Resident Assistant (RA) Information

 
 

Role of the RA

 
 

RA Position Requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be living on campus at Stamford or Storrs for fall 2018.
  • Have sophomore academic standing by the fall 2019 semester.
  • Continue to be eligible to live on-campus (must complete the online housing application by the January 21, 2019 due date).
  • If applicable, complete and submit the campus change application by the stated due date.
  • Have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) when grades are checked at the end of the fall 2018 semester.
  • Be a member of the community in good standing: cannot be on University Probation (not academic-related). Any other findings of responsibility/being in violation will be reviewed and may make the candidate ineligible to continue in the process; especially if the incident(s) occurred during the fall 2018 semester.

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 have successfully completed the first-round interview.
  • Priority consideration is also given to those candidates who have already lived in the community as a student.
  • Information about requirements and criteria

RA Request to Return Process

Process Timeline

November

  • November 2: Request to Return (RTS) Application Open
  • November 23: Request to Return (RTS) Application Closes

December

  • December 1: 2019-2020 Housing Application Opens

January

  • January 21: Request to Return (RTS) Acceptances Due to Nancy Abohatab (nancy.abohatab@uconn.edu).
  • January 21: 2019-2020 Housing Application Deadline

 

Application Process

  • Go to: https://uconn.erezlife.com/
  • Select Request to Return Application
  • Respond to all questions.
  • You will be asked to provide your direct supervisor’s name/email on the application.
  • Select ‘save’ and ‘submit’.
  • There are no documents to upload.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

Stamford RAs

Your supervisors will provide details of a short presentation you will be required to complete as part of your application process.

 

Criteria

  • Overall rating of ‘3’ or higher on Fall 2018 evaluation.
  • Cannot be on Employment Probation during 2018-2019, if requesting to change areas.
  • Must complete online Housing Application by January 21, 2019 deadline.
  • Must meet grades requirement when reviewed at end of Fall 2018.

 

Placements

  • Although the application asks you to tell us your top 3 preferences, you will be placed where the supervisors (HDs/ARHDs) feel your skills and experience will be best suited for the department.
  • Decisions for placements are final.
  • RAs requesting to return to the position for next year must be aware that they are applying to be an RA again; not just for a specific location/type of housing.
  • LC/Honors/Special Interest RAs will be placed based upon the requirements for the position and the decisions of the hiring teams.
  • Current LC/Honors/Special Interest RAs are not guaranteed to return to their placements.

SRA Position Requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current RA on the Stamford or Storrs campus.
  • Have a minimum of 2 complete semesters as an RA.
  • Continue to be eligible to live on-campus (must complete the online housing application by the January 21, 2019 due date).
  • If applicable, complete and submit the campus change application by the stated due date.
  • Have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) when grades are checked at the end of the fall 2018 semester.
  • Have an overall rating of 'very good' on their performance evaluation.
  • Be in good standing with the RA Performance Process; cannot be on Employment Probation at the time of application. Must remain in good standing throughout the process.

Senior RA Process

Process Timeline:

November

  • November 1: SRA Application Opens
  • November 18: SRA Application Closes

 

December

  • December 1: 2019-2020 Housing Application Opens
  • Week of December 3: Required Interviews
  • December 17: Status Emails Sent (Hired, Alternate, No Longer Eligible)
  • December 21: SRA Acceptances due to Nancy

 

Application Process:

  • Go to: https://uconn.erezlife.com/
  • Select SRA Application
  • Respond to all questions.
  • You will be asked to provide your direct supervisor’s name/email on the application.
  • Select ‘save’ and ‘submit’.
  • There are no documents to upload.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered

 

Criteria

  • Priority consideration given to candidates who have been RAs for 2 semester.
  • Overall rating of ‘3’ or higher on Fall 2018 evaluation.
  • Cannot be on Employment Probation during 2018-2019.
  • Must complete online Housing Application by the January 21, 2019 deadline.
  • Must meet grades requirement when reviewed at end of Fall 2018.

