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Apply To Be A Resident Advisor!

Note: The current hiring process is to fill anticipated spring 2015 openings in preferred ares.  The 2015-2016 school year process will begin in January, please be on the lookout for notifications then for that process.

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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
  • Have at least one semester of experience as a full-time student at St. Ambrose or another institution.
  • Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher. 
  • Able to commit to one full academic year as a Resident Advisor.

Other important things to consider
  • Job responsibilities: Take some time to review the RA Contract (.docx) and the Confidentiality Statement to gain an understanding of what the position entails.
  • 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). (For the anticipated spring 2015 positions, this will be a $500 stipend over a 5 month period)
  • Training for Spring 2015 RAs tentatively begins January 7, 2015. Presence at training is required. More details will be given to those selected.

Application process

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! To begin the official application process, please download, complete (please type), and submit the documents listed in the next two sections. You will need to return both your application and two reference evaluation forms. One should come from an SAU faculty or staff member, and one should come from an RA/AHD. If you currently live off-campus or are new to the SAU community, please provide two professional references: one from a SAU faculty or staff member and the other from a non-SAU community member.

Download and complete

The following are due Monday, November 17, 2014 by 4 p.m. to the Residence Life Office in the Rogalski Center.  Please note these are for anticipated spring 2015.  Application materials for the selection process for the 2015-2016 school year will be available in January.

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.

Students are strongly encouraged to view the Resume Tutorial, Resume samples, and Cover Letter information located on the Career Center homepage before submitting their resume and/or cover letter.

The Career Center also has walk in hours, which are:

Monday 1pm-3pm
Wednesday 10am-12pm
Thursday 3pm-4:30pm

Lastly, if you would like to make an appointment for the Career Center, please call 333-6339, but note that it may take about a week to get in.


There will not be any information sessions for the spring 2015 anticipated openings.  Please get in touch with your Hall Director or Residence Life Coordinator with any questions.

Once applications are submitted, they will be reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

If you have any questions regarding the Resident Advisor selection process, please contact Michael Durbin or Ethan Graham 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 Michael Durbin or Ethan Graham by email or by calling 563/333-6258.