RESIDENCE HALL STUDENT STAFF OPPORTUNITIES

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Residence Life is always seeking dedicated undergraduate and graduate student leaders with a passion for helping others and building community to serve a Resident Assistants, Head Resident Assistants and Graduate Resident Directors.

RESIDENT ASSISTANT

The foundation of our residence hall program is the RA position. RAs are a community of student leaders dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our residential students.

RAs are undergraduate and graduate students available to assist with personal issues, academic needs, housing questions, facilities concerns and more. RAs provide leadership and guidance for residents, plan events, provide opportunities to meet new people and learn new things, and hold periodic meetings to share information and review community policies. Residence Life houses RAs in every on-campus residence hall.

Read the Resident Assistant job description.

RAs at Villanova are sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and interpersonal, organizational, and decision-making skills.

To receive full consideration for an RA position, applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good disciplinary standing. Because of the academic demands of the Law School, first year Law students are generally discouraged from applying.

RAs return to campus a week before students arrive in August to receive intensive training in conflict resolution, crisis management, leadership, programming, counseling, and more. The experience of being a leader and mentor among peers in the halls is the most rewarding benefit of the position.

RAs in the traditional residence halls receive a waiver of room charges and a 21 meal plan. Resident Assistants in the apartments receive a waiver of room charges and a 100 Flex meal plan.

  1. Attend an Informational Meeting: We strongly encourage all students interested in applying for a Residence Staff position to attend an information session.
  2. Read the RA Information: In order to fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read all information on this site especially the Resident Assistant job description. We also recommend that you talk with your RA to learn more about the position before applying.
  3. Apply Online and Sign Up For An Interview Time: You can access the RA Application online. Complete the application and submit your application materials. If you have difficulty applying online, you can receive assistance in the Office for Residence Life in Stanford Hall, by calling 610-519-4154, or by emailing Residence Life.
  4. Submit Your Resume & Cover Letter:
    Resume - Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page resume (saved in PDF formatting). The resume should include education information, a short list of on and off campus activities, and employment history.
    Cover Letter - Applicants are also required to submit a 1-page cover (saved in PDF formatting). The cover letter should address your motivation for applying for this position, the skills and/or experiences which would best serve you in this role, and what you hope to gain from this experience.
    Your Resume and Cover Letter should be submitted with your application or sent via email to Dillon Eppenstein.
  5. The Interview Process: Prior to your interview, please take some time to review the Villanova University Mission Statement and Office of Residence Life Mission Statement. The RA interview process will take place in two steps: an individual interview and a group process activity with other RA candidates. After the application closes, you will be invited to participate in the RA Interview Process.
  6. You'll Need a Recommendation: You must obtain a recommendation from a University faculty or staff member using this RA Recommendation Form. Note: Your current RA/HRA/GRD should not write letters of recommendation. Your RA will have an opportunity to recommend you at a later date.
  1. Read the RA Information: In order to fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read all information on this site especially the Resident Assistant job description.
  2. Apply Online and Sign Up For An Interview Time: You can access the RA Application online. Complete the application and submit your application materials. If you have difficulty applying online, you can receive assistance in the Office for Residence Life in Stanford Hall, by calling 610-519-4154, or by emailing Residence Life.
  3. Submit Your Resume & Cover Letter:
    Resume - Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page resume (saved in PDF formatting). The resume should include education information, a short list of on and off campus activities, and employment history.
    Cover Letter - Applicants are also required to submit a 1-page cover (saved in PDF formatting). The cover letter should address your motivation for applying for this position, the skills and/or experiences which would best serve you in this role, and what you hope to gain from this experience.
    Your Resume and Cover Letter should be submitted with your application or sent via email to Dillon Eppenstein.
  4. The Interview Process: Prior to your interview, please take some time to review the Villanova University Mission Statement and Office of Residence Life Mission Statement. The RA interview process will take place in two steps: an individual interview and a group process activity with other RA candidates. After the application closes, you will be invited to participate in the RA Interview Process.
  5. You'll Need a Recommendation: You must obtain a recommendation from a faculty or staff member at your current institution using this RA Recommendation Form. Note: Your current RA/HRA/GRD should not write letters of recommendation. Your RA will have an opportunity to recommend you at a later date.

RA Applications for 2021-2022 Available:  October 26, 2020

RA Information Session - Spring 2021

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Letters of Recommendation Due Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Invitation to Interview: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

RA Interview Day - Option 1: Friday, February 12, 2021

RA Interview Day - Option 2: Saturday, February 20, 2021

Decision Letters Sent: Monday, March 8, 2021

Deadline for candidates to verify acceptance of position: Monday, March 22, 2021

 

 

HEAD RESIDENT ASSISTANT

In addition to their RA duties, Head Resident Assistants are responsible for the administration, coordination, supervision and evaluation of RAs assigned to his/her building(s), as well as the oversight of residence hall programs and activities. Head Resident Assistants are selected from the returning RA staff.

 

 

GRADUATE RESIDENT DIRECTOR

The Graduate Resident Director (GRD) is a paraprofessional member of the Residence Life staff. Responsibilities include oversight of:

  • daily operations of assigned hall(s);
  • student staff supervision;
  • building maintenance;
  • planning and implementing community building efforts;
  • policy enforcement; and
  • crisis intervention.

GRDs serve in the primary on-call rotation after hours. In addition, each GRD will be given one collateral assignment in the Office for Residence Life based on interest, experience, and skills. GRDs are supervised by the Area Coordinator for their designated area.

The GRD is a part-time, 10-month, live-in position. Compensation consists of graduate tuition remission for a maximum of 9 credits each semester, a waiver of room charges and a 21 Meal Plan. GRDs also receive a cash stipend predicated on the size and responsibilities associated with their designated halls.

Undergraduate and Law Students are not eligible to apply. GRDs may not hold any other compensatory position on or off campus during the academic year; exceptions may be made for academic internships and practicums. GRDs are hired on an annual contract basis.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Must be enrolled in a full-time Graduate Program at Villanova University.
  • Previous experience as a Resident Assistant strongly preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; Strong administrative, planning and programming skills.
  • Appreciation for mission and values of Catholic higher education

Read the full Graduate Resident Director Position Description.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

Applicants will be required to complete an online application and submit an updated cover letter and resume to be considered for the GRD position. The GRD Application must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions for interested candidates:

Please note: We accept applications from current Villanova students as well as incoming graduate students.

 

 

RESIDENT ASSISTANT MENTOR PROGRAM

The Resident Assistant Mentor Program (RAMP) is a leadership preparation and exploration program for freshmen, sophomores and juniors who may be interested in future RA candidacy. This program is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

RAMP workshops focused on transferable skills that will help prepare participants to be better student leaders as well as more informed applicants for the RA interview process. These sessions will focus on Conflict Resolution, Community Building, Peer Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, and Mission Integration.

RAMP is designed to:

  • Help students develop valuable leadership skills that are transferable to any organization.
  • Help students gain a better understanding of the RA position.
  • Help students develop skills that may enhance their future RA candidacy.
  • Allow students the opportunity to develop new friendships.

Participants are expected to:

  • Attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled meetings during the fall semester.
  • Adhere to the Code of Student Conduct and remain in good academic standing.
  • Actively participate in their residence hall community and are encouraged to become active in Hall Council.

This year RAMP will only be offered in a virtual format during the Spring 2021 semester.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the RAMP Sign-Up Form and we will send out the RAMP Spring schedule before the start of the Spring Semester.

General Phone: (610) 519-4154

Housing Phone: (610) 519-4155

Fax: (610) 519-7303

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