Resident Assistant Selection Process

Thank you for your interest in working within Residential Life!   To apply for a 2022-2023 Resident Assistant position, please complete the application here.  All application materials are due by 11:59:59 PM on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

After processing your written application, you will receive additional information for our interview process via email.  The RA Selection Interview Process will be on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM. We expect to be done prior to 6:00 PM.

If you have any questions or concerns about the RA selection process, email reslife@mst.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Resident Assistant Position?

  • Resident Assistants (RA) are student staff members who assist in the daily management of a community in the residence halls or apartments. Residential Life staff members have attained sophomore status, or the equivalence of two semesters of academic work.  

What are the requirements of the RA position? 

  • Note: Candidates must meet these requirements by Fall 2022. If you are a current full-time first year student living in a residence hall, you can still apply. 
    • Lived in a campus-approved community-style housing option (residence hall, Greek housing, Christian Campus House) for at least one semester by the end of the fall 2020 semester.
    • Achieved sophomore status, or the equivalence of two semesters of academic work.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.40, which must be maintained while employed as an RA.  
    • Maintain enrollment as a full-time student while employed as an RA.  

What are important traits for an RA?

  • Aside from the nonnegotiable prerequisites, RAs should be flexible and adaptable,able to work well in a team, communicate effectively, and be good problem solvers. GPAs higher than 2.75 are preferred as well.

What do RAs do?

  • Some of the responsibilities involved with the position include: attend weekly staff meetings, weekly supervisor meetings, attending fall and winter training sessions, completing paperwork (monthly assessments, work orders), participate in duty rounds, hold the duty phone, participate in ongoing staff training, work a minimum of 4 hours at the desk weekly.
  • In a broader sense, RAs are expected to encourage academic environment and provide academic resources for students, model and lead healthy lifestyles, mentoring students during difficult situations/circumstances, and work as a team with fellow staff to promote community development.

If you have any other questions about the position itself or the requirements, you can also consult the RA work agreement here!

When are applications due?

  • November 28th, 2021 at 11:59:59pm.

Where can I find the application?

What other materials are needed for the application?

  • You will need to provide contact information for two references, one from within Residential Life and an external reference (ie, a past employer), a resume, and a cover letter. Additionally, you will also need to attend the group process on December 5th, 2021 at 2:00pm.

How are candidates' scores determined? 

  • Candidate scores are broken down into 50% application and 50% RASP Night scores. This is because we know some students may struggle in one area but do really well in another area (e.g. really strong application, but not as strong of an interview) and want to try and provide a process that is fair to all, especially since RASP can be somewhat overwhelming.

What is the Group Process?

  • You will be placed in random groups and participate in activities designed to test the skills needed to be an RA. RAs are expected to be flexible and fast problem solvers, so we can’t tell you exactly what to expect.

When is the Group Process?

  • December 5th, at 2pm. Attendance at the group process is required.

When should I arrive?

  • We typically ask candidates to arrive for check-in around 1:30pm to get their name tags, sorted into their groups, and give a quick introduction. Candidates will be told the exact time they should plan to arrive prior to the night of, so it’s important to remind them to check their emails.

What should I do to prepare?

  • Outside of the typical “Be yourself” and “Don’t be nervous” advice, candidates should know to wear comfortable shoes as they will be moving around, to dress professionally, and to try to bring a pen or other writing utensil with them just in case.

How will candidates be informed of the overall process?

  • Recruitment of candidates will happen via email, flyers/posters, various meetings on campus and word of mouth.

How will candidates be invited to RASP night?

  • After applications are submitted, candidates will receive an email with additional information about RASP night. Due to the timeline of the group process we are not able to turn individuals away due to grades, but will be checking to make sure each candidate has lived on campus in the past, or are currently doing so.

How will candidates be informed if they are hired?

  • Candidates can expect to receive a letter via email with the results of the selection process and any needed next steps.

When will candidates be informed if they are hired?

  • Candidates can expect to be notified via email by January 21st, 2022 at 4:30pm.

When are GPAs checked?

  • GPAs are checked as soon as possible following the end of the fall semester. We base our GPA requirements off of the Fall Semester cumulative GPA.

Does it have to be a 2.4 cumulative GPA?

  • Yes. We will not allow anyone who has below a 2.4 cumulative GPA to join staff. 

Do we make exceptions? 

  • No. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of students who do meet our GPA requirements, we do not make exceptions for students. This is because students who are struggling academically prior to being hired are likely going to continue to struggle with the added responsibility of being an RA. Our goal is to be supportive of students and their academic mission at the university, and as such they need to be in a place where they can succeed both in their coursework as well as in the RA position.

How are we handling mid-year hiring during RASP?

  • As part of their application, candidates are asked if they are interested in being hired at semester, provided they will already have 2 semesters on campus by the end of December. During RASP, any qualifying candidates will go through the regular process. They will be informed of training dates and other necessary information. This is the supervisor’s time to get to know potential staff members as well. 

How will we determine mid-year hiring?

  • Following RASP, the candidates who qualify and are interested in being hired mid-year will be listed as priority scoring for their applications. These scores should be completed before any others. Once all priority scores have been completed, the pro staff will meet to discuss candidates. 

When will mid-year hires be notified?

  • Once hiring decisions are made in mid-December, mid-year candidates will be notified by email that they have been selected for a position. Those not selected will be told they are still being considered for next year, but that spots for the Spring have been filled.