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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!

Eligibility

If you're thinking about applying to be an RA, you need to be able to fulfill the following requirements. You'll find out more during the application process.

    • Contribute to the Biola residential community through relationships and programs.
    • Currently have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and take between 12–18 units per semester.
    • Uphold and abide by all Biola policies and procedures, and seek to be a role model to other students.
    • 12 hours of RA work per week to your schedule.
    • Attend staff meetings on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. during the 2022 - 2023 academic year. Please email ra.selection@biola.edu if this poses an issue.

    Important Dates

    • Application Opens: November 16, 2021
    • Application Deadline: January 9, 2022 at 11:59 PM
    • Individual Interviews: January 20-21 & 26-28, 2022
    • Group Process: February 9-11, 2022
    • Offers Made: February 23-25, 2022

    Contact Us

    To contact the RA Selection Team, please email ra.selection@biola.edu. 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

    Resident Advisors are student leaders living in Residence Halls, serving their fellow students. Reporting to the Resident Director, the RA helps serve and support students in their co-curricular experience - integrating the academic with the personal and spiritual through day to day life. RAs get the opportunity to serve with a team of fellow student leaders in a specific Residence Hall, while also contributing to the entire residential experience. While some details of the job description below could change in light of COVID-19 restrictions or changes, the heart of the position will remain the same - to serve students to the best of our ability.

    Duties & Responsibilities

    1. Facilitate interaction among residents for the purpose of fostering a sense of belonging
      1. Engage intentionally and consistently with residents, encouraging connections among residents of the floor and the hall.
      2. Plan and lead floor meetings.
      3. Develop and implement enriching programs and activities for floor and hall residents following guidelines as outlined by the Resident Director (RD).
    2. Develop individual relationships with residents
      1. Develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with each resident.
      2. Utilize intentional connections to understand student needs.
      3. 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. Assist residents in integrating academic and co-curricular life
      1. Model the habits and lifestyle of an engaged student.
      2. Keep residents informed of co-curricular activities and encourage their participation in floor, hall, and campus events as able.
      3. Be a knowledgeable resource person for university services such as: The Learning Center, SEID, the Health Center, GSPD, Bon Appetit Food Service, Biola Counseling Center, Student Success, Slingshot, etc.
    4. Convey and uphold University rules and regulations
      1. Model high standards of personal conduct that reflect integrity, responsibility, and good judgment.
      2. Model consistent behavior in accordance with the Student Handbook.
      3. Promote an accurate understanding of the Community Standards and University Policies as stated in the Student Handbook.
      4. Enforce, fairly and consistently, University and Housing & Residence Life policies as contained in the Student Handbook by confronting and reporting all violations or behavioral concerns to the RD.
      5. Communicate and enforce any COVID-19 related policies and expectations. Model adherence to COVID-19 policies.
    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. Be mindful of policies and regulations related to use of physical space, including gathering limitations, furniture placement as it relates to social distancing, signage, etc.
      4. 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.
      5. Support check-in and check-out procedures.
    6. Participate and contribute as a member of the Housing & Residence Life team
      1. Attend and participate fully in all Housing & 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. Maintain a regular 3 hour duty shift approximately once per week by:
        1. Completing nightly rounds on all floors
        2. Being available to students in the hall/area during shift
        3. Responding to student crisis/building issues during shift
      5. Complete administrative tasks for the floor and residence hall in a timely manner.
      6. Be familiar with Housing processes including Housing Selection & MyHousing Self-Service.
      7. Perform other duties as requested by the RD and the Housing & Residence Life staff.
    7. Additional responsibilities due to COVID-19
      1. Reach out regularly to students in isolation via phone/email.
      2. Regular environment checks of physical spaces.

    RA Application Process

    1. Before Applying:

      • Have contact information [name, phone, email] ready for two of the following references: Professional, Academic, Spiritual, or RA.
      • NOTE: There are several long-response questions throughout this form so if you’d like to work on those separately before putting them into this form you can make a copy of this document. Unfortunately, the application form itself cannot save your progress.
    2. Apply

      • The online application will ask you to:
        • Answer additional questions about yourself
        • Provide contact information for 2 references (Professional, Academic, Spiritual, or RA)
      • The online application takes between 30–45 minutes to complete. 
      • Deadline for applications will be January 9, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Applications must be fully completed and submitted by this time or they will not be accepted.
      • Resident Advisor Application
      • The online application will be available November 16, 2021.
    3. Individual Interviews

      • Applicants will receive an email in mid-January asking them to sign up for an individual interview.
      • Individual interviews will take place in late January. Applicants proceeding in the selection process will be invited to sign-up for a group process.
    4. Participate in Group Process

      • The virtual group process will take place in the beginning of February. 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; there will be no make-up sessions offered.
    5. Candidates Notified

      • Applicants will be notified of position offers at the end of February 2022.
    6. RA Spring Training

      • Acceptance of an RA job offer confirms that you will be able to attend our all-day Spring Training session on March 26, 2022. It also confirms that you will be able to move onto campus in mid-August for RA training and fall semester preparation.