Housing & Residence Life

Resident Assistant (RA)

Spring 2020 and Academic Year 2020/2021 RA Information

Resident Assistants (RAs) are integral to the operation of our residence halls. RAs are asked to fill a variety of roles ranging from peer mentor, event planner, campus resource to peer advisor. We encourage you to read the Resident Assistant Role Description to become more knowledgeable of the qualifications desired for the position. Also, we encourage you to reach out to a current RA to learn more about the role. 

Resident Assistant Role Description

Being an RA is not only a valuable service to your peers but can also help develop skills that will benefit you in life after Duke. Many industries value the RA experience and transferable skills cultivated through the position that contribute to their organizations. Some of these skills include managing others, effective communication, leadership, building relationships, time management and organization, the ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds, empathy, crisis management, listening, and more.

Once you have reviewed the Resident Assistant Role Description and the information below, complete your RA application.

Any questions about the RA position should be directed to the RA Selections team at rlselections@duke.edu.

  • All RAs are required to attend a fall and spring training each year. Fall 2020 RA training will begin on August 8, 2020. If selected as an RA, you will be expected to make arrangements with summer internships, jobs, and family and friends to attend RA training.
  • This position includes building and maintaining a community of your peers, part of which means serving in an on-call rotation. While on-call, you will be responsible for confronting violations of Duke University and Housing and Residence Life policy, mediating conflict, and working with a diverse group of individuals.
  • The RA role involves an approximate 15 hour/week commitment. This time commitment includes RA staff meetings, 1:1s with your Residence Coordinator and/or Graduate Resident, planning programs in your community, and being on-call. We do expect the RA position to be your top priority, after academics. However, we will work with you to balance other campus involvements with your academics and the RA position.

Attending an information session will assist you in understanding the RA role in more detail. You can attend any information session listed, regardless of location. Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, October 14, 2019: 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Giles Commons Room (First-year Campus)
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019: 11:00 am-12:00 pm in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Meeting Room (Bryan Center)
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019: 6:00 - 7:00 pm in Craven House C (Lumos) Commons Room (Upperclass Campus)
  • Tuesday, October 29th, 2019: 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Brown Commons Room (First-Year Campus)
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2019: 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the Brodhead Center, Room 068
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019: 5:00 - 6:00 pm in The Bolt, Edens Quad (Upperclass Campus)
  • Friday, November 15, 2019: 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Center for Multicultural Affairs Resource Room (Bryan Center)
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020: 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Keohane Atrium (Upperclass Campus)
  • Thursday, January 9, 2019: 6:00 - 7:00 pm in GA DownUnder (First-year Campus)

Please pay attention to the following dates, as there are different priority deadlines for the Spring 2020 and Academic Year 2020/2021 processes:

November 1, 2019, at 11:59 pm: Priority Deadline to be considered for the RA role for the Spring 2020 semester. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered for the 2020-2021 academic year RA position. Note: First-year students are not eligible to be hired as an RA for the Spring 2020 semester. However, they are eligible to start in Fall 2020.

January 10, 2020, at 11:59 pm: Final deadline to submit an application for the Academic Year 2020/2021 RA position. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on an as-needed basis.

The application will take, on average, 60 minutes to complete. The application asks you to provide a resume, brief answers to 4 reflective questions, and references. References may be contacted periodically during the application period. Please be sure you have made them aware that they are serving as your reference before you submit your application.

Candidate applications are reviewed by the Residence Life team (Residence Coordinators and Campus Deans).  Applications are considered based on the quality of application responses and eligibility for the position.

Apply for the RA position

As a reminder:

November 1, 2019, at 11:59 pm: Priority Deadline to be considered for the RA role for the Spring 2020 semester. Applications received after this deadline will still be considered for the Academic Year 2020-2021 process. Note: First-year students are not eligible to be hired as an RA for the Spring 2020 semester. However, they are eligible to start in Fall 2020.

January 10, 2020, at 11:59 pm: Final deadline to submit an application for the Academic Year 2020/2021 RA position. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on an as-needed basis.

Spring 2020:

Applicants who submit an application and are invited to interview for the RA position can expect interviews to take place November 20 - 23, 2019. Candidates invited to interview for the RA role will be sent an invitation to schedule an interview on or near November 11. Look for these interview invitations via your Duke email.

Academic Year 2020/2021:

Applicants who submit an application and are invited to interview for the RA position can expect interviews to take place January 30 - February 1, 2020. Candidates invited to interview for the RA role will be sent an invitation to schedule an interview. Look for these interview invitations via your Duke email.

Spring 2020:

We will begin updating candidates about their status beginning December 1, 2019. 

You will receive one of three notices:

  • Selected as an RA
  • Selected as an alternate, or
  • Declined from the position.

Academic Year 2020/2021:

We will begin updating candidates about their status beginning February 10, 2020. You will receive one of three notices:

  • Selected as an RA
  • Selected as an alternate, or
  • Declined from the position.

Candidates selected will have until February 17, 2020 to confirm acceptance of the position. Hiring for the RA role occurs on a rolling basis and we make offers for the RA position through August 2020. If you’re not immediately selected as an RA, you still have a chance to be offered a position later in the year.

Spring 2020:

Training dates to be determined. December offer letters will outline winter training dates.

Academic Year 2020/2021:

Resident Assistant Leadership Institute (RALI): All new RAs are required to take the Resident Assistant Leadership Institute after spring break. Date to be confirmed with new RAs.

All Academic Year 2020/2021 RAs will be expected to return to campus on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Training schedules will be distributed at a later date.

Resident Assistants receive a stipend that is divided into four payments throughout the year. Additionally, they receive free on campus housing and a meal allotment. The meal allotment is not considered a full meal plan. Its purpose is to provide RAs with food points so they can dine with residents. RAs typically supplement the meal allotment with their own funds.

Financial Implication of Role Benefits:
The financial benefits of the Resident Assistant role may impact one’s financial aid package. HRL is required to provide financial details for the RA role to the Office of Financial Aid. We encourage you to contact the Office of Financial Aid at Duke with your questions. They have provided some examples and information on their website.

 

1. I currently do not have a 2.5 GPA.  Am I eligible to be a Resident Assistant?

  • No. In order to be eligible to be interviewed, a candidate must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. HRL reviews the GPA of all candidates prior to the interview process after applications have been submitted. 

2. I am currently on disciplinary probation through the Office of Student Conduct.  Am I eligible to be an RA?

  • No.  In order to be interviewed, a candidate must be in good standing with the University.  HRL facilitates a student conduct check on each candidate prior to the interview process. 

3. I am a rising Sophomore; may I serve as a RA on the Upperclass Campus?

  • Yes, however there are a limited number of positions available.

4. I work about 10 hours/week for another department, can I still be a RA?

  • Yes, however employment in other departments must be pre-approved by your Residence Coordinator. We estimate that a RA will spend approximately 15 hours/week in the role and we want to be certain you are able to manage your academic commitments and RA commitments.

5. I am not available for RA training in August.  Can I still apply?

  • No (and yes).  It is required for all Resident Assistants to attend training. HRL does allow for RAs to apply for exceptions to be absent from training for specific academically-related reasons. 

6. I have been invited to interview for the RA role, however am currently studying abroad. How can I interview for the role?

  • If you are currently studying abroad, have applied to a role, and have been invited to interview, we will conduct video interviews. You will be provided with an opportunity to indicate how we can contact you during the selections process.

7. If I am studying abroad in the fall semester and would like to be a RA for the spring semester, how do I apply?

  • The application process is the same, however if selected, you’ll be placed in the priority alternate pool after completing the RA Leadership Institute (RALI).