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2023-2024 Resident Assistant Jobs

Thank you for your interest in working as a Resident Assistant (RA) for Housing and Residence Life at Central Washington University! Being an RA is a rewarding and engaging position that has a direct impact on our new and returning students. Applications for this coming academic year open on Monday, February 6, 2023. Please review the sections below for detailed information on what it's like to be an RA, job requirements, the application process, and upcoming information sessions.

  • The Job ID# for the 2023-2024 Resident Assistant position is 5391.
  • The Job ID# for the 2023-2024 Apartment Manager position is 5401.

What does an RA do?

The Resident Assistant is an integral paraprofessional member of the department of Housing and Residence Life at Central Washington University who lives and works in the residence hall communities. Senior Resident Assistants, Resident Assistants, and Housing and Residence Life professional staff members work together to facilitate a healthy, safe, and thriving environment where students can be involved and develop their interpersonal, academic, and leadership potential.

The RA position is a substantial time commitment. Adequate time management skills are required for optimal academic and co-curricular participation. Flexibility towards outside time commitments will be necessary. RAs’ time commitments include:

Participating in required training during the following times:

  • Fall training (typically beginning three weeks prior to the Sunday of Wildcat Welcome Week)
  • Winter training (typically two days prior to the start of the winter quarter)
  • Required on-going staff development (scheduled throughout the year)
  • Monthly all staff meetings (held the first Friday of each month from 3:00 – 5:00 PM)

Regular time commitments:

  • Work 20 hours a week, on average, in the position. Note that this may change during peak and low periods of the year.
  • Assist the RHC with openings and closings, i.e., RAs are expected to be on campus after halls close for breaks and prior to hall openings at the beginning of each quarter.
  • Spend quality time with residents. Be in touch with students in the community. Maintain accessibility and visibility within the community by visiting residents, spending time in your room with the door open, attending community activities, etc.
  • Serve as part of a duty rotation that covers duty from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends
  • Assist with department processes, i.e., Priority Room Selection, Audit Rosters, and RA selection.
  • Participate in ongoing evaluation of the Senior Resident Assistant program, residential life procedures, and personal job performance.
  • Must not be student teaching, have a full-time internship, pre-autumn teaching, participating in a theatre production, or on a varsity sports team. Such programs cause a significant impact on student availability and capacity to meet requirements of the position.
  • The RA position appointment must be considered the student’s primary out-of-class activity. The RA must understand that there may be times when it is necessary to put aside other commitments/involvement because of RA responsibilities.

Due to the 24-hour per day nature of the RA position, each staff member is encouraged to set aside time to renew themselves. Typically, RAs remain on campus throughout the quarter. Should time away from campus be desired, the specific request should be coordinated with the RHC in advance to ensure continuous support for the residents and fairness within the staff.

Job Expectations

As a residence life staff member, the RA assumes a number of roles that facilitate a healthy quality of life in the residence halls. With primary responsibility as a resource for the residents in their community, the RA position includes the following roles:

