Become an RA

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Become an RA

Thank you for your interest in the Resident Assistant position for the 2018-2019 academic year!
Being a Resident Assistant (RA) is one of the best student leadership positions available anywhere! If you are interested in taking an active role in life, you may want to consider applying to become a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are assigned to oversee residents, programming, administrative work, and the ongoing development of the Residence Life program. RAs provide personal and individual assistance to students who have problems or questions about residence life and the general college experience. The Office of Residence Life looks for RA candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in people, are deeply involved in their CBU experience, and have a proven record of responsibility. If you are organized, hardworking, and want to contribute positively to your community, then the RA position is for you.

RA Selection Process - How to Apply

The deadline for submitting the RA application is listed below under the apply section. You must complete the application and submit it by the specified deadline

1. Attend an Information Session
All students interested in applying for a Resident Assistant position must attend one of the offered information sessions being held. Detailed information regarding the application process will be distributed at these meetings.  (Dates for these sessions are posted below)
Information Session #1: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:30pm in the LLC Classroom
Information Session #2: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30pm in the LLC Classroom

2. Read the RA Information
In order to fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read the Resident Assistant job description. We also recommend that you talk with your RA to learn more about the position before applying.

3. Apply
Apply online here- The application is due to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8th.
4. Acquire Three References
Each applicant must submit three reference forms, either in person or by e-mail.  These forms should be given to individuals who are familiar with you and can comment on your leadership abilities, work performance, etc. You will need to obtain a reference from a former or current supervisor, employer and an academic instructor, or coach are required components of the application process. The reference form can be found at RA Reference Form or in the Office of Student Life. Please send this link to your respective references. All completed references forms need to be handed in to the Student Life Office or emailed to by Friday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m.
5. Look for Information about the Interview Process (Tuesday, January 16th - Friday, January 19th)
Candidates will be notified by email if they have been selected to participate in the interview process. After you submit your application by email, you will be contacted by a member of the Resident Life Staff by email to schedule your interview. The interviews will be conducted in the Student Life Conference Room. You should dress appropriately for this interview as you would for any interview. After all interviews are held, the Director of Residence Life and other Residence Life Staff members will be given some time to make their decisions. You will be notified of the decisions as soon as they are made.  

6. Individual Interviews –Individual interview will last roughly 30 minutes and will be conducted by three members of the Residence Life staff. Interviews will take place throughout the day from Monday, January 22nd through Friday, January 26th.

7. Notification Letters – Offer letters notifying you of your status as a member of the 2018-2019 Residence Life staff will be sent out via e-mail to all applicants by Monday, February 5, 2018. 

Deadline: Resident Assistant Applications are due in the Office of Student Life by December 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Important Documents:

For more information about becoming a Resident Assistant, contact the Office of Residence Life at (901) 321-4102 or
You can also visit our office in the Office of Student Life from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday – Friday)