Housing & Residence Life

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Resident Assistant

Thank you for taking the time and interest in becoming a Resident Assistant for UNCW Housing & Residence Life! Below you will find the following information about the Resident Assistant Recruitment Process.

Submission of supplemental application materials should be emailed to HRLApplication@uncw.edu. Questions or feedback regarding the RA Application Process can be directed to Donovan Smith at smithdd@uncw.edu and Carson Crow at cdc4105@uncw.edu, Chairs of the RA Recruitment and Selection Committee, or at 910-962-3241.

2019-2020 Recruitment Process Timeline:

  • Online Application is Now Closed
  • Application Deadline:  Dec, 6, 2019 at 5:00pm
  • Interview dates:  January 9-12, 2020

Information Sessions and Tabling will be available as a resource to candidates.  Attendance is NOT mandatory to submit an application. 

  • Tuesday, October 8th 7-8pm Graham-Hewlett Classroom
  • Tuesday, October 29th 7-8pm Crossing #2 Programming Space
  • Wednesday, November 13th 12-1pm Wrightsville Beach Room (FSC)
  • Wednesday, December 4th 8-10pm: Tabling in area

Application Requirements

  • Online Application is Now Closed
  • Video Essay via Big Interview, use Assignment code 143b76 (see instructions below)
  • 1 Professional Reference
  • 1 Page Resume
For Big Interview Video Instructions Read Below:   

Video Essay (submit responses via Big Interview):

  1. Tell us about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to be an RA and what strengths, talents, and skills would you bring to the position?
  3. If you could change one thing on UNCW's campus to create a more inclusive environment/community, what would that be and why?
  4. Finish the sentence… A great RA is someone who ________________________.

2020-2021 RA Required Time Commitments:

  • Newly hired RAs must attend & complete an 8-week RA Seminar in Spring 2020
  • RA Training: August 2, 2020 – August 14, 2020
  • 2020 Move In – August 15, 2020 – August 19, 2020
  • Monthly  In-Service Meeting (Wednesdays) and Programming Requirements
  • Spring Training - January 2021 (Dates TBD - typically a few days prior to opening)
  • Fall Closing/Spring Closing/Move-Out/Graduation – December 2020 & May 2021
  • Weekly Staff Meetings (Wednesdays) and 1/1 meetings per Residence Coordinator
  • Special Events such as Seahawk Preview Day, Seahawk Saturday, and others.

The Resident Assistant's participation in training/education is a firm requirement and is crucial to the smooth functioning of the halls. Other opportunities for growth as a staff member will be provided and participation is strongly encouraged. 

RA Position Description and Responsibilities

Click here (PDF) to read about the RA position description and responsibilities.  

Qualifications and Requirements

Because of the demanding nature of the Resident Assistant position, the Office of Housing and Residence Life places the following stipulations on those hired as Resident Assistants:

  • Residence hall living experience
  • Available for a full academic year
  • Have been a student for at least one academic year
  • Good academic standing at UNCW, with at least a 2.50 cumulative and term GPA.
  • In good conduct standing at time of application review, contract start date, and during employment
  • A maximum load of 18 undergraduate or 12 graduate credit hours
  • No outside jobs without prior permission from their Residence Coordinator. All significant time commitments require the prior approval of the Residence Coordinator and Associate/Assistant Director Examples of such commitments include, but are not limited to:
    • Internships
    • Student teaching
    • Executive office in an organization
    • Rush/pledging of a fraternity or sorority

RA Compensation Package

  • Monthly compensation provided to all Resident Assistants.  Stipend amount is under review.
  • RA scholarship value to cover the costs associated with room rates and meal plan.
    • Single room when available within a residence hall, apartment, or suite.
    • RA's in double occupancy rooms may be assigned a temporary roommate at any given time during the academic semester.
    • Meal plan options may be selected up to defined price point.

RA Selection Criteria

The Office of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) at UNC Wilmington employs a staff of 115 students as Resident Assistants. Major areas of responsibility emphasized are community building, programming, peer helping, policy enforcement and administration. Please refer to the position description for detailed information.

Consideration for Selection

RA candidates are evaluated based off of submitted application materials and participation in the interview process. Candidates may then be invited to participate in a group and individual interview process.

Throughout the process candidates are evaluated based on demonstrated ability or potential skill in the following areas:

  • Communication, leadership, teamwork, creativity and academic achievement.
  • Problem solving, analytical thinking, organization and planning
  • Administrative skills for the completion of paperwork and related details associated with residential area management.
  • Interest in personal growth and enthusiasm for participating in individual and group development activities.
  • Willingness to assume responsibility and take initiative for the development of an effective living environment.

Tips and Resources

Helpful Tips
  • Review the job description and Application Packet carefully so you are familiar with the position and requirements.
  • Spend time talking with current Resident Assistants about job responsibilities and requirements. Ask an RA if you can accompany them on a duty round, or spend time with them when they are on duty.
  • Practice asking the questions you would like to pose to your interviewers.
  • Get a good night of sleep the night before your interviews and eat balanced meals the day of your interviews.
  • Come up with a list of questions you think you might be asked to answer, and have your friends help you practice.
  • Most important: BE YOURSELF! The purpose of the interview is so that you and the Housing and Residence Life staff can get to know one another better. It is difficult to do that if you are pretending to be someone you are not.
  • Dress neatly and professionally for your interviews.
Resume, Interview, and Short Answer Resources

As a part of the RA application process, the resume, video essay, short answer questions and interview process are essential to a successful candidacy. As a means of helping individuals gain support in accomplishing these steps we highly suggest candidates take advantage of individual appointments and online resources with the Career Center and Writing Center. They will be very pleased to help you. Be proactive and courteous by scheduling in a timely fashion as outlined on the respective websites.

UNCW Housing & Residence Life Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to and will provide equal educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status or relationship to other university constituents - except where sex, age or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for state-funded employee benefit programs. Questions regarding program access may be directed to the Compliance Officer, UNCW Chancellor's Office, 910.962.3000, Fax 910.962.3483.
UNCW residence halls allow all students the opportunity to become actively involved in campus life. UNCW Housing and Residence Life provides a variety of programs and activities in and around the residence halls to enhance students' total educational experience. All of the residence halls are accessible in that they have elevators and adapted restrooms. Further, entrances to all buildings are either ramp-accessible or located on the ground floor. The first floor of each residence hall has all the services that are available on higher-level floors to allow students with disabilities equal access to services. University Suites has some first-floor units that have been designed to accommodate students with disabilities. For further information, contact UNCW Housing and Residence Life at 910.962.3241.