Why should you become a RA?
Resident Assistant – The resident assistant (RA) is a Residence life student staff member living on a floor or within a residential campus who works with residents in that living area. RAs are selected for their concern for fellow students, their leadership skills, and their willingness to meet the challenges and expectations of the position. RAs are trained to provide support and assistance to students on a variety of issues.
Graduate Resident Assistant – Graduate resident assistants (GRAs) are graduate students (with a Bachelor’s degree) who serve in a “senior staff” role where they assist the Residence Hall Director/Area Director or the Assistant Director in the supervision of the RA staff.
RA Selection takes place in two rounds: Round I and Round II. Round I is currently underway and final placement decisions will be made by March 15, 2014. (Round II takes place in late May 2014 and is only for newly admitted graduate students and transfer students at Boston University.)
To apply for Round I consideration, please do the following:
- Read thoroughly the document entitled, RA Selection 101: An Introduction to Residence Life and RA Selection at Boston University.
- Attend one of the following mandatory RA Information Reception:
- Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:00 p.m. (Warren Towers Cinema Room, 4th Floor, 700 Commonwealth Avenue)
Friday, November 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m. (Warren Towers Cinema Room, 4th Floor, 700 Commonwealth Avenue)
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:00 p.m. (Warren Towers Cinema Room, 700 Commonwealth Avenue)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m. (Warren Towers Cinema Room, 4th Floor, 700 Commonwealth Avenue)
- Complete the RA Application form. (You may want to read this advice from the Center for Career Development before completing the application and attaching your resume.)
- Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your candidacy. One of your recommenders needs to be a faculty or full-time professional staff member at your current university/college. Your recommenders should draft a 1-page letter that addresses the following:
- Applicant’s name;
How long the recommender has known the applicant, and in what capacity;
The applicant’s level of approachability and customer service skills;
The applicant’s time management skills;
The applicant’s ability to work both independently, on a team, and with diverse student populations;
How well the applicant handles difficult and stressful situations, including the ability to think quickly;
Any additional information that would indicate the applicant’s potential success in the GRA/RA role
Your recommender should place the letter of recommendation in a signed and sealed envelope, with a signature across the seal. If your recommender is unable to provide you with a hard copy of a recommendation then your recommender may email a copy to us at email@example.com no later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014 (or by Friday, November 15, 2013 if you will be studying abroad in the spring).
- Submit 2 copies of your completed application to Residential Education, 19 Deerfield Street (2nd Floor) before Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (For candidates studying abroad during spring 2014, deadline is November 15, 2013).
- Full-time junior, senior, or graduate student
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.70
- In good University disciplinary and financial standing
- Ph.D. candidates should consult with their academic departments before completing an application for an RA or GRA position
- 20 hours a week, including a 4 hour staff meeting on Wednesday evenings and two weeks of August training on-campus.
If you are in Study Abroad for Spring 2014, your deadline is November 15, 2013. If you are on campus during Spring 2014, your deadline is January 16, 2014, by 2pm.
For More Information
- Please contact Residential Education at 617-353-3540 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.