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

    Time: 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, and a 14 meal plan when University Board Plan is operating. Please note a yearly meal stipend is added to overall yearly stipend in place of meal plan for University Village RAs. {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 Residence Life professional staff. 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 academic year.
    3. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 is required at time of application. Once hired maintaining a 2.75 cumulative G.P.A. is required to continue an appointment to the position. Additionally, once hired, one 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 academic semesters at the University of Miami by time of position start. (This includes fall and spring semesters only.)
    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. ("Night" is defined as classes after 6:00pm)
    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 ten nights away per semester. ("Night away" is defined as being out of the building later than 3:00am.) All Nights away must be approved in advance by the respective Area Director.
    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 each academic year 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. 
    Information Sessions

    Info Session attendance is required to apply.

    Tuesday, November 1st – UC 2300 Meeting Room H @ 12:30pm*
    Thursday, November 3rd – Stanford Faculty Apartment @ 7:00pm*
    Sunday, November 6th – Eaton Classroom148 @ 6:30pm*
    Wednesday, November 9th – Mahoney/Pearson Classroom 116 & 118 @ 7:30pm*
    Monday, November 14th – Hecht Faculty Apartment @ 7:30pm*
    Thursday, December 1st – UC 2300 Meeting Room H @ 12:30pm
    Monday, December 5th – Eaton Classroom 148 @ 6:30pm
    Wednesday, January 18th – UC 2300 Meeting Room H @ 12:00pm
    Thursday, January 19th – Mahoney/Pearson Classroom 116 & 118 @ 7:00pm

    *Mid-Year RA Information will be shared in addition to the Academic Year RA 2017-2018 position.
    Resident Assistant Application

    Reminder: Attendance at an information session is required to apply. Any submitted applications by individuals who have not attended an information session will not be reviewed for consideration. Please see times and dates above.

    Resident Assistant selection process is now underway for anticipated openings for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are due Sunday, January 22, 2017 by 11:59pm. All components of the application file must show as complete for an official submission to be considered (this includes resume, cover letter, and references).

    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

    RA Resident Assistant Selection Timeline

    Mid-Year RA Application – Spring 2017

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:59pm – Completed Application
    Monday, November 28th at 11:59pm – Both Reference Forms completed by reference
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Interviews
    Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Distribution of Decision Letters

    Academic Year RA Application – 2017-2018

    Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:59pm – Completed Application Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:59pm – Both Reference Forms completed by reference
    Friday, February 3, 2017 – Candidate & RA Social
    Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Sunday, February 5, 2017 – Interview Day(s)
    Friday, February 17, 2017 – Distribution of Decision Letters