RAs in Harris/Millis

One of the keys to our success is our fantastic RAs!

In September we will begin recruiting RAs for the Spring 2018 semester to fill any vacancies that may arise. We highly encourage you to attend one of our information sessions!


Fall Recruitment for Mid-Year Hire RAs Important Dates:

  • Applications Go Live: September 11, 2017
  • Applications and References Due: October 24, 2017
  • “The Big Weekend” Invitation (Interview Weekend): November 11, 2017
  • Selection Decisions Announced: November 17, 2017
  • Acceptances Due: December 1, 2017
  • Mid-Year Hire Orientation: December 4, 2017

Application Process: Get Started

1. 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 typically 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 also 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 complex.

Hiring is on a Rolling Basis: RA position vacancies can arise at any time for a variety of reasons, and 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.

2. Attend an Info Session: Optional, but Highly Recommended!

Learn more about the RA position, ask questions from current Residential Life staff, and start imaging yourself as part of the RA experience! Can’t attend an info session? A webinar video will be available October 11, 2017.


Fall 2017 Info Sessions (you may attend at any location):

• Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. - Harris/Millis "garage" (room 115 near the main desk)
• Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. - LGBTQA Center (Allen House, 461 Main Street)
• Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. - Wing/Davis/Wilks Multi-Purpose Room
• Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00p.m. -  McAuley Lounge
• Tuesday, October 17 at 5:00 p.m. - MOSAIC Center (Living/Learning E-140)

3. Observe the RA Experience

As part of the application, you’ll need to shadow an RA, other than your own, on community walks! You’ll also need to attend one RA program within any residential community. Please talk with your RA or contact the RA Recruitment and Selection team at uvmra@uvm.edu for assistance in connecting with another RA.

4. Submit an Application

After you’ve observed an RA in action, 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
  • Name, relationship, phone number, and email of two references (character references are NOT allowed). Please select a previous supervisor, mentor, teacher, etc. Please do not ask friends or peers to submit a reference on your behalf.
  • Email address of the RA you shadowed.

Completed applications for the fall hiring process are due October 24, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

5. The Big Weekend!

After applications are reviewed, selected applicants are invited to The Big Weekend! This is where you get to learn more about our learning communities and interview for the RA position.

Fall Semester: For mid-year hires, The Big Weekend includes one individual and one group interview.

Fall RA Interviews will be held on November 11, 2017. The RA recruitment team will reach out to all candidates by November 1, 2017, informing them whether they are able to move forward in our process as well as their specific interview time and location.

6. Selection Decisions Released

After The Big Weekend, candidates can expect to hear back about selection decisions for the RA position on November 17, 2017. Candidates who participate in our fall selection process will receive one of three statuses:

  • Hired: You’ve been hired as a mid-year hire with a placement decision.
  • Alternate: We are not able to offer you an RA position as a mid-year hire at this time. However, you may be contacted to fill any additional vacancies that may arise at a later date. As an applicant in our fall process, you will be considered as a part of the candidate pool for selection of RAs for the 2018-2019 academic year, following our spring cycle.
  • Decline: We are not able to offer you an RA position for the Spring 2018 semester. However, we encourage you to reapply during our Spring 2018 RA selection process.

Candidates who are either Hired or placed on our Alternate list will have until December 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. to accept their position.

Apply to be an RA

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Questions about the RA position?

Email us at uvmra@uvm.edu

Or contact ResLife main office