Applying for an RA Position

Steps to Apply

Step One Apply to be an RA! Applications will be available in December 2016. Click here for the application!
Step Two Sign up for your individual and group interviews! You can sign up with Amanda Wolters in the Office of Residential Life & Explorations.
Step Three Prepare for your interviews.

Preparing For The Individual Interview (Required)

This formal interview will last a total of 30 minutes. Please prepare a five-minute presentation describing your proudest moment, paying special attention to the lesson(s) learned from that experience and how it makes you a strong candidate to be an RA. Your presentation should be creative and concise. Following your presentation, there will be a time for questions and answers with the interview committee. The attire for the individual interview is business professional.

Preparing For The Group Interview

You will be placed in a group with 6-8 other candidates and go through various group activities. The attire for the group interview is casual. Be yourself and do your best. That’s it!

What are the interviewers looking for?

  • Know all you can about the RA position.
  • Know yourself as a candidate.
  • Interviewers want to get to know who you are. 
  • Interviewers want to know what you want from this experience. 
  • Interviewers want to see what you have done. 
  • Interviewers want to see what you can do.
  • Interviewers want you to BE YOURSELF!

If you have further questions or would like more information, please feel free to call Alexa Gordon at x2649 or email at amgordon@rollins.edu

Student Staff Job Description

Community & Student Development
RAs and HMs play a crucial role in the development of their hall communities. It is critical for RAs to establish a credible, visible presence in the hall, developing and enforcing standards for community behavior, and encouraging self-governance. Community and student development are based on our V-5 departmental values: Leadership, Learning, Responsibility, Collaboration and Social Justice.

Leadership RAs & HMs should model ethical leadership to their peers. As leaders in their halls and campus-wide, staff facilitates community development and encourages residents to involve themselves on campus. This includes:

  • Creating door decorations for each resident throughout the year
  • Planning floor meetings
  • Assessing needs of your residents through individual and group contact
  • Getting to know your residents (name, interests, academics, etc.)
  • Creating interactive, social and/or educational community development initiatives based off the V-5 Community Values Development Model
  • Partnering with other offices across campus as an enhancement to staff initiatives

Learning Academic success is a priority to staff. Learning occurs within the classroom and beyond. Staff should utilize their roles to engage in and create learning experiences, educate students about resources on campus, and continue their own knowledge of the position. This can be done through:

  • Completing INT 396: Leadership Skills for Student Staff course as a first year Residential Life staff member
  • Becoming familiar with other offices on campus to act as a referral agent to your residents when appropriate
  • Actively participate in Staff Fall training (August)
  • Attend scheduled monthly Staff In-Services
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Partner with student organizations and other departments on campus to create educational programs

Responsibility This critical aspect of the job includes daily administrative tasks, upholding College policy and community standards, ensuring the safety of the building and its residents, and encouraging peer-to-peer accountability while role modeling appropriate behavior. More specifically this includes:

  • Spending adequate time on your floor and in your building
  • Participating in weekly rotating evening and weekend duty schedule (RAs)
  • Being present for hall openings and closings
  • Responding to emergencies and notifying proper authorities
  • Documenting policy violations as listed in the Code of Community Standards and Responsibilities
  • Encouraging respect for halls and common spaces
  • Attending staff meetings and regular one-on-one meetings
  • Developing a working relationship with Campus Security and Facilities Management through regular interaction and/or rounds
  • Creating a community agreement with members of your floor
  • Conducting floor meetings and communicating necessary information
  • Remaining alcohol and drug-free for the duration of all department-sponsored events and if under the age of 21
  • Not engaging in amorous relationship with residents of your assigned hall
  • Remaining alcohol-free is assigned to a First Year hall even if over the age of 21

Collaboration Staff is expected to collaborate and support other residence halls, college departments, faculty and local groups in the Rollins College community. This includes:

  • Developing a working relationship with departments in the Division of Student Affairs (OMA, OSIL, CAPS, Heath Center, CSR, Career Services)
  • Inviting faculty and staff to hall programs
  • Joining forces with other residence halls to create social and other community development initiatives based on the V-5 Community Values Development Model
  • Supporting fellow staff members in programming efforts, resident concerns, scheduling conflicts and general wok related concerns
  • Communicating regularly with your supervising HD and AD
  • Recognizing and showing gratitude for positive interactions and contributions of fellow RA’s, HMs departments, and students.