  • Community Development
    • Introduce and orient students to the residence hall and its services, facilities, staff, and functions.
    • Encourage a positive community living environment supportive of academic achievement.
    • Foster an environment that embraces diversity and celebrates differences within the community.
    • Communicate the importance of observing policies and procedures as expressed in the Student Handbook.
    • Recruit for and support the Residence Hall Leadership Council for the building.
    • Assist with Welcome Week activities as assigned.
  • Student Learning Initiatives
    • Facilitate student learning in the residence halls by implementing and reporting initiatives as outlined in the Residential Curriculum for the community. Residential Curriculum initiatives include the following:
      • Cat Connections – 2-3 per quarter (one on one purposeful interactions with each member of the community)
      • Self-Guided Learning Initiatives such as bulletin boards and newsletters
      • Floor Experiences such as team builders, floor meetings, roommate agreements, events
      • Hall/RHC Social Events and Programs
      • Living Learning Community Initiatives
    • Understand the purpose of the residential curriculum and its connection to student success
    • Read and implement lesson plans with a high ethic of care for students
    • Use creative methods to make residential curriculum strategy facilitation appealing and relevant to residents
    • Complete the required assessment at the conclusion of Roompact event form
    • In collaboration with the RHC, assess the needs and interests of residents and plan 1-2 social events per quarter.
    • Encourage participation in programming opportunities offered by other offices and departments on campus.
    • Student staff who are placed in a Living Learning Community will be required to meet the following additional expectations:
      • Develop positive relationships with LLC Faculty/Staff.
      • Assess students’ needs and interests; actively encourage involvement in monthly Community Meetings, participation on the Advisory Board and being an RHLC LLC Representative.
      • Help develop a shared sense of belonging and a positive community atmosphere.
      • Assist with LLC responsibilities as determined by the RHC.
      • Attend and actively participate in Advisory Board meetings and LLC events.
      • Provide ideas for items to be included in monthly newsletter to the RHC and assist with distribution of the newsletter.
      • Use the Residential Curriculum Model to meet the goals and objectives of the LLC, create a sense of belonging and help integrate the LLC within the larger community of the hall. Including but not limited to other LLCs that may be within the same hall.
  • Peer Advisor & Resource
    • Provide information to students concerning university resources, functions, and policies.
    • Build a rapport with residents to help facilitate open lines of communication for questions, problems, and concerns.
    • Ensure staff availability/visibility for the community, to provide a safety net, and to meet other student needs.
    • Maintain open and professional communication (verbal, written, and electronic) with supervisor, peers, other university officials, and residents. Check email, voicemail and daily, then respond within 1 business day.
    • Follow given directions to ensure proper procedure is followed.
    • Express a positive attitude about the position, the Residence Life Office, the department of Housing and Residence Life, and Central Washington University.
    • Serve as a positive presence in the residence hall community.
  • Role Model
    • Adopt an attitude of continuous improvement and seek to create positive change.
    • Model behaviors consistent with the Residence Life mission, vision, and values.
    • Address and report any violations of university policy that are witnessed, including through social media, and remain consistent when dealing with policy violations, regardless of the audience.
    • Treat confidential information with sensitivity and integrity by following FERPA.
    • Refrain from posting information gathered from or related to the RA position to social media sites.
    • Encourage residents to exercise responsibility by addressing disruptive behavior and mediating conflict within the community.
    • Demonstrate awareness of and follow Chapter 42.52 Revised Code of Washington- Ethics in Public Service ( by modeling the CWU Wildcat Way.
    • Abide by all policies and procedures including all federal, state and local laws, Student Code of Conduct, Residence Hall Policies and Expectations, Housing and Residence Life policies, and supervisor expectations.
    • Prior to speaking to the media, the RA will request written permission from their RHC. Must be approved by Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life.
    • Maintain professional relationships with supervisor, peers, university officials, and residents.
    • Set and differentiate between the roles of a friend versus that of an RA while ensuring conflicts of interests.
  • Administrative Work
    • Participate in data collection and survey response in accordance with departmental needs.
    • Utilize Roompact, Guardian, and The Housing Director as necessary to complete administrative tasks.
    • Assist the RHC with tasks related to effective building management (i.e., roommate agreements, audit rosters, key distribution, lockouts, room condition reports, and other items) assigned by the Residence Hall Coordinator.
    • Submit online Maintenance Requests whenever maintenance is necessary.
    • Assist with emergency evacuation drills once per quarter.
    • Review room safety inspection guidelines with residents and complete room safety inspections during closing.
    • Submit all completed reports on time.



  • Live on campus in a designated student staff room, as assigned by Housing and Residence Life. (If a student staff member resigns or is terminated, individuals will be required to move out of the designated space and into alternative housing, within 48 hours. Alternative housing will not be in the same area as the previous assignment of the staff member).
  • Enrolled as a full-time student at time of application, at time of hire, and duration of hire with a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits OR 8 graduate credits (
  • Must be in good conduct standing at time of application, at time of hire, and duration of hire. Student conduct records will be reviewed by the hiring authority.
  • Must be in good academic standing at time of application, at time of hire, and duration of hire. Student staff must have and maintain a 2.0 quarterly and cumulative GPA.
  • Complete Human Resource’s Required Trainings including but not limited to FERPA, Treating People with Dignity and Respect, Title IX, Clery Reporting, sexual assault response, and mental health challenges.
  • A consistent and reliable ability to be timely to all meetings and meet all deadlines as measured through the student staff accountability process.
  • Some physical activity including bending, lifting, twisting, and climbing stairs is required to properly complete responsibilities. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act, reasonable accommodations can be provided after a staff member completes the request through Human Resources and/or Disability Services.


  • Availability for the duration of duty during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
  • Have lived in a Central Washington University residence hall for at least 3 quarters at time of hire.
  • Must be able to commit to a full academic year in the position.


Student staff must be available for the following dates:

Fall Student Staff Training Sept. 5-13, 2023
Fall 2023 Opening & Move-In Sept. 14-19, 2023
Fall Preview Day Oct. 14, 2023
Thanksgiving Break
Duty Coverage
Nov. 22-26, 2023
Fall Quarter Closing Dec. 9-10, 2023
Winter Break Duty Coverage Dec. 9-31, 2023
Winter 2024 Quarter Opening Dec. 31, 2023
Winter Preview Day Feb. 10, 2024
Spring Break Duty Coverage March 16-24, 2024
Spring Quarter Opening March 24, 2024
Spring Preview Day April 4, 2024
Spring 2024 Quarter Closing June 8-9, 2024
All Staff Meetings First Friday of each month,
3-5 PM
Staff Meetings / 1-1 Times TBD by Supervisor

Information Sessions

You may attend any of the information sessions below.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 PM in the Meisner Lounge
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 PM in the Quigley Lounge
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 5 PM in the Wendell Hill Hall A MPR
  • Thursday, March 2 at 5 PM in the Wendell Hill Hall A MPR
  • Monday, March 6 at 5 PM in the Barto 1st Floor Lounge
  • Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM in Sue Lombard Lounge 106
  • Thursday, March 9 at 5 PM in the Moore Hall Lounge
  • Thursday, March 9 at 7 PM in Dugmore 1st Floor Lounge

2023-2024 Application Information

  • Feb. 6, 2023 - Resident Assistant and Apartment Manager Applications Open
  • April 3, 2023 - Resident Assistant and Apartment Manager Applications Close
  • April 10-14, 2023 - New Apartment Manager Interviews
  • April 17-21, 2023 - New Resident Assistant Interviews
  • May 5, 2023 - New Resident Assistant and Apartment Manager Offer Letters sent out

Students interested in the position can apply using the following pathway:

MyCWU > Student Tab > Student Employment > On-Campus Jobs

Search for Job ID# 5391


  • What is the timeline of either earning this position or a rejection letter?

