Resident Assistant

RA Competencies:

Leaders: RAs will practice leadership through authentic and relational actions, recognizing that leadership is a process and the outcome is positive change for the greater community.

  • RAs are leaders within their residential community and the larger Wooster community.
  • Promote an inclusive and respectful environment for all people regardless of age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
  • Serve as mentors and role models to their residents. RAs hold diverse perspectives and often draw on their own experiences to guide their peers through the Wooster experience.
  • RAs are encouraged to utilize DEI resources to build inclusive residential communities and global citizens.
  • Engage in sustainable practices and empower residents to do so.
  • Be available and receptive to provide peer support, make referrals, and provide general information for their residents.

Role Models: RAs will recognize the responsibility and accountability that comes with leading and mentoring others in the community.

  • Serve as a credible role model by holding themselves and residents accountable to the Residence Life Housing Agreement, Scots Key, and community standards and norms.
  • Regularly interact with Faculty, Staff and Community partners to enhance learning outside of the classroom.
  • Strive to be an authentic leader within a community and create a positive experience for students.
  • Role model academic success as a student, maintaining the academic expectations of the role.

Critical Thinkers: RAs will solve problems and make decisions with an ethical and informed mindset, valuing the administrative responsibility of serving as an RA.

  • Identify a problem and know how/resources to address the problem.
  • Demonstrate an enhanced ability to employ evidence/information in conducting a comprehensive analysis of an issue or problem.
  • Utilize disciplined thinking that is clear rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.
  • Observe and report concerns in the community related to safety, facility, policy, and resident concerns.    
  • Take action to respond to problems within the scope of role and engage support as appropriate/required.

Peer Educator: RAs will serve as a key resource for the community members making appropriate and timely referrals that support student success. 

  • Provide opportunities for residents to reflect on their choice of major, career aspirations, etc. as they pursue their degree. RAs play a part in facilitating a culture of lifelong learning.
  • Create a community that is conducive to academic success.  RAs should be aware of basic academic policies and refer students to a variety of academic resources.
  • Through interactions with their residents, articulate their own identities and demonstrate an ability to speak to others across areas of social identity.

Community Engager: RAs will utilize intentional interactions and staff support to build a strong network of connected residents.

  • Develop relationships with residents. RAs are expected to have regular one-on-one and community wide interactions in order to get to know each resident individually. RAs help to connect residents in the community to one another.
  • Support residents’ leadership development through the encouragement of involvement in campus organizations and service opportunities.
  • Work with residents to maintain physical space within the community. Residents are encouraged to take appropriate care of their assigned space and the community as a whole.
  • Assist residents in proactively addressing individual and community conflict.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Training and Communication:

  • Participate in all training sessions, including regular in-services and sessions prior to each semester, weekly staff meetings, and scheduled one-on-one meetings with supervisors.
  • Uphold College policies and the rights for all members of the community through example, education, counseling, conflict resolution, and conduct proceedings.
  • Communicate issues of concern with appropriate staff to promote proactive interactions and positive relationships within the residential community.

Building Operation & Safety: 

  • Assist in the opening and closing of the residence halls and houses, the check-in and check-out of residents, building and room preparation for a resident’s arrival, and health and safety checks throughout the year.
  • Supporting the residential spaces by helping to maintain accurate records and reporting concerns to the appropriate parties.
  • Assuming staff coverage of the building and rounds rotation. RA On-Call shifts are from 8:00 pm – 8:00 am, when the College is session. 
  • Assuming staff coverage of building and rounds rotations during all college breaks (Fall, Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring).

Additional Responsibilities

  • Other duties as assigned related to assisting residents, supporting community at the College and fulfilling the Mission of the College and the Office of Residence Life. 

Terms and Conditions of Employment:

The Office of Residence Life should be viewed as the primary employer. Other non-academic commitments should be considered secondary to the RA position and its duties. The Resident Assistant job is considered a 10 hour per week position, and therefore RAs are eligible to work 10 hours per week in another position.  

