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University Housing / Employment / RA


Position Overview

Resident Assistants (RAs) are paraprofessionals who live and work in the residence halls. They work with Residence Coordinators/Hall Directors/Assistant Coordinators and other University Housing staff members to develop programs and provide services for students. Each RA assumes responsibility for approximately fifty (50) students. RAs usually live on the same floor as their assigned residents. RAs are carefully selected for their academic proficiency, extracurricular involvement, concern for the welfare of fellow students, and ability to cope with the demands of their role. They are trained to be sensitive to the academic, emotional, and social challenges facing college students, particularly those involved with the normal adjustments to residence hall living.



  • A cumulative FSU grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at time of application and employment (transfer students may not use the GPA from their former institution)
  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA throughout the period of employment as a RA and at least a 2.75 semester GPA each semester employed as a RA.
  • Must attend ONE of the RA Information Sessions listed below (if you do not attend your application will be removed from the process).
  • RA Information Sessions will be held in the Wellness Center 2100 Auditorium. Information Sessions start promptly at the time listed below. If you are not there when we start we will ask that you attend another session.
    • Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8:00pm
    • Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00pm
    • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:00pm
    • Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00pm
    • Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00pm
  • Any two semesters of residence hall experience (including current semester and summer) at FSU.
  • All students who become top candidates for this opening must be in good conduct standing with the University.
  • Successful Background Check


Important Information

  • The application window for the RA position is November 3, 2014 through January 12, 2015 at 5:00pm.
  • A complete application includes:
  • Applicants of the position are required to participate in a group selection process on the weekend of January 23 – 25, 2015. This process will occur over the entire weekend and applicants are expected to participate in all aspects of the process.
    • Meeting all of the qualifications listed above
    • An (electronic) application, received by 5:00pm on January 12, 2015
    • A reference form, completed by someone who can speak to your work performance, submitted to the Residence Life Office by 5:00pm on January 12, 2015
    • A resume is also required for the application to be complete. If you need assistance with creating a resume please visit the Career Center’s website here. It has online resources to help with creating a resume. If you have a resume and would like for it to be reviewed please visit the Career Center in Dunlap Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm to meet with a career advisor.


  • Know every resident within his/her assigned area.
  • Provide assigned residents the opportunity for educational and social interactions through hall program offerings.
  • Maintain a working relationship with the respective floor representative(s), hall government officers, and other special interest groups.
  • Serve as a liaison between residents, University Housing, and other University agencies.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with all university and residence hall regulations and be responsible for their enforcement. As official University staff members, RAs assume responsibility for maintaining a level of expectation consistent with the educational philosophies of the university.
  • Assist Housing Maintenance by reporting needed repairs or other concerns in the assigned area to the Facilities Supervisor.
  • Serve on duty in the residence hall during evening hours on weekdays and on weekends on a rotating basis. Supervisors assume final responsibility for arranging individual hall schedules and setting guidelines for specific halls. Staff will also be required to work during Thanksgiving break as assigned.
  • Prepare reports and materials designated by the Residence Coordinator/Hall Director/Assistant Coordinator.
  • Reside full-time in an assigned room in a residence hall. RAs are informed of exact dates of hall openings and closings at the time of employment.
  • Attend centralized and in-hall RA staff/development meetings, and other meetings.
  • Participate in staff recruitment processes as deemed necessary by supervisor(s) and University Housing staff.
  • Be responsible to the respective Residence Coordinator/Hall Director/Assistant Coordinator for the performance of the above named duties as well as any additional duties assigned.


RAs are contracted by a Reasonable Agreement to work forty hours bi-weekly, except during specified periods. RAs compensation begins at $8.30 per hour. RAs will also receive a 50% discount on their room and board.

RAs may petition their supervisor(s) for approval to work up to 10 hours per week between the hours of 7 AM and 8 PM in positions outside of Housing that do not require them to be on-call. RAs are encouraged to seek employment opportunities on campus or those that do not require significant commuting distances from campus. Additional employment requests, including the hours, location, and nature of employment, must be submitted in writing to the RA’s supervisor(s) for review. Any supervisor(s) must grant the RA permission to work in addition to their RA responsibilities before the RA commits to another employment opportunity. Employment expectations of the RA, including staff meetings, training, hall opening, hall closing, selection, Housing functions, and other RA events, take priority over outside employment. If a RA’s academic or work performance fails to meet expectations, permission to work in addition to the RA position may be withdrawn.



RAs are required to participate in all scheduled trainings. Intensive training will take place prior to the opening of residence halls in the Fall and Spring semesters.  During the upcoming Spring semester, there will be an orientation session that will take place in April. This date will be in the hire letter.


RAs are expected to take possession of their assigned room on the day designated for the beginning of the training program and must be physically present as of that date. RAs must pay room rates as billed by the Housing Office. All charges must be paid by the deadline date for all residents.

ADA Compliance

These application materials are available in alternative format upon request. If you require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in RA selection activities, please contact University Housing at 850-644-2863 as soon as possible.

Confidentiality Policy

These positions require compliance with University confidentiality policies.



Before applying for this position, please know the following:

  • If you did not attend a RA Information Session, your application will be removed and you will not be able to attend RA Selection Weekend. 
  • You will need to know what your FSUSN is. Note that this is neither your FSU card number nor FSU ID. Please go to  to find your FSUSN.
  • You will have to sign-in to the application process.  You need to make sure account name and password is checked off, you are NOT a guest.  The username and password are both raapplication (all lower case)
    • You will have to complete the application and essays in FULL to submit a completed application. Once you leave the page you cannot log back in to your application.
    • You will be timed out if you keep the window open to long.
    • Click Submit at the end of the application. You will see a confirmation once you are done.

If you have any questions or problems please call Residence Life at 850-644-2863 or e-mail


You are now ready to fill out the application.

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