2019-2020 Resident Assistant Hiring Information

What is an RA?

RAs are student leaders who live in their communities and serve as the first responders to resident needs. As an RA, you are responsible for creating a safe and engaged community for their students. There is no average day in the life of an RA as responsibilities shift drastically depending on the time of year and your residents’ needs, but in general, RAs spend their time programming for their residents along with various administrative tasks throughout the year.

Minimum Requirements for RA Position

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of college prior to starting the position.
  • Must be full-time, regularly enrolled, and registered UCSC student
  • Must have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA from time of application and employment
  • Be in good student conduct standing (Good student conduct is defined as anything below probation and no findings of responsibility for sexual violence and sexual harassment policy violations)

You can find out more specifics about the RA job and all of the required qualifications by reading the 2019-2020 RA job description or emailing your questions to Savanah Headley saheadle@ucsc.eduHow Do I Apply to be an RA?

The hiring process has several components (outlined below). Students must participate/complete all the following steps in order to be considered for an RA position in the 2019-2020 academic year:

  1. Attend an RA Info Session (dates can be found below)
  2. Complete RA Application prior to deadline - DO NOT SUBMIT ANY APPLICATIONS BEFORE December 14, 2018
    1. Porter, Kresge, and Redwood Grove RA Application
    2. Career Services ER Application
    3. 2 Completed References in support of your application. One reference must be a current student life staff member (RA, CRE, CPC, ACPC, etc.)
  3. Attend an individual and group process interview (offers will be sent out to students based on strength of application).
  4. Mandatory attendance at RA spring training, held every Monday of spring quarter 8-9pm in Hitchcock Lounge.

2019-2020 RA Selection Timeline


Dates & Times

Location/Other Info

RA Applications Open

Friday, December 14 @ 9am

RA Application

Reference Form

Career Services ER Application

 Info Sessions

Wednesday January 9: 10-11am, 2-3pm, 8-9pm

Porter/Kresge I-Lounge


Thursday January 10:    10-11am, 2-3pm, 6-7pm

Porter/Kresge I-Lounge


Wednesday January 16: 9-10am, 3-4pm, 6-7pm

Porter/Kresge I-Lounge

RA Applications Due

Wednesday January 16 @ 11:59pm

RA Application Link

Career Services ER Application Link

Interview Weekend

Saturday February 23 – Sunday February 24, 8am – 5pm

Students only need to attend one of the interview days.

Job Offers Sent

Friday March 8@ 5pm

Sent via UCSC email

RA Spring Training

Monday nights, 8-9pm

Hitchcock Lounge

Other Student Life Employment Opportunities

There is currently no information available for other employment opportunities for students. This page will be updated as needed with other opportunities for students in the Porter area.