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  • 2016-17 Residential Education staff at American University

Residential Education Student Staff

We are excited that you are considering applying to be a member of our residential education team. The Resident Assistant (RA) position is considered to be one of the most important, influential, and rewarding leadership opportunities available to students.

Resident Assistant Applicants

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a part-time undergraduate student staff member of Housing & Dining Programs (HDP) and a member of the University's Office of Campus Life. HDP believes that life in the residence halls provides students an important opportunity to complement their classroom learning experience. The RA fulfills a vital role in the residence hall system by helping students integrate learning experiences gained from both inside and outside of the classroom. The primary function of the RA is to facilitate interpersonal relationships and to create living situations that maximize the opportunities for students to learn and grow.

Eligibility Requirements

  • One (1) residential semester at American University
  • 60+ earned credit hours by the time employment contract starts
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Attendance at one information session
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA, maintain 2.5 semester GPA while employed
  • Good standing in conduct

Applications due January 23 at 12 p.m., including cover letter and résumé.

The Resident Assistant position is a Federal Work Study eligible job.

Application Process

  1. Attend a mandatory information session.
  2. Fill out online application, due January 23 at 12 p.m., including cover letter and résumé.
  3. Participate in an individual interview.

Recruitment Timeline

  • Sunday, 12/4-Sunday, 1/22: Information sessions
  • Monday, 1/23 at 12 p.m.: Applications close
  • Monday, 2/6-Friday, 2/10: Interview Week
  • Wednesday, 3/1: Offer letters sent by 5 p.m.
  • Friday, 3/10: Acceptance or denial of offer must be submitted
  • Tuesday, 4/25, 8-11 p.m.: Spring orientation (mandatory) 

RA Information Sessions

Date and Time


Sun, 12/4, 7-8 p.m.
Letts Formal
Mon, 12/5, 7-8 p.m.
Letts Formal
Tue, 12/6, 12-1 p.m.
Hughes Formal
Tue, 1/17, 12-1 p.m.
Tue, 1/17, 7-8 p.m.
Hughes Formal
Wed, 1/18, 12-1 p.m.
Wed, 1/18, 7-8 p.m.
Letts Formal
Thu, 1/19, 12-1 p.m.
Thu, 1/19, 7-8 p.m.
Letts Formal
Sun, 1/22, 7-8 p.m.
Letts Formal

* Attendance at one information session is mandatory for consideration.