Become a Resident Assistant

We will be accepting Resident Assistant Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic year in January!

Please feel free to look through the documents from this past hiring process in the meantime. Applications come out in January and are due in February for the following academic year.

Being an RA is more than just a job; it’s an unique learning experience that will prepare you for your future career. You learn how to work on a team, how to handle conflict and crisis situations and much more. In addition, you get to work with fantastic people and making a real difference in the lives of others.

Check out our Department Mission, Vision, Values & Diversity Statement here to find out more about Residential Life or our team.

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Resident Assistant:

Please review the following documents in their entirety to get a better sense of the Resident Assistant Position. The Position Description will explain a bit more about what being a Resident Assistant entails, the Terms & Conditions explain some 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 and/or outside involvement. 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.

Our online application is located here. You may also look at the  online Recommendation form that we used this past year here.


General Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) lives in an assigned floor/living area and serves as a resource for the Photo of Towers Competitionresidents of that floor/living area. Resident Assistants provide guidance 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 success 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 must 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!


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.

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ESUResLife Give us a call at 620-341-5264, email us at or visit us in person at 308 South Morse Hall!