2020-21 RA Application

2020-21 RA Application Overview

Application Deadline

Friday, December 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm

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Welcome to the Resident Assistant Selection Process

By completing an application, you are expressing interest in one of the most important student leadership positions available at IUPUI. Resident Assistants are community leaders, peer educators, friends, advocates, and team players. You get an opportunity to serve others, to develop your skills, to gain valuable university contacts, to work with some of the most talented students at IUPUI, to learn about yourself and others, and to be a part of a supportive team working together to make your community a great place to live. As one staff member said, “You go from feeling like you’re just at the university, to being a part of the university.”

If hired and placed in a position, you will play a critical role in shaping a community where residents thrive. Being a member of the Housing and Residence Life team can be one of the toughest jobs you will ever experience. The demands of this position can be hard, but the benefits are extremely rewarding.

In this packet, you will find all the information that you will need to complete an application, along with answers to many of the questions you may have. In order to submit your online application, you’ll need to prepare your resume and identify a plan to attend an information session. You can find online application at: go.iupui.edu/housingjobs

To apply, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at the sophomore, junior, or senior level during the 2020-2021 employment period.
  • Hold a cumulative 2.75 GPA (based on IU hours) at the time of application and maintain a 2.75 semester/cumulative GPA through the application and employment period. GPA from transfer credits will not be considered.
  • Complete at least one semester (fall or spring) as an enrolled student at IUPUI before starting the position.
  • Be in good academic, disciplinary, and employment standing with the university.
  • Be able to successfully complete a background check conducted by IU Human Resources.
  • Have the ability to return to campus prior to the start of the academic year to participate in RA training.

Contract Period:

Residence Life positions are contracted for one full academic year (consecutive fall and spring semesters). The contract period includes all pre-service and in-service training. All staff are required to be in-residence and to participate fully in all training and operational activities which commence prior to the opening of the residence halls. The staff is expected to stay through the last day of finals in the fall and through Commencement in the spring.

2020-2021 Timeline and Info Sessions

Mandatory Attendance is required at one resident assistant info session for all applicants:

Info Sessions
Wednesday, November 67:00 pmNorth Hall Classroom 1107820 W. North St.
Sunday, November 107:00 pmWalker Conference Room, Riverwalk Apts.1341 W. Vermont St. Suite 170
Tuesday, November 127:00 pmDean's Room, University Tower911 W. North St., Second Floor
Wednesday, November 133:00 pmCampus Center 309420 University Blvd
Monday, November 187:00 pmThe Tyler1201 Indiana Ave.
Tuesday, November 193:00 pmUC 101 (Multicultural Center)815 W. Michigan St.
Sunday, November 247:00 pmNorth Hall Classroom 1105820 W. North St.
Tuesday, November 267:00 pmWalker Conference Room, Riverwalk Apts.1341 W. Vermont St., Suite 170
Monday, December 27:00 pmDean's Room, University Tower911 W. North St.
Tuesday, December 3 12:30 pmUC 101 (MultiCultural Center)815 W. Michigan St.
Thursday, December 57:00pmWalker Conference Room, Riverwalk Apts.1341 W. Vermont St., Suite170
Thursday, December 127:00 pmThe Tyler1201 Indiana Ave.
Monday, December 167:00 pmNorth Hall Classroom 1107820 W. North St.

Friday, December 20, 2019: All applications must be turned via online application. Candidates should receive an email to their IU email account verifying.

Friday, January 17, 2020: Candidates are notified via e-mail if they have been selected to participate in the group interview processes.

Saturday, January 25, 2020: Group interview process, 9:00am-4:00pm, Campus Center. Candidates will be prompted to sign up for an individual interview slot.

Thursday and Friday, January 30th & 31st, 2020: Individual interviews

  • Candidates will receive timeslot confirmation and instructions via email following group process.

Friday, March 6, 2020: Final offer letters will be sent to candidates on or before this date.

Friday, March 13, 2020: Deadline for candidates to accept or decline an offered RA position.

Resident Assistant Position Overview

Resident Assistants (RAs) provide leadership in a residential community on the IUPUI campus. The RA is responsible for building community among residents, supporting diversity and inclusion, enforcing policies, providing after hour services and maintaining an atmosphere conducive for academic and personal success. Each RA reports to a Residence Coordinator who provides guidance and feedback in meeting job expectations and support for developing your skills and abilities that will lead to future professional and personal success.

