Resident Assistant Selection

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Being a Resident Assistant (RA) at USF is a dynamic opportunity to interact with fellow students on a daily basis. Resident Assistants build relationships among residents, connect residents to campus resources and help to plan and implement large-scale educational programs.

Review the 2015-2016 RA Agreement to learn more.


Summer RA Opportunities

Housing & Residential Education is pleased to offer 3 Resident Assistant experiences for the summer. These positions are only open to current staff and incoming 2015-2016 staff. Please see the descriptions and position responsibilities below.

Summer RA (A/B Session and B Session Only)

This is an opportunity to work with our summer school students housed in Juniper, Poplar, and Magnolia. If you are looking for employment throughout the entire summer, please consider the Summer A/B position. If you are wanting to take time off at the beginning of the summer to travel or relax, then the Summer B position may be ideal for you. In addition, several RAs will have the opportunity to work with our Student Support Services (SSS) program in Poplar, which provides academic and personal support for diverse student populations. We will also have RAs assigned to help with our new Summer Academic and Cultural Engagement (ACE) program to assist new freshmen with the transition from high school to college prior to the start of the Fall semester. Please review the position descriptions and RA agreements for these positions.

Orientation RA

If you are looking for the unique opportunity to engage with all of our incoming students, please consider applying for the Orientation RA (ORA) position. This position is only open to current RAs. The ORA experience has been enhanced this summer to include more interactions with students and OTLs. Please review the position description and ORA agreement.

Housing and Residential Education Vision, Mission, and Motto


Our dynamic residential experience produces proud USF Alumni and engaged global citizens


We are dedicated to creating safe and welcoming residential communities that promote student success.


Best place to live. Best place to work. Best place to learn.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Complete application submitted before deadline
  • Good conduct standing with the university
  • Full time student at USF Tampa
  • 12 credit hours by the end of Fall 2014 - Undergraduates
  • 9 credits at the end of Fall 2014 – Graduate students

Preferred Qualifications

  • Desire to serve USF students
  • Academic role model
  • Community Living Experience
  • Previous leadership experience
  • USF student involvement/leadership
  • Willingness to build a community that values the experiences of residents from around the globe
  • Appreciation for being well; including social, mental, spiritual, financial, emotional and physical health
  • Attendance at RA Selection Workshops

RA Learning Outcomes

The role of the Resident Assistant is very important to the quality of residential life at the University of South Florida. The following 10 outcomes should help candidates understand the nature and scope of the RA position and what candidates can learn from the RA experience:


Community Developer

RAs will be able to facilitate and construct an experience for residents that creates a sense of community.

Leadership Skills

RAs will be able to engage and empower residents to create their own experience at USF.

Resource & Educator

RAs will be able to identify and connect residents to campus resources creating a USF experience.


RAs will be able to demonstrate and model the interpersonal skills necessary to serve effectively in diverse groups and settings.

Facility Manager

RAs will be able to manage facility concerns and demonstrate best practices to maintain a positive living environment.

Emergency Responder

RAs will be able to recognize and respond to crises, issues, and concerns within the residence halls.

Policy Enforcer

RAs will be able to comprehend and enforce University and Housing policies and procedures.


RAs will be able to assess and manage one’s emotional, intellectual, psychological, spiritual, financial, and physical health.


RAs will be able to effectively plan, facilitate, and evaluate, administrative tasks for their communities.

Residential Curriculum

RAs will be able to effectively demonstrate and facilitate the Residential Curriculum within the residence halls

What is the time committment?


  • 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following morning for weekday duty
  • All day duty on weekends
  • Each community is different but you will be on duty roughly once every one to two weeks and one to three weekends a semester

RA Class

  • Two hours each week during the first semester as an RA (Eight-week course)
  • Mandatory to pass it to keep RA Job, 80% is passing; Option to take the class for-credit

Other Commitments

  • RAs should be regularly visible in the halls and available to address resident needs
  • RAs will assist with the planning and implementing of hall and community programs, and attendance at these programs may be required
  • Each RA will participate in on-going professional development to enhance their training and their personal and academic development
  • Some RAs may be asked to take on additional committee work or other duties to support their staff teams


  • Three hours each week
  • Staff meeting for two hours one night a week
  • One-on-One with supervisor for one hour one day a week


  • RAs train and prepare the halls for two weeks prior to the fall semester and five days before the spring semester
  • Training is an all-day commitment, and other employment or outside responsibilities should not be scheduled

Residential Curriculum – Learning Outcomes

The newly established Residential Curriculum is a guiding force in the Resident Assistant position. View it as your roadmap to developing your community, with an emphasis on meaningful one-on-one conversations with your residents, as well as programming and connecting residents to campus resources. The Residential Curriculum utilizes the four key areas below as guidelines for developing intentional learning with the residence halls:

Academic Engagement

Taking responsibility for one’s own learning by identifying and utilizing resources that contribute to one’s educational experience, goals, and campus engagement.

Global Citizenship

Developing personal awareness to guide cross-cultural interactions and a sense of responsibility to effect positive change with regard to local and global communities.

Interpersonal Skills

Engaging in communication skills that promote meaningful relationship and ownership of community.


Pursuit of the development of the whole person, including physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being.

