Resident Assistant (RA)

Resident Assistants are trained and paid student leaders who are committed to creating an inclusive living/learning community in the residence halls. They serve the residential community through a variety of responsibilities including programming, mediation, crisis response and policy enforcement.

Residential Life also offers a variety of RA positions to help meet the needs of certain populations of students. They include:

RA Hours and Compensation

  • Average of 13 hours/week, with higher hours in the beginning and end of semesters
  • Compensation will be commensurate with the value of housing and Meal Plan D

RA Requirements

  • PLU Cumulative GPA of 2.5; if applicants have a cumulative GPA lower than 2.5, they may still be considered an alternate
  • Full-time status (min. of 12 credits/semester)
  • Be in good academic and conduct standing with the university
  • Applicants with specific questions should email rlifjobs@plu.edu

To Apply for a 2021-2022 RA Position

  • 2021-2022 RA applications will be open from October 20, 2020  through December 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Reference (New Applicants Only)
      • You will be required to send at least one Professional or Community reference a 2021-2022 Resident Assistant Recommendation Form. The link to the form can be found here: TinyURL.com/21-22PLURA! Please email this link to your reference by Friday, December 20, 2020. They will have until Friday, January 8, 2021 to complete the form. For an example email template to send, please look at the above link titled “RA Reference Request”
    • Resume (New Applicants Only)
      • Upload resume to application.
          • You can visit Career Services in the Nesvig Alumni Center for assistance on creating a resume. You can email them to set up an appointment at career@plu.edu or call them at 253-535-7415
          • Individual interviews for new RA applicants will take place at a to be determined time:
            • An additional interview in the Learning Community (LC) language you’re applying for will be held with a PLU faculty member.
          • Presentations for returning RA & RAAD applicants will take place at a to be determined time:
            • If you are studying away or are unable to attend the individual interview, you will go through an Alternate Interview time at a new assigned date and time. 
            • An additional interview in the LC language you’re applying for will be held with a PLU faculty member.
            • Presentation on:
              • The Four Dimensions of an RA
                • Safety and Inclusivity
                • Belonging
                • Learning and Enjoyment
                • Community and Leadership Development
              • You will be given 20 minutes to:
                • Reflect on your strengths and areas of improvement in all four dimensions
                • Reflect on this previous year and what you would do differently next year
                • List your living preferences by Learning Communities, Residence Halls, and/or positions in order of your preference
                • If applying to be a RAAD discuss:
                  • Your supervision style
                  • How will you incorporate DJS with your front desk
  • Information sessions will take place at times and locations to be determined

Additional Information about Student Staff Positions

First-Year Wing

In addition to general RA duties, the FYRA is placed in a wing comprising first-year students and is trained to identify and understand the needs specific to that group. FYRA’s will work closely with staff, faculty and residents alike to build a strong foundation and help to ensure a successful transition to college life.

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New Transfer/Returner Wing

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the New Transfer/Returner Wing RA is placed in a wing of 2nd year and older students, and is trained to understand the academic and career needs of that population – such as picking a major, finding internships, and selecting a study away program.

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Harstad Womens' Empowerment & Gender Equity

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the Harstad RA is placed in a Harstad wing and is trained to build community around the Harstad mission of “promoting gender equity through intentional programming, community building, and faculty interaction by focusing on activism, education, leadership opportunities, and reflection.”  Harstad RAs will work collaboratively with faculty to enhance learning in this community.

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Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the HCCE RA is placed in a Hinderlie wing and is trained to build community around the HCCE mission of “creativity appreciation and exploration of the meaning of creativity in the context of global citizenship as a mechanism for expression, activism, leadership & reflection.”  HCCE RAs will work collaboratively with faculty to enhance learning in this community.

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Hong International Hall

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the HIH RA is placed in a Hong wing and is trained to build community around the HIH mission of “promoting language immersion, cultural awareness, and global engagement in your community”.  HIH RAs will work collaboratively with faculty to enhance learning in this community.

Additional Qualifications: Enrolled in IHON/Language courses throughout time of employment and/or demonstrate fluency and passion for target language and/or International Honors Program.

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Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability (DJS) (Ordal Hall)

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the DJS RA will be placed in an Ordal wing that works with a specific group (e.g., First in the Family, Students of Color, or Environmental and Social Justice)

The First in the Family RAs are placed in a first-year wing comprised of residents who identify as first-generation college students. First in the Family RAs will help residents explore their identity as first-generation college students, how it intersects with other identities, and how their identify affects their college experience. First in the Family RAs will work collaboratively with campus partners to enhance learning in this community.

The Students of Color RAs establishes community and solidarity with residents who identify as a student of color. Students of Color RAs will help residents explore their identity as a student of color at a predominantly white institution and how it intersects with other identities.

The Environmental and Social Justice RAs will be trained to learn, understand, and utilize environmental studies and the “social change leadership model” in their programming and community building efforts. ESJ RAs will work collaboratively with the Diversity Center to enhance learning in this community.

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Lavender Community (Ordal Hall)/Gender Inclusive Housing (Multiple Halls)

In addition to the general RA responsibilities, the Lavender/Gender Inclusive Housing RA is placed in a wing of both returner and first year students, and is trained to understand the specific needs of the community. The Lavender RA promotes a safe and inclusive environment for students across the LGBTQIA community to thrive together, and the Gender Inclusive Community RA helps residents create a deeper awareness for gender identity while creating a safe and understanding environment.

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STEM House (Tingelstad Hall)

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the STEM House RA will work with faculty to promote interdisciplinary exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in academics and everyday activities.

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Wellness House (Tingelstad Hall)

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the Wellness House RA is trained to understand the holistic wellness wheel model and utilize this model to create vibrant wing programs and activities.

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Upper Division Housing (South & Stuen Halls)

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the Upper Division Housing RAs are placed in a South or Stuen wing and are trained to understand the needs of upper class, transfer, graduate, and married/domestically partnered students.

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Resident Assistant with Additional Responsibilities (RAAD)

In addition to general RA responsibilities, the RAAD will provide peer mentorship to the other RAs, co-supervise the front desk, and serve as a liaison for the hall Learning Communities with the Residence Hall Council (RHC) and other campus partners.  The RAAD is expected to work 15 hours/week and is compensated at a higher level than other RAs.

Additional Qualifications: Must have previously been an RA to apply.

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