November 4, 2014

Dear Candidate:

Are you seeking a challenge? Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives? If you want and need the adventure of a lifetime, then you have come to the right place. Because being a Resident Assistant is the best job you’ll ever have. Welcome to RA Selection for the 2015-2016 school year.

Being a Resident Assistant is one of the most valuable experiences available to today’s college student. This position teaches numerous skills that will be useful to you for many years. Resident Assistants have the opportunity to increase their understanding of people, develop leadership skills, plan and present social and educational programs, fine tune time management skills, solve group conflicts, learn to deal with the unexpected, and be a valuable part of a team. It’s a great first step to building the skills needed to be successful in your professional career after college.

The successful RA candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a current University of Iowa full-time student. One year of on-campus living experience at time of employment.
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 each semester during the term of employment. Each semester of employment individual must achieve a minimum of 2.0 semester GPA. RAs must pass 70% of all credits attempted each semester.
  • Must be in good conduct standing with University Housing & Dining with no alcohol or drug related charges.
  • Attend mandatory spring (April 19, 2015), pre-fall (August 2-14, 2015) and winter (January 14-15, 2016) training workshops.
  • Must be available to work during Opening Week and On-Iowa (August 17-August 22, 2015).
  • May not hold other campus employment during academic year term of RA Appointment.
  • Enroll, attend, and successfully complete a 6-week Introductory RA Class (Issues in College Residence Halls: 415:001). The course meets one day a week for an optional 1 credit hour. The course will meet immediately after Spring Break.
  • As a condition of employment the RA must reside in a University Residence Hall or designated apartment complex.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and organization skills.
  • Ability to effectively work with a diverse population and adjust to challenging situations.
  • Reasonable experience in using computers; including Word, Excel, and e-mail.
  • Ability to show responsibility for own time-management.
  • Creative and self-motivated individual with demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check.

Candidates who submit a completed application by the deadline and meet the listed qualifications will be expected to participate and successfully complete the 4 session RA seminar that consists of a 90 minute session approximately twice a week detailing the RA position, to be considered further in the application process. These sessions will occur between January 21—February 3, 2015. More specific information will be sent to you on January 5th via university email on how to sign up for the seminar if you are eligible to continue in the selection process. Other important dates you will want to be aware of are listed under the 'Important Dates' section of the application web page.

The Resident Assistant position receives a salary of $5,000.00 pro-rated over a 10 month employment period. Other benefits include the experience you will gain while interacting with students and staff in your residence hall community, as well as an optional one credit hour from the RA course. As a condition of employment as a Resident Assistant you will be provided a single room or apartment, a full meal plan, and $100 Hawk Dollars a semester during the 2015-2016 academic year appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Residence Education, 260 Stanley Hall, 319-335-3700. The Residence Education staff and I look forward to meeting you. Good Luck!




Gregory R. Thompson

Assistant Director, Residence Education