Storrs Resident Assistant (RA) Information


Candidate Qualifications and Screening Criteria


Position Summary

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a peer educator who facilitates the personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth of students. The RA plays a key role in developing an inclusive living community that fosters diverse learning. A Resident Assistant is always conscientious, honest, courteous, and professional. The RA respects persons of all backgrounds, including but not limited to abilities, age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and spirituality. A Resident Assistant is an outstanding role model for other students and is knowledgeable of, enforces, and personally abides by all university policies and procedures, as well as federal and state laws. The Resident Assistant position requires approximately 20 hours per week. The Resident Assistant meaningfully contributes to the mission and goals of the University of Connecticut and Department of Residential Life. The Resident Assistant is responsible for an area of approximately 30-75 resident students on average. The specific scope of responsibilities varies depending on the assignment. The RA is a member of a staff team and is directly supervised by a Residence Hall Director, or Assistant Residence Hall Director.

Position Qualifications

Qualified applicants for the Resident Assistant position will show evidence of:

  1. An understanding of the needs of and interest in working with resident students.
  2. An understanding of, sensitivity to, and desire to live and work with a diverse student population.
  3. A desire to serve as a resource and provide assistance to students.
  4. Experience communicating and building relationships one-on-one and with groups.
  5. A desire and ability to work as part of a highly functioning team.
  6. Personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth that has prepared the candidate for the competencies and responsibilities of this position.

Position Screening Criteria

Qualified applicants will be screened on these criteria:

  • Housing Criteria:
    • Due to COVID-19: While it is preferred that students currently live on-campus, we know that difficult, often complex, decisions had to be made for fall 2020. Therefore, all candidates must have lived on-campus for 1 or more full semesters at either the Stamford or Storrs campus. That semester does not have to be fall 2020.
    • In addition, candidates must submit their on-campus housing application for fall 2021-spring 2022 by the date indicated when the application is released.
    • Students who anticipate campus-changing for fall 2021 must also be sure to follow the appropriate steps in the process. In addition, students who are approved to campus change must be granted housing for the campus to which they are changing.
    • Students who fulfill all housing requirement may live on campus for up to 8 semesters; including time as an RA. This means that students who apply cannot have already live on campus for more than 6 semesters at the end of the spring 2021 semester.
  • Student Academic Status:
    • Earn at least sophomore status by the time of employment (fall 2021) and be a full-time, degree-seeking student enrolled at the Storrs or Stamford campus for the entire employment period.
    • Maintain a 2.50 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at the time of application, and throughout the process. Incomplete/missing grades must be completed by the date on the University's Academic Calendar for fall 2020. Students on Scholastic Probation/Subject to Dismissal may be ineligible to continue in the process.
  • Community Membership Status:
    • Uphold the University's Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code and the On-Campus Housing Contract. All students with a student conduct history will be subject to review. Students who are on University Probation during the semesters of application review or interviews are not eligible to interview. Students who were found responsible for any incidents in the current academic year or during the application and interviewing process will not be eligible to interview or continue on in the process.
  • Employment Period:
    • The dates of employment will be noted in the offer letter. Candidates must be available for fall 2021 and spring 2022.
    • The employment period is both semesters of the academic year. Candidates who have applied for--but will not know whether they are accepted to--education abroad or other semester long University programs may still apply since the RA application due date typically proceeds the notification of acceptance to semester-long University programs.
  • Interest in RA Position for Honors, Learning Communities, and/or Special Interest Communities:
    • Candidates who are interested in Learning Communities (LCs), Honors, or Special Interest Communities (Gender Inclusive, Husky Village, and Veterans) will also need to meet the criteria noted below.
      • Must meet all criteria noted under Position Qualifications, Position Screening Criteria, Student Academic Status, Community Membership, and Employment Period.
      • The application will allow the student to indicate their interest in one or more of these communities.
      • If a candidate is invited to interview, the candidate will have another opportunity to indicate interest.
      • Must have successfully completed the interview process.
      • Priority consideration is also given to those candidates who have already lived in the community as a student.


RAs by the Numbers



Candidate Information



Due to COVID-19, the candidate status notifications will be slightly delayed. As soon as more information is available candidates will be updated.

Process Timeline

  • Applications available October 12, 2020
  • Applications due December 1, 2020
  • Application Screening (refer to information on the left side of this page): December 2020 - mid-January 2021
  • Candidate Status Notification regarding whether the candidate will be invited to interview: January 21, 2020 via email
  • Interviews: February 4, 2021 - February 18, 2021
  • LCs/Honors/Special Interest Interviews: February 22, 2021 - February 26, 2021
  • RA Selection: March 9, 2021
  • Candidate Status Notification regarding whether the candidate is hired, an alternate, or no longer eligible: March 11, 2021 and March 12, 2021 by email
  • Acceptances due March 19, 2021

Learning Communities Information Sessions

Learning Communities:

If you are considering being an RA in a learning community, please watch the recording of the Learning Community RA Interest Session. The passcode for the interest session is: U8.6f#vA

Questions? There’s a New Contact Person!

Nancy Abohatab is no longer the point of contact for any questions related to the Resident Assistant position at UConn. Please reach out to Beth Helinski ( for any additional questions so that she may assist you.


Role of the RA


Position Benefits

  • Position Compensation:
    • RAs will receive a housing waiver for their RA room. The waiver is not an exact match for the RA’s assignment. Instead, it is an average of all room rates.
    • RAs will also receive a cash stipend of $4,510.00 for the academic year. The stipend is paid out biweekly.
    • RAs who are on-duty during break periods will be paid separately for the actual days worked.
    • Tuition and fees are not waived
    • No academic credit may be earned for the RA position.
  • Position Benefits: (These are only some of the benefits!)
    • Multi-faceted leadership skills
    • Experience working with people from differing backgrounds; understanding the need to be open to those whose identities may be different than one’s own
    • Critical thinking skills
    • Strong time management skills
    • Written and oral communication skills
    • Honesty and integrity
    • Crisis management experience
    • Understanding the nature of working in/on teams.
    • Relationship-building skills, as well as helping others build relationships

The Residential Learning Model (RLM)

The Residential Learning Model, also known as the RLM, is an intentional way of promoting learning in college and university residence life programs. It is a very specific approach to structuring learning outcomes.

The philosophy of the RLM maintains that programming is only one way to connect and engage students.

Our primary goal is to ensure that we are helping our students connect to UConn, to other students, staff, and campus resources. Additionally, we want them to be engaged in the campus community.

The Department of Residential Life believes that end result of students living on campus, being connected and engaged will be that our students will grow personally, interpersonally, and intellectually. RAs play a major role with their residents in achieving these goals with their residents.