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 comprise: 1) a housing credit (i.e., free on-campus housing) and 2) hourly pay that is commensurate with the annual value of  Meal Plan D.

RA Requirements

  • PLU cumulative GPA of 2.0; if successful applicants have a cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.5, they will participate in an academic support program until their cumulative GPA is 2.5 or higher.
  • 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 2022-2023 RA Position

  • 2022-2023 RA applications will be open from November 8, 2021 through December 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Reference (New Applicants Only)
      • You will be required to send at least one Professional or Community reference a 2022-2023 Resident Assistant Recommendation Form. Please email this link to your reference by Friday, December 17th. They will have until Friday, January 14th to complete the form.
    • Resume (Optional, but Recommended)
      • You are encouraged to upload a resume with your 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
          • Check out this an example resume template and helpful tips to get you started
    • Group and individual interviews for new RA applicants will take place at time(s) to be determined. All interview times will be shared with applicants via their PLU email.
      • If you are applying for the Hong International Learning Community, you will have an additional interview in the language of the wing for which you’re applying with a PLU faculty member.
      • 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. 
    • Presentations for returning RA & RAAD applicants will take place at a time to be determined. All presentation times will be shared with applicants via their PLU email.
      • If you are applying for the Hong International Learning Community, you will have an additional interview in the language of the wing for which you’re applying with a PLU faculty member.
      • Prompts for the presentation will be shared with applicants in advance of the presentation via their PLU email. Sample prompts from previous selection processes have included:
        • 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: Learn more about the RA role and the application process!
      • Wednesday November 3rd from 12:00 -1:00 PM in the AUC CK (Room 214) 
      • Thursday November 4th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM in AUC, Room 201

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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