Resident Advisor Selection
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Resident Advisor (RA) Application Is Now Open!
What RAs Actually Do:
Each of the components to the position listed below help us to build communities that contribute to both a stronger sense of belonging and safety in on-campus housing at UMD.
One-on-Ones - We want to meet every resident that lives with us so all feel heard and valued. In this position, you will meet with every student in your community (up to 60) in the first 8 weeks of the semester.
Programming - The first 6 weeks of school in the Fall, while completing one-on-ones, you will also be planning, advertising, and shopping, and implementing activities for residents in your community to attend weekly.
Duty - Allows staff to engage with residents, check for facilities concerns, and to confront behaviors which violate the guidelines for living on-campus. RAs are on duty approximately once a week and 2-3 weekends a semester. Duty begins at 6:45pm and ends at 8am; RAs must be in their communities while on duty. There will also be moments over breaks that you will need to be present to support students. More details are listed below.
Billboards - Each month, you will have a billboard to plan out, create, and put up. There are guidelines as to what this must look like as well as a prompt to help. Each RD has specific guidelines they will layout.
Community Councils - In the first 6 weeks, you will help cultivate a council of committees in your community that engages students to gather around a common interest to build connection.
Departmental Initiatives - A few times a year, we need all hands on deck to help implement some large scale efforts. These include (but are not limited to): Bulldogs on the Beach, Haunted Halls, Winter Welcome Week, Winter Break Closing Checks, Spring Concert, Academic Closing, etc. It is expected that you are available during these events. Exceptions will be given case-by-case.
Late Night Programming - 3 times a semester, you and your team will put together an initiative that serves as a Friday night fun activity for all on-campus students.
Confidentiality, Responsible Staff, & Campus Security Authority - You are recognized as a Responsible Staff. This position has the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence and any other misconduct by students. All access to designated private personal data should be disclosed to authorized designees only.
Roommate Conflicts/Peer Support - You will be put in situations where peers in your community come to you for support in high pressure situations. There will be training to support you in this effort, and will happen at random times throughout your day and take time to resolve.
- Role Modeling - RAs are looked up to and help set standards of behaviors and norms within our communities. Due to this level of responsibility, it is expected that all RAs abide by local, state, and federal laws as well as the policies and regulations established by Housing & Residence Life and the University.
Current UMD Student
Maintains current and cumulative GPAs of 2.5 or higher
Completed a minimum of 24 credits by January 2018
Have lived on campus for at least two (2) semesters
Be in good conduct standing
To accept the Resident Advisor position, we ask that you are willing to be present and ready during the following time period. As noted above, these dates are a must-attend from a department perspective.
RA Kick-Off Event: April 7th, 2018 will be our first welcome meeting that all new RAs need to attend
Fall Development & Training: You must be present from August 6th, 2018-August 26th, 2018 to partake in Resident Advisor Development and Training.
You will need to move in one day prior to the start time: August 5th, 2018
RAs need to be present and on campus for Move-In & Welcome Week: August 21st-August 27th, 2019
Winter Development & Training: You must be present from January 11th, 2019-January 15th, 2019 to partake in Resident Advisor Development and Training.
You will need to move in one day prior to the start time: January 11th, 2019
Closing: You must be present to help close buildings Saturday, May 11th, 2019 & Sunday, May 12th, 2019
To meet the needs of our student populations our facilities are open during times the university is closed. We ask RAs to assist with Duty Coverage for campus during these breaks. Additional compensation will be given to the breaks listed below.
Thanksgiving Break: November 21st-25th, 2018
Winter Break: December 15th, 2018 - January 16th, 2019
Spring Break: March 9th - March 17th, 2019
**Labor Day, Fall Break, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day are considered regular duty shifts
All requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing to and approved by one’s Residence Director prior to committing to another obligation during the same time.
To find the complete working agreement, please go to z.umn.edu/RAWorkingAgreement.