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Are you ready to be a resident assistant?

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a resident assistant for our department. We believe the RA position is one of the most challenging and rewarding leadership experiences on campus. Here you will find information on discovering more about the RA position, how to apply and how to prepare to be a resident assistant.

RLH is currently accepting applications for our 2022–2023 hiring pool!

Resident Assistants are student leaders who oversee communities within our residence halls. Resident Assistants have many varied responsibilities and are critical members of our team. We encourage any potential applicants to review the Conditions of Appointment and Resident Assistant Position Description.

Our hiring pool is used to fill staff vacancies that arise during the current academic year.

Preparing to Apply

This Application has four brief essay questions. Please prepare responses (no more than 2 paragraphs) to each of the following prompts:

  1. Describe the 3 most important things a Resident Assistant would be expected to do in their role.
  2. Describe what efforts you have made to better understand the perspectives of people who are culturally different from you.
  3. Resident Assistants are highly involved students who often juggle various priorities at once. How will you ensure that the RA position remains a priority among your commitments?
  4. Candidates who are selected to fill an RA vacancy will have to move into a floor community mid-year. How will you: (1) approach connecting with each of your residents individually and (2) establish yourself as a peer-leader on the floor

Current Resume:

Be prepared to upload an up-to-date resume highlighting your skills and experiences that make you a good fit for the RA position.


Be prepared to list the name, title, email address, and phone number of a relevant reference This person should be someone who can speak to your skills as an employee and peer-leader.

How to Apply

RLH is currently accepting applications for the Resident Assistant (RA) hiring pool from October 1 through October 21, 2022. This application is exclusively for candidates who are interested in filling a vacant RA position in the Spring of 2023. There is a separate process (beginning in November) for candidates who would like to be hired for Fall of 2023.

To apply, candidates must complete our application, linked below. On a rolling basis, qualified candidates will be invited to an interview with RL&H staff. Candidates will be selected for a hiring pool to be considered for any RA positions that become available. Candidates who are selected for the hiring pool will be eligible for RA positions that arise in the 2022–2023 year.

Please be sure to review the conditions of appointment to confirm your eligibility for the RA position. RLH staff will use mid-term grades to determine eligibility for our GPA requirement, and review candidates’ conduct record.

Candidates with any questions about the RA position or application process are welcome to email

RA Positions for AY23-24

For candidates who are not interested in positions in AY22-23 and would like to apply to be an RA starting in AY23-24, our process will begin in November 2022. Check back here for more information!

Candidates who apply for the 22-23 Hiring pool but are not offered a position will automatically be invited to participate in the 23-24 selection process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review the following questions to learn what you need to qualify for an interview, how applying to be an RA impacts your on-campus housing assignment and other answers to frequent questions. 

Learn about the Resident Assistant position

Many types of people with a wide variety of strengths and talents make great RAs. We pride ourselves on hiring a staff who represent a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. But there are several things we hope for in our candidates. First, great candidates for the RA position are excited at the prospect of building new relationships with others and taking ownership in helping to build a community where students can thrive. They’re also genuinely curious about expanding their understanding of other perspectives different from their own. Finally, the RA position can be challenging at times; great candidates have the ability to be flexible and are willing to try multiple approaches to overcome hurdles they may face.

Yes! Commuter students are eligible for the position if they can demonstrate 1) active involvement in a residence hall community for at least one semester prior to the term of appointment, or 2) related experience working with other students or organizations, managing conflict or building relationships.

Take advantage of the opportunities offered. Attend an RA info session and a resume and interview preparation workshop. If you currently live on campus, talk to your RA, other RAs, and your Residence Hall Coordinator about what they see as important in the RA position. Get involved! We offer lots of great ways to be involved in your community, including the Resident Assistant Internship and Leadership Exploration program and opportunities for you to plan programs and advocate for the needs of your community.

While we expect our successful RA candidates to have contributed to a residential community, we also value the outside involvement many of our candidates engage in. Spend some time considering how your involvement in clubs, internships, employment, and academic experiences can translate to being a successful RA.

It could; everyone is a little different. The RA position includes a room waiver and a stipend. We encourage all candidates who have questions about their financial aid to consult with Student Financial Services prior to accepting the RA position to better understand how it could impact their aid package.

The Resident Assistant position is a time-intensive position and should be a top priority; however, we encourage our applicants to maintain some involvement in other activities. If you are looking to work outside of the RA position, either on or off-campus, we require you receive prior approval.

Intensive academic commitments like clinicals and student teaching are not compatible with the time demands of the Resident Assistant position. Candidates needing to complete these requirements in their first year of employment will not be eligible for hire.


Residence Life & Housing is part of the Division of Student Life, which contributes and facilitates critical learning and development within healthy, inclusive and supportive communities, so that all students may thrive at UD and beyond.