Student Leadership Positions


Resident Assistant Opportunities

We're looking for student leaders to be Resident Assistants (RAs)! Check out the details below. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see the important mandatory dates. Apply here.

Resident Assistant: Student Leadership Description 

The Resident Assistant (RA) role is a compensated student leadership position for undergraduate or graduate students interested in building community with residents on campus as a mentor, peer educator, role model and resource. Responsibilities include: programming, emergency response, policy enforcement, upholding and supporting community standards, staff team development, administrative duties, and collaboration with campus departments. 

           DURATION OF ROLE   

  1. Appointment is for the period of July 25, 2019, through May 23, 2020. Resident Assistants must check out of designated apartments no later than noon on Friday, May 31, 2020. This appointment is contingent upon meeting application requirements as well as completion of role expectations and performance evaluations. Area assignments are dependent upon department need and are subject to change.  


  • Leadership and professional development  
  • Priority registration  
  • Opportunities to attend retreats and student leadership conferences  
  • Mentorship by Resident Director and Housing staff  
  • Single room in two-bedroom apartment  
  • You may make preferences about your housemate  
  • 12-meal dining plan (when Dining Commons is operating) 
  • When dining is operating  
  • You may remain in housing during Winter break at no extra cost  

  1. 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)  

  1. In-service trainings once a month – time to be determined once all staff is hired 

  1. One-on-one meetings with Resident Director 

  1. Resident Assistants must fully participate in all scheduled training activities and major Housing and Residence Life events. This includes, but is not limited to:  

  1. Spring Training April 19, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. in the Phase II Lounge 

  1. Fall Training July 25 – August 17, 2019. The times for Fall Training are generally 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., including an off-campus retreat and designated evenings and weekends. Resident Assistants should adjust their schedules accordingly to be available during this time period. These dates/times are nonnegotiable,  and position is contingent on attendance.  

  1. Housing and Residence Life Move-In Days August 17–18, 2019 

  1. Welcome Weekend Events August 17, 2019 

  1. Leadership Drive-in - a one-day conference for Residence Life Paraprofessionals 

  1. Winter Break Closing (Saturday following fall finals) 

  1. Spring Preview Day (weekend dates in April) – Resident Assistants will provide tours of Housing and can volunteer to provide their apartment/room as a show room 

  1. Resident Assistant Selection Process – Resident Assistants will have the opportunity to assist with the 2020-2021 Resident Assistant hiring process 

  1. Housing and Residence Life Move-Out Day May 16, 2020 


Dates and additional training are subject to change dependent upon the department’s needs. 



  1. RAs uphold, enforce, and always adhere to all Housing and University policies.  RAs incorporate the departmental vision, mission, and values into their role.  RAs serve as positive role models for all students by demonstrating appropriate and mature behavior both inside and outside the residence hall communities.  RAs provide leadership to residents and help to create and maintain an accepting, respectful, and friendly atmosphere that stimulates student learning and development for everyone in the community.  RAs enforce university policies, confront student behavior, and document student actions and/or situations when necessary. 


  1. The RA is a primary resource for residents and must be familiar with the operations, programs, and services provided by Residence Life, the Division of Student Life, and other University offices.  RAs establish rapport with residents in their community through attentive listening, genuine care and support, awareness of student needs, and appropriate consultation and referral.  RAs need to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.  RAs must be available and able to respond to emergency situations that include psychological, physical, maintenance, and natural/environmental crises. 


  1. RAs promote community and student development in their communities through social and educational programming.  The programmatic goal is to create a dynamic and healthy residential community that celebrates diversity and engages students in active learning.  RAs are expected to plan and implement high-quality educational programs each semester and contribute to larger community and campus programming efforts that foster campus traditions.  RAs facilitate an open and welcoming community by providing well-presented and up-to-date bulletin boards and door name tags.  RAs fulfill expectations provided in the program model that outlines the specific programming expectations for their residential communities. 


  1. As a member of Residence Life who serves on a residence hall team, it is vital that each RA actively contributes to all meetings, resident programs, area initiatives, and department-wide programs and processes.  It is necessary to collaborate closely with peer RAs, RLCs (Residence Life Coordinators), and RDs (Resident Directors) to establish proper communication, consistency, efficiency, and support.   

  1. Policy Enforcement  

  1. 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. Housing and Residence Life 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.  

  1. Resident Assistants are expected to be familiar and comply with University and Housing and Residence Life policies, as well as Federal and California State Laws. This includes computing guidelines, confidentiality, alcohol education and FERPA compliance.  

