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  • Housing / Dining Programs
    202-885-3370
    Fax: 202-885-1154
    housinganddiningprograms@american.edu
    Anderson, Room 1st Floor Anderson

    Mon - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm Sat - Sun: Closed

    Moody, Christopher L
    Assistant Vice President for Housing & Dining Programs

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Apply to Become a Resident Assistant!

We are excited that you are considering applying to be a fellow member of the RA staff! The RA position is considered to be one of the most important, influential, and rewarding leadership opportunities available to you as a student.

ARE YOU A NEW APPLICANT TO THE RESIDENT ASSISTANT POSITION?

Listed below is a checklist of things you must do before your application is complete.

·         RSVP to attend a mandatory information session! (Click here!)

·         Review the RA position description and qualifications

·         Review the RA Guidelines and key dates required for Academic Year 2014-2015

·         Email a copy of your resume to housinganddiningjobs@american.edu
*Please only send .PDF, .DOC, or .DOCX files

·         Submit the RA Application by 11:59pm on Friday, January 31st, 2014
*You will receive access to the application only after attending one of the mandatory information sessions.
Click the red link above to RSVP for a session.

 

Mandatory Information Sessions

All interested candidates must attend one of the information sessions in order to be considered for the position. At the sessions, candidates will learn important information about the position and the process, as well as receive access to the online application. Information sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Mandatory Information Sessions (candidates must attend to receive access to the application):
  • Monday, January 20th at 8:00pm (Anderson Conference Room)
  • Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00pm (McDowell Formal Lounge)
  • Wednesday, January 22nd at 9:00pm (Nebraska Formal Lounge)
  • Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00pm (Letts Formal Lounge)

*All information sessions will last 1-hour.

Please click here to RSVP for one of these Information Sessions.Seating may be limited, so be sure to reserve your spot!

A Preview to the RA Application

The RA Application includes six essay questions.  We have provided these questions here for you to gain a sense of what we are looking for in a RA. Please note these questions are provided only for your reference during the application process and you should only submit your responses through the online application you receive after attending an information session. 

We recommend that you complete these essays in a word-processing document before accessing the application (which will be sent to your email after attending an information session; you can then copy and paste your responses into the application.
All responses should be between 250 and 500 words.

1.) Community Preference:

Based upon your community preferences (1st year/2nd year/Upper-class/honors/transfer/etc. students), please explain your rationale for all of your preferences. If you have lived in a specialized community, please be sure to include that information. This information will assist us in our placement decisions.

 

2.) General:
Why are you interested in the Resident Assistant position? What skills and experiences do you hope to gain from the position?

3.) Educator:
What are two important topics you believe residents should be educated about in the residence halls? Why do you think these topics are important? What are some creative ways to educate residents about these topics?

4.) Leadership:
How do you define leadership? What opportunities have you taken to be a leader and develop your leadership skills in the residence halls?

5.) Inclusive Communities:
Please provide an example of a time when you worked with an individual who was different than yourself, perhaps as a student leader or with a peer group. What did you learn from that experience and how might it translate to the RA position?

6.) Optional Essay Question:
Please type your response to the following question in the space provided below. Response should be no more than 200 words.
If you would like to provide further information about your candidacy including issues or concerns regarding conduct, GPA, or other special circumstances, please add that information in the box below.