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 late November and due early Spring semester. The interview process happens in February. Candidates will know in March if they have been selected. Questions about the RA position or selection process can be directed to raselection@macalester.edu.

Resident Assistant Position General Information

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New RA Selection Timeline:

  • November 5, 2019: RA Info Session 7-8pm, Sounds of Blackness lounge, Turck Hall
  • November 19, 2019:  RA info Session 12 – 1pm, The Loch
  • November 25, 2019:  Applications available on JobX/Student Employment Posting for new RAs, Returning RAs and SRAs
  • January 27, 2020: Returning RA and SRA applications due by 10pm 
  • January 30, 2020 : RA Information session, 7pm, Sounds of Blackness Lounge
  • January 31New RA Applications due
  • February 12-15, 2020:  Individual and group RA interviews
  • Early March, 2020  Candidates are notified of decisions.

More Information about the RA Recruitment and Interview Process:

RA Information Sessions: This is an opportunity for Residential Life to share more in-detail job requirements and expectations as well as the selection timeline. We encourage you to visit Career Exploration for resume writing guidance. 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  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 observers and facilitators who lead each small group through 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  work-related tasks to complete. During these exercises, the observers closely watch the candidates. Observers and facilitators may also ask questions of individual candidates.