Resident Assistant
University Housing & Dining

October 20, 2017 


Dear Candidate:


Welcome to the RA Selection process for the 2018 - 2019 academic year! 


Being a Resident Assistant (RA) is one of the most valuable experiences to today's college student. This position teaches numerous skills that provide students with invaluable learning opportunities far beyond their time serving in this role.


Through this role, students have the opportunity to increase their understanding of people, develop leadership skills, plan and present social and educational programs, fine tune time management skills, solve group conflicts, learn how to be a better ally and advocate for students, think critically, and be an essential part of a team. The RA role is a great first step to building the skills needed to be successful in your professional career while in and after college; and with so many opportunities for growth and development, we hope you are excited to join our team.


Through this application, there are two opportunities available to become a part of the Residence Education Team. You can apply to be either of these opportunities - or both! The Resident Assistant (RA) position is a traditional role where you will live and work in the residence halls with primarily first-year students aiding in their support. Moreover, you can also apply to be a UI REACH RA, which is an RA that works directly with the UI REACH program. The UI REACH [Realizing Educational and Career Hopes] program works directly with students with learning and cognitive disabilities. 


For these roles, a successful candidate will meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a current University of Iowa full-time student (12 credit hours).
  • Must have at least one year of on-campus living experience at the time of employment.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 each semester during the term of employment. For each semester of employment, RAs must achieve a minimum of a 2.0 semester GPA.
  • Must be in good conduct standing with the University. 
  • Attend mandatory pre-fall training (tentatively late July/Early August 2018), and mandatory winter training (Mid-January 2019). 
  • Must work during Move-In week and On Iowa! in August 2018. 
  • May not hold other paid employment during academic term of RA appointment.
  • Enroll, attend, and successfully complete a six-week introductory RA Class (Issues in College Residence Halls). 
    • The course meets one day a week for two hours for an option of one credit hour. 
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check. 
  • Demonstrate the following qualifications:
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and organization skills.
    • Ability to effectively work with a diverse population and adjust to challenging situations.
    • Reasonable experience using computers, including Word, Excel, and email. 
    • Ability to show responsibility for own time-management. 

RA Applications will be due November 10, 2017, by 5:00pm. Complete applications will include a reference from a University of Iowa community member, a resume, and three short essay questions. If interested becoming an RA for one of our 18 Living Learning Communities (LLC), you will also be required to answer an additional essay question. Applications will then enter a screening process to assess whether or not candidates meet the listed qualifications. Your reference, resume, and application essays will be reviewed, and a review of potential past conduct will be completed. From this point, successful candidates will be invited to sign up for an interview. Interviews will take place from January 29th-February 2nd.


*Other important dates you will want to be aware of are listed under the "Important Dates" section of the application web page. 


The Resident Assistant position receives a salary of $5,000 pro-rated over a 10-month employment period. As a condition of your employment as a Resident Assistant, you will be provided a single room, a full meal plan, and $100 Hawk Dollars each semester during the 2018-2019 academic year appointment. 


If you have any questions, please contact Anna Holbrook,, Mayflower Hall, 319-335-2967, or Anthony Bettendorf,, 260 Stanley Hall, 319-335-3700.


The Residence Education staff and I look forward to meeting you soon. Best of luck! 



Anna Holbrook (She/Her/Hers)

Mayflower Hall Coordinator | University Housing and Dining  

The University of Iowa | p: (319) 335-2967

100 Mayflower Hall | Iowa City, IA 52242