Resident Assistants (RA)
LSU Resident Assistants (RAs) are live-in service providers, leaders, role models, and community builders. As one of the premiere student staffing positions on campus, RAs are carefully selected, placed on a staff team, and trained by the Department of Residential Life staff to develop an inclusive and engaging experience for on-campus residents. RAs create programs that enhance community, serve residents’ personal and academic needs, build positive relationships with residents, and create a safe environment where residents have opportunities to grow holistically.
College can be a challenging transition for residents at all levels, and RAs should be role models and advocates for various campus resources. Your role as an RA is to know the residents in your community on a personal level, provide them with resources and support, and be excited for their successes. Don’t miss out on this experience to serve and care for others, add to your resume, have fun, and experience something that is more than just your average job!
Check back in early November for spring 2022 applications.
Interview & Selection Timeline for 2021-22 Applicants
Step 1: Learn More
- Interested in learning more about the RA position? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look and live question and answer on Zoom. Four sessions are available:
- To be eligible to apply for the mid-year (spring only) position, applicants must:
- Have completed two semesters at LSU-Baton Rouge
- Have a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA
- Submit an application through Handshake and complete an interview
Step 2: Apply online
- All applicants must apply through Handshake. Applicants are required to answer a few questions and include a 1-minute intro video.
- Attend the virtual selection process below.
Step 3: Open House Info and Tour Night - Friday, January 29, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
- At the Open House event, you will learn more about the RA position and the position requirements.
- Attendance is strongly encouraged and contributes to your overall score for your application consideration.
- This event also provides a RA-view tour of each community with an opportunity for some questions of current staff members to help prepare for the group and individual interviews to follow.
- Candidates will receive an email with the Zoom information to log into the Open House webinar.
Step 4: Group Process Day - Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 2021
- Group process day interviews focus on working in teams, problem solving, and fostering inclusive environments.
- Be yourself and have fun. This is an opportunity for you to interact with other students who are going through the same process as you.
- Please bring something to write with.
- Attendance at this event is mandatory.
- Dress is casual.
Step 5: Individual Interviews - Saturday, January 30
- The final stage of the RA selection process is an individual interview with supervisors from various on-campus communities.
- Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes and follow a question and answer format, with the opportunity to ask questions at the end.
- Attendance at this event is mandatory.
- Dress is casual for individual interviews.
Step 6: Offers Made
- Decision letters will be available to you by the end of February. All letters, regardless of decision, will be available at the same time.
- If you would like to discuss your application and/or interview after the process, you may contact email@example.com to set up an appointment with the Associate Director for Staffing & Operations and/or selection chairperson.
Alternate Pool: If you are not offered a job in the initial offering and you are still a viable candidate, you will be invited to the Alternate Pool. This stage in the process allows for staffing needs to be filled from this group of applicants throughout the summer and into the fall semester as needs occur. You will need to accept your position in the Alternate Pool for continued consideration
The RA Job and Returning Room Selection: If you are planning to live on campus for 2021-2022 regardless of getting an RA job offer, then you are strongly recommended to go through the returning room selection process at outlined here: https://www.lsu.edu/reslife/current/renewal/index.php if you are selected and accept an RA offer at any time, you will be reassigned to the RA room of your assigned community and any advanced rent will be refunded to you at that time. RA applicants are not given any priority through the room selection process.