Student Employment

Apply to be a Resident Assistant for the 2017-2018 academic year! Below you'll find the application, dates for the application and interview process and the job description. For questions, please contact Sam Prater, Associate Director for Residence Life, at 323-343-4812 or



To complete the application digitally, download the form below and open in Adobe Acrobat.

Housing Services Resident Assistant Application – 2017-2018 Academic Year


These are the essential days and times of the application and interview process:

Date and Time


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Application packets available at the Information Sessions and on the Housing Website. 

We highly recommended that applicants attend one of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, November 29, 5–6 p.m.

All sessions are located in the Phase II Lounge.

Thursday, December 1, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Monday, December 5, 4–5 p.m.

Friday, January 27, 2–3 p.m.

Monday, January 30, 7–8 p.m.


Friday, February 3, by 5 p.m.

RA Application materials are due to the Housing Office

Tuesday, February 7

Group Process Invitation Notification via Cal State LA Email

Friday, February 10, 1–5 p.m. and

Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Phase II Lounge

Group Process

Tuesday, February 14

Notification of invitation for individual interviews.

Thursday, February 23 – Friday, February 24

Individual interviews from 10:00am-4:00pm


Friday, March 3

Offer letters picked up at the Housing Office

Tuesday, March 7, by 5 p.m.

RA acceptances are due to the Housing Office


Job Description


The primary responsibility of the Resident Assistant (RA) is to build community amongst the residents of Housing Services. Community building is accomplished through programs, social interaction and enforcing community standards established by Housing Services and by the residents in the community.


  • Appointment is for the period of July 27, 2017, at 9 a.m. through the closing of the residential facilities at 8 p.m. May 25, 2018. Resident Assistants must check out of designated apartments no later than noon on Friday, May 25, 2018. The appointment is contingent upon completion of assigned tasks and performance evaluation. Area assignment is dependent upon department need and is subject to change.


  • Single room and utilities
  • 17-meal per week Meal Plan (Meals are not provided during university closures, holidays or any day the Meal Plan is not active.)


  •  Resident Assistants must be available for the following required meetings:
    1. Weekly RA staff meeting (day and time to be determined by the Resident Director)
    2. One-on-one meetings with supervisor/Resident Director
    3. Committee meetings (as assigned)
  • Resident Assistants must fully participate in all scheduled training activities and major University Housing Services events. (Dates and additional training, athletic events and programs are subject to change dependent upon the department’s needs.) This includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Spring Training 2017 (April 14)
      1. Three weeks of Fall Training, July 27 – August 18, 2017. The times for Fall Training are generally 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., including an off-campus retreat and some evenings and weekends. Resident Assistants should adjust their schedules accordingly to be available during this time period.
    2. Move-In Days (August 18 – 20, 2017)
    3. Welcome Week Events
    4. Apartment Tours – using RA apartments as show rooms
    5. Regular In-Services and Weekly Staff Meetings on Mondays 4 – 6 p.m.
    6. Central RAP (a one-day conference for Residence Life Paraprofessionals)
    7. Spring Preview Day (weekend dates in April)
    8. Fall Move Out Day (following finals)
    9. Spring Semester Staff Training (January 15 – 19, 2018)
    10. Spring Semester New Student Move-In Days (January 20 – 21, 2018)
    11. EagleFest  / Accepted Student Tours
    12. Resident Assistant Selection Process
    13. Spring Madness / Who Got Game  – Carnival and Basketball Tournament
    14. Move-Out Day (May 25, 2018)


  • Resident Assistants are expected to fulfill programming requirements, including complex-wide programming assignments, as detailed in Fall Training, Meetings and the RA Manual.
  • Resident Assistants interact and build relationships with residents.
  • Provide assistance and resources for students as needed.
  • Mediate conflicts within the community.
  • Maintain regular Apartment Hours (post 3 hours per week). Apartment Hours should be scheduled each week of employment with the exception of Finals Week each semester and weeks when the University is closed.
  • RAs should monitor their email accounts and respond promptly to resident and employment issues. A 24-hour response is expected.


  • Resident Assistants schedule duty shifts on a rotational basis (including weekends, holidays and other campus closures) as point persons in emergency situations and customer service. University Housing Services may assign duty shifts based upon operational need. Resident Assistants not on duty will be expected to assist when available and needed (i.e. policy violation assistance, emergency situations) and to coordinate with Emergency Duty and police as needed.
  • Resident Assistants are expected to be familiar and comply with University and University Housing Services Policies, as well as Federal and California State Laws. This includes computing guidelines, confidentiality, alcohol education and FERPA compliance.
  • Respond to behavioral infractions and complete Incident Reports.
  • Provide crisis intervention and emergency response when needed, utilizing training and good decision-making skills.
  • Maintain responsibility for the duty binder, cell phone, cell phone charger, iPod and master keys.


