Become an RA
A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student who lives and works
as a peer and resource for our residential students. Read more about a RA's responsibilities
- create open communities where students get to
know their neighbors
- connect to the NAU community
- foster effective academic success habits
- reach out to residents individually
- encourage involvement in social and educational
- ensure facilities are maintained in a safe,
clean, and healthy manner
- help residents resolve concerns
- respond to emergencies
- provide customer service at the front desk
- attend weekly meetings
- for a complete listing of RA responsibilities see the RA Agreement
RAs are hired for nine months,
which includes rent, stipend and meal plans.
The requirements for our RAs are organized into three
Read more about the requirements
- employment requirements
- personal qualities
The first aspect is academic.
You are a student first and foremost, so it’s necessary to meet the minimum
academic requirements. For the upcoming spring 2013 RA selection process, you must:
- have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester. If hired into an RA position, or selected as an Alternate RA, you will be required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative and semester grade point average
- have completed at least 24 credit hours (from NAU or another
institution) by the end of the spring
2013 semester (sophomore standing)
- have lived in a residence hall (at NAU or another institution) for
at least one full semester by the end of the spring 2013 semester
The second aspect is
- This is a one year contract; we do not
hire just for one semester.
- There is training in August and January; RAs come back approximately 1-2 weeks before classes start.
- You must not be involved in student teaching or
full time internships (they are too demanding on your time and trying to do
both will not help you succeed in your capstone academic experience).
- Outside activities are limited to 10 hours a
week (clubs, organizations, etc.) or five hours a week for outside employment
(with approval from your supervisor).
activity weekly commitment options:
|Paid Employment ||Clubs and|
|Combination #1 ||Up to 10 hours ||0 ||0||10 hours|
|Combination #2||0||Up to 5 hours||Up to 5 hours||10 hours|
|Combination 3#||0||0||Up to 10 hours||10 hours|
- You must successfully complete EPS 406: RA Pre-service Course with a C
or better, offered during the last seven weeks of the spring 2013 semester.
The third aspect is
personal qualities. We look for the following attributes in RA candidates:
- positive attitude
- strong communication skills
- commitment to helping others
- commitment to celebrating our differences and
our similarities, and building respectful and inclusive environments
- good time management and organizational skills
- willingness to grow and learn
More detailed information on RA job responsibilities and the selection process
Find answers to the most common RA questions including information on the hiring
process and more about what the job entails.
Check out the spring 2013 RA
selection process timeline to see if there are any upcoming information
sessions or to find application deadlines.
Download a spring 2013 RA application checklist.
Connect with current RAs and ask them questions on our RASelection facebook page, or follow NAURASelection on Twitter and Tumblr.
Ready to take the next step
and apply to be an RA?
The application to apply for an RA position for the
2013-2014 academic year (called the spring 2013 RA selection process) closed at
5pm on Friday, January 25, 2013, and we are no longer accepting applications.
If you are interested in becoming a resident assistant,
check back at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester for information about the
fall 2013 alternate RA selection process.
If you have any questions about becoming an RA, current RAs and RHDs are
great resources! You can also call 928-523-5840 or e-mail ResidenceandGreekLife@nau.edu.