Sample resident assistant job description

The mission of residential life at [School X] is to facilitate successful student transitions into our intellectual and social communities on campus. The annual resident assistant (RA) selection process is now open to those who are eager to help us fulfill this mission. As a member of the live-in staff, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere to promote balanced living through excellence in academics and personal development. Successful RAs invest in peer relationships, utilize campus resources, and model ethical behavior through their own personal and academic pursuits.

Objectives of this role

  • Serve as a planner, sponsor, coordinator, and supervisor for floor, hall, and campus-wide social and educational activities
  • Build rapport with students of your assigned residence hall
  • Advise on academic, personal, and social matters within the limits of RA training and ability
  • Enforce residence hall and university policies on a continual basis
  • Communicate regularly with Office of Residence Life and Housing staff, in addition to university officials
  • Maintain standards of personal and professional conduct, and serve as a role model for students and other residence hall staff


  • Be visible and available on the floor or building to understand the needs of the residential community, and encourage students’ personal, social, and academic development
  • Run monthly floor meetings and conduct frequent room drop-ins to update students on current events, developments, and concerns
  • Serve office, roam, and overnight duty hours as assigned
  • Mediate floor conflicts, work with students to resolve floor/wing problems, and aid with crisis management
  • Attend biweekly RA in-service and residence hall staff meetings, and participate in ongoing training and staff development sessions

Skills and qualifications

  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Meets or exceeds a minimum grade point average or other relevant academic standing throughout employment
  • Excellent academic standing with the university
  • Strong communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with conflict mediation
  • Minimum of one year previous residence in a college or university residence hall
  • Knowledgeable in forging a strong sense of community amongst individuals