  • Complete apartment Fire, Health and Safety Inspections and Occupancy Reports in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Perform all administrative duties as assigned (weekly reports, duty logs, programming paperwork).
  • Keep supervisor informed of resident issues.
  • Monitor phone messages, email and mailbox regularly for communication.
  • Complete Office Hours as scheduled to assist with University Housing Services administrative operations as needed. Office Hours will be scheduled each week of employment with the exception of Finals Week each semester, Thanksgiving break, winter break or University holidays.


  • Master/Sub-master Keys may only be used to:
    1. Open the apartment door for a student or Housing Service staff member who has properly identified themselves as needing access to the apartment and room in question.
    2. Enter a student’s room or apartment for health and safety emergencies, inspections or other operational need.
    3. Lost or misplaced Master Keys/Duty Keys should be reported immediately.
    4. Resident Assistants may not loan any Master/Sub-master keys to anyone, and they may only carry it in association with assigned duties (i.e. duty, emergencies). All losses or alleged misuse of Master/Sub-master keys will be investigated and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination and billing.


  1. Resident Assistants are expected to portray and maintain a high standard of ethics at all times, including remaining in good judicial standing with Housing Services and the Judicial Affairs Office throughout the term of employment.
  2. Resident Assistants must have sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate class standing at the beginning of employment.
  3. Resident Assistants must be enrolled as full-time students (minimum of 12 units undergrad, 8 units grad) at California State University, Los Angeles, each semester of employment. The employment offer will be rescinded if this is not maintained. Only continuing student employees (in the same department) with prior enrollment in spring semester and continuing enrollment in fall semester are exempt from summer enrollment. All new hires for summer RA positions must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units, unless hired in spring semester.
  4. University student assistants must maintain a semester GPA minimum of 2.5 each semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 throughout the term of appointment. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Enrollment status and GPA will be verified at the beginning of each semester during the term of employment, via RA submission of unofficial transcript or semester grades at the beginning of each semester. Those who do not meet the academic eligibility standards will be released from the Resident Assistant position.
  5. Resident Assistants can expect to spend approximately 20 productive and involved hours per week on the job, including some evenings and some weekends. Please be aware that these times can vary depending on the time of the year and circumstances. Resident Assistants will complete all responsibilities as listed in the Job Description, the RA Manual and those outlined during training.
  6. Outside employment and extracurricular activities must be limited to 10 hours per week and should be adjusted so they will not conflict with the responsibilities of the Resident Assistant position, including commitments during training, Move-In Days, Welcome Week, staff meetings, in-services, or other required events and tasks. All employment and extracurricular activities must be shared with the Resident Director. Resident Assistants will submit a copy of their schedule by the second week of the semester and update with any changes.
  7. Resident Assistants may provide the name(s) of their preferred housemate(s). The assignments are subject to appropriate deadlines, as well as enrollment, financial and judicial status. Housing Services reserves the right to make housemate assignments as needed.
  8. Resident Assistants will complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Resident Assistants will need to provide a $100 security deposit for the apartment, if they do not currently live on campus or already have one on file. This is refundable pending apartment inspection after the staff member moves out of the apartment. Resident Assistants, as residents, also need to provide the official results of a negative tuberculosis test.
  • Resident Assistants will be issued supplies during the course of their position which are expected to be maintained in good condition and returned upon termination of their employment. Staff members who do not return items in good condition may be assessed a fee for replacement.
  • The failure of the Resident Assistant to fulfill the duties of the position may result in the termination of the Employment Agreement. If the Employment Agreement is terminated for any reason, or the employee resigns, the remuneration packs will be pro-rated. The employee will vacate the assigned space and housemates may be reassigned. Reassignment of the RA within the housing complex is not guaranteed.
  • Per the License Agreement, residents who wish to break their License Agreement must submit a Petition to Cancel Form, this includes Resident Assistants. RAs who wish to resign should complete a Petition to Cancel Form when they provide a letter of resignation. RAs that fail to do this and move off campus may be subject to fees for the remaining amount of housing rental fees for the period of the License Agreement.
  • The position is for a specific time period as listed in this Position Agreement and Employment Transaction Form. There is no guarantee of an automatic re-appointment for an additional employment period. Student staff wishing to continue their employment with University Housing Services for another year (or summer) will need to participate in the re-application process. Re-appointment to a Resident Assistant position for a second term will be contingent on a more-than-satisfactory performance as evaluated by the residents of the RA area, Resident Director and Associate Director of University Housing Services. Formal performance evaluations will be conducted in the fall semester. Staff members who are selected to return are selected contingent upon continuing to meet expectations.

All information on this job description is subject to change prior to or during the 2017-2018 academic year.