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Apply to be a Resident Advisor

The Office of Student Housing is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for resident advisor (RA) positions for both the Spring 2020 semester and the Fall/Spring 2020-2021 semesters. As visible student-leaders on campus, RAs have the opportunity build valuable leadership and life skills while having an impact on the campus experience of their fellow students.
   

What is an RA?

A Resident Advisor, or RA, is an undergraduate full-time student who lives in an assigned MSU residence hall and supports students living in the residence hall community. As a live-in staff member, the primary role of an RA is to build a welcoming and inclusive community within the residence halls, while assisting residents in achieving their goals both personally and academically. In addition, the RA serves as a member of their residence hall’s community team that includes the hall’s resident advisors, student director, and hall director, to create and maintain a positive community environment.
 
Community Builder
  • Resident advisors build positive and meaningful relationships with the students in and around their assigned residential community, typically one or more residence hall floors.
  • An RA plans and facilitates activities in the residence hall and/or campus community that encourage social interaction and relationship building among members of the residential community.
  • The RA plans and facilitates activities in and around the residence hall community that allow students to develop knowledge and skills that will help them be successful as members of the MSU community and beyond.
  • Resident advisors develop a sense of community in the residence halls through the creation of unique and creative bulletin boards, door decorations, community communication and other themes that allow the residential community to represent itself as a unified group.
 
Leader
  • Resident advisors serve as role models for other MSU students, especially those in and around their residential community, by observing ethical standards consistent with Morehead State University and Office of Student Housing mission and values.
  • Resident advisors educate students regarding university policies and procedures and, when necessary, address and respond to actions that are in conflict with such policies to re-enforce standards and expectations for MSU students living in a community environment.
  • An RA serves as a representative for the Office of Student Housing, which includes a positive and professional demeanor that is consistent with Office of Student Housing mission, vision, values, and principles.
 
Resource
  • All Resident advisors participate in a rotating weeknight and weekend on-call rotation during hours when university offices are closed.
  • Resident advisors assist students in resolving conflicts that may occur in their residential community, including facilitating roommate mediations and dialogues among members of the residential community.
  • Resident advisors are knowledgeable about campus and community resources and serve as a referral for student questions and/or concerns.
 

Training

Resident advisors receive training in the many skill areas that will help them be successful as a student-leader in the residence halls, including relationship building, event management, conflict management and resolution, emergency response and management, team and community building, time management and administrative skills.
 
Attendance and participation for the entirety of pre-semester training, including residence hall opening, prior to the start of each semester and in-service sessions during the semester are required of all resident advisors.
  • Resident Advisors are required to return to campus for pre-semester training two weeks prior to the start of classes for the fall semester and one week prior to the start of classes for the spring semester.
  • Resident advisors are responsible for semester ending closing procedures through the weekend following the last day of semester final examinations.
 

Time Commitment

The resident advisor position is a part-time institutional work-study position with an average weekly time commitment of 12-15 hours, which includes weekly staff meetings, bi-weekly meetings with the RA’s supervisor, on-call responsibilities, maintaining regular visibility in the RA’s assigned residential community and regular engagement with students in and around the RA’s assigned residential community. Since the resident advisor position includes both structured time commitments and flexible time commitments, successful resident advisors demonstrate excellent time management and productivity skills.
 
Certain times of the semester, such as pre-semester training, semester opening and semester closing, may require an additional time commitment to complete required responsibilities.
 

Eligibility

Students are eligible to hold a resident advisor position if they
  • Are enrolled as a full-time student at Morehead State University.
  • Have and maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5.
  • Are in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing with Morehead State University.
  • Have resided in Morehead State campus housing for at least one academic semester (including current semester).
  • Maintain an active housing contract with the Office of Student Housing
 

Remuneration

In exchange for their service to the Morehead State community, resident advisors receive
  • A room in their assigned residence hall community.
  • A housing scholarship equal to the amount of the RA’s residence hall assignment.
  • A $500 scholarship at the beginning of each academic semester.
  • An $80 stipend per university pay period during terms of employment, paid in accordance with university payroll procedures (amount may be reduced/prorated during pay periods where university classes do not meet, including semester breaks).
  • Priority class registration for semesters employed as a resident advisor.
 
