Resident Assistant

Fall 2022-23 Consideration

USI Vision Statement
USI will be a recognized leader in higher education boldly shaping the future and transforming the lives of our students through exceptional learning and intentional innovation.

USI Mission Statement
USI is an engaged learning community committed to exceptional education. We exist to provide an educated citizenry that can engage in a civil manner within a community with divergent ideas and cultural differences. We prepare our students to lead and make positive contributions to our state, their communities, and to be lifetime learners in a diverse and global society.

Educational Priority
As a result of living on campus residents will be challenged to grow academically and personally to become productive citizens.

USI Housing and Residence Life Mission Statement
It is the mission of Housing and Residence Life to provide a high quality, affordable, convenient, and safe living environment for members of the USI community that is culturally enriching, conducive to academic success, and creates opportunities for personal growth.

Description of Position
Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of Housing and Residence Life. They are regularly in direct contact with residents. RAs will be assigned to staff buildings of 17-64 residents in the apartments or floors of 14-32 residents in the residence halls. Their main responsibility is to get to know the individuals in their community, provide resources for them, and enhance the social, educational, intellectual and cultural development of each individual. RAs communicate and demonstrate to residents the core values, philosophies, and policies of Housing and Residence Life and the University. They represent Housing and Residence Life as a role model and act as a liaison for their residents.  

General Requirements of RAs

  • Must have a 2.5 (3.5 graduate) semester and cumulative GPA to apply
  • Must maintain a 2.5 (3.5 graduate) semester and cumulative GPA if selected
  • If you receive the position, you may only enroll in ONE class beginning at or after 6 p.m.
  • Must enroll full time (12 credit hours undergraduate, 9 hour graduate) but may take no more than 18 hours in a given semester without prior approval from HRL
  • May not have an academic commitment that requires large amounts of continuous time (over 10 hours a week in student teaching, internships, clinicals, etc.)
  • May work one other job not to exceed 10 hours per week
  • Must be available 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays each week to participate in staff meetings and departmental developments

RA Selection Important Dates

  • January 21 - Application closes at noon
  • January 24 - Applicants notified if qualified to move on to Individual Interviews and Group Process
  • February 2-3 - Interview Information Sessions (optional)
  • February 4-5 - Group Process (candidates will be assigned one session on Friday or Saturday)
  • February 7-16 - Individual Interviews
  • February 21- Preference survey sent out
  • March 11 - Placement offer letters sent out
  • April 15 - Pre-employment meeting (3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Information Sessions
Interested in learning more about the resident assistant position? Nervous about the interviews? 

Housing and Residence Life will offer optional interview information sessions. Professional staff and current resident assistants will share information about the RA position, interviewing process and answer questions. The information sessions will be held February 2-3. Candidates who qualify to move on in the process will receive information about these sessions via email on January 28, 2022. 

Fall 2022-23 RA Application
Applications are due by noon on Friday, January 21. Click here for the online application.


Housing and Residence Life

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