Social Justice Staff plays a key role in creating inclusive environments free from hate, prejudice, and discrimination. As a department, we strive to establish communities where each member is celebrated and shares the same basic rights, securities, opportunities, and benefits. Staff members create this environment by:

  • Acting in an ethical manner at all times
  • Refraining from offensive, harassing, or threatening behaviors
  • Partnering with other offices, specifically Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement to create social justice focused initiatives
  • Keeping in mind the demographics of your floor in order to create inclusive programming and interactions
  • Remaining confidential about student behavior, personal information, and incidents (including policy violations, emergencies, illnesses, roommate conflicts, etc.)

Compensation

Traditional Halls

  • $6,610 annual stipend
  • Single room at the triple rate
  • Free parking pass

Sutton Apartments

  • $6,610 annual stipend
  • Sutton RAs share a two-bedroom apartment (each RA has their own room)
  • Free parking pass

FAQs For RAs

Here are a few questions that are frequently asked by students interested in the RA position.

Q: What is duty?
A: “Duty,” or being on call, refers to the time period in which a staff member is required to be available to residents of an entire building. During this time, an RA could be called on to respond to various situations ranging from general questions to emergencies. Duty shifts operate under the following schedule:

Sunday–Thursday: 9 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 p.m. – 10 a.m.

A staff will coordinate its schedule under these hours splitting the days of a month between each RA on the staff. In a 30-day month, an RA will spend, on average, no more than 5-6 nights a month on duty, including weekends.

Q: What other time commitments exist for RAs?
A: RAs are required to be available on key campus dates such as: opening, freshman orientation, Halloween howl, closing, and housing sign-up. They are also required to participate in training in August and January before other students return to campus. First-year staff is required to complete a 2-credit course instructed by our department during its first Fall semester in the position. All staff are required to attend weekly staff meetings and meetings with their supervisor.

Q: Can I be a Peer Mentor and an RA?
A: Students who have been Peer Mentors previously are eligible to apply to be first-time RAs. However, students who have never been Peer Mentors orRAs will need to choose upon selection which position to take. Peer Mentors and RAs train during the same weeks during the summer and therefore students cannot be in two places at one time.

Q: Do I need prior experience in responding to emergencies in order to be hired?
A: No. While prior experience is always helpful, it is not required. Residential Life trains its staff in emergency responses. However, the on-call system is designed so that no staff member has to handle these situations by themselves. A Hall Director, an Assistant Director, and our Director are on call each night.

Q: Do I have to maintain a certain GPA?
A: Residential Life is dedicated to the Rollins mission of academic excellence. Therefore, applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average for consideration. RAs must maintain at least a 2.5 semester GPA during their tenure to be in good standing.

Q: Can a first-year student apply to be an RA?
A: We will accept applications from any College of Liberal Arts student, but priority consideration is given to applicants that have lived on campus for at least one year.

Q: Do I have to take injured students to the hospital?
A: No, RAs are not required nor allowed to transport students to the hospital.

Q: What if a student needs help when I'm not on duty?
A: We expect all of our staff to maintain an amount of availability and approachability to all students. While an RA may not be on duty, we would still expect him/her to assist a student.

Q: Do I have to enforce policies in buildings I do not live in?
A: Yes. RAs are expected to follow and enforce policies in the residence halls regardless of where they are assigned to live.

Frequently Made Assumptions

Many times there are assumptions made about the RA position that are not true. These next four assumptions are some of the most frequently made.

Assumption: RAs work “bad hours.”
Fact: With the exception of their on-call time, Res Life student staff makes their own hours. Floor meetings, programs, and interaction on the floor are held at times largely at the discretion of the RA.

Assumption: RAs miss campus life due to weekend duty.
Fact: Resident Assistants make their own duty schedule. It is up to each building staff to decide whether to break up a weekend schedule into individual days or keep it as a block for scheduling purposes. Even on the smallest staff, an RA would only serve one weekend each month on call.

Assumption: RAs are required to stay on campus during the winter break.
Fact: RAs are allowed to leave the same day other students do for Winter Break, just later in the day. Residential Life is required to provide staffing during Fall Break, Intercession, Thanksgiving and Spring Break, so it requires one member from each staff to be on call for their building during that time. Each building staff works together to select which days(s) they will choose to be on duty.

Assumption: RAs are paid poorly.
Fact: Residential Life staff compensation is reviewed each year and compared to other institutions. While the compensation is not as high as other schools, it is also not as low. RAs currently receive:

  • Single room at a triple rate (Traditional)
  • Single room in a double apartment (Sutton Apartment)- 2 RAs per apartment only
  • Free parking permit
  • Annual stipend
  • Training meals, banquets, outings conferences

Applicants concerned by the compensation are encouraged to speak with one of our staff. The leadership skills and intangible benefits of the RA experience include more than financial assistance!

Office of Residential Life & Explorations
Rollins College - McKean Hall
1000 Holt Ave. – Mailbox 2737
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2649
rle@rollins.edu