Residence Life & Housing


Resident Advisor Selection

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Being a Resident Advisor (RA) is an experience unlike any other. As an RA, you will: develop meaningful relationships with your residents, build community within your building and floor, balance your academic responsibilities with your RA responsibilities, address student's concerns and needs, plan and execute programming, confront conflict situations, embrace diversity, and foster life-long relationships. You are the example for your peers!

The Residence Life Department needs qualified, responsible, and energetic students to be leaders in the residence halls. Being an RA comes with many benefits along with a lot of responsibility, and only the best-qualified candidates are chosen. Resident Advisors are peer advisors trained to assist students with academic, personal or behavioral problems. RAs are selected because of experience, leadership ability, and interest in others. They help residents grow socially and academically by maintaining a close relationship with each student and by fostering an effective living-learning environment.

Eligibility for the RA position
  • Completed at least one semester as a full-time student at St. Ambrose or another institution.
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Able to commit to one full academic year as a Resident Advisor.

Other considerations
  • Job responsibilities: Review the RA Contract (.docx) and the Confidentiality Statement (.docx) to understand the position.
  • Talking with a current RA: Talking with a peer who has experience as an RA will give you an idea of what being an RA is all about.
  • Compensation: RAs receive free, on-campus housing and a $1,000 stipend over a 10-month period ($100 per month).
  • Training for Fall 2016 RAs tentatively begins August 11, 2016. Training is required. More details will be given to those selected.

Application process

The following are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016:

  • Resident Advisor (RA) Application (pdf), References Application (pdf), including cover letter and resume. Download, fill out electronically, and rename the document "(yourlastname)_RA_application" (for example: Rivera_RA_Application).
  • Email the documents to or deliver them to the Residence Life Office in the Rogalski Center. Once submitted, you must sign up for an interview time in the Residence Life office.

Resources for cover letter and resume

Instructions for the cover letter and resume are on the RA application. The SAU Career Center is a great resource for resume and cover letter tips and is offering feedback on resumes and/or cover letters prior to submitting the RA application.

Students are strongly encouraged to view the Resume Tutorial, Resume samples, and Cover Letter information located on the Career Center portal page before requesting feedback.

Applicants who would like to receive feedback on their resumes and/or cover letters may submit them online to by Midnight, Sunday, February 7. Students are asked to put "STUDENT LAST NAME/ RA RESUME AND/OR COVER LETTER" in the subject line of the email and email BOTH at the same time (do NOT send two separate emails)

Applicants will receive ONLY one round of feedback between Monday, February 8 at 8 a.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in order to make changes before the submission deadine of Friday, Feb. 12.

Between January 21 - February 11, students may also opt to have their resume/cover letters reviewed by a peer mentor during walk-in hours:
Monday 11-12
Tuesday 2-4
Wednesday 11-1
Thursday 10-12
Friday 11-1

Students applying for RA positions may opt to have their resume and/or cover letter reviewed during RESUME DRIVE THRU on Wednesday, February 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or Thursday, February 11 from 1 - 4 p.m. Reviews will last only 15 minutes per student. Appointments are not required.


Interviews will be offered to select candidates and will occur between February 22-26.

Applicants will be notified of their status when hiring is complete.

If you have any questions regarding the Resident Advisor selection process, please contact Residence Life at 563/333-6258.

Background Check: St. Ambrose University reserves the right conduct background checks on Resident Advisor applicants. If criminal charges or unethical behavior are found, the candidate may be removed from the applicant pool and any type of offer may be withdrawn.

Whats Next

If you have any questions regarding the Resident Advisor (RA) selection process, contact Residence LIfe by calling 563/333-6258.