Student Staff - Resident Assistant Selection

Thank you for your interest in joining the Department of Housing and Residential Life as a student leader. Student staff play an essential role in serving our mission of "Student Housing for Student Success." Below you will find information about the Resident Assistant Selection process.

Resident Assistant Job Description

  1. Expectations
    1. Assist students in their general orientation to campus and provide information about room assignments, room inventories, and maintenance records.
    2. Accept Residential College or University Village duty on a regular basis.
    3. Work 4 hours at the respective reception desk per week.
    4. Assist in opening and closing of Residential Colleges or University Village at vacation periods and at the beginning and end of each semester.
    5. Develop and maintain a close, supportive working relationship with central office staff members, Area Director / Assistant Area Director, Resident Faculty and other resident assistants.
    6. Follow and enforce all established policies and procedures.
    7. Significant extra-curricular involvement and outside employment must be discussed with your Area Director prior to your commitment. Outside employment within the first year of the Resident Assistant position is prohibited; any requests to work will be approved or denied by the Director of Residence Life.

  2. Community Development
    1. Know and assist students by maintaining visibility and availability, particularly in the evening hours.
    2. Advise students who express personal, social, and academic concerns.
    3. Be knowledgeable about University and departmental policies, regulations, and general information. Refer students to appropriate department/s for assistance.
    4. Assist students in meeting their academic responsibilities by monitoring their academic achievement, maintaining a floor, unit, or apartment environment conducive to study. Foster the development of successful study habits.
    5. Respect and maintain privacy of residents.
    6. Be a role model for all students.
    7. Encourage students to act with reason and responsibility.

  3. Programming Development
    1. Integrate the on-going academic, cultural, and social life of the University within the Residential Colleges and University Village by providing opportunities for programming.
    2. Pursue opportunities to engage University faculty and staff in programming activities.
    3. Support and encourage student involvement in the program planning of their residential area.
    4. Work with the Area Director / Assistant Area Director and Resident Faculty to establish appropriate programming expectations for their floor/unit/apartment and programming team.
    5. Keep students informed about the University through floor, unit, or apartment meetings, posters, and flyers.

  4. Environmental/Facilities
    1. Educate students about safety.
    2. Report emergencies or serious illnesses to appropriate personnel.
    3. Facilitate emergency and crisis management procedures.
    4. Discuss, formulate, support, and enforce the quiet hours policy with students. Maintain a living environment conducive to study.
    5. Discuss with students the need for neatness and cleanliness on the floor (e.g. the hallways, lounge, bathrooms, etc.) and building (e.g. elevators and/or stairwells).
    6. Act as a liaison between housekeeping, maintenance staff, and residents.
    7. Encourage students to act responsibly in the care of their environment.
    8. Facilitate Health and Safety inspections in each residential college room once a semester--Health and Safety inspections in each University Village apartment will be done three (3) times a semester.

  5. Enforcement of University Policy
    1. Role model adherence of University and department policies.
    2. Encourage responsibility and maturity on the part of all students.
    3. Interpret and enforce University policies.
    4. Confront students who violate community standards and/or departmental or University policies.
    5. Appropriately document violations of University policies.
    6. Complete all administrative tasks which include but are not limited to: incident reports, fire drills and fire reports, damage reports, and program reports.

Resident Assistant Terms of Employment

The term of appointment extends for one academic year, beginning in August and continuing through mid-May (please note - specific dates will be confirmed at time of hire).

Includes a single room in an assigned space in a Residential College or University Village when the area is open for the semester, a yearly stipend of $1,700 for new staff ($1,900 for second year, $2,100 for third year, $2,300 for fourth year) and a 14 meal plan when University Board Plan is operating (yearly meal stipend is provided in University Village). {The Department of Housing and Residential Life does not provide meals when the dining service facilities are closed or allow substitutions, e.g. cash, for those not wishing the board plan}.

Placement of Resident Assistants will be determined by the respective Area Director. The Department of Housing and Residential Life may change a staff member's assignment to another floor, residential college, or apartment prior to or during the term of appointment.

Attendance and participation in all staff training sessions and staff meetings is required. (Training begins approximately ten days prior to opening in the fall and three days prior to opening in spring. Specific dates will be provided at the time of hire.) Residential College and University Village opening and closing tasks are mandatory.

Perform all duties as outlined in the Resident Assistant Job Description, Resident Assistant Manual, and assigned by Resident Faculty and the Area Director / Assistant Area Director.

  1. Full-time undergraduate student at the University of Miami.
  2. Available for full undergraduate calendar/academic year.
  3. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 at time of application. You must maintain a 2.75 cumulative G.P.A. to continue your appointment to the position. You may not have a semester G.P.A. below 2.75 for two or more consecutive semesters. Significantly deficient G.P.A.s at any time during employment and/or failure to meet the minimum G.P.A. requirements may result in job termination.
  4. Must have completed 2 full-time fall and spring semesters at the University of Miami by time of position start.
  5. Adherence to all policies, rules, and regulations of the University of Miami. Failure to abide by all regulations and policies; or failure to present yourself as a positive role model may result in job termination
  6. May not be on strict or final disciplinary probation at time of application, appointment, and/or during any point of job tenure. Disciplinary violations which occur during your time of employment that result in these sanctions are cause for immediate job termination.
  7. Night and Intersession classes must first be approved by the respective Area Director.
  8. Attend and participate in Resident Assistant staff meetings each Tuesday night for the duration of the semester. Outside commitments, including classes or academic activities, after 6:15pm must be approved in advance.
  9. No more than eight nights away per semester.
  10. The Resident Assistant position requires 20 hours per week. As a result, major outside commitments may present significant conflicts or greater than normal time management challenges. In general, any non-academic commitment greater than 10 hours per week may interfere with your ability to be a successful Resident Assistant.
  11. Students must have a minimum of 60 completed academic credit hours to be eligible for the University Village.
  12. A criminal background check will be conducted on all candidates being considered for employment.

Renewal of the employment:
The Resident Assistant position is a contracted nine (9) month/academic year leadership opportunity. A rehire process is conducted in the spring and is based on performance within the position. Based upon that evaluation, the candidate may not be accepted for a return appointment.

Other Employment:
Resident Assistants in their first year on the job may not work without prior approval from the Director of Residence Life. Returning staff may not hold other employment, internships, or comparable positions outside the Department of Housing and Residential Life without the written approval of their respective Area Director.

Failure to comply:
Any violation of Department of Housing and Residential Life and/or University policies or the Terms of Employment may result in dismissal from the position and cancellation of all benefits of employment.
Resident Assistant Application

Resident Assistant selection process is now underway for spring semester. Applications are due October 24, 2014 by 11:59pm. All components of the application file must show as complete for an official submission to be considered (this includes resume upload).

Applications for Resident Assistant positions are currently available. To apply, please click on this link and follow the instructions to create an account and apply to the position: If you have any questions or concerns, please send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
RA Resident Assistant Selection Timeline

Fall Employment Information Sessions - All applicants must attend an information session in order to be eligible to apply.

Monday, November 17 at 7:00 pm – Stanford Faculty Master Apt.
Tuesday, November 18 at 12:30 pm – UC 211
Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm – Hecht Faculty Master Apt.
Monday, December 1 at 7:00 pm – Mahoney & Pearson Classrooms
Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 pm – Eaton Classroom 148
Thursday, December 4 at 12:30 pm – SAC Vista Room
Tuesday, January 13 at 12:30 pm – SAC Vista Room
Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 pm - Stanford Faculty Master Apt.
Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 pm - Mahoney & Pearson Classrooms