Resident Assistant

Group of RAs

Resident Assistant (RA) positions are now available for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Applications are due Monday, January 26, 2015 by 11:59 PM.

Position Description

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How to Apply

  1. Carefully review all RA position information including the RA Position Description, mandatory dates, and application information so you are aware of the expectations.
  2. Attend one of the RA Information sessions [dates, times, and locations listed below]. Information sessions are open to all. Attending an Information Session is encouraged, but not required as part of the application process.
  3. Complete all sections of the RA application by 11:59 PM on January 26, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  4. Attend one of three RA Interview Skills Workshops [dates, times, and locations listed below]. Not required
  5. Sign up for an individual interview AND Group Process time slot by 11:59 PM on January 26, 2014. Required
  6. RA Candidates will be notified on March 4, 2015 of their status.

RA Application Information

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All Candidates

  • Personal Information including basic demographics, conduct status, and time commitments for next year
  • Previous employment experience
  • Leadership and volunteer experience
  • Community preferences
  • References: Each RA candidate must submit the name and contact information of one reference. It cannot be a family member, friend, or staff member within Residential Services.

New RA Candidates

New RA Candidates are required to have a current RA fill out the RA Reference Form. You will be asked the following essay questions. Each question has a limit of 150 words.

  1. Why do you want to be a Resident Assistant?
  2. What skills and abilities do you possess that will make you successful in the RA job? How will those skills and abilities impact your daily interactions with residents?
  3. The mission of Northwestern University’s Division of Student Affairs is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern Experience. What do you see as the role of an RA in this mission?

Returning RA Candidates

Please be prepared to upload your current resume. You will be asked the following essay questions. Each question has a limit of 150 words.

  1. Why are you applying to return as a Resident Assistant?
  2. What did you find to be the most challenging aspect of the RA position? What has this taught you about yourself?
  3. The mission of Northwestern University’s Division of Student Affairs is to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern Experience. What do you see as the role of an RA in this mission?

RA Reference Form

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Each candidate is required to have a current RA fill out the RA Reference Form. If you do not currently live on campus, a former CA is also acceptable.  All RA Reference Forms are due by 11:59 PM on January 26, 2015.

RA Interview Skills Workshops

The dates and times of the workshops are listed below. Locations are TBD. We will post them here in early 2015. Sign up for a workshop by using our interview skills workshop signup.

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015 6:00-7:30 PM

Info Sessions

To learn more about the RA position, come to one of our information sessions:

  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
    General Info Session | 6:00-7:00 PM | Tech L168
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
    General Info Session | 5:00-6:00 PM | Norris Wildcat 101
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
    Bobb McCulloch & 2303 Sheridan Info Session | 9:00-10:00 PM | Bobb Lounge
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 12
    Elder Area Info Session | 6:00-7:00 PM | Elder | Seminar Room 030
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 13
    Foster Walker Area Info Session | 6:00-7:00 PM |West Basement Lounge
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 13
    WASH Area Info Session | 8:30-9:30 PM | Willard Lounge
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 15
    GLASS Area Info Session | 8:00-9:00 PM | Sargent Lounge
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 15
    SHARC Area Info Session | 7:00-8:00 PM | Allison Lounge
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 20
    General Info Session | 5:00-6:00 PM | Scott Hall Conference Room
  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
    J1F Area Info Session 7:00-8:00 PM | Hinman Lounge

Early Return to Campus

Please note that all RA staff are required to move back to campus on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The first day of training is Thursday, August 27, 2015. RA staff are not permitted to participate in other activities throughout RA training and openings, August 27, 2015-September 21, 2015.

Residential Life invites you to approach us early in the application process and contact AccessibleNU (accessiblenu@northwestern.edu; 847-467-5530) if you think you may require a housing accommodation. In addition, we welcome you to work with us and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (eeo@northwestern.edu; 847-491-7458) if you think you may require a work-related accommodation.

RA Financial Aid information

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