Staff Selection

2016-17 Job Description

Important Dates

Date Selection Event Location Time
Mon., December 7, 2015 RA Information Session* Wagner Hall 1st Floor Lounge 6pm
Thur., December 10, 2015 RA Information Session* Babcock Hall 1st Floor Lounge 7pm
Wed., January 20, 2016 RA Information Session* Holden Hall 1st Floor Lounge 6pm
Fri., January 22, 2016 RD Applications Due Residence Life Office 5pm
January 25-29, 2016 RD Interviews Lowry Center  
Fri., January 29, 2016 RA Applications and Recommendations Due Residence Life Office 5pm
February 1-5, 2016 Returning RA Candidate Individual Interviews Lowry Center  
Mon., February 1, 2016 True Colors Session** Wilson Governance Room 3pm
Thur., February 4, 2016 True Colors Session** Wilson Governance Room 1:30pm
Sat., February 6, 2016 Group Interviews (3 Sessions)*** TBD TBD
Mon., February 8, 2016 RD Decision Letters out Applicant Mailboxes 5pm
Mon., February 8-12, 2016 New RA Individual Interviews Lowry Center  
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Group Interviews (1 Session)*** TBD TBD
Wed., February 10, 2016 True Colors Session** Wilson Governance Room 7pm
Wed., February 17, 2016  RA Decision Letters out Applicant Mailboxes 5pm
Fri., February 19, 2016 RA Acceptance Form Due Residence Life Office 5pm

*Attending 1 Information Session is encouraged, but not mandatory.

**Candidates only need to attend 1 True Colors Session

***Each new RA Candidate must sign up to participate in one (1) group interview session upon turning in their application, as well as one (1) individual interview. Sign up forms are available in the Campus Life Office in Lowry G16.


Students interested in applying to be a Resident Assistant must fill out the Resident Assistant Application Form and both Recommendation forms and turn them in to the Office of Residence Life by January 29, 2016 by 5pm. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Nathan Fein, Director of Residence Life at 330-263-2021.

A completed application for a returning RA must include:

A completed application for a new RA must include:

  • 2016-2017 New RA Application (.docx)
  • Two (2)  completed Recommendation Forms (one (1) Faculty Staff and one (1) Residence Life)
  • An updated Resume
  • Participation in at least one (1) of the three (3) True Colors Sessions. Applicants are encouraged to attend all sessions)
  • Participation in Group Interviews & an Individual Interview Session

The cover letter should summarize the applicant's interest in the position and highlight why the applicant is an exceptional candidate. The updated Resume should highlight the applicants leadership and job experience. Applicants are encouraged to seek out Career Planning for any help in revising your materials.


Q. What are the minimum requirements I need to meet in regards to academic and judicial standing in order to be an RA?

A. During the application process, professional staff members review judicial records and the academic standing of each applicant.  All applicants, as well as current staff members, must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 per semester, and as a cumulative GPA.  When reviewing judicial records we are looking to ensure candidates do not have a significant judicial history.  If you have specific concerns regarding your academic or judicial standing, do not hesitate to speak with any professional staff member regarding those.
Q. How does the RA position affect my financial aid?

A. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 330-263-2317 to find out how the compensation would affect your individual package.  This is a very important step in the process as the RA position may affect each person’s financial aid package differently.
Q. What is the compensation for the RA position?

A. Compensation for the Resident Assistant Position Includes:
A single room in a residence hall.  The Office of Residence Life does reserve the right to assign a Resident Assistant a temporary roommate in the event of a housing shortage.
½ Room & Board for first time Resident Assistants and ¾ Room and Board for returning Resident Assistants.
Priority registration for a parking permit during the spring semester.
Q. Can I have other jobs while being an RA?

A. RAs are not allowed to hold off-campus jobs during the academic year, but they can work up to 10 hours in another on campus position.  However, if the RA's supervisor feels that they are over-extended due to extracurricular commitments and are not fulfilling their responsibilities as a RA, this may be a place where the individual is required to make changes. 
Q. In what and how many co-curricular activities am I allowed to participate?

A. Co-curricular opportunities are an essential part of the college experience, so we do not set a time limit for these kinds of activities.  However, it is important to remember that the RA position must be your first priority after your academic work.  We want our RAs to be well-rounded involved students without burning themselves out. If we feel that an RA is over-extended and is not fulfilling their responsibilities as an RA, these would be the types of commitments we’d ask staff to re-prioritize.
Q. What is the department’s policy regarding RAs using/possessing alcohol or drugs?-

A. It is necessary for the department to uphold The Scot’s Key (.pdf) as well as local, state, and federal laws.  There is no tolerance for illicit drug use amongst the staff.  If an RA is found responsible for the use of illicit drugs, a potential consequence may be the immediate loss of their RA position.  We take a similar stance when it comes to alcohol.  Residence Life staff who are 21 or older and choose to consume alcohol are expected to do so responsibly.  If an RA who is under the legal drinking age is found responsible for the misuse of alcohol, a potential consequence may be the loss of their job.