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Resident Assistant

Residence Life professional and student staff

We are excited that you are considering applying to be a member of our residence life team. The Resident Assistant position is considered to be one of the most important, influential, and rewarding leadership opportunities available to students.

Resident assistants (RA) are part-time undergraduate student staff members of Housing & Residence Life (HRL) and the University's Office of Campus Life. HRL believes that life in the residence halls provides students an important opportunity to complement their classroom learning experience. The RA fulfills a vital role in the residence hall system by helping students integrate learning experiences gained from both inside and outside of the classroom. The primary function of the RA is to facilitate interpersonal relationships and to create living situations that maximize the opportunities for students to learn and grow.

Eligibility Requirements

  • One (1) residential semester at American University
  • 45+ credit hours at the time of application, 60+ earned credit hours by the time of employment (August 7)
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA, maintain 2.75 semester GPA while employed
  • Good standing in conduct

Selection Process

  1. Review the Resident Assistant job description.
  2. Complete online application (, due Monday, January 22 at 12 p.m. EST.
  3. Participate in an individual interview February 3-4, 2018. You will be assigned a 1-hour interview time, so please ensure availability both days.
  4. Position decisions will be communicated via AU email February 13, 2018 around 5 p.m. EST.

Optional resume and cover letters may be submitted to Documents must be in a PDF format and saved as LastName, FirstName_DocumentType (Eagle, Clawed_Resume.pdf) or they will not be considered part of the candidate file.

Information Sessions

Attend an information to learn more! Information sessions will be held January 16-19, 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day in McDowell 119.


  • November 27, 2017 at 8 a.m. EST: Application opens
  • January 22, 2018 at 12 p.m. EST: Application closes
  • February 3-4, 2018: Interviews conducted
  • February 13, 2018: Position decisions communicated via AU email