Become a Resident Assistant

We now accepting RA Applications. Applications are due by Friday February 13th at 1:00pm. For any questions please contact the Department of Residential Life at 620-341-5264.

Being an RA is more than just a job; it’s an amazing learning experience that will prepare you for whatever is next. You learn how to work on a team, how to handle conflict and crisis situations and much more. What’s better is that you get to do this while working with fantastic people and making a real difference in the lives of others.

Check out our Department Mission, Vision, Values & Diverstiy Statement here to find out more about our Department.

Photo of students at an orientation eventResident Assistant (New hires):

Before you begin the application process please review the following documents in their entirety. The Position Description will explain a bit more about what being a Resident Assistant entails, the Terms & Conditions explain some of the basic expectations that all Resident Assistants must follow and the Outside Involvement Form needs to be completed before Resident Assistants partake in any outside employment or significant outside involvement. Please note that no other on-campus employment may occur at the same time as being a Resident Assistant. The only exceptions are working for the Bulletin or Sunflower.

To apply for the Resident Assistant Position you will need to complete our online application, submit a resume and have two references complete our online form. Our online application is located here. Please email your resume to and have your references complete the online Recommendation form here. It is your responsibility to send your references the online form. We will not be sending anything out to your references.


General Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) lives in an assigned floor/living area and serves as a resource person for the Photo of Towers Competitionresidents of that floor/living area. Resident Assistants provide leadership for students based on their previous experience and training. The RA also assists in developing positive behavior and attitudes towards the group living experience and achievement in and out of the classroom.  The RA position is for an academic year.  This position reports to the Complex Coordinator of the assigned facility.

All first year Resident Assistants are to enroll and complete the Resident Assistant Class, SC420.  The only exception will be due to conflict with an academic requirement and must be approved by the Director of Residential Life.  If an RA does not pass the Resident Assistant Class they may be released from the position (The RA class is considered a pass/fail course).

Due to the structure and time requirements of the Resident Assistant position, all Resident Assistants must receive prior approval by completing the Outside Involvement Form for any of the following:


All Resident Assistants receive a room and board waiver and a stipend for the duration of their employment. Stipends are $1,200 paid out bi-weekly over the course of the academic year.

Hear from a past Resident Assistant about her experience directly!


Apply to be an RA and be a part of something great!

Photo of the 2012-2013 RA staff at camp.

We are dedicated to recruiting, hiring, selecting, promoting and retaining a competent and diverse staff that reflects the cultural and personal diversity of the Emporia State community.

Emporia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To see our Equal Employment Opportunity, Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy please click here. You can also view the departmental Diversity Statement here.

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