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Resident Assistant Position

The application for the 2020-2021 Resident Assistant position is now closed! Please contact if you have any questions. 

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.

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Application Timeline

January 6, Applications Open

January 24th, Applications Close

Feb 1st, Group Interview Process

February 10-14th, Individual Interviews

March 6th, 2020-2021 RA Staff Announced

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

Information Sessions Schedule

January 7th, 4:00pm, Commons Residence Hall- Room 123

January 9th, 12:00PM, Don Taft University Center, 2nd Floor Lounge

January 10th, 3:00pm, Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall- Goodwin Classroom

January 14th, 5:00pm., Rolling Hills Apartments, 2nd Floor Lounge

January 15th, 7:00pm, Mako Hall- Multipurpose Room

January 17th, 1:00pm, Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall- Goodwin Classroom

Candidates will have the option to choose which day between both weeks 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 10 through Friday, February 14th.

Candidates will have the option to choose what time they would prefer to be interviewed. Group Interviews are a series of activities designed to give candidates a chance to demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively as a team, and to participate in activities and discussions that offer insight into the RA role. Interviews will be conducted with the Residential Life Professional staff and current RAs. 

The group interview will occur on Saturday, February 1st.

All applicants must have their résumé and cover letter reviewed by The Office of Career Development prior to applying. 

Schedule an appointment via or visit Horvitz Rm. 152 for drop-in advising from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, or in Leo Goodwin Residence hall Classroom on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and/or Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.


What is the time commitment of a RA?

As a Resident Assistant, you are committing to being 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

·         $1300 amount required for Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall, $700 for The Commons, FFV, CLC, Mako, and Rolling Hills

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.

What if I can’t attend the group interview?

The Group Interview is an integral and mandatory piece of the RA hiring process. If you are unable to attend, you must email by 5pm on January 24th with your name, n#, and a detailed explanation of your absence.

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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