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Become a Resident Assistant (RA)

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General Information

At Wright State University, the Resident Assistant (RA) position is an integral position within Residence Life & Housing. Resident Assistants are Residence Life student staff members who have direct and constant, day-to-day resident interaction throughout the year. As paraprofessional staff, RAs engage in a very exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. Those who are serving in the RA position have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and enhance communication skills while gaining a better understanding of themselves and others.

The Resident Assistant position requires strong leadership; it is understood that a significant degree of availability in the residential community and a significant time commitment is required for Resident Assistants to be successful with development of their respective communities and effective completion of their position responsibilities.  To be successful, an RA must make the position part of their lifestyle and have a passion for reaching out and working with fellow students on a daily basis.  Individuals who apply for and accept the Resident Assistant position will be expected to utilize effective personal time and stress management techniques while successfully balancing academic studies, job responsibilities and a personal life.

Due to the time demands of the RA position, Resident Assistants who desire to take more than the normal undergraduate 18 credit hour load will need to receive advance approval. Individuals who desire to take graduate (Master’s, Doctorate, and Medical School) classes or participate in student teaching, internships, co-ops or nursing clinicals will need to obtain approval from the Associate Director for Residence Life prior to being employed in the RA position.  Individuals who hold paid positions in student organizations (i.e., UAB, Student Government, etc.) may not be employed as an RA if compensation for that position is commensurate with more than 10 hours per week as such a position is considered secondary employment.

Given the important commitment an RA has to make for their community, as well as time demands on the Resident Assistant position, Resident Assistants are limited to no more than 12 hours of outside commitments to the RA position, including secondary employment (maximum 10 hours), community involvement, or campus leadership activities.

Resident Assistants will be assigned to a residential community as determined by Residence Life & Housing.  Resident Assistants will be expected to remain in good academic and judicial standing with RL & H and University at all times.  Resident Assistants are not eligible to hold any elected residential community council/RCA position.  The term of the RA contract is for one academic year only and reinstatement for the following year is not automatic.

The Resident Assistant position offers an attractive array of non-monetary benefits such as enhanced leadership skills, opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally, transferable job experience, ability to communicate with a very diverse array of individuals, opportunities to challenge yourself and try new ideas in a supportive and non-threatening community, lifelong friendships that form as a result of the job, in-depth in-service and skills training, and opportunities to attend student leadership conferences, as well as have a lot of fun.  However, the job is not for everyone.  It is important that candidates, prior to applying for the position, reflect upon their own capabilities and motivations for applying. 

QualificationsHamilton Hall and Forest Lane Staff

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at Wright State University
  • Resident Assistant must be enrolled as student at Wright State University when serving in the RA position
  • Applicant must be in good standing by first day of employment
  • Employment commitment is for the entire academic year (Fall and Spring semesters)

Compensation Package

Along with an invaluable and rewarding growth experience, Resident Assistants receive a meal plan; a single assigned RA room; compensated telecom fees; and a waiver of the required residential activity fee.  Note: Facilities for partners and/or dependents are not currently available.


Items needed for a RA application to be considered complete:

  • Applicant must complete all sections of the online RA application form and submit it online.
  • Applicant must have 2 individuals submit Resident Assistant Reference Forms by the specified deadline. If the applicant currently lives on campus, having a current Resident Assistant serves as one of their references is highly recommended. After the RA application form has been completed and submitted, applicant’s references will be contacted via e-mail. However, it is applicant’s responsibility to follow up with their references and ensure reference forms are submitted on time.
  • Applicant must enroll in SAA 4100: Special Topics Residence Life for spring semester.

Note: Applicants who do not submit the above listed items by the specified deadline will not be considered for the RA position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that Residence Life and Housing receives these documents.


2020-21 RA Selection Timeline

Date Activity
October 13 Applications OPEN
October 13
6 pm

Information Session #1
Location: Rike 160

October 14
8 pm

Information Session #2
Location: Rike 160

November 13
3 pm
Information Session #3
Location: Rike 016
November 14
8 pm
Information Session #4
Location: Rike 016
December 13 Deadline for all new applicants to apply and submit required application documents
TBA RA Class - Must register during spring registration period

March 13

Individual interviews (contingent on passing SAA 4100)
March 20 RA offers are made
March 23 Deadline for RA position to accept or reject the employment offer