Become a Resident Assistant

We are no longer accepting RA Applications. Application materials for the 2014-2015 academic year were due on Monday, February 10, 2014. We will open up applications again in February 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. You can read the current information about the position. 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):

Job Description

Terms and Conditions (The Terms and Conditions do not need to be turned in with your application. It will be signed as hiring paperwork. It is listed here so you are familiar with them before applying)

To apply for the Resident Assistant Position please download the Application by right clicking and selecting "Save Link As..." You should use the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader to fill out the application. Adobe Reader is a free download and works on both Macs and PCs. To submit the completed application please click "Submit Form" at the top of the document and follow the instructions from there. You will be able to send it directly from a desktop Email client like Outlook or you will be able to save it and then attach it to an Email from a web-based Email service like Gmail or Yahoo. If are not able to submit the application electronically you can print it and submit a paper copy.

Candidate Recommendation Form

Here is the Outside Involvement Form for all Resident Assistants who wish to request outside employment and major leadership involvement in other organizations.

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 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!

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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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