November 3, 2015

Dear Candidate:

Welcome to RA Selection for the 2016-2017 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.

There are a variety of opportunities available to become a part of the Residence Education Team. You can apply to be any of these positons. Resident Assistant (RA) is a traditional position where you will live and work in the residence halls with primarily first-year students in a Living Learning Community. You can also apply to be a UI REACH RA, which is an RA that works directly with the UI REACH program. The UI REACH [ Realizing Educational and Career Hopes] program works with students with learning and cognitive disabilities. You can also apply to be a Community Assistant (CA) where you will work in the University Apartments and work with that unique student population.

The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:

·         Must be current University of Iowa full-time student.

·         Must have one year of on-campus living experience at time of employment.

·         Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 each semester during the term of employment.

o   For each semester of employment, RAs must achieve a minimum of 2.0 semester GPA.

o   RAs must pass 70% of all credits attempted each semester.

·         Must be in good conduct standing with the University.

·         Attend mandatory spring training (April 17, 2016), pre-fall training (August 3 – 12, 2016), and winter training (January 13-14, 2017).

·         Must be available to work during Opening Week and On Iowa! (August 13 – 20, 2016).

·         May not hold other paid employment during academic year term of RA appointment.

·         Enroll, attend, and successfully complete a six week introductory RA Class (Issues in College Residence Halls: 415:001). The course meets one day a week for two hours for an optional one credit hour.

·         Demonstrate the following qualifications:

o   Excellent verbal and written communication and organization skills.

o   Ability to effectively work with a diverse population and adjust to challenging situations.

o   Reasonable experience in using computers; including Word, Excel, and e-mail.

o   Ability to show responsibility for own time-management.

·         Must successfully complete a criminal background check.

Candidates who submit a completed application by the deadline of December 22, 2015 and meet the listed qualifications will be expected to participate and successfully complete the 3 session RA seminar that consists of a one and a half hour session approximately twice a week detailing the RA position, to be considered further in the application process. These sessions will occur between January 19 – January 27, 2016. More specific information will be sent to you on January 8th 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 2016-2017 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!




Becky Wilson

Assistant Director, Residence Education