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Residence Life Office

 

Student Center 250

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

 

Phone: 605-626-3007

E-mail: reslife@northern.edu

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Resident Assistants
Do you want to get more involved in the residence halls?
 
Are you looking for a leadership experience on campus?
 
Do you love Northern? 
 
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, the Resident Assistant Selection Committee invites YOU to apply to be a resident assistant for Spring 2015. 
 
Spring 2015 RA Positions
Apply and interview in November and December. The application deadline for spring positions is early December.
 
Below is information about the resident assistant position and selection process. Please explore the site for help navigating our application process and answers to your questions.
 
If, after reading through this page, you have other questions about the resident assistant position or application process, feel free to email Robbie Woodward.
 
About the position
Northern has a total of 32 resident assistants in our six residence halls on campus. Each floor/wing has at least one live-in student staff member whose main functions are to create programs and socials, build a sense of community, serve as a resource to residents and enforce residence hall policies.
 
RAs are full-time students with a GPA of 2.25 or higher. RAs are trained to help students in their day-to-day lives by serving as resource of services available on campus. RAs keep residents informed and encourage them to get involved. 
 
RAs have the opportunity to develop many skills. As an RA, you can:
 
  • Hone your communication skills
  • Plan and organize large- and small-scale events
  • Support diversity through working with people from various backgrounds, and
  • Gain leadership experience.
 
 Skills you learn as an RA also can help prepare your for your future career.
 
Responsibilities
Some of the responsibilities that come with the RA position include:
•  Being “on duty” for your assigned building
•  Programming for your floor and hall
•  Weekly staff meetings
•  Interacting with residents on your floor and in the hall
•  Upholding NSU policy
 
Minimum Requirements
To qualify to be an RA, applicants must:

• Be a full-time Northern student
• Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher that you maintain as long as you're employed as an RA
• Have completed at least 14 credits your first day of employment as an RA
 
All staff hired will have their GPA checked each semester. Students with a prior student conduct record are still eligible to apply. 
 
The Application Process
To successfully complete your RA application, you must:
 
1) Attend an information session and receive an application
Oct. 27 – 7 p.m., Jerde Hall Lobby
Oct. 28 – 10 a.m., Student Center Centennial D
Oct. 28 – 7 p.m., Kramer Hall Lobby
Oct. 29 – 2 p.m., Student Center Centennial D
Oct. 29 – 7 p.m., McArthur-Welsh Hall Lobby
Oct. 29 – 8 p.m., Steele Hall Lobby
Oct. 30 – 7 p.m., Lindberg Hall Lobby
Oct. 30 – 8 p.m., Briscoe Hall Lobby

2) Attend a resume-writing workshop (optional but strongly encouraged)
Nov. 4 – 7 p.m., Jerde Hall
Nov. 5 – 1 p.m., Centennial D

3) Turn in your completed application, references and resume
Nov. 13 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Student Center Thunder 1
Nov. 14 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Student Center Thunder 1
 
4) Schedule your individual interview
Upon turning in your complete application, you will sign up for an individual interview. Interviews will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21.
If you are selected to move forward to group process, you'll be notified and assigned a time and date.

Group process will take place on Dec. 6 and 10.
  
 
 
Thanks for your interest in serving the Northern residence life community!