The RA role is one of UCF’s most prominent and recognizable student leadership jobs.
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.
Applications open July 1st, 2023 and close October 1st, 2023.
Below is an overview of the RA position, including responsibilities, qualifications, terms of employment, compensation, and important dates for the upcoming year.
What does an RA do?
The RA will be responsible for building a strong community on the floor/building and within the community. Listed below are general community development responsibilities:
RAs are responsible for various administrative tasks throughout the year, including, but not limited to:
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., winter recess, spring break, and severe/inclement weather). Supervisors will work with staff to equitably distribute duty shifts throughout the year.
RAs are required to work all DHRL openings/closings of residential communities during the 2023-2024 year as scheduled by the RA's supervisor.
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. The RA must discuss internship or class commitments that interfere with the responsibilities outlined in this position description with he RA's supervisor.
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 Assistant Vice President for Housing, Recreation, and Childcare or their designee.
To hold the RA position, one must be a currently enrolled UCF 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. The RA must have the Assistant Director for Residence Life and Education’s approval to drop below the class registration requirement for one semester during their employment period with DHRL. Summer class registration is not required for summer employment if the RA is enrolled in the subsequent Fall semester. Please note that if the RA is not enrolled during the summer semester, tax liabilities and compensation may be impacted.
Approval to work by the U.S. government throughout the duration of the RA's 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. Please notify the Coordinator of Selection and Leadership of international students status so they can provide the required hiring documents.
This is a student leadership position, and demonstrating academic progress is expected. The RA 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 must hold and maintain a minimum 2.50 overall cumulative GPA at the time of job offer and throughout employment. If the RA's semester GPA drops below a 2.50, the RA will be placed on Academic Warning for the following semester of employment. If the RA's overall cumulative GPA drops below 2.50, the RA will be placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of the RA's employment. Any repeat occurrence of dropping below an overall cumulative 2.50 GPA will result in immediate termination of the RA's contract. RAs will be given two weeks to complete grade changes. RAs placed on Academic Warning or Academic Probation must complete an Academic Improvement Plan with their supervisor.
All RAs must demonstrate the ability to abide by university regulations, state and federal laws. The RA 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/conduct cases will be reviewed during the application process and eligibility will be determined by the the Assistant Director for Residential Conduct 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 to view the above information session in its entirety. This information session will review the RA position, application process, interview process, give further clarification on the hiring process. Questions regarding this video will be asked on the application.
The application is officially open! Apply at ucf.erezlife.com.
After a review of applications, selected candidates will be offered an interview.
More details can be viewed in the information sessions and following interviews about the process. The upcoming selection timeline is as follows:
SPRING 2024 – NEW RAs
SUMMER 2024 – NEW RAs