Thank you for your interest in undergraduate Resident Assistant (RA) roles with our office. Review the description and timeline below for more information on our process and read the role profile to get a more comprehensive understanding of the role requirements.
Role: The Resident Assistant (RA) is a paraprofessional who lives in an undergraduate residence hall. The RA is a leader and resource for the residents in the community -- largely focusing on community development, being a referral agent and intellectual leader within the hall with a primary purpose of creating a sense of belonging.
RAs support the office’s commitment to creating inclusive communities and they incorporate the office’s vision, mission, and values into their role. RAs model behaviors we seek to encourage in all NYU students: being inquisitive, engaged, kind, empathetic and solution-oriented both inside and outside the residential communities. RAs provide leadership to residents and help to create and maintain an accepting, respectful, and friendly atmosphere that stimulates student learning and development. The primary goal of the RA is the development of an environment conducive to the academic and personal growth of residential students.
Supervision: The RA reports to the Residence Hall Assistant Director (RHAD) and/or Residence Hall Director (RHD) with some functional supervision by the Residence Hall Resource Manager (RHRM).
Commitment: The RA role is 20 hours per week in addition to serving on RA@Home.
Number of roles: We have 250 undergraduate RAs on campus.
RA Selection Process
Pre-Process: Candidate Homework
Candidates should thoroughly read the website, FAQs, timeline and understand the selection process. Candidates should read through the RA Role Profile to understand the roles and expectations of serving as an RA.
To understand if and how this grant may impact your aid package, we urge you to schedule a Financial Aid counselor appointment or contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212.998.4444.
Time commitment: ~1.5 hours
Step 1: Required RA Information Session
Candidates are required to attend an information session to review RLHS mission and goals as well as RA roles, responsibilities, expectations, and policies. We review potential Financial Aid impact of serving in the RA role, the selection and training requirements and RA support mechanisms and resources. Candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions of professional staff and RAs.
Time commitment: 1.5 hours
Step 2: Application and Current RA Interview
Once candidates complete the Information Session they'll be invited to complete an application. The application includes questions on community type and thematic engagement interest preferences, and includes long form responses to role related questions.
The application requires you to list one reference who we'll contact to complete a short form speaking to your candidacy as an RA. Check out our FAQs for examples of people to list as a reference.
Time commitment: ~2 hours
Step 3: Group Process
Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements will be invited to our Group Process interview. Candidates will be able to interact with one another and professional staff through a variety of activities.
Time commitment: 3 hours
Step 4: Individual Interview
Candidates will meet one on one with a professional staff member to discuss more in-depth their experience and interest in serving as an RA.
Time commitment: .5 hours
Step 5: Written Reflection
Candidates end the process by reflecting on all steps of the interview, what they learned about the RA role, how they wish to contribute to the residential community, and how they self-care.
Time commitment: ~1 hour
Timeline for 2023-2024 Roles
|Late fall 2022||
The 2023-2024 RA application was made available to candidates who attend a Required RA Information Session. Our 12 Information Sessions were hosted both in-person and remotely between November 14, 2022 and January 6, 2023.
|January 10, 2023||The Resident Assistant application closes at 11:59pm ET.|
|Late January, 2023||Candidates will receive an update on process participation.|
|Mid Spring, 2023||Group interview sessions meet.|
|Early March, 2023||Status notifications sent to RA candidates (notices will be sent before the housing deposit due date).|