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Resident Assistant Selection

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Residential Life & Housing
(209) 946 - 2331

3601 Pacific Avenue
2nd Floor McCaffrey Center
Stockton, CA 95211


Resident Assistants are residential peer mentors and educators who serve in and work with a staff to foster and develop a safe and inclusive community. Resident Assistants contribute to the development of community by supporting and promoting an inclusive envrionment, academic and personal development, and fostering relationships with and between residents. The Residential Life and Housing Office is committed to hiring staff members who reflect the values of the university and department. The Resident Assistant position is extremely rewarding and calls for dedicated, motivated and sincere individuals who can work with diverse individuals, building community, and manage their time. Staff members achieve this through:

  • Collaborating to build community 
  • Developing and implementing programs
  • Developing and fostering a safe and inclusive environment
  • Promoting awareness of and advocacy for diversity and social justice
  • Upholding and enforcing university and housing policies 

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Click here for Instructions on accessing the Resident Assistant application  

You will need a resume and two references (with their contact information)


  • Resident Assistant Position 


  • RA Minimum Qualifications 

    RA Candidates must meet the following Minimum Qualifications (by time of application and date of hire unless otherwise designated):

    • Have 24 units completed by time of hire (12 credits must be at Pacific)
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (semester & cumulative) at time of application and at time of hire
    • Be in good conduct standing  (may not violate policies if currently on probation, be serving a suspension or a suspension in abeyance )
    • Be a registered/degree-seeking student
    • Have a minimum course load of 12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits for each semester on staff
    • Have a maximum course load of 18 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits for each semester on staff
    • Be available Wednesdays 7-9pm for weekly staff meetings each semester on staff 
  • Resident Assistant Selection Timeline 

    2015 -2016 Timeline 

    Thursday Nov. 12, 2015 Tabling 12pm - 2pm  In Front of the De Rosa University Center
    Monday Nov. 16, 2015 Tabling 11am - 1pm In Front of the De Rosa University Center
      Monday Nov. 16, 2015   Information Session 7pm - 8pm Eberhardt School of Business - Weber 109
    Monday Nov. 16, 2015 Application for 2016-2017 RA Position  Available Online  www.pacific.edu/rasearch
    Weds. Dec. 02, 2015 Information Session 7pm - 8pm  Eberhardt School of Business - Weber 102 
    Tuesday Jan. 19, 2016 Information Session 12pm - 1pm De Rosa University Center - 211
    Friday Jan. 22, 2016 Contact rasearch@pacific.edu by 5pm to gain access to the RA application (see instructions on website for more information)
    Sunday Jan 24, 2016 Application for 2016-2017 RA position due www.pacific.edu/rasearch
    Week of Feb. 1, 2016 Confirmations for Interview Time Slot   Emailed to Applicants  From noreply@erezlife.com
    Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016 References Due
    Saturday Feb. 6, 2016  Resident Assistant Candidate Interviews Residential Life and Housing office
    Friday March 4, 2016 Decision Letters Emailed to RA Candidates From noreply@erezlife.com
    Monday March 21, 2016 Acceptance Forms, Housing Forms, and Hiring Paperwork Due Return to Residential Life & Housing Office by 5pm
    Friday April 8, 2016 Staff Meeting/Meet & Greet
  • RA Time Commitment 

     The RA position takes up approximately 15-20 non-duty hours per week. Duty and non-duty hours consist of approximately:

    • Staff meetings (2 hours on Wednesdays 7-9pm)
    • Individual meetings (1 hour)
    • Programs (3-4 hours)
    • Administrative work (3 hours)
    • Interactions with residents and miscellaneous items (5-10 hours) 
    • Duty (15 hour weekday shift or 24 hour weekend shift) - the number of weekday and weekend shifts per semester vary between communities

    This means, in addition to duty, you can expect to spend approximately 15-20 hours each week on the RA position. This estimation can be more depending on what is happening on your floor during a given week. It also depends on how proactive you are with residents in addressing issues early and building a positive community. In order to ensure that RAs can effectively balance their academics and position responsibilities, we weigh candidates' level of involvement in other campus activities and is a variable in the evaluation. Also note that: 

    • The RA position is for the entire academic year. 
    • RAs are limited to 10 hours of extra-curricular activities (including additional employment) AND must be approved by their supervisor. 
    • Opening/Closing Building - All staff will participate in opening/closing the buildings at the start and end of each semester. This will require staff to arrive about three weeks prior to the building opening and stay several days past the official close date of the buildings. 
    • Holiday Duty - All staff members will participate in holiday duty rotations. Holiday duty includes: Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. Staff should not make travel plans until after speaking with their supervisor. 
  • RA Training Requirements 

    Staff members are required to attend training and continuing development sessions to develop their skills and knowledge.  Therefore, you will be asked to plan your schedule accordingly to make sure you are present for each of the required trainings listed below.  You will be required to return to campus early, during the summer and the winter breaks to attend the August and January trainings - usually between 1-3 weeks before the start of class. Training is imperative to the RA position and attendance is mandatory. RAs cannot be enrolled in classes during Summer Session III and cannot work Orientation 3 due to August training.

