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Apply To Be A Resident Advisor!

Thank you for your interest in applying to be an RA!  The selection process for 2015-2016 school year RAs is complete, and we are no longer accepting applications at this time.  We will send out an email to all students when we are opening our next 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 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 2015 RAs tentatively begins August 12th, 2015. Spring 2016 training tentatively begins January 13, 2016. 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.  Please note a prior semester or cumulative GPA at the time of application that is 2.0 or below may result in not being interviewed.

Download and complete

The following are due Friday, February 6th, 2015 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 a great resource for resume and cover letter tips.

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

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

  • Between January 21st and February 6th (not including Feb 3 or 4), resume and cover letter review walk in hours:
    • Tuesdays 3p.m.-4p.m.
    • Wednesdays 9a.m.-11a.m.
    • Thursday 2p.m.-4p.m.
    • Friday 11a.m.-1p.m.
  • Between January 14 - 30, students may make an appointment to have their resumes and/or cover letters reviewed by a career center staff member. Call the Career Center at 333-6339 or stop by the office in Rogalski Center to make an appointment. (Note: Same day appointments are not available)
  • Between January 14 - 30, students may also opt to have their resume/cover letters reviewed by a peer mentor during walk in hours beginning January 14th. Check back here periodically for walk in hours.
  • On February 3 & 4th, students are encouraged to visit the Resume Drive Thru table at Career Boot Camp between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to have their resume and/or cover letter reviewed. No appointments are necessary but students may need to plan to wait for 5-10 minutes.

Additionally, students applying for RA positions should consider improving their interviewing skills by signing up for a MOCK INTERVIEW on February 3rd. Register using your BeeCAREERS account. Sign into your account, click on events and select workshops. Choose the workshop(speed interviewing) you would like to attend and click on RSVP. See Career Bootcamp advertisements for further information.


2015-2016 Selection Process Information sessions will be held in the Rogalski Center Ballroom at the following times:

  • Wednesday, January 21, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 29, 3 p.m.
  • Monday, February 2, 7 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.

Interviews will be held the week of February 16th in Rohlman.  You will sign up when you submit your application to the Residence Life Office, and must submit your application before signing up for an interview time.

Applicants will be notified of their status on Thursday, March 5th, 2015.

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.