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Applications for 2021-22 are now being accepted until April 1, 2021. To be considered for the positions, the entire application, including references, must be submitted. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. If you have questions, please contact Community Coordinator Tiffany Hamilton for more information.
At Wright State University–Lake Campus, the Resident Assistant (RA) position is an integral position within the Lake Campus Housing Department (Housing). Resident Assistants are Housing student staff members who have direct and constant, day-to-day resident interaction throughout the year. As paraprofessional staff, RAs engage in a very exciting, rewarding, and challenging experience. Those involved in the Housing program will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and enhance their communication skills while gaining a better understanding of themselves and others.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required at time of application. Individuals selected for the Resident Assistant position must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 through the end of the Spring Semester. Employment will not commence until the first day of the fall training period. In the event that an individual who is selected for the RA position has his or her cumulative GPA drop below the required GPA at the end of the Spring Semester, that individual will immediately have the offer of employment withdrawn. Individuals will not be allowed to begin a position while on probation. Resident assistants must be enrolled as full-time students (12 credit hours) at Wright State University–Lake Campus. Individuals should not apply for the position unless they are able to make an employment commitment for the entire academic year.
Along with an invaluable and rewarding growth experience, Resident Assistants receive a $500 stipend each semester; a single assigned RA room; and compensated telecom fees. Note: Facilities for partners and/or dependents are not currently available.
The Resident Assistant position requires strong leadership; it is understood that a significant degree of availability in the residential community and a significant time commitment is required for Resident Assistants to be successful with the development of their respective communities and effective completion of their position responsibilities. To be successful, an RA must make the position part of his or her lifestyle and have a passion for reaching out and working with fellow students on a daily basis. Individuals who apply for and accept the Resident Assistant position will be expected to utilize effective personal time and stress management techniques while successfully balancing academic studies, job responsibilities, and personal life.
Due to the time demands of the RA position, Resident Assistants who desire to take more than the normal undergraduate 16 credit hour load will need to receive advance approval from the Director of Student Affairs. Individuals who desire to take graduate (master’s, doctorate, and medical school) classes or participate in student teaching, internships, co-ops, or nursing clinicals will need to obtain approval from the director of student affairs prior to being employed in the RA position. Individuals who hold paid positions (limited to on-campus positions) may not be employed as a RA if compensation for that position is equivalent to more than 10 hours per week as such a position is considered secondary employment.
Given the important commitment an RA has to make to his or her community, as well as time demands on the Resident Assistant position, Resident Assistants are limited to no more than 12 hours of outside commitments to the RA position, including secondary employment (maximum 10 hours), community involvement, or campus leadership activities. Employment outside the department will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such employment requires advance approval from the immediate supervisor. While supervisors will work with staff members as they juggle a second job, it will be expected that there will be no schedule, time commitment, or job concerns resulting from secondary employment and/or student teaching, internships, nursing clinicals, or extracurricular activities. RA training is required for all staff and RAs. Pre-academic year RA training generally takes place for the entire two weeks prior to fall opening. A follow-up training weekend may also be required.
Resident assistants will be assigned to a building as determined by housing. Resident assistants will be expected to remain in good academic and judicial standing with housing and the university at all times. Upon leaving the RA position (whether by termination or resignation), the RA will not be allowed to reside in the same building in which s/he was employed. Individuals who quit or get terminated from their positions prior to the end of the employment contract may be subject to a $150 separation fee. The term of the RA contract is for one academic year only and reinstatement for the following is not automatic. Current Resident Assistants wishing to return for the following academic year may be asked to participate in an interview.
The Resident assistant position offers an attractive array of non-monetary benefits such as enhanced leadership skills, opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally, transferable job experience, ability to communicate with a very diverse array of individuals, opportunities to challenge yourself and try new ideas in a supportive and non- threatening community, lifelong friendships that form as a result of the job, in-depth in-service and skills training, and opportunities to attend student leadership conferences, as well as have a lot of fun. However, the job is not for everyone. It is important that candidates, prior to applying for the position, reflect upon their own capabilities and motivations for applying.