RA'sThe Resident Assistant is a key part of the Residential Life team.  Resident Assistants (RAs) 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 RAs 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 late January. 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 or selection process can be directed to Wayne Glass, Residence Hall Director, at raselection@macalester.edu.

Resident Assistant Position General Information


Click Here to Access the New RA Job Description

New RA Selection Timeline:

  • November 26, 2018:  Applications available on JobX/Student Employment Posting
  • December 3, 2018: Information session, 12PM, Loch in the Campus Center
  • January 28, 2019 : Information session, 7pm, Sounds of Blackness Lounge in Turck Hall
  • February 1, 2019:  New RA Applications due
  • February 13-15, 2019:  Individual RA interviews
  • February 16, 2019:  Group interview process
  • By the first week of March, 2019:  Decision letters sent to candidates

Complete application consists of:

  • Submitting a Resident Assistant online application & resume on Student Employment Posting
    • For candidate’s reference, click here to preview New RA application essay questions candidates are required to submit responses to on the job posting. These are also view able on the job posting.
    • Applications do not automatically save on the Student Employment website (prior to final submission). For your own records, Res Life encourages you to save your materials and responses via Word Doc/Google Docs, too.
  • 2 completed recommendations — New RA Candidates must email recommendation google form to references (link also available in the new RA Job Application)

More Information about the RA Recruitment and Interview Process:

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 as 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 candidates have the opportunity to ask questions they may have about the RA position or the selection process.

Group Interview Process (Required): The group process involves a number of RA candidates meeting together with two or more observers and facilitators who lead 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 are 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. Observers and facilitators may also ask questions of individual candidates.