    • August Training - All staff will participate in training which will take place approximately three (3) weeks prior to the start of classes in August.

    • January Training - All staff will participate in training which will take place approximately 5 days prior to the start of classes in January.

    • Continuing Development Sessions - All staff will participate in at least one (1) continuing development sessions throughout the semester. Time, locations and topics will be disclosed each semester.

    • Community Staff Meetings - Staffs will participate in weekly staff and one-on-one meetings with their Residence Director. These meetings are intended to share important information, plan programs and events, and develop as a team.
  • RA Position Benefits and Compensation 
    • Room and silver meal plan.

    • Training and development opportunities/resources

    • Note: Staff assigned to residence halls are required to select a minimum of a "Silver meal plan" and those in apartment communities must select a minimum of a "Bronze meal plan."

    • Note: Compensation for the RA position is considered financial aid and may affect your financial aid package. For details and information related to your individual circumstances, please contact the financial aid office.
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

    What will I need to submit with my application?
    In addition to completing the application and the questions, you will need to submit a resume and contact information for two references.  

    I am unable to create an account when I am on the application home page.  What can I do?
    The first time you arrive to the home page, you'll need to create an account.  Your username will be your @u.pacific.edu email address.  If you continue to experience difficulties, please contact rasearch@pacific.edu and include your name, student ID number, and indicate if you live on or off campus.

    Which semester will be checked to determine academic eligibility for the RA position?
    We will look at the semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) earned by the end of the Fall 2015 semester.  We will also verify both semester and cumulative GPAs at the end of the Spring 2016 semester for candidates who are offered a Resident Assistant position.

    How do I learn more about the Resident Assistant position?
    We encourage you to review the job description section and attend one of the information sessions that will be held in November, December, and January.  Committee members and a Resident Assistant will provide an overview of the job, requirements and answer questions. Additionally, you can speak to a current Resident Assistant, Residence Director or Area Coordinator to learn more about the position.

    Can someone review my resume prior to submitting my application?
    Yes, the Career Resource Center (located in the McCaffrey Center) is available to review your resume.

    Can someone assist me with preparing for the interview? 
    Yes, the Career Resource Center assists with interviews and students are invited to schedule a time for a mock interview.  Many students find this to be very helpful in practicing interviewing skills. 

    Who can I use as a reference?
    When selecting a reference, we encourage you to ask an individual who has observed and can speak to the skills and experiences you can bring to the position.  Examples include faculty, teachers, coaches, advisors, supervisors, etc.  

    Can I verify if my reference has completed the form?
    Yes, you can access your application, select the "supporting docs" link, and completed references will have a check mark next to their name.  As a reminder, all references must be submitted by Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

    I submitted the names for references, but they have not received an email requesting that they complete the reference form.  What can I do?
    There are a few options to help with this issue: Ask your reference to check the "spam" or "junk" folder in their email.  In some instances, email is accidentally directed to these folders.  Your reference can also add noreply@erezlife.com to their safe senders list. Applicants can access their application, select the "supporting docs" tab, and resend the email. Applicants can also log into their application, select the "supporting docs" link, and verify if the name and contact information is correct.   Remember to resend your reference the email if you have made any corrections. For continued problems, contact rasearch@pacific.edu with the name of the reference and their contact information.

    I received an email stating that my application was incomplete?
    We ask that you log into your application and click on the submit button at the end of the application to complete the process.  Keep in mind that late application will not be accepted.

    I have a conflict with the interview date.  Can I schedule a different time?
    Candidates are required to complete both the individual and group process; therefore, we ask that you set aside the scheduled interview date.  Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee that we can set up an alternate time to complete both parts of the process.  Students who are studying abroad during the interview date will need to contact rasearch@pacific.edu.

    I was offered an alternate RA position.  What does this mean for me?
    Candidates who accept the alternate RA position will be placed on a list of alternate RAs.  Should a position become available prior to the following application cycle deadline the RD or committee member will contact you if they would like to offer you a position.

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