Become a Resident Assistant!

Applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year will be available Winter Quarter 2021

Residential & Community Living is looking for exceptional students to be Resident Assistants! RAs have the unique opportunity to build communities and make life-long connections with their peers. If you’re looking to develop professional skills, make a positive impact on others, and be part of an amazing team, then consider applying to work with us. We’d love to have you on our team!

What We’re Looking For

RAs take on a lot of responsibility, so we’re looking for candidates who are ready for a challenge! As an RA you would:

  • Build strong communities and make human connections.
  • Help foster a safe and welcoming environment for all. 
  • Promote academic success, learning, and wellness. 
  • Provide support and services to residents.
  • Be present and engaged in the community.

Time Commitment

The RA position is time intensive, requiring around 20 hours of work per week. Below are some of the time commitments you can expect as an RA:

  • Weekly staff meetings on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with your supervisor.
  • Weekly office or front desk shifts.
  • Hosting programs and other community building initiatives.
  • Serving on an after-hours on-call rotation with your staff, including holidays and breaks.
  • Attending Student Leadership Development (SLD) training in September.
  • Providing support during residence hall/apartment openings and closings, as well as special campus events (Halloween, Deltopia, Spring Open House, etc).

Beyond these requirements, we also ask our RAs to be flexible with other commitments so that they can be present in their community and available to residents. 


Although our staff members are unique and diverse, we do have a set of standards that all RAs have to meet. To be eligible for the position, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • Successfully pass a background check and be eligible to work in the US.
  • Abide by all University, federal, state, and local laws, policies, and procedures. 
  • Maintain an overall 2.3 GPA, and a minimum of 2.0 quarterly.
  • Maintain full-time student status.* 
  • Maintain eligibility to live within the community in which you work.​

If hired, the appointment for the position is for one academic year. Candidates who are eligible have the option to apply for a second year, but are not guaranteed a position.

If you are an international student, you must have a visa, F1 or J1, which allows you to work a university appointment up to 50%. The RA position is a 25% appointment. This position can be combined with other university appointments, such as a Teaching or Research Assistant position.

*Partners of students are eligible to apply for the RA position without being a full-time student. If you are an international partner (Family Student Housing), you must have a J-2 visa with a work permit.


We want to make sure our staff are well-compensated for the hard work they do. Compensation includes:

  • Free single-occupancy housing accommodations in your assigned community.
  • 17 meals a week for Residence Hall RAs / A parking permit for Apartment RAs
  • A biweekly stipend of $40 for Residence Hall RAs / $90 for Apartment RAs
  • Gas, electricity, internet, and water are included for apartment RAs. RAs are not eligible for California Renters Credit.


Check-out our FAQ or email us directly!