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Residence Assistants

Student leaders who want to make the residence life experience the best it can be for resident students!

Resident Assistants, known as RAs, are upperclass students who live on each floor in the residence halls to be a resource, guide, and role model for the students who live on the floor.  They are part of the Residence Life Staff and receive compensation for their role. RAs are student leaders who have a strong desire to contribute to the overall betterment of the residential community. They are trained in a variety of skills from hall programming to emergency response. The RA is a key component to facilitating a diverse, meaningful, and exciting community atmosphere!

Thinking about applying to be a Resident Assistant?  Review the job description below, then click on the downloadable application and submit to the Residence Life Office.  Typically, hiring of RAs for the upcoming year occurs in the spring semester.  You can check with Residence Life staff for pertinent dates and deadlines.  However, sometimes an opening occurs during an academic year—so feel free to submit your application anytime.

Resident Assistant Job Description:

Resident Assistants are the primary contact on their floor, a community builder, maintain a safe community, and be a role model, mentor, mediator and all around resource person for students to go to. The Resident Assistant will also be expected to follow all the Residence Life policies and to enforce those policies while maintaining their other key roles on campus.


  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Must be in good standing with the Residence Life and Student Activities Office and St. Catharine College.
  • Lived on campus for 2 semesters.


  • All Resident Assistants will have the cost of their room for fall and spring semester covered for the academic year in which they serve.


  • Resident Assistants are directly supervised by the Assistant Director of Residence Life and indirectly supervised by the Director of Residence Life and Student Activities.

Job Duties:

  • Participation in staff trainings
  • Coming back early to campus to prepare for openings and staying late for closings of the residence halls.
  • Trainings and Meetings
    • Participate in mandatory staff trainings at the beginning of each semester.
    • Conduct floor meetings with residents as needed, including the beginning of each semester.
    • Attend weekly RA staff meetings with their supervisor(s).
    • Attend one on one meetings with their supervisor(s).
    • Attend In-Services as needed with their supervisor(s).
  • Duty Nights 
    • Be on duty from 7pm - 7am one night per week Sunday - Thursday.
    • Remain on campus/in building during the entire time on duty.
    •  Rounds on campus or in designated area on their duty night/ weekends.
    •  Desk shift 7:00 pm-9:00 pm on the night on duty in their area.
    • Maintain a minimum of one (1) open door hour per week while on duty at the time of the RA's choice after desk duty.
    • They will all be able to call professional staff as needed for back up.
  • Weekend Duty
    • RAs will have a total of 3 duty weekends each semester.
    • 2 RAs will be on-call on the weekends from Friday at 7 pm through Sunday at 7 pm.
    • RAs are permitted to leave campus during the day on Saturday from 7am - 7 pm as long as 1 RA remains on campus during that time and the on-call professional staff member is notified.
    • One professional staff member will be on-call with the RAs and will be available for advising and backup in case of emergencies.
  • Programming Requirements
    • RAs will be trained on and expected to follow the Residence Life Programming Model.
    • Plan and execute one active program per month.
    • Plan and execute one passive program a month (see bulletin board).
    • Maintain a monthly bulletin board which meets the program model requirements.
    • Create and hang door tags for each resident on their floor twice a semester.
  • Confrontation and Mediation
    • RAs are representatives of the Residence Life and Student Activities Office and employees of St. Catharine College. They are expected to follow all federal, state, and local laws. RAs are also expected to know, enforce and follow all student policies at St. Catharine College.
    • RAs will address any issues that arise on their floor or other floors (depending on the situation).
    • RAs will document situations as needed.
    • RAs are trained in mediation to aid in building a cohesive community on their floor.
  • Potential participate in the Health and Safety Inspections in the residence halls.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life and Student Activities, Assistant Director of Residence Life, and Residence Life Staff Assistants.


Resident Assistant applications are available in the Residence Life and Student Activities Office during normal business hours of Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.