RA'sThe Resident Assistant is a key part of the Residential Life team.  Resident Assistants (RA) are student staff members who live in a residence hall or specialty housing area. RAs are primarily responsible for helping to facilitate the formation of a genuine community among the residents of that hall or building, and to serve as a live in resource and representative of Residential Life. The RAs also are a crucial part of the implementation of the community learning model, and facilitate many aspects of this, including connecting with individual students, helping form and enforce community standards and expectations, and serving as a campus resource for students living in each area.

RA'sThe Resident Assistant selection process happens each spring for the following academic year.  Applications are available in December and due in early February. The interview process happens in mid- February. Candidates will know if they have been selected by the first week of March. Questions about the RA position of selection process can be directed to Coco Du, Associate Director of Residential Life, or Amanda-Rae Barboza, Residence Hall Director, at raselection@macalester.edu.

Resident Assistant Position General Information

Resident Assistant Job Description


We are no longer accepting RA Application for the 2014-2015 academic year. RA candidates will be notified no later than Friday, March 7, 2014 of their candidacy status. 

Application and Recommendation Form Submission (Required):

Complete application consists of:

  • Submitting an online application form
  • Submitting an interview scheduling form
  • Emailing your resume to raselection@macalester.edu
  • 2 recommendations (Residential Life staff will email recommendation forms to recommenders.).

RA Information Sessions:
This is an opportunity for Res Life to share more in detail job requirements and expectations as well as the selection timeline. We also invite the CDC to provide guidance on your resume. Finally, this is also a great time to have any of your questions about the RA position or interview process answered. 

Individual Interview (Required):

The individual interview serves an opportunity for Residential Life staff and Campus Partners to gain a more individualized assessment of each RA candidate. Each candidate will have two 25-minute interviews. Each interview typically includes one professional staff member and one current Resident Assistant. Candidates are asked a variety of questions pertaining to the RA position and give candidates the opportunity to ask questions they may have about position or process

Group Interview Process (Required):
The group process involves a number of RA candidates meeting together with two or more observers and facilitator whom leads each small group through three or four team activities. The process may take the form of group problem-solving sessions or discussion groups where each candidate's contributions and participation is noted. Other exercises include splitting the candidates into teams with a work related task to complete. During these exercises the observers closely watch the candidates. They may also ask questions of individual candidates.