Storrs Resident Assistant (RA) Information

 
 

Candidate Qualifications and Screening Criteria

 
 

RA Position Description

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 by end of the fall 2022 semester.
  • In addition, candidates must submit their on-campus housing application for 2023-2024 by February 10, 2023. 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 2023-2024.  You MUST be guaranteed for housing for fall 2023.
  • 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 a RA. If you have lived on campus for 7 or more semesters at the end of the fall 2022 semester, you will not be eligible to be a RA.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

Student Academic Status:

  • Earn at least sophomore status by the time of employment (fall 2023) 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 2023. Students on Scholastic Probation/Subject to Dismissal will 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 specific dates of employment will be noted in the offer letter. Typically, RA training begins in mid-August and RAs must attend all training sessions and work during opening weekend. RAs cannot serve as Wow leaders during this time.
  • 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 first-round interview process.
    • Priority consideration is also given to those candidates who have already lived in the community as a student.
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Candidate Information

 
 

Submitting the RA Application Process for 2023-2024

  • Applications will be available on Friday, October 21, 2022, on https://uconn.erezlife.com
  • Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted!

RA Process Timeline

  • Applications available Friday, October 21, 2022, on uconn.erezlife.com.
  • Applications due Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 11:59pm
  • Application Screening (grades, conduct, housing, and application content): December 2022
  • Candidate Status Notification regarding whether the candidate will be invited to first round interview: By end of the day on Friday, January 20, 2023
  • First Round Interviews: Monday, January 30, 2023 – Friday, February 10, 2023
  • Round 2 interviews (LCs/Honors/Special Interest): Monday, February 13, 2023 – Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • Candidate Status Notification regarding whether the candidate is hired, an alternate, or no longer eligible: end of day on Monday, March 6, 2023

Housing Timeline Reminders

  • The 2023-2024 Housing Application is due February 10, 2023 – ALL RA Candidates MUST APPLY for housing by this date.
  • The 2023-2024 Housing Cancellation deadline to cancel fall housing without cancellation fees is March 31, 2023

How to Submit the Application

·        Log in to uconn.erezlife.com

·        Click on View available job postings

·        Choose the appropriate application (2023-2024 RA Application)

·        Click on the green Apply Now button

·        Read the 2023-2024 RA position description

·        Select the appropriate applicant group: Storrs-New Resident Assistant

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!

Please reach out to Beth Helinski, Assistant Director for Residential Student Staff Engagement (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.
  • RAs will also receive a cash stipend of $5,600 for the 2023-2024 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.
  • RAs placed in suite style or traditional style housing are responsible for choosing and paying for a meal plan. The meal plan is only optional for those who are placed in an apartment style space.
  • 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.