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Resident Assistant Position

The application for the 2021-2022 Resident Assistant position is closed. 

The Resident Assistant position is a unique opportunity, allowing you to challenge, inspire, motivate, and connect to undergraduate and graduate students. Most successful candidates display a strong self-awareness, a high level of integrity, and a willingness to learn. Our department is looking for candidates who are honest about themselves and able to gain understanding from those around them. We would also like candidates to have an interest in developing and fostering their communication and facilitation skills. We know the leadership, communication, facilitation, and teamwork skills you gain from this position will assist you in understanding yourself better as a leader and translate into excellent qualities for any professional career.

If you have any questions about Resident Assistant employment opportunities, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at (954) 262-7052 or at

To be successful as an RA one should:
  1. Be committed to creating communities that create a sense of belonging through individual and community development and mentorship.
  2. Be able to create a floor and building culture where all individuals feel cared for through various methods of recognition and support.
  3. Be willing to work with residents to assist them in creating a sense of identity through involvement and connection to campus resources.
  4. Be able to connect with residents genuinely and significantly.
  5. A commitment to work under the Core Values of the Division of Student Affairs (DOSA): Professionalism, Responsiveness, Initiative, Inclusion, and being Student Centered; and a commitment to live the NSU experience through Identity, Involvement, Support, and Recognition.



Recruitment Timeline
December 7th,2020 Applications Open
January 29th, 2021 Applications Close
February 15-19th, 2021 Individual Interviews
March 5th, 2021 2021-2022 RA Staff Announced

All applicants are required to attend ONE information session. Candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions to current RAs and Residential Life Senior Staff.

December 8th, 6:00pm, via Zoom*
December 16th, 3pm, via Zoom*
January 5th, 4:00pm, Commons Residence Hall
January 8th, 11:00am, via Zoom*
January 11th, 7:00pm, Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall
January 13th, 3:00pm., via Zoom*
January 19th, 5:00pm, Rolling Hills Residence Hall
January 21st, 7:00pm, Mako Residence Hall
January 25th, 6:00pm via Zoom*
January 26th, 6:00pm via Zoom*

* Register for virtual Zoom sessions here: Zoom Information Sign Up

All application files will be reviewed, and all candidates will be contacted by February 8th, in regard to whether or not they are offered an interview.

Not all applicants will be offered an interview.

Those selected to interview will receive an email to choose which day they would prefer to be interviewed.  Interviews will be conducted with the Residential Life Professional staff and current RAs. Please dress in business attire and come prepared with questions for the panel.

The individual interviews will occur Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th.
All applicants are required have their resume and cover letter reviewed by the Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) to ensure it’s ready to represent you well in your application! To have your application documents reviewed, you can pick whichever of the method of connecting with CAPS works best for you!

  • Call 954.262.7201 and ask to make an appointment with an Advisor to review your RA application documents
  • Call in to general drop ins by calling 954.262.7201 and ask to review your RA applications documents with a drop in Advisor
    • Nov - 7.Dec and after 4.Jan – 9:00AM-4:45PM (regular semester schedule)
    • From 9.Dec - 23.Dec – 1:00PM-3:00PM (winter break schedule)
  • Attend a dedicated RA Application Document Review Session – these are special drop-in sessions where Advisors will be available to review RA application materials
    • Thursday, 10.Dec, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Virtual – Meeting ID: 993 629 22340
    • Wednesday, 16.Dec, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Virtual – Meeting ID: 993 629 22340
    • Tuesday, 12.Jan, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Virtual – Meeting ID: 993 629 22340
    • Tuesday, 26.Jan, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Virtual – Meeting ID: 993 629 22340
Note: No RSVP or advance arrangements are needed to attend these sessions – just come anytime during the session and Advisors will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis, to help. We encourage you to come to the session of your choice as early as possible to ensure there is time to fully review your documents before the end of the session. Also, if you have drafts of either/both your cover letter and/or resume, please have these ready to review during your meeting via Zoom with an Advisor.
What is the time commitment of a RA?
As a Resident Assistant, you are committing to be a leader in your designated community from August through May, which includes training in both August and January and serving on duty during holidays and extended breaks. Additionally, you are encouraged to be a participant within outside organizations, professional networks, and other involvements that bring you joy - just don’t spread yourself too thin!

Can I have another job while I am a RA?
Unfortunately, you may not have any outside employment while serving as a Resident Assistant. However, you may complete internships concurrently (for credit!) that are registered with Career Development.

Can I be a RA if I am going to graduate in December?
The RA position is a signed year-long contract. This is to ensure that you have enough time to build your leadership skills, assess your area’s needs, and remain available throughout the entire academic year.

Is the RA role a work study position?
The RA position does not fall under a work study position. This is because of the compensation of the position.

What is the compensation of a Resident Assistant?
  • The financial benefits of the RA role are as follows:
    • $300 monthly stipend
    • Free single room within your designated area
    • Free Meal Plan:
      • $1595 amount required for Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall RAs
      • $700 for The Commons, FFV, CLC, Mako, and Rolling Hills RAs
Can I be a RA of a building that I’ve never lived in?

I have an ESA/I have a Service Animal. Can I still be a RA?
Yes! You can have an ESA or Service Animal while being an RA as long as the animal is approved to be on campus through the Office of Disability Services. You would be expected to follow all rules of having an ESA or Service Animal.

Can I be a RA if I’m a graduate student?
The Resident Assistant role is currently only open for undergraduate students.

Do I have to be a full-time student to be a RA?
Yes. Additionally, RAs are required to be a registered NSU student with a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
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