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resident assistant (ra)

Position Overview

The primary goal of the RA position is the development of an environment conducive to the academic and personal growth of residential students. Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders who live in an undergraduate or graduate residence hall and serve as role models, peer counselors, resources, advocates, educators, community standard upholders, and community builders for residents. RAs also assist with the safety and well-being of students, as well as the planning and implementation of social/educational engagements that expand the student experience outside the classroom. Click below for more information on what Resident Assistants strive to achieve.

To review the position description, which includes expectations and qualifications, please click here.

Resident Assistants effectively build connections by actively employing strategies to be visible, available, and approachable in their community; preparing and receiving ideas and information; communicating effectively; and perceiving and being sensitive to the perspectives, feelings, and circumstances of others.

Sample skills that Resident Assistants will utilize and strengthen to achieve this include, but are not limited to:

  • Active listening
  • Empathy
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Networking

Resident Assistants effectively develop groups by seeking, integrating, and applying information on residents needs to engage the community; assessing group dynamics and addressing conflict with civility; and utilizing their skills and abilities, and showing a willingness to work with others to achieve results.

Sample skills that Resident Assistants will utilize and strengthen to achieve this include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration/teamwork
  • Conflict resolution

Resident Assistants effectively strengthen their own understanding of identity and strive for social justice and inclusion by demonstrating empathy and concern for individuals, communities, and societies; engaging and/or facilitating dialogue to resolve or transform social and interpersonal conflicts; making decisions and choices that reflect an understanding of social/global impact; and creating spaces that welcome, engage, support, and affirm people from all backgrounds.

Sample skills that Resident Assistants will utilize and strengthen to achieve this include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultural agility
  • Inclusive action
  • Advocacy
  • Civic-mindedness
  • Communication
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-directed learning

Resident Assistants effectively establish and promote wellness by building and sustaining relationships with individuals who can provide guidance and support; effectively balancing autonomy and interdependence; consistently employing strategies to carry out professional responsibilities, manage academic and personal responsibilities, and achieve goals; and making choices for the improvement or sustaining of one's physical, emotional, social, and/or spiritual health.

Sample skills that Resident Assistants will utilize and strengthen to achieve this include, but are not limited to:

  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Self-care
  • Self-control
  • Boundary setting
  • Help-seeking
  • Advocacy

Resident Assistants effectively foster a safe and productive community by exhibiting sensitivity and upholding an expected level of privacy; critically analyzing and assessing situations to make decisions and/or provide solutions; confront behavior; and report concerns.

Sample skills that Resident Assistants will utilize and strengthen to achieve this include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Help-seeking
  • Problem solving

Becoming an RA

To be considered for an RA position, students must participate in our selection process, which typically includes a written application and an interview.

Looking to Apply?

Roles Currently Accepting Applications

The Spring 2020 Resident Assistant application will go live on Monday, September 23, 2019. The application will be available here.

Roles Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Fall 2019 Resident Assistant application has closed.

Resident Assistant Opportunity Timeline & Workshop Sessions

SPRING 2020 SEMESTER RESIDENT ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY TIMELINE
Please note: only undergraduate and graduate students who have already completed at least one semester at Northeastern University are eligible to participate in the Spring 2020 selection process.
Monday, September 23, 2019 Applications available for Spring 2020 positions (the applications will be available here)
Sunday, October 6, 2019 Spring 2020 applications due by 11:59pm ET (Eastern Time)
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – Friday, October 18, 2019 Candidates notified of interview offer
Monday, October 28, 2019 – Friday, November 8, 2019 Interviews conducted with selected Spring 2020 candidates
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019 Candidates notified of position offer
Sunday, November 24, 2019 Successful candidates complete their Spring 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by 11:59pm ET to accept offer
Monday, December 2, 2019 – Thursday, January 2, 2020 Spring 2020 RAs complete self-paced, online training
Thursday, January 2, 2020 – Sunday, January 5, 2020 Spring 2020 RAs attend mandatory in-person training sessions
FALL 2020 – SPRING 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR RESIDENT ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY TIMELINE
Monday, October 21, 2019 Applications available for 2020-2021 positions
Saturday, January 4, 2020 2020-2021 applications due by 11:59pm ET (Eastern Time)
Thursday, January 16, 2020 – Friday, January 17, 2020 Candidates notified of interview offer
Friday, January 24, 2020 – Sunday, January 26, 2020 Interviews conducted with selected 2020-2021 candidates
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – Thursday, February 6, 2020 Candidates notified of position offer
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Successful candidates complete their 2020-2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by 11:59pm ET to accept position offer
Summer 2020 2020-2021 RAs complete self-paced, online training
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 2020-2021 RAs return for mandatory in-person training sessions
RESIDENT ASSISTANT CANDIDATE WORKSHOPS & EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
These workshops are open to anyone interested in the Resident Assistant position and/or in enhancing their self-awareness and leadership skills.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 5:00pm Leadership Inventory Workshop in Curry Student Center 440
Monday, October 28, 2019 – Friday, November 8, 2019 Role and Application Information Sessions hosted in residence hall communities – please contact your Resident Assistant/Residence Director/Area Coordinator for more information
Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00pm Role and Application Information Session in ISEC 102 (Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex)
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 3:30pm Role and Application Information Session in Shillman 135
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:30pm Ask Me Anything: RA Panel in Shillman 105
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:00pm Exploring Identity Workshop in Curry Student Center 333
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 5:00pm Conflict Style Workshop in Curry Student Center 440
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 4:00pm Communication Workshop in Curry Student Center 333

If you have any questions regarding the RA position, please email Assistant Director, Christina Alch at c.alch@northeastern.edu

Resident Student Association (RSA) 

The RSA is the representative body of resident students at Northeastern. It is composed of members of every hall council, as well as an elected executive board. RSA works to improve the quality of life for all resident students at Northeastern University. This mission is completed through the planning and implementation of campus-wide events and through service on various University committees.

Stetson West, Suite 128
(send mail to 4 Speare Hall)
(617) 373-8682 (voice)
(617) 373-7538 (fax)
http://www.rsa.neu.edu

The RSA plans programs for the resident population and represents students to the Department of Housing & Residential Life and the University administration on all issues dealing with student housing.

THE RSA IS COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING THREE AREAS:

General Council

The general council is the main deliberating body of the RSA. It deals with issues and plans programs that involve all residence facilities. The general council is divided into four committees: administration, finance, programming, and housing services.

Hall Councils

Each residence hall or complex is served by one or more hall councils comprising at least four residents who live in that area. The members of hall council meet regularly to discuss issues affecting students in their area. They work with a professional staff member (who also acts as advisor) to improve the quality of life for their constituents.

In addition, hall councils are tasked with planning and implementing events for their fellow students, as well as purchasing equipment for student use, including board games, DVD collections, video game systems, and pool tables.

Events sponsored by hall councils include ski trips, paintball trips, movie nights, ice cream socials, and assorted competitions. The hall council program is overseen by the Resident Student Association in consultation with the Department of Housing & Residential Life.

National Residence Hall Honorary

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is an honor society consisting of the academic top one percent of residents within Northeastern’s residence halls.