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Become an RA

Housing and Residence Life staff

What does a Resident Advisor Do?

Housing & Residence Life Staff work to develop co-curricular education by cultivating transformational relationships, inclusive environments, and enriching programs — emphasizing residential communities as our classroom for student flourishing. Under the supervision of the Resident Director, the RA contributes to developing community and relationships in the Residence Halls:

  • Intentionally engaging peers in conversation
  • Developing relationships with residents
  • Providing opportunities for residents to interact and form friendships
  • Planning programs that promote growth
  • Being an accessible campus resource
  • Administering care in conflict and crisis situations

Why should you become an RA?

A staff of highly trained student leaders, known as Resident Advisors, provide support to students in every Residence Hall. On college campuses across the nation, the Resident Advisor position is one of the most well-known and sought-after student leadership experiences. In this job, you will be able to:

  • Gain hands-on leadership experience
  • Contribute to a thriving community
  • Sharpen your interpersonal skills
  • Deepen your self-knowledge through a mentoring relationship
  • Attain valuable work experience transferable to future employment
  • Experience the value of being part of a team
  • Give back to your fellow students and to Biola
  • ...and get paid for it!


If you're thinking about applying to be an RA, you need to be able to answer "yes" to the following questions. You'll find out more during the application process and information sessions.

  • Do you want to contribute to the Biola residential community through relationships and programs?
  • Do you currently have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and take between 12–18 units per semester?
  • Do you uphold and abide by all Biola policies and procedures, and seek to be a role model to other students?
  • Will you be able to add 12 hours of RA work per week to your schedule?
  • Will you be able to attend Spring Training on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.?
  • Will you be able to attend staff meetings on Mondays from 3–6 p.m. during the 2021–2022 academic year?

Important Dates

  • Leadership Fair: November 2020
  • RA Info Night: November 2020
  • Application Deadline: December 2020
  • Group Process: January 2021
  • Individual Interviews: January 2021
  • Offers Made: February 2021

Contact Us

To contact the RA Selection Team, please email This email will be monitored throughout the year.

How to Apply

Interested in becoming an RA? Read the job description and learn more about the application process below.

RA Job Description

Overall Function

Under the supervision of the Resident Director, the Resident Advisor facilitates the social, academic, and personal adjustment of students to the residence hall and University. The RA develops a sense of community among residents as members of a floor, residents of a hall, and active participants in the residence life program. In addition, the RA serves as a positive role model to residents and peer staff members, and is responsible to enforce the rules and policies of Residence Life and Housing and the University. The RA acts as a liaison between residents and the University administration, and serves as a resource person for their residents.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Facilitate interaction among residents for the purpose of creating community
    1. Engage intentionally and consistently with residents, encouraging connections among residents of the floor and the hall.
    2. Plan and lead floor meetings as needed, and implement weekly floor ritual for the purpose of creating community on the floor.
    3. Develop and implement mission, growth and community oriented social and educational programs and activities for floor and hall residents following guidelines as outlined by the Resident Director (RD).
  2. Assist residences in personal and spiritual growth
    1. Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with each resident.
    2. Identify and assist residents with personal, social, academic, or health related concerns (current or potential) and consult with RD concerning appropriate means of responding to concerns.
    3. Model consistent attendance at chapel and refer residents as needed to pastoral care.
  3. Assist residents in integrating academic and co-curricular life
    1. Model the habits and lifestyle of a successful student, attending classes consistently, maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and remaining in good standing with the university at all times.
    2. Keep residents informed of co-curricular activities and encourage their participation in floor, hall, and campus events.
    3. Be a knowledgeable consultant, resource person, and referral agent for university services such as: The Learning Center, SEID, the Health Center, GSPD, Housing, Bon Appetit Food Service, Biola Counseling Center, etc.
    4. Seek opportunities to involve faculty/staff in residence hall and floor activities and programs.
  4. Convey and uphold University rules and regulations
    1. Model high standards of personal conduct that reflect integrity, responsibility, and good judgment.
    2. Promote an accurate understanding of the Community Standards and University Policies as stated in the Student Handbook.
    3. Enforce, fairly and consistently, University and Residence Life & Housing policies as contained in the Student Handbook by confronting and reporting all violations or behavioral concerns to the RD.
  5. Assume responsibility for proper use and physical conditions of facilities
    1. Ensure that all maintenance and housekeeping needs of individual floor and public areas are reported promptly to Facilities Services.
    2. Conduct regular health and safety inspections as directed by the RD.
    3. Assist with the opening and closing of the residence hall, arriving on campus prior to the opening of the hall and remaining on campus until the hall is closed at the end of the year.
    4. Support check-in and check-out procedures as needed.
  6. Participate and contribute as a member of the Residence Life Staff team
    1. Attend and participate fully in all Residence Life training sessions throughout the year.
    2. Attend and participate fully in all regular hall staff meetings as directed by the RD.
    3. Meet regularly with the RD to receive direction, support, and accountability.
    4. Provide duty coverage on a rotating basis, completing rounds and being available in the hall/area as directed by the RD.
    5. Complete administrative tasks for the floor and residence hall in a timely manner.
    6. Perform other duties as requested by the RD and the Residence Life & Housing Office.


  • Resident Advisors are paid minimum wage for 12 hours per week over the course of the year, which works out to approximately $6000 per year.
    • In addition, RA's will be paid at the rate of $13.00 per hour for Spring Training.
  • RA's and their chosen roommates will be assigned to a room prior to room selection in the spring.

RA Application Process

  1. Before Applying:

    • Know the name of your RA, for an RA Reference Form.
    • Have contact information [name, phone] ready for an Employer Reference. If you have not previously held a job, you may give a pastoral or faculty reference instead.
    • NOTE: The online application can time out. Once you begin the online application, you should save your application frequently. We would also encourage you to type your answers to essay questions on a separate Word document (then cut and paste it into the application) to ensure you don't have to re-type your answer if the application times out.
  2. Apply

    • The online application will ask you to:
      • Answer additional questions about yourself
      • Provide contact information for 3 references (RA, Professional reference if able, and a Personal reference)
    • The online application takes between 30–45 minutes to complete. If you don't finish in one sitting, the application does allow you to 'save' your progress and complete it later.
    • Deadline for applications will be in December 2020. Applications must be fully completed and submitted by this time or they will not be accepted.
    • Resident Advisor Application
    • Returning Resident Advisor Application
    • The online application will be available in November 2020.
  3. Participate in Group Process

    • Applicants will receive an email in January 2021 asking them to sign up for a Group Process time mid January 2021. Applicants will be put in groups with other candidates to complete activities and solve problems in a collaborative setting.
    • In order to be considered for the RA job, applicants must show up for Group Process mid January 2021; there will be no make-up sessions offered.

  4. Individual Interviews

    • Interviews will take place late January 2021. Applicants proceeding in the selection process will be invited to sign-up for an interview following Group Process. Applicants should dress professionally for their interview.
  5. Candidates Notified

    • Applicants will be notified of position offers mid February 2021.

  6. RA Spring Training

    • Acceptance of an RA job offer confirms that you will be able to attend our Spring Training in March 2021. It also confirms that you will be able to attend our Residence Life Commissioning service in April 2021.