 

Interviews December 3-December 7, 2018

  • Time slots will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as follows: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:00pm, 3:30pm. On Friday: 1:30, 2:30, 3:00pm, 3:30pm
  • Each candidate will have 1 interview.
  • Interviews will be conducted by 2 supervisors.
  • Candidates will not be interviewed by their current supervisor(s).
  • There will be a standard script of questions.

 

Placements

Candidates will be placed based on the needs of the HD area

RA & SRA 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 $4,160.00 for the academic year. The stipend is paid out biweekly.
  • The SRA* cash stipend is $6,000.00 for the academic year, and is also 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.

*SRAs are selected from within the current RA group.

Position Benefits: (These are only some of the benefits!)

  • Multi-faceted leadership skills
  • Experience working with people from varying backgrounds; understanding the need to be open to those with differing identities
  • 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.

 
 

RAs by the Numbers

 
 

 
 

2019-2020 RA Application
Process

 

Required RA Candidate Information Meetings

All candidates must attend 1 of the following 20 meetings in order to have their application accepted. Content is the same for all meetings; regardless of date/time/location. Each meeting is 1-hour in length. Candidates must arrive on time and remain until the meeting concludes.

November Meetings

  • Thursday, November 8: 2:15-3:15pm, SU 325
  • Tuesday, November 13: 5:00pm-6:00pm, MCHU 110
  • Wednesday, November 14: 8:00-9:00pm, Northwest Multi-Purpose Room (located in Batterson Hall)
  • Thursday, November 15: 2:15-3:15pm, SU 325
  • Monday, November 26: 12:00-1:00pm, SU 221
  • Tuesday, November 27: 3:30-4:30pm, SU 221
  • Wednesday, November 28: 1:00-2:00pm, SU 325
  • Thursday, November 29: 2:15-3:15, SU 221
  • Friday, November 30: 5:00-6:00pm, Northwest Multi-Purpose Room (located in Batterson Hall)

Interested in Learning Community and Honors Positions?

IMPORTANT:

The following meetings are NOT required, however, if you are interested in Honors or a Learning Community, they are recommended. Meetings for Learning Communities will be posted soon.

If you choose to attend, you must still attend 1 of the required meetings in the November Information Meeting sections above.

  • Honors RAs: Monday, November 12: 6:00-7:00pm, Buckley Classroom
  • Learning Communities [LCs] RAs: Thursday, November 8, 5:00-6:00pm, Werth Tower, NextGen Forum

Position Requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be living on campus at Stamford or Storrs for fall 2018.
  • Have sophomore academic standing by the fall 2019 semester.
  • Continue to be eligible to live on-campus (must complete the online housing application by the January 21, 2019 due date).
  • If applicable, complete and submit the campus change application by the stated due date.
  • Have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) when grades are checked at the end of the fall 2018 semester.
  • Be a member of the community in good standing: cannot be on University Probation (not academic-related). Any other findings of responsibility/being in violation will be reviewed and may make the candidate ineligible to continue in the process; especially if the incident(s) occurred during the fall 2018 semester.

Process Timeline

October 2018

 

December 2018

  • December 1: Housing Application available inside MyHousing. All candidates must submit this application.

 

January 2019

  • January 7: RA candidate interview sign-up closes
  • January 21: Last day for RA candidates to complete Housing Application in MyHousing for 2019-2020.
  • January 23: Required RA Candidate Reception for those invited to interview
  • RA Interviews: Candidates will have one, one hour interview during the dates/times listed. In case of snow closing, the scheduled interview(s) will take place exactly one week from the original interview date/time/location.
    • January 21: 10:00am-5:00pm
    • January 28: 10:00am-5:00pm
    • January 31: 10:00am-5:00pm

February 2019

  • February 11-February 15: Possible second interview for candidates interested in Learning Communities/Honors who have met the 1st interview cut-off score. Candidates will be notified.
  • February 25: RA Selection
  • February 28: RA Status emails sent: Hired, Alternate, No Longer Eligible

March 2019

  • March 5: RA Acceptance paperwork due
  • March 11: New hires with roommate pull-in option review link to online RA Pull-In Application
  • March 14: New Hire RA Pull-In Applications due
  • March 23: RA Onboarding Session: 9:00am-12:00pm, location TBA
  • March 25: RA employment paperwork completion: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • March 26: RA employment paperwork completion: 8:00am-4:00pm

 

Application Process

Applications are completed and submitted online at: https://uconn.erezlife.com. Candidates will use their NetID/password to log in to the system.

