Interested in joining one of UCF’s most prominent and recognizable student leadership jobs? Serving as a member of the Housing and Residence Life staff team might be an excellent opportunity for you. By browsing this page, you’ll learn more about the Resident Assistant (RA) position, as well as how to become an eligible candidate during this year’s RA selection processes.
The RA position is a live-in position, whereupon, you are responsible for facilitating a positive community among residents, promoting a safe and comfortable living environment, and serving as a departmental and university representative and role model, all while living in a department assigned unit within a DHRL community. This position description and agreement serves as an overview of the DHRL expectations of your RA position with additional community specific expectations provided by your supervisor.
The application is currently open! Apply by October 1st, 2021.
The document provides an overview of the RA position, including responsibilities, qualifications, terms of employment, compensation, and important dates for the upcoming year.
Resident Assistant Overview: The RA position is a live-in position, whereupon, you are responsible for facilitating a positive community among residents, promoting a safe and comfortable living environment, and serving as a departmental and university representative and role model, all while living in a department assigned unit within a DHRL community. This document serves as an overview of the DHRL expectations of the RA position with additional community specific expectations provided by supervisors upon hire.
Residential Curriculum: As a part of living on campus, residents will become active, engaged and productive global citizens. To help get them there, residence life staff work throughout the year to follow a learning plan- a residential curriculum- focused on three pillars: Community Engagement, Self-Awareness, and Equity and Inclusion. At the core of the Residential Curriculum will be the development of individual relationships with each student on your floor/building. The Residential Curriculum will be covered during student staff trainings. RAs implement and assist with the assessment of the residential curriculum for their community. Some strategies include:
Community Development: RAs are responsible for building an inclusive community on their floor/building and around their community. Listed below are general community development responsibilities:
Administrative: RAs are responsible for various administrative tasks throughout the year. Listed below are the administrative responsibilities RAs will be responsible to complete.
Duty: Duty includes, but is not limited to, office hours, rounds – internal and external, lockouts, work orders, and incident response. RAs are expected to serve on duty year-round, including University holidays, closures and academic breaks (i.e., spring break). Supervisors will work with staff to equitably distribute duty shifts throughout the year.
Professionalism and Role Modeling:
Move-In and Move-Out: RAs are required to work all DHRL openings/closings of facilities during the year as scheduled by supervisors.
Academic Commitments: As a student leader, academics should be the RA’s top priority. Following academics, the RA position should be their top non-academic priority. The RA’s supervisor will work with them to make reasonable accommodations for their academic commitments. RAs are required to discuss internship or class commitments that interfere with the responsibilities outlined in this position description with their supervisor.
Background Check: All DHRL employees are subject to a background check. Hire status is conditional upon successful verification. If verification is not successful, an employment decision will be made by the Executive Director or their designee.
Enrollment: To hold the RA position, one must be a currently enrolled UCF or Valencia student with full-time student status, which is no less than 12 undergraduate units. Full time student status can be achieved through a combination of enrollment at UCF and Valencia or another college/university with approval from the Assistant Director for Residence Life and Education. RAs are required to have an Assistant Director for Residence Life and Education’s approval to drop below the class registration requirement. Summer class registration is not required for summer employment as an RA, as long as one is enrolled in the subsequent Fall semester. Please note that if RAs are not enrolled during the summer semester, their taxes and compensation may be impacted.
Government Approval:Approval to work by the U.S. government throughout the duration of employment is required by the University. Any international student hired to be a RA should consult with UCF Global to verify employment eligibility and status. International students should notify the Coordinator of Selection and Leadership of their status so they can provide the required hiring documents.
GPA: This is a student leadership position, and demonstrating academic excellence is expected. RAs must remain in good academic standing with the university during employment. Grade checks will be conducted by the Coordinator of Selection and Leadership in Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. Please note, taking courses during the summer is not required to remain eligible for this position, however, grades earned during the summer are calculated into employment eligibility.
All RAs are required to hold and maintain a minimum 2.50 overall cumulative GPA at the time of job offer and through the duration of employment. If the semester GPA drops below a 2.50, the RA will be placed on Academic Warning for the following semester of employment. If the overall cumulative GPA drops below 2.50, the RA will be placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of their employment. Any repeat occurrence of dropping below an overall cumulative 2.50 GPA will result in termination of the RA contract. RAs will be given two weeks to complete grade changes. RAs placed on either Academic Warning or Academic Probation will be required to complete an Academic Improvement Plan with their supervisor.
Office of Student Conduct: All RAs are required to, demonstrate the ability to abide by university regulations, state and federal laws is an important expectation. RAs must remain in good conduct standing (as determined by the DHRL) from their offer date and throughout employment to remain qualified for the RA position. Any prior violations/cases will be reviewed during the application process and eligibility will be determined by the the Assistant Director for Student Conduct & Care Management and the Associate Director for Residence Life. Violations of any Community Living Guide or Rules of Conduct may result in in a rescinded offer or the termination of the RA position.
Resident Assistants for Living Learning Communities (LLC) work in collaboration with University and outside partners to meet LLC goals and learning objectives. To learn more about the Living Learning Communities at UCF, visit the website here.
A required component of the Resident Assistant Application is attending a mandatory information session. This information session will review the RA position, application process, interview process, give further clarification on the hiring process.
The application is officially open! Apply at ucf.erezlife.com.
After a review of applications, selected candidates will be offered an interview.
More details will be communicated at the information sessions and following interviews about the process.