Resident Assistant Position Overview
RA RoleSkills You BuildWhat You Do
Community Developer

Relationship Building


Community Building


Skills for Interacting with Difference

Get to know residents, build rapport with them, and connect residents with each other to build community.


Maintain an environment that supports academic and personal success, including role modeling positive behaviors.


Be available and accessible to residents during community hours.


Create a safe and welcoming environment for all residents.


Know the various resources on campus and help students locate the appropriate service when needed.


Support Hall Council and Residence Hall Association events, initatives, and outreach.

Peer Educator

Helping Skills


Critical Thinking


Designing and Executing Plans

Work with supervisor to assess community needs and develop appropriate initiatives.


Plan and implement events for residents that align with residence life educational outcomes.


Engage in conversations with residents that align with residence life educational outcomes.


Participate in campus wide and departmental events such as Weeks of Welcome and Tunnel of Oppression.


If in a RBLC (Residential Based Learning Community), meet regularly with liaison.

Community Manager

Conflict Mediation


Problem Solving


Crisis Response

Serve in an on-call rotation for the community.


Follow protocols to respond to crisis or emergency situations.


Consistently address policy violations.


Follow protocols to report situations related to student safety and/or building safety to supervisor.


Write thorough and professional reports of incidents.


Provide on-call coverage as needed during break periods.


Time Management





Recognize the position as a primary out-of-class obligation, including being available on evenings and weekends.


Attend weekly staff meetings, meetings with supervisor, and fully participate in all training sessions.


Staff community desk during open hours.


Complete administrative functions, such as submitting maintenance requests, completing timesheets, preparing weekly reports, and documenting/recording interactions with residents.


Serve as a liaison between residents and HRL staff or campus administrators. 


Positively represent Housing and Residence Life at all times.

*Here is an overview of many of the responsibilities an RA is expected to manage as part of their role. To review the full Terms of Employment from 2019-2020, please email Zach Cramer: zacramer@iu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

As a student staff member, you're generally expected to spend at least 15-20 hours per week on your floor or in your building, but that is only a guideline. Your floor or building is your home, and you and your fellow staff members are responsible for developing the community environment in that home. Sometimes that means spending a lot of time in your community planning and implementing initiatives, which means at times you will need to plan ahead to balance academic and personal time.

In addition to individual supervisor meetings and training in August and January, RAs have staff meetings every Tuesday night from 9:00pm-11:00pm. RAs are also on-call (or on duty) at least once a week where they must be in their community, conduct rounds, and be available for residents.

We anticipate hiring 69 RAs for the 2020-2021 year. This includes both new and returning RAs. It is unknown until late January how many of the current staff members will be applying to return to staff for the following year.

We expect that being a student staff member will be your top priority after your academic work. Outside obligations that require you to track your hours, via the university time system (Kuali) or on paper, will be approved on a case-by-case basis. This may include, but is not limited to, on-campus jobs, internships, leadership positions, work-study positions, and some scholarship based employment. Co-curricular activities or leadership positions that do not require you to track your hours for pay are acceptable as long as they do not impede your ability to complete the RA job expectations.

RA training begins approximately three weeks before move-in, which will occur on August 21 & 22, 2020. The exact date for return for the fall 2020 semester is still being determined; however, an exact date will be known by the time positions are offered. RAs are also expected to stay in the halls later into the end of each semester and after Commencement in May until the halls officially close.

Our goal is to hire the most qualified candidates to be Resident Assistants. We use the Preference Sheet as a guide for individual interviews and to make the best community match as possible. Ultimately, the more flexible you are, the more chances you will have to be placed. However, we ask that you are honest in your community preferences and only select communities in which you will accept an RA role.

Compensation includes a room/apartment and a monthly stipend. If you are placed in Ball Hall, North Hall, or University Tower, you have the option of selecting a meal plan with a reduced stipend.

Every student’s financial aid situation is different. If you have questions about your financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

There is currently a two-year term limit for the RA position. A term is identified as one academic year, so a two-year term limit means that you are eligible to be a RA for two academic years.

If you have any additional questions regarding the selection process, please contact: Zachery Cramer: zacramer@iu.edu