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:
    • All candidates must have lived on-campus for 1 or more full semesters at either the Stamford or Storrs campus.
    • In addition, candidates must submit their on-campus housing application for fall 2022-spring 2023 by the date indicated when the application is released. If you have not applied for housing or are currently on the waiting list, you will not be considered eligible to be an RA for 2022-2023.  You MUST be guaranteed for housing for fall 2022.
    • Students who anticipate campus-changing for fall 2023 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 requirements 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 2022 semester.
  • Student Academic Status:
    • Earn at least sophomore status by the time of employment (fall 2022) and be a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate 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 spring 2022. 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 in the process.
  • Employment Period:
    • The dates of employment will be noted in the offer letter. Candidates must be available for fall 2022 and spring 2023.
    • 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, Substance Free 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

 
 

Submitting the RA Application Process for 2022-2023

  • Applications will be available on Friday, October 22, 2021.
  • Applications close at 11:59pm on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted and at this time the application has closed.
  • Once live, the application is located on eRezLife

RA Process Timeline

  • Applications available October 22, 2021
  • Applications due December 11, 2021
  • Application Screening (grades, conduct, housing and application questions): December 2021
  • Candidate Status Notification regarding whether the candidate will be invited to first round interview: Friday, January 21, 2022
  • Interviews: January 31, 2022 - February 11, 2022
  • Round 2 interviews (LCs/Honors/Special Interest): February 21, 2022 - February 25, 2022
  • RA Selection: March 6, 2022
  • Candidate Status Notification regarding whether the candidate is hired, an alternate, or no longer eligible: end of day on March 10, 2022
  • Acceptances due March 21, 2022

 

Housing Timeline Reminders

  • The 2022-2023 Housing Application is due February 11, 2022
  • The 2022-2023 Housing Cancellation deadline to cancel fall housing without cancellation fees is March 31, 2022

How to Submit the Application

Please note that the application deadline has passed and we are not able to accept any late requests.

Storrs RA Application Overview

Resident Assistant Information Sessions

Please join us at one of the following Info sessions to learn more about the RA position.  Attending one of these sessions is strongly encouraged.  If you’re unable to attend and want more information, please contact beth.helinski@uconn.edu .

 

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 (beth.helinski@uconn.edu) 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.