RA during training

One of the keys to our success is our fantastic RAs! Wondering if the RA position is right for you? Information sessions begin the first week of November and are required as part of the application process.

All students interested in the RA position for the 2020-2021 academic year must apply during the Spring 2020 application process. (There is no longer a fall semester application and hiring process.)


    Important Dates for 2020-2021 Academic Year Applicants:

    • RA Information Sessions begin November 4 (required)
    • Applications Open: October 28 at 4:30 p.m.
    • Applications Close: December 6 at 4:30 p.m.
    • Invitations to interview for the RA position sent: January 15, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
    • RA Interview Day: Saturday, February 1, 2020
    • Candidates can expect to receive a hiring decision beginning February 12 through February 25, 2020


    Application Process:

    1. RA Info Sessions:

    All applicants are required to attend an information session.

    November 4 6:00-7:00 p.m McAuley Great Room
    November 4 6:00-7:00 p.m. Women’s Center (34 So. Williams St.)
    November 12 5:00-6:00 p.m. Prism Center, Allen House (461 Main St.)
    November 12 6:30-7:30 p.m. Marsh-Austin-Tupper Classroom
    November 12 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wing-Davis-Wilks Multipurpose Room
    November 12 7:00-8:00 p.m. Harris/Millis Multipurpose Room (The "Garage")
    November 13 7:00-8:00 p.m. Jeanne Mance Hall
    November 13 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mosaic Student Center, Living/Learning E-140
    November 19 6:00-7:00 p.m. Interfaith Center


    2. What to Know Before You Apply

    General Training Dates: All RAs must attend the entirety of RA training. Fall RA training typically takes place starting the first week in August and Winter RA training usually takes place the week before classes start in January. As you are making internship, summer job, vacation, and/or travel arrangements, please keep that in mind!

    Learning Community Placement: While you’ll be able to preference Learning Community placement, you may not be offered an RA position in your top choice (we make every effort to place you within your top three choices). Placement is made on a variety of factors and your preference is just one of them. Please preference Learning Communities based on your interest and NOT based on desired complex. There is a high likelihood you could be placed in your top choice, but not in the specific residence hall.

    Hiring is on a Rolling Basis: RA position vacancies can arise at any time for a variety of reasons, so we hire on a rolling basis. This means that if you are on the alternate list, there is a high likelihood that you will be contacted to fill a vacancy. If you’re interested, hold on tight! We could contact you over the summer or even in the middle of the semester! If you need to know where you stand in our process in order to make other housing or involvement decisions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!

    Being a Role Model: Residential Life sets the highest standards of conduct and academic achievement for RAs. As an RA, you will be expected to adhere to the same Residential Life and University policies as your residents.

    3. Observe the RA Experience: Optional

    If you’re interested in seeing for yourself some of what being an RA entails, we welcome potential candidates who would like to shadow an RA on duty. To sign up for a shadowing opportunity, please email uvmra@uvm.edu with your name, contact phone number, and evening dates you are available. RAs are on duty every evening from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

    4. Submit an Application

    After you’ve attended an info session (required) and observed an RA in action (optional), it’s time to submit your application! The application includes general information, brief essay questions, and preferences for Learning Community placement. Only completed applications are guaranteed to be reviewed and moved on to The Big Weekend! Here some info you’ll need:

    • Your 95#
    • Resume
    • Time and date of the information session you attended

    Completed applications for the 2020-2021 fall hiring process are due December 6, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

    5. Interview Day

    After applications are reviewed, selected applicants are invited to The Big Weekend. This is where you can learn more about our Learning Communities and interview for the RA position.

    • RA Interview Day is February 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified whether or not they are invited to interview by January 15.
    • Studying abroad during Spring 2020? No worries—our team will work with you to conduct a Skype interview on this date.

    6. Selection Decisions Released

    • After the RA interview day, all candidates who were invited to interview can expect to receive a hiring decision between February 12-25, 2020. Hiring will be ongoing during this time—not all applicants will receive a hiring decision at the same time.
    • If you are offered an RA position, you MUST take note of the required due date for accepting the position given in your offer letter. If you do not submit your acceptance packet by the due date, we will assume you are declining the RA position.

    Apply to be an RA

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    Questions about the RA position?

    Email us at uvmra@uvm.edu