  1. Respond to behavioral infractions and complete Incident Reports. 

  1. Provide crisis intervention and emergency response when needed, utilizing training and good decision-making skills.  

  1. Maintain responsibility for the duty binder, cell phone, cell phone charger, and master keys.  

  1. Administrative Responsibilities  

  1. Complete apartment Fire,  Health and Safety Inspections and Occupancy Reports in an accurate and timely manner.  

  1. Perform all administrative duties as assigned (duty reports, programming, etc.).  

  1. Keep supervisor informed of resident issues.  

  1. Monitor phone messages, email and mailbox regularly for communication.  

  1. Complete Community Center Office Hours as scheduled to assist with Housing and Residence Life administrative operations as needed.  

  1. Master Key Agreement  

  1. 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.  

  1. Enter a student’s room or apartment for health and safety emergencies, inspections or other operational need.  

  1. Lost or misplaced Master Keys/Duty Keys should be reported immediately.  

  1. 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 removal from position and billing.  

  1. Position Agreements  

  1. Resident Assistants are always expected to portray and maintain a high standard of ethics, including remaining in good judicial standing with Housing and Residence Life and the Judicial Affairs Office throughout the term of appointment.  

  1. Resident Assistants must have completed at least one academic year at Cal State LA.  

  1. Resident Assistants must be enrolled as full-time students (minimum of 12 unit’s undergrad, 8 unit’s grad) at California State University,  Los Angeles,  each semester. The Resident Assistant offer will be rescinded if this is not maintained. Only continuing student leaders (in the same department) with prior enrollment in spring semester and continuing enrollment in fall semester are exempt from summer enrollment.  

  1. Resident 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 semester, via RA submission of unofficial transcript or semester grades at the beginning of each semester. Those who do not meet the academic eligibility standards could potentially be released from the Resident Assistant position.  

  1. Resident Assistants can expect to spend approximately 20 productive and involved hours per week in the role, 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 this description, the RA Manual and those outlined during training.  

  1. 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.  

  1. 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 and Residence Life reserves the right to make housemate assignments as needed.  

  1. Resident Assistants will complete other duties and responsibilities as assigned.  


  1. 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.  

  1. Resident Assistants will be issued supplies during their position which are expected to be maintained in good condition and returned upon the conclusion of their role. Staff members who do not return items in good condition may be assessed a fee for replacement.   

  1. The failure of the Resident Assistant to fulfill the duties of the position may result in their removal from the role. If this Agreement is terminated for any reason, or the RA resigns, the remuneration packs will be pro-rated. The RA will vacate the assigned space and housemates may be reassigned. If space is not available within housing reassignment of the RA is not guaranteed.   

  1. 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.   

  1. The position is for a specific time period as listed in this Position Agreement and Volunteer Transaction Form. There is no guarantee of an automatic re-appointment for an additional period. Student leaders wishing to continue their appointment with the Office of Housing and Residence Life for another year will need to participate in the re-application process. Re-appointment to a Resident Assistant role 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 Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life. Formal performance evaluations will be conducted in the fall semester. Residence Life team members who are selected to return are selected contingent upon continuing to meet expectations.   


All information on this description is subject to change prior to or during the 20192020 academic year.  

We highly recommended that applicants attend one of the information sessions below, which will be located in the Housing Phase II Lounge



Thursday, November 8, 2018

7–8 p.m.

Friday, November 9, 2018

1:30–2:30 p.m.


RA Selection Process

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

RA application goes live! Online submissions only.

Friday, January 25, 2019, by 5 p.m.

RA application due!

Friday, February 1, 2019  

Individual interview invitation sent to Cal State LA email

February 4–6, 2019

Individual interviews sign-ups

February 11–15, 2019

Individual interviews

Friday, February 16, 1–5 p.m..

Group process in the Phase II Lounge

Friday, February 22, 2019 by Noon

Offer letters picked up at the Housing Office

Monday, February 25, 2019 by 5 p.m.

RA acceptances are due to the Housing Office












Important Mandatory Dates

April 19, 2019 Resident Assistant and Residence Life Coordinator spring training
July 1, 2019 Residence Life Coordinators move in
July 25, 2019 Resident Assistants move in

July 26–28, 2019

RA and RLC retreat

July 29–August 18, 2019

RA training

August 16–17, 2019

Residents move in

August 17–18, 2019

Welcome Weekend
May 16, 2020 Residents move out
May 31, 2020 RAs and move out