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Residence Life Student Staff

2018 RA Recruitment Information

(see below for job descriptions)

  • January 24: RA Application Goes Live
  • February 9: RA Application Due
  • February 12-14: Returning RA Interview Day
  • February 17RA Interview Day
  • February 19-23: Make-up RA Interviews
  • March 2Notice given to applicants
New RA application RA Recommendation form

 

Leadership opportunities for students at Oglethorpe:

Resident Assistants

A Resident Assistant (RA) is an Oglethorpe University undergraduate student who serves as a member of the Residence Life staff and is directly supervised by a Oglethorpe staff members, either the Residence Life Coordinator or Hall Director. RAs go through an extensive selection and training process and are, therefore, helpful in dealing with all types of problems and situations. RAs assess and meet the needs of approximately 30-40 residents through daily interactions and have four major areas of responsibility: leadership, communication, administrative, and community building. General job duties include implementing educational and social programs, performing administrative duties, serving as the RA on duty, being present in the area even if not on duty, assisting with resident and building security procedures, attending training and in-services, following emergency protocols, enforcing university policies and serving as both a resource and role model to residents. As a student employee of Oglethorpe University, an RA is required to abide by and uphold the Oglethorpe University Bulletin, the Oglethorpe University Community Living Guide, and applicable law.

Minimum Requirements

A student who wishes to serve as an RA must:

  • Have and maintain a 2.70 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Be enrolled as a full time student
  • Have one semester of on-campus living experience
  • Attain sophomore standing at the time of appointment
  • Be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing with Oglethorpe University
  • Have demonstrated leadership ability through active participation in community or campus organizations
  • Participate in fall training and spring training
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and in-service training (typically on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
  • Be available to students and staff at irregular hours, those not scheduled on-call
  • Be a team player and demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic attitude

Remuneration and Benefits

Room and board benefits are considered non-taxable income but may impact financial aid eligibility. Students should consult their financial aid advisor to determine potential impact.

First-Year Resident Assistants

  • Resident Assistant will pay a discounted room and board rate of $2600 per semester.
  • Early move-in to assigned residence hall
  • Valuable leadership and communication opportunities with the University community

Veteran Resident Assistants

  • Resident Assistant will pay a discounted room and board rate of $1850 per semester.
  • Early move-in to assigned residence hall
  • Valuable leadership and communication opportunities with the University community

Community Advisors

The CA represents Residence Life as a key paraprofessional staff member. The CA works under the direct supervision of the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) and/or the Hall Director (HD). Together, these staff members work with the resident assistant staff to coordinate a variety of administrative duties, assist with programming and staff training and development. There will be one CA for the following areas: Traer, Jobe Hansen/Dempsey, the Upper Quad, and Greek Row. The CA is a member of the RA team but is also considered the second in command to the RLC/HD of their assigned area and assists with the day to day management of the hall.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Have and maintain a 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Be enrolled as a full time student at Oglethorpe University
  • Attain Junior standing at the time of appointment
  • Be in good academic, judicial, and financial standing with Oglethorpe University
  • Participate in fall training and spring training
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and in-service training, typically on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Ability to serve in the CA role for one academic year, including designated break periods.
  • Must have successfully completed 1 year in the Resident Assistant Position at Oglethorpe University, or must have successfully completed 1 term in the House Manager position for their organization (Greek Row CA only)
  • Greek Row CA must be a member of a social Greek organization

Remuneration and Benefits

  • Assigned room at no charge in residence hall in which CA is employed
  • 100% of board covered by Residence Life
  • Early move-in to assigned residence hall
  • Valuable leadership and communication opportunities with the University community