Resident Assistant

We are anticipating openings for the 2017-18 Residential Assistant position. Join our community of leaders!

  • Earn $1,500 PLUS room and board!
  • Gain valuable leadership skills
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Learn time management and communication
  • Learn to plan events

Learn more about the RA position by viewing our RA Selection Booklet (PDF).

Position Description

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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. 

Important Information

Early Return to Campus

Please note that all RA staff are required to move back to campus on prior to the start of the academic year. International students who are RAs may begin to move back on Friday, August 25, 2017. Domestic students should plan to move in on Sunday, August 27, 2017 by 6:00 PM. Fall training dates are August 27-September 14, 2017. RA staff are not permitted to participate in other activities throughout RA training and openings, August 26, 2017 – September 18, 2017.

Residential Life invites you to approach us early in the application process and contact AccessibleNU (; 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 (; 847-491-7458) if you think you may require a work-related accommodation.

RA Financial Aid information

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Residential Services hires students who have the potential to be successful in all communities. If you are selected for an RA position, we will consider your preferences when making hiring and placement decisions; however, we will place departmental needs before RA candidate preferences. Once you have submitted your application, you may not change your preferences. RA staff will learn their area, building, and room placement prior to the end of the academic year.

Interview Skills Workshops

Residential Services and Northwestern Career Advancement offer three optional Interview Skills Workshops for NEW RA candidates. RA candidates are highly encouraged to attend one of the Interview Skills Workshops. Below are the three RA Interview Skills options.

  • Monday, January 30: 6:00-7:30 PM | Elder Hall 030
  • Tuesday, January 31: 6:00-7:30 PM | Norris 104
  • Wednesday, February 1: 6:00-7:30 PM | Shepard Hall B25