  1. Select: ‘view available job postings’.
  2. On the next page, select the link at the top ‘2019-2020 RA Application’.
  3. On the next page, select the green button on the right, ‘apply now’.
  4. Select the campus for which you are submitting your application, and click on ‘apply now’, again.
      • - Questions with a red * are required.
  5. When you are finished, select ‘save’ from the lower left hand corner of the page. The next page will give you the option to go back to the questions (blue ‘questions’ button, or ‘submit’).

Remember:

  • There are no documents to upload with the application (cover letter, resume, etc.)
  • References are not accepted.
  • There is no word requirement for the short answer questions. Be thoughtful and concise about your responses.
  • Be sure to carefully read each question.

 

 

If you are experiencing trouble submitting or accessing the application, email: nancy.abohatab@uconn.edu, with the subject line: eRezLife trouble

Interview–What to Expect

  • Candidates will select only 1 interview within the dates/times noted in the Process Timeline section.
  • Candidates invited to interview will have a couple days to select their interview date/time. Once the date/time has been selected, it will not be possible to change it.
  • When the interview is scheduled, the candidate should also keep the same day/time for the following week. In the event of weather-related closing, the interview will be automatically moved to the next week. Rescheduling will not be possible.
  • Candidates are not expected to schedule an interview during their class/lab/internship, etc.
  • Interviews will last from 30-50 minutes.
  • There will only be 2 people for each interview: the candidate and a ResLife supervisor (Hall Director, Assistant Hall Director, or Assistant Director).
  • All interviews will be conducted in the Student Union. Specific locations will be provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question: What if I have a 2.49 cumulative grade point average, instead of a 2.50; will you just ‘round up’?
    • You must have exactly a 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
  • Question: What if I lived on-campus previously, but do not live on-campus now; can I still apply?
    • All candidates must live on-campus during the fall 2018 semester and be eligible to live on-campus for spring 2019.
  • Question: I was on University Probation before, but now I’m not; am I eligible?
    • As long as there are no other findings of ‘in violation’ now, yes.
  • Question: What if I can’t attend any of the required/mandatory information meetings?
    • There are approximately 20 different meetings scheduled at different times of the day. Candidates are expected to make room in their schedules to attend. Applications will not be accepted if the candidate did not attend 1 of the meetings. The location of the meeting in no way impacts where the candidate might be hired.
  • Question: I can't apply because I'm only a freshman/first-year student, right?
    • You CAN apply as a freshman/first-year student as long as you meet all the other requirements.
  • Question: What about if I just transferred to UConn; can I still apply?
    • You CAN apply as long as you are currently living on-campus at Stamford or Storrs.
  • Question: Most RAs I know seem really outgoing; what if I'm more of an introvert or quiet person?
    • It may seem that way to you, now, but RAs are like other students. Some RAs are more outgoing, while others' may be quieter. There are many different ways to connect with your residents, so we need applicants who have different ways to connect with others.
  • Question: I want to work in Husky Village, how do I apply?
    • You will need to meet the requirements for living in the Village, found here.
    • You will also need to be successful in your first-round interview ['successful' means meeting the interview cut-off score].
  • Question: How do I become an RA in a Learning Community?
    • You can indicate your interest on your application.
    • If you are invited to a first-round interview and meet the interview cut-off score, your information will be available to the Learning Communities staff. They will determine whether they wish to invite you to a separate interview. Priority consideration is given to candidates who have lived in the community for which they express interest.
    • Please also make sure to review the specific criteria for the communities: Housing Options: LCs. You can also visit: Learning Communities website