2020-21 RA Application

Application will be available on December 1, 2019.

USI Vision Statement
The University of Southern Indiana’s vision is a simple but powerful one: Shaping the future through learning and innovation.

USI Mission Statement
USI is an engaged learning community advancing education and knowledge, enhancing civic and cultural awareness, and fostering partnerships through comprehensive outreach programs. We prepare individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community.

Educational Priority
As a result of living on campus residents will be challenged to grow academically and personally to become productive citizens.

USI Housing and Residence Life Mission Statement
It is the mission of Housing and Residence Life to provide a high quality, affordable, convenient, and safe living environment for members of the USI community that is culturally enriching, conducive to academic success, and creates opportunities for personal growth.

Description of Position
Resident assistants (RAs) are an integral part of Housing and Residence Life. They are regularly in direct contact with residents. RAs will be assigned to staff buildings of 17-64 residents in the apartments or floors of 14-32 residents in the residence halls. Their main responsibility is to get to know the individuals in their community, provide resources for them and enhance the social, educational, intellectual, and cultural development of each individual. RAs communicate and demonstrate to residents the core values, philosophies, and policies of Housing and Residence Life and the University. They represent Housing and Residence Life as a role model and act as a liaison for their residents.  

General Requirements of RAs

  • Must have a 2.5 (3.5 graduate) semester and cumulative GPA to apply
  • Must maintain a 2.5 (3.5 graduate) semester and cumulative GPA if selected
  • If you receive the position, you may only enroll in ONE class beginning at or after 6 p.m.
  • Must enroll full time (12 credit hours undergraduate, 9 credit hours graduate) but may take no more than 18 hours in a given semester without prior approval from HRL
  • May not have an academic commitment that requires large amounts of continuous time (over 10 hours a week in student teaching, internships, clinicals, etc.)
  • May work one other job not to exceed 10 hours per week
  • Must be available 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays each week to participate in staff meetings and departmental developments

RA Selection Important Dates

  • For fall hiring consideration (2020-2021)
    • January 21: Applications due by 1 p.m.
    • January 23: Applicants will be notified if they move on to Group Process and Individual Interview
    • February 7-8: Group Interview (you must attend this for consideration)
    • February 5-7, February 10-14, February 17-18: Individual Interviews (you must attend this for consideration)
    • February 21: LLC Mixer
    • February 21: Preference survey goes out
    • March 6: Fall applicants notified of status 
    • August 6: Fall semester - RA training begins
    • May 9: RA contract ends

Information/Mock Interview Sessions
Interested in learning more about the resident assistant position? Nervous about the interviews? Housing and Residence Life will have two information/mock interview sessions. Professional staff and current resident assistants will share information about the process, answer questions, and offer practice for the individual and group interviews. Dates for the information/mock interview sessions are:

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 5 p.m. - Housing and Residence Life Lobby
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. - Housing and Residence Life Lobby

If you cannot make either of these sessions and still have questions or want practice, contact Maureen Stephenson.

Before starting this application, please be sure you have the following information available:

  • Your four (4) letter Myers Briggs type. Please take this quiz if you are unaware what your Myers Briggs type is: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
  • Current resume in PDF format. For help with your resume, please visit Career Services. Their office is located in the Orr Center, room 074. Samples of resumes are also available on their website.
  • Name and email address for one USI reference (not from Housing) i.e. professor, coach, etc. An additional reference is optional.

Application Process
Fill out application completely. Failure to incorporate all required items may remove you from consideration for a position. 

Applications are for the 2020-2021 academic year. Candidates must submit their application by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, for consideration of positions that may be available.

Interview Process 
Housing and Residence Life professional staff will review each application and resume to decide on who they would like to invite for the interview process. There are two parts to the interview process. 

  •  Group Process: Friday, February 7, or Saturday, February 8.

The group process interview is a three-hour experience which will be facilitated in groups of up to 16 candidates. For group process, please wear casual attire (jeans, t-shirt, gym shoes, etc.)

  •  Individual interviews: February 5-7, February 10-14, February 17-18 

Individual interviews are 30-minute interviews facilitated by HRL professional staff and resident assistants. For individual interviews, please wear business casual attire (khakis, dress pants, polos, blouses, dress, etc.)

If you are in need of business casual attire, please visit the Career Services office in Orr Center room 074.

Any other questions can be directed to Maureen Stephenson.

Fall 2020-2021 RA Application


Housing and Residence Life

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