Candidate Timeline

October 1, 2014
  RA Applications available online
October 22, 2014
  RA Meet-and-Greet (MSC 3707; 7-8pm)
*Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about this event
December 5, 2014
  Application Deadline at 11:59 p.m.
January 12-15, 2015
  RA Selection Workshops
January 30-31, 2015
  Interview Weekend
February 25, 2015
  Decision letters sent to candidates via USF email
February 27, 2015
  RA accept/decline decisions due at 5pm
Spring 2015
  RA Kick-off (mandatory event for all new hires)
August, 2015
  RA Training (please see the RA Position Description on the website for dates)

Frequently Asked Questions

What does RA mean?

RA stands for Resident Assistant.

What is the compensation?

RAs are expected to live where they work, and to engage with residents in the residence hall and dining halls. As such, RAs will be provided a room in the hall they are working in, and a meal plan so that they can meet this expectation of the position.

What is the RA Meet-and-Greet event on October 22nd?

This is an opportunity for potential applicants to meet current RAs and members of the Residential Life & Education staff. It is an informal setting (so please dress comfortably), and come with any questions you might have about the position. Light refreshments will be provided. Applicants are not required to attend this event.

What are the RA Selection Workshops being offered January 12-15, 2015?

Applicants who have successfully met the minimum application qualifications will be invited to attend one of four workshops being offered. The workshops will help applicants gain an understanding of the role of an RA and answer any questions they may have. Applicants may be asked to participate in small group activities to further explore the expectations Housing & Residential Education has of Resident Assistants. While attendance at the workshops is not mandatory, it is one of the preferred qualifications.


I'm new here and don't have a GPA to report on the application. What do I do?

You may leave this blank on your application. Your GPA will be verified after your submit your application.

I've never lived in a residence hall. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. Please refer to the “Qualifications” section for more information.

How will the Resident Assistant position affect my financial aid?

The Resident Assistant position may affect your financial aid or scholarship award. However, to determine how that will affect your individual circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700.

Do I already need to know how to confront people or deal with emergencies?

Prior experience in this area is not a requirement to be a Resident Assistant. All staff members receive training before the academic year on many situations that might arise in our residential communities.

If I have been documented through the university conduct process, can I still be a Resident Assistant?

Students must be in good conduct standing with the university. In addition, you must not have any incomplete sanctions with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at the time of application or during your candidacy. If offered the position, RAs must always be in good conduct standing with the university starting at the time they accept the offer.

Do I have to be involved in my hall council or other clubs in order to be selected?

Involvement in clubs and organizations is not a prerequisite for the RA position, but is a preferred qualification that is considered in the selection process (Please refer to the “Qualifications” section of the website for more information). Being involved in the residence hall community can provide candidates with insight into the role of the RA and the dynamics of a residence hall community. Additionally, student leadership experience on campus or in other organizations can provide candidates with insight into effective steps in planning events, managing time and working within a team, all of which are important aspects of being an RA.

What does the interview process entail?

The interview consists of two portions: an individual interview and a group process. The individual interview will allow you to talk one-on-one with a member of our Residential Life & Education team and current RA for about a half hour. The second component of the interview is a group process. The group process will help you engage with other candidates and will be facilitated by Residential Life & Education staff and RAs. The group process allows for individual reflection time before the activity begins. In addition, you’ll have the chance to learn more about the Resident Assistant experience, with time set aside for questions you may have for us.

How should I dress for the interview?

There is no “dress code” for interviews. Candidates are encouraged to wear outfits that make them feel comfortable and confident. You can always consult the Career Services website for tips on interviewing:

How are RA selection decisions made?

All components of a candidate’s application – including responses in their online application and their performance in their group and individual interviews – are taken into consideration when selecting RAs. Residential Life & Education staff members review all files and hire individuals who will bring various strengths to their community and staff teams. RAs will be notified of their status in the selection process on March 5, 2014.

I was offered an “Alternate Position.” What does this mean?

The RA process is a highly competitive position. Being an “alternate” means that, while we were not able to offer you an open position at the time of selection, if any positions become open throughout the academic year, we first select candidates who are alternates.

Can I choose the building I want to be a Resident Assistant in?

When you apply, you are applying for the position and not for a specific residence hall. Hall placement is determined by the Residential Life & Education staff and is based on the needs of the building and the candidate’s skill set.

When does Resident Assistant training begin in the fall?

Resident Assistants will move into the halls in early August, and training will begin shortly thereafter. RAs are expected to be at all training sessions and to assist with opening the residence halls for our incoming students. Please see the RA Position Description on the main page of the website for specific training dates.

What is RA Training like?

Our extensive training program will challenge you and teach you what you need to know to excel in the position. Training is required for student staff, so you should plan accordingly as you consider applying. Resident Assistants are trained in the areas of:

  • Diversity/Multicultural Awareness
  • Communication/Listening Skills
  • Time Management
  • Counseling/Conflict Mediation
  • Leadership Styles
  • Ethical Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Programming and Community Building

If I have a conflict, can I miss training or be late for it?

No. Attending Resident Assistant training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the halls is required to hold the position. Training lasts up until the first day of classes and covers a breadth of information ranging from programming and confrontation, to community building and social justice. The time invested is critical to prepare Resident Assistants on how to serve as resources for their residents.

Can I hold a job on/off campus if I am a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistants who desire to hold a job, in addition to their RA position, must have prior approval from their supervisor. Please see the RA Position Description on the main page of the website for specific information on employment and extracurricular involvement.

How often can I be away from the residence halls if I am offered the position?

Please consult the RA Position Description on the main page of the website to understand the departmental expectations regarding vacations and time away.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

You can email us at