Courtyards and Village only
Eligibility Requirements for the Position
- In order to be eligible to apply for a Resident Assistant position, applicants must be enrolled in twelve credits (undergraduate) or nine credits (graduate) of residential/on-campus course work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the time of application and must be able to demonstrate at the time of application that they are able to successfully earn 27 credit hours by the start of their employment with University Housing. For students who are studying abroad at the time of their application for an RA position the department will verify that, for the semester immediately preceding the applicant’s semester abroad, the candidate was enrolled in twelve credits (undergraduate) or nine credits (graduate) of residential/on-campus course work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Sophomore class standing-or above- (27+ credits completed) as of the first day of employment.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher. Upon hire, a student staff member must maintain at least a 2.2 cumulative and 2.2 semester GPA during every semester of employment. The Neihardt RA position requires a GPA of 3.0 that must be maintained as the minimum GPA each semester and cumulatively for every semester of employment. The Kauffman RA position requires a GPA of 3.5 that must be maintained as the minimum GPA each semester and cumulatively for every semester of employment.
Students applying who have already earned a UNL GPA but who do not meet the 2.2 GPA criteria when grade checks are done in December and January will automatically be cut from the process.
Freshmen are allowed to apply for the position, even though they will not yet have a UNL GPA until December or January. However, grade checks will be done in December and January, and if a freshman did not meet the GPA requirement during their first semester they will automatically be cut from the process.
If you are requesting a grade to be changed, it needs to be posted on the MyRed system by the application due date. We do not keep applicants in our selection pool who do not meet our GPA requirement but are trying to get a grade changed.
All staff hired will have their grades checked prior to starting in the position and every subsequent semester they are employed.
- At the discretion of the Department of Residence Life, applicants must be in good standing with the University, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and not be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. An applicant can have no active or unresolved violations of the Student Code of Conduct or any incomplete judicial sanctions (ex. community service hours, alcohol or drug education courses to complete, fines to pay, etc.)
Students who have been, or are currently on deferred eviction status, or who have been evicted from a residence hall, are not eligible to apply. If you would have an active Judicial Sanction or will be on Judicial Probation at the start of employment you are not eligible for the position.
- Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check administered by the University.
- A strong commitment to helping other students in a residential setting.
- Academic Year RAs are not permitted to hold any employment outside the RA position during the first semester of their employment. (Outside employment may be allowed during subsequent semesters if evaluations indicate a satisfactory work performance. However, due to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements, non-resident aliens are limited to work a maximum of 20 hours per week and, therefore, are not permitted to hold outside employment (other than their RA position) at any time during academic sessions throughout their employment as an RA.)
- Applicants must be in good financial standing with the University. All student staff members are expected to meet payment for tuition and fees. Please note that salary earned in this position may affect student financial aid.
What's Training Like?
Our extensive training program will challenge you and teach you what you need to know to excel.
Training is required for student staff, so you should plan accordingly as you consider applying. If you are not available for the training dates, do not submit an application.Note that student staff may not be enrolled in a Second Five-Week summer class as it conflicts with the scheduled training period.
- Training for Summer 2014 will occur from approximately May 10-17, 2014.
- Training for Academic Year 2014-15 will occur from Sunday August 10 through Sunday August 24, 2014.
Training is provided in the areas of:
- Diversity/Multicultural Awareness
- Communication/Listening Skills
- Confrontation/Assertiveness Skills
- Time Management
- Counseling/Conflict Mediation
- Leadership Styles
- Ethical Decision Making and Problem Solving
- Programming and Community Building
Additional Applicant Resources and Information
There are four (4) PDF documents on this site under Links and Information that you will need to access:
- Summer 2014 and 2014-15 Candidate Timeline & Checklist
- Frequently Asked Questions: Please review this FAQ resource as your first stop for answers to your questions during this process.
- Sample Student Staff Employment Agreement: A sample of the Employment Agreement that RAs must sign upon their hire. Reading this will allow you to further understand the expectations and responsibilities associated with the position. Note: this is the current staff agreement and content will be revised and updated for 2014-15. One change that will be made is that all positions will be called Resident Assistant (the Community Resident Assistant title will no longer be used) All staff who are hired will be given an updated agreement to review and sign upon their acceptance of the position.
- Instruction Page with Individual Representation (IR) Requirements. The IR is a component of the interview, and those applicants proceeding to the interview process should review these instructions carefully prior to the interviews to prepare this item and bring it with them to the interview. Only those applicants offered an interview need to prepare an IR.
Please note: the following requirements must be met by the application deadline of noon on Monday, January 27, 2014.
- Submitting the on-line application
- Submitting a resume via the staff application site
- Confirming with your two references that they have completed and submitted reference forms for you
- Attending one (1) 90 minute information session listed below
Each information session lasts approximately 90 minutes and participants are required to stay for the entire information session in order to receive credit for being in attendance. The purpose of these sessions is to give potential applicants more information about the selection process and a chance to ask specific questions of the Residence Life professional staff.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
2:30-4:30pm, City Campus Union, Regency Suite
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7:00-9:00pm, City Campus Union, Auditorium
Thursday, January 16, 2014
7:00-9:00pm, City Campus Union, Auditorium
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
7:00-9:00pm, City Campus Union, Auditorium
Creating your on-line staff application
In order to start your application process, you will need to create an account by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on this site. You will be directed to a staff application site, and your first time accessing this site will require you to create an account. Click on the green "create account" button to log-in. You will log-in with your Blackboard (My.Unl) username and password. Note: If you applied for a Spring 2014 position, you will need to log in with your Blackboard username and password and NOT the username and password created for your Spring 2014 application.
Once you create your account, make sure to click on and review the information and instructions contained on every tab at the top of your profile to thoroughly understand what you must complete. The tabs are: overview, questions, supporting docs and submit. You can access your account up until the deadline to make any edits or updates needed.Submitting the on-line application
Successfully submitting the on-line application consists of completing the following actions within your account:
- Filling out your profile and demographics information
- Answering all applicable job application questions (questions tab)
- Attaching a resume, providing a link to a resume, or typing your resume directly into your account profile (supporting docs tab)
- Providing the names and contact information for two (2) references (supporting docs tab)
- Uploading an Individual Representation
- Clicking "submit" (submit tab)
You will receive an email to confirm when your application has been submitted. Also, on the overview tab of your profile a message stating the date and time that your application was submitted will also be displayed, along with a green circle around a black check mark icon captioned "submitted". Until this occurs, your profile message will state "incomplete", and this means action is still needed on your part. Review each tab again to ensure you have completed all action steps and have submitted your application.Additional information about references
Only when your application has been submitted will your references be contacted. It is important to submit your application early enough so that your references are notified well in advance of the deadline to complete their reference form. Both references must be received by the deadline for your application to be fully completed and reviewed for interview consideration.
Once your application has been submitted, an email will automatically be generated to your references. This email will provide them a link to click on, leading them to an on-line reference form. They will complete and save this on-line. When a reference has completed and submitted their reference on your behalf both you and the reference will receive an email confirming that their reference is received. Once you have received an email confirming both of your references have completed their forms, your application is now fully complete and will be reviewed for interview consideration.
You can always log back into your profile and look at the supporting docs tab to see if a reference has or has not been completed. If it is completed, a green circle with a black check mark in it and the word "completed" will be displayed next to each reference that is completed. If the reference is not yet completed, you can click on the "send notification" box and the system will generate another email directly to your reference with the link to their reference form. This is a good reminder to them, but it would also be helpful to follow up with an email, a phone call, or talking directly to your reference to ensure they complete this for you by the deadline.