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Apply To Be A Resident Advisor!

Note: The hiring process for 2014 Resident Advisors has concluded, and we are not accepting applications at this time.  Please be on the lookout for emails and advertisements about future openings!  Please note that all downloads below are for the process for 2014 RAs.

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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).
  • Training for Fall RAs tentatively begins August 6, 2014, and runs through building opening. Training for Spring 2015 RAs tentatively begins January 8, 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 Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 by 4 p.m. to the Residence Life Office in the Rogalski Center

Resources for cover letter and resume

Instructions for the cover letter and resume are on the RA application. The SAU Career Center is offering assistance to those who would like feedback on their resume and/or cover letter prior to submitting their RA application.

  • Applicants who would like to receive feedback on their resumes and/or cover letters may submit them online to by Midnight, Sunday, February 2nd, 2014.
  • Students are asked to put "STUDENT LAST NAME/ RA RESUME AND/OR COVER LETTER" (Example: Durbin/RA Resume) in the subject line of the email and email BOTH at the same time (please do NOT send two separate emails)
  • Applicants will receive one round of feedback sometime between Monday morning, February 3rd at 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 4th so that they can have time to make changes before the submission deadline of Friday the 7th.

Please note: ONLY ONE ROUND OF ONLINE FEEDBACK WILL BE OFFERED. If a student would like additional feedback, they are encouraged to make a follow up appointment with a counselor in the Career Center at a later date.

Additionally there will be walk in hours on Wednesday, February 5th from 2-4 p.m. and Thursday, February 6th from 10-12 a.m. Students can drop by (without an appointment) and receive a short (15 minute maximum) review of their resume and/or cover letter.

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.


2015 Information sessions location: Rogalski Center Ballroom

  • Wednesday, January 21, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 29, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, February 2, 6 p.m.

During these information sessions, current Residence Life staff members will answer any questions you may have and you can get a first-hand account of what the RA position entails. 

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.