Sample resident assistant job description

The mission of residential life at [School X] is to facilitate successful student transitions to 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, the RA will be responsible for maintaining a welcoming atmosphere that promotes 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

  • Build rapport with students of an assigned residence hall
  • Serve as planner, sponsor, coordinator, or supervisor of social and educational activities occurring in residence hall and elsewhere on campus
  • 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 to better 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 duty hours (office, roam, and overnight) as assigned
  • Mediate conflicts, work with residents to resolve 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

Required skills and qualifications

  • Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Ability to meet or exceed required grade point average or other academic benchmark during employment
  • Strong communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to forge a sense of community among individuals

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Experience in conflict mediation
  • Minimum one year of previous residence in a college or university residence hall