    RA applications will open on February 6 and must be submitted by April 3. Invitations to interview will be sent on April 4. Interviews will take place April 17 – 1, 2023. We anticipate making offers to candidates by May 5, 2023.

    AM applications will open on February 6 and must be submitted by April 3. Invitations to interview will be sent on April 4, 2023. Interviews will take place April 1 – 14, 2023. We anticipate making offers to candidates by May 5, 2023.

  • What is the compensation?

    Compensation will be in the form of a room equivalent to the cost of a single room and board for the Meal Plan C during times when dining halls are regularly open and serving students, a stipend of $220 per month (gross) for the academic year (prorated based on start/end date), and a department staff t-shirt. (Room and board amounts are subject to change.) This will be a nine and one-half (9.5) month contract or in the case of summer a two and one-half (2.5) month contract. The position is considered, on average, a 20 hour per week student stipend/salaried position. The compensation is prorated evenly between the pay periods beginning with the September 1-15, 2023 pay period and ending with the last payroll period of June 1 – 15, 2024.

  • Can I apply for the Resident Assistant and Apartment Manager positions?

    Yes, you are welcome to apply for both positions. Interviews are held for apartment managers first and then residents assistants.

  • When would RAs need to move in by once selected?

    Student staff will move in on Friday, September 1 or Monday, September 4, with training to begin in the evening on Monday, September 4, 2023.

  • When would training be, and what would it look like?

    Training will take place from September 4 – September 13, 2023 and will then include move in weekend, September 14 – 19, 2022. Training will be a combination of online and in-person sessions. It is expected that student staff are on campus and in training sessions from September 4 through the start of the fall quarter, including weekends.

  • What does day-to-day life look like for an RA?

    Day-to-day life for a student staff member includes having conversations with residents, completing administrative work, mediating conflict, managing crises/emergencies, being on duty, and attending meetings with your supervisor, staff team, and the residence life department. Each day will look different and certain times of year will have more work than others. The best way to find out more is to talk with your RA. Some parts of your work are scheduled for you and some are based on your preferences and schedule.

  • What does the time commitment look like?

    The RA position is an average of 20 hours a week. That means that during certain parts of the year you might work more than 20 hours and during other parts you will work less. There are required/scheduled meetings and work responsibilities you will have and there are parts of your work that you will schedule based on your preferences and availability.

  • Are RAs allowed to partake in school activities, like sports?

    Student staff must not be student teaching, have a full-time internship, pre-autumn teaching, participating in a theatre production, or on a varsity sports team. Such programs cause a significant impact on student availability and capacity to meet requirements of the position.

  • Can RAs hold other student jobs on campus if the hours are minimal?

    RAs are not permitted to hold other on campus employment. The maximum number of hours a fully enrolled student may work is 20 hours. Because the RA position is 20 hours a week, student staff may not work an additional on-campus job.

  • What is the most time-consuming part of an RAs job?

    This likely depends on the time management and prioritization skills of the student staff member. I would encourage folks to talk with their RA about their answer to this question.

  • How often do RAs meet with one another?

    Student staff will meet with their supervisor for a one-on-one once a week and have a weekly staff meeting. Student staff will also attend an all staff meeting with all RAs on the first Friday of each month from 3:00-5:00 PM.

  • Which breaks would I need to stay in Ellensburg for?

    It is expected that student staff are available for the duration of duty during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

  • Are RAs on-call 24-hours a day?

    Monday through Thursday student staff on are duty from 7 PM to 8 AM the next day. Friday through Sunday, the duty phone is held from 7 PM on Friday until 8 AM on Monday.

  • How do you decide which residence hall to place an RA in?

    Student staff placement is carefully planned and determined using a number of factors including the needs of the community and a balance between returning and new staff. Student staff needing a housing and/or employment accommodation will be directed to communicate with Human Resources and/or Disability Services. Please note that candidates are not guaranteed specific placement based on their interests.

  • What strengths are you looking for in an RA candidate?

    We are looking for candidates with the following characteristics: strong work ethic, humility, integrity, maturity (emotional intelligence), and equity mindedness.

  • Are there opportunities to move up from the RA position?

    Student staff who have at least three quarters of experience in the RA position are eligible to apply to serve as a Senior Resident Assistant.

  • What does the student staff reapplication process look like?

    Typically, towards the middle to end of winter quarter, student staff are asked to submit an "intent to return" application. Then, we are able to let student staff know if they will be rehired during the spring quarter.

Questions? Contact Us!

Fiona Corner, Assistant Director of Leadership and Development
Housing and Residence Life