Dates of Employment:

RAs will be required to return early to attend mandatory training to assist with move-in, stay late to help with move-out, or should an emergency arise on campus.  For breaks and non-training periods, RAs are expected not to make plans to leave campus until working with their direct supervisor. It is required that On-Call for break periods are covered before RAs are able to make plans not to be on campus during fall, Thanksgiving, and spring break. RAs who serve On-Call during break periods will receive additional compensation. Approval from a direct supervisor in advance of making plans is required before leaving early or arriving late, except for emergencies where immediate communication is appropriate. 

Fall Semester (RETURN/START DATES MAY CHANGE but will be NO EARLIER THAN the following):

RAs should plan to return to campus as early as Saturday, August 6, 2022
RAs are required to stay through Sunday, December 18, 2022 until 5 pm

Spring Semester 2023

RAs need to return to campus by Wednesday, January 11, 2023 by 4pm
RAs are released on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 5pm

Compensation for the Resident Assistant Position Includes:

  • A single room in a residential space at the double room rate.  Please be aware that all rooms will not be equal. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to assign a Resident Assistant to a different assignment or a temporary roommate in the event of a housing shortage or should needs in housing assignments require a move.
  • 1st and 2nd semester RAs- 50% credit for room and meal plan
  • 3rd and 4th semester RAs- 60% credit for room and meal plan
  • 5th semester, and beyond, semester RAs- 70% credit for room and meal plan 


Those serving as Resident Assistants must:

  • Meet full time student status.  
  • Must be a current student at the College of Wooster
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.70. Failure to do so could result in removal from the Resident Assistant position.
  • Be in good conduct standing with the College. This information will be verified through a conduct check conducted by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. 
  • Pass a criminal background check. Background Check Requirement This position is subject to a criminal background check. This position meets the following background check criteria: Possession of building master or sub-master key access to residences and certain other facilities. 
  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

Application Instructions New RAs:

  1. If you are applying for the position, and have never served as a Resident Assistant, you will need to attend one of the 6 possible information sessions. Should none of the times provided work for your schedule, you must outreach directly to the Director of Residence Life, John Reynold at
  2. You will be asked to provide two references. One reference can be a current Resident Assistant or previous employer. The other should be someone who can speak to your leadership skills and/or work skills.
  3. You will also be asked to submit reflective questions and resume for the position. Please make sure that you save them in PDF format when you upload them. You can upload them as one document or two separate documents.

For the reflective questions, please make sure that you address the following (please limit responses between 250-500 words):

  • Why are you interested in being a Resident Assistant?
  • How would you engage your community as a RA?
  • How would navigate relationships with those who have different identities or personal experiences than you?
  • Are you interested in being considered for theme housing on-campus? (All Gender Housing, First Generation Housing, Program/Service Houses). If so, what skills would you bring to those communities enhance the program?

Please note that Steps 4 and 5 of the application are optional and not available to those reviewing your application.

Application Instructions Returning RAs:

  1. Apply through the Interview Exchange (you will be asked to create a log-in and password).
  2. To fully submit your application:
    1. You must submit a portfolio of your work as an RA. Please include all kept work from previous semesters (newsletters, meeting agendas, programming proposals, program evaluations, bulletin boards, door decs, and treat trolley)
    1. You must submit reflective questions.
    1. Please make sure that you save all documents in a PDF format when you upload them.
  3. Assist in marketing of the RA position and in selection process for New RAs (Information Sessions and Individual Interviews)
  4. Participate in the Case Study Process

For the reflective questions, please make sure that you address each of the following questions (please limit responses between 250-500 words):

  • How have you grown and developed within the RA position (you may focus on personal, professional, or academic development)
  • How will you contribute to the RA role moving forward?
  • What is a challenge you have experienced as a RA? How will you navigate that challenge moving forward?
  • Are you interested in being considered for theme housing on-campus? (All Gender Housing, First Generation Housing, Program/Service Houses). If so, what skills would you bring to those communities enhance the program?