The resident advisor position is classified as an institutional work-study position. Morehead State University policy prohibits MSU students from holding multiple institutional work-study positions concurrently. On-campus employment in positions classified as or similar to Undergraduate Research Fellowships or tutors is permitted by University policy.
 

Information Sessions

Information sessions provide interested students the opportunity to hear more about the resident advisor position and ask questions of people with the answers. While attendance at an information session is not required, it does provide interested students with opportunity to engage with Office of Student Housing staff and clarify any lingering thoughts or questions.
 
For the fall 2019 semester, the Office of Student Housing is hosting three information sessions:
  • Monday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in ADUC 301
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in Breckinridge Hall, room 002
    • Immediately following this information session, Career Services will be conducting a resume and cover letter workshop
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in Breckinridge Hall, room 002
 
In addition, for students selected for an individual interview, the Office of Student Housing has partnered with Career Services to host an interviewing skills workshop, Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in ADUC 301.
 

Selection Process

Step 1 - Application
Students interested in a resident advisor position should submit their application via Eagle CareerNet starting Monday, Oct. 14. The deadline to submit all application materials is Friday, Oct. 25. A completed application includes:
  • A cover letter.
  • A resume that includes the applicant’s education (both previous and current), employment history, campus or community involvement, recognition and/or achievements and any other relevant experience.
  • The Office of Student Housing resident advisor application (see job description on Eagle CareerNet for link and details).
 
Step 2 – Group Interviews
Following an initial screening of applications and student records, selected candidates will be invited to participate in a group interview. Group interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, and are required for candidates to move forward in the selection process. Each candidate selected for a group interview will be scheduled for a single three-hour group interview session on one of those days.
 
Step 3 – Individual Interviews
Following group interviews, selected candidates will be invited to participate in an individual interview with Office of Student Housing staff. Individual interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, and are required for candidates to be considered for a resident advisor position. Each candidate selected for an individual interview will be scheduled for a single 30-45 minute interview session on one of those days.
 
Step 4 – Position Offers
After all interviews have been completed, Office of Student Housing staff will review all candidates’ application and interview materials and make offers for confirmed and anticipated vacant positions. Offers will be communicated to candidates via their MSU e-mail no earlier than Wednesday, Nov. 20.
 

Types of Offers

Following individual interviews and a review of all candidates’ application and interview materials, the Office of Student Housing will make offers to candidates via their MSU e-mail. Candidates can receive one of the following offers:
 
  • Spring 2020 RA – these are offers for a resident advisor position for the spring 2020 semester, starting in January 2020. Candidates for spring 2020 RA positions will be offered a position in a specific residence hall as part of their offer.
  • 2020-2021 RA – these are offers for a resident advisor position for the 2020-2021 academic year, starting in August 2020. Specific residence hall placement starting in the fall 2020 semester will be assigned and communicated in March 2020. If interested, candidates accepting 2020-2021 RA positions may also be considered for spring 2020 positions if additional vacancies become available.
  • Alternate Candidate – when both confirmed and anticipated vacancies for the spring 2020 semester and 2020-2021 academic year are filled, the Office of Student Housing maintains a list of qualified candidates who have the potential to fill additional vacancies as they become available. Alternate candidates can be offered an RA position any time before or during the Spring 2020 semester through the Fall 2020 semester.
 

Joining Our Team

While each resident advisor fulfills the individual expectations of the RA position, they are also an integral member of the Office of Student Housing team. Our team of 78 undergraduate student staff, eight full-time staff and leadership of the Residence Hall Association support one another in creating positive living experience for students and one another.
 
At the core of our work is a commitment to the recognition and appreciation for the efforts and accomplishments of our teammates as representatives of the Office of Student Housing and Morehead State University. Since 2015, our team has achieved tremendous levels of success and recognition through our work in and around Morehead State’s residence halls, including:
  • Six national “Of The Month” awards from student-leadership organizations.
  • Twenty-eight regional “Of The Month” awards from student-leadership organizations.
  • Seventeen awards from Kentucky university housing organizations.
  • Hosting two Kentucky state conferences for professionals and students working in student housing.
 
As a member of our team, you will be a part of an elite tradition that will allow you to build your resume and enhance Morehead State’s reputation!
 

Contact

Any questions about resident advisor positions, the selection process and/or the Office of Student Housing can be directed to John Michael Haky.
 
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