Please note: You must have lived in the residence halls at UVM or another college/university for a minimum of one completed semester in order to participate in the RA selection process.
Q. I’ve heard there is a class you must take after being hired as an RA. What is that like?
A. The RA self-development class is a one-credit course that meets semi-regularly throughout the semester. It is designed to educate RA candidates on the philosophy, mission and priority areas of the Department of Residential Life at UVM. Additionally, the class provides opportunities for RA candidates to learn more about themselves and others while exploring topics such as diversity and social justice, leadership styles, community-building, ethics, and role-modeling. This course can be taken for credit or as an audit.
Q. I’m a transfer student and lived in the residence halls for at least one semester in my last institution. Am I eligible to apply?
Q. What is duty like?
A. When RAs are on duty, they are expected be at their complex main desk until it closes, and to remain visible in their complex between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. the following day. While on duty, RAs carry a phone so they can be reached by residents for various reasons throughout the night. RAs also conduct community walks during their duty nights. Community walks are primarily a tool for community-building. RAs are visible throughout the complex while on community walks, meeting and greeting students, answering questions, and being highly accessible resources to the students they serve. While on duty, RAs also occasionally encounter policy violations which must be documented.
Q. What are the benefits of becoming an RA?
A. Becoming an RA is one of the most exceptional employment decisions a UVM student can make. The RA position is a highly sought-after and highly respected student leadership position. RAs are true leaders among their peers. RAs are friends, role models, community-builders, resources, and allies. The experience, skills, and knowledge acquired through the RA position stay with RAs long after they graduate. The Department of Residential Life compensates RAs by providing a single room and meal plan.
Q. What are complex staffs like?
A. Each residential complex has a staff of 10-17 RAs, as well as a professional residence director and assistant residence director. RAs also work closely with other complex staff, including their complex office manager, student desk staff, and custodial staff. RAs attend weekly staff meetings Mondays 9-11 p.m., where they reconnect and discuss the business of the week. The staff spends a lot of time together and typically becomes an extremely strong support system as well as a close network of friends. Being part of a complex team is a fun, rewarding experience.
Q. What is RA Training like?
A. RA training occurs during the three weeks before the halls open in the fall, and the week before the halls reopen after winter break. Training typically includes evening commitments but is also balanced by some weekends off and built-in break times for life management. Training prepares RAs for the position, educating them on policies and procedures, and continuing to challenge them around issues of diversity and social justice, inclusion and community-building. Training is also an amazing chance for RA staffs to bond and grow as a team.
Q. What is the time commitment like?
A. The RA position is a 20 hour-per-week commitment. Those 20 hours are typically made up of duty, weekly staff meeting, weekly supervisory meeting, programs, and community interactions. RAs are also expected to stay a day later during hall closings and typically return a day early when the halls reopen.
Q. Will becoming an RA impact my financial aid?
A. Student Financial Services has created several FAQs on their site related to the resident advisor position - Aid for Resident Advisors FAQs.
Q. If I have a judicial record or have gone through the conduct process on campus, can I still be a resident advisor?
A. We look at student’s conduct cases on an individual basis. While it will not automatically disqualify you from the RA selection process, please realize that it might have an impact on our hire decision. Feel free to include any additional information that would speak to what you have learned from the process.
Q. What does the group interview process for the RA candidate look like?
A. The group interview allows you to work on a problem as a part of a small team that is reflective of how you might work on programs as an RA. The group interview process lasts approximately two hours.
Q. What if I can’t track down an RA for the shadowing process/application?
A. We encourage you to get in contact with the AC, RD, or ARD of the complex you are most interested in shadowing as soon as possible. In addition, you can talk to the RAs of your complex about getting in contact with other staff members. Finally, you may stop by the main desk of another complex, as RAs are always there from the hours of 8-11 p.m.
Q. What does the shadowing process entail?
A. You will spend time with an RA while they work at the main desk and during a community walk in order to gain further insight into the RA position and answer the written application questions.
Q. What does the individual interview process for the RA candidate look like?
A. The individual interview is scheduled online with a staff member and current RA. These interviews ask some basic information about the RA position and will last approximately 30-45 minutes.