RA Selection 2018 - 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the RA Application

When is the RA Application available?

December 2017 at

When is the RA Application due?

February 2, 2018

How many references do I need?

All candidates are required to provide a minimum of two references on the application.  One must be a current member of the Campus Living staff with the Department of Student Life at SUNY Geneseo. This person may be an Area Coordinator Residence Director or any type of Resident Assistant. The other reference(s) may be from any professional with whom you have worked, by whom you been mentored, or who may provide particular insight on your abilities and character. References may not be a friend or family member.  Your references must be willing to complete a reference form on your behalf.  Their reference is due by February 5, 2018.  Please send your references the following link if you are applying for the RA Position: . If you apply for the RAISE Position, send them this link: . If you apply for the RAW Position, send them this link: . We recommend that you are in communication with your references throughout the process.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your references have completed the reference form on time.  Incomplete or late references will prevent you from moving forward in the RA Selection process.

What is a Co-Curricular Transcript?

Taken directly from the GOLD website - The Cocurricular Involvement Transcript is a record of your out-of-class activities during your time at Geneseo. The Transcript also gives you an opportunity to reflect and catalog the skills you have developed. Furthermore, it aids you in choosing activities and planning your time outside the classroom.  Think of it like a record of your extracurricular activities.

I do not have a resume.  Where do I begin?

The Office of Career Development is an excellent resource for resume preparation.  There are also plenty of resources on the internet.  Use your favorite search engine to peruse styles for formatting and information to include.  

I missed the application deadline February 2, 2018, can I still be considered for the RA Position?

No.  Completing the application is essential to move forward in the RA Selection Process.  Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.  In addition, all parts of the application must be completed and submitted timely.  This includes reference forms.  If your references are submitted past the February 5, 2018 deadline, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be moving on to the interview portion of the RA Selection Process. 

Questions about the RA Interview 

What can I expect at the RA Interview?

As long as all application materials are submitted timely and academic requirements are met, all RA applicants will receive an interview.  Interviews may last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on responses to questions, discussion between you and the interviewers, and your questions to the interviewers.  RA candidates are interviewed by an Area Coordinator (AC) or Residence Director (RD) and one RA.  Specialty RA Position candidates (RAISE, RAW, TSM) are interviewed by the position coordinator and a current specialty RA.  You can expect to be asked a series of questions pertaining to your interest in the role, awareness of the position, leadership potential, community building, and multiculturalism.  The interviewers will be taking notes about your responses.  For interviewing tips, the Office of Career Development is a great resource. 

How should I dress for my interview?

Dress to impress.  Clean and wrinkle-free clothing is essential.  Your appearance should be polished.  If you have the means, wear a suit.  If not, wear an outfit that increases the confidence you have gained through preparation.  Put your best self forward.

What if I cannot make it to my interview?

As soon as you know that you have a conflict, contact the AC or RD who scheduled your interview directly and explain your situation.  You can work together to reschedule your interview.  If there are further conflicts, contact for support. 

Questions about RA Group Process

What is RA Group Process?

RA Group Process is essentially an experiential interview.  The entire Student Life staff will be present.  As long as all application materials are submitted timely and academic requirements are met, all RA applicants will participate.  During Group Process, you will be led through a series of interactive activities by two experienced facilitators.  You will also be observed and subsequently evaluated by members of the Student Life Staff.  The evaluators will be observing how you interact with your peers, your leadership skills, and the way you espouse or demonstrate the qualities that we are looking for in our RA Staff: Dependability, Open-Mindedness, Patience, Willingness & Helpfulness, ability to Practice Sound Judgment.  Please do not be distracted by this, and try not to be nervous. 

How should I dress for Group Process Day?

Group Process Day dress is different from the interview attire.  While you should still be clean and presentable, jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and sneakers, etc. are appropriate - pajamas are not. 

I have a conflict with Group Process Day.  Am I still eligible to stay in the RA Selection Process?

The short answer is no.  It is absolutely vital that candidates complete the RA Application in its entirety (references and resume or co-curricular transcript included), attend an interview and participate in group process.  If there is an emergency or college-related circumstance that prevents a candidate from attending group process, candidates must communicate with the RA Selection Committee.  These circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis.  RA Group Process Day is Saturday, February 24, 2018 in an on-campus building.

Questions about the Alternate RA List

What does it mean to be an Alternate RA?

Alternate RAs are candidates for the RA position who are qualified, but have not been offered a position on a specific staff.  Alternate RAs have the opportunity to attend a workshop series taught by a Student Life professional based on RA Selection values.  The workshop also prepares these students for the RA position should there be vacancies.  Since there is no fall RA selection process, if there openings for the spring semester, those positions will be filled by Alternate RAs. 

How long will I remain a candidate on the Alternate RA list?

Alternate RAs are eligible for hire for until the next RA Selection Process begins.

Questions about RA Orientation, RA Training, and RA Class

What is RA Orientation?

RA Orientation is mandatory for all new hires.  It is an opportunity to get further acquainted with the Department of Student Life, sign-up for RA Class, and complete paper work pertaining to employment.  RA Orientation will be held on April 30, 2018.  To make the most of RA Orientation, be sure to bring the following:  Voided check for Direct Deposit, Passport or SUNY ID/Driver’s License and Social Security Card, paper and pen or pencil.

If I have a conflict, can I miss RA Training or be late for it?  

No. Attending Resident Assistant training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the Residence Halls is required to hold the position.  Training lasts approximately two weeks and covers a variety of information.  This time is critical to prepare Resident Assistants for their role and responsibility as resources for their residents.  Fall 2018 Training begins on August 12, 2018.  Spring Training begins on January 14, 2019 (Jan. 13 arrival).

What is the RA Class?

The RA Class provides new staff members with a forum in which to discuss their role as Student Life team members, as well as an opportunity to share their ongoing experiences as RAs. While a portion of the RA class will be devoted to a theoretical study of topics such as student development, diversity, and residential education, you, as new RAs, are encouraged to teach each other in a practical sense by sharing your own experiences with your classmates.  The RA Class is a mandatory 1.0 credit course and is taught by a member of the Student Life professional staff.

Other FAQs

When will position offers be extended?

Conditional offers are extended March 9, 2018.
Final offers are extended on April 30, 2018 after conditional RAs complete the Student Leader Learning & Development Workshop Series.

Can I be a part-time student and be a RA?

No, only full-time students are eligible for the RA position.  RAs must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester and no more than 18 credits.

Can I still apply if I plan to study abroad in the Spring semester?

You may still apply and be selected for an RA position.  It is preferred that you commit to a full academic year as an RA, however. 

If you are hired for the RA position and are later accepted into a study abroad program, you would not be an RA for that period of time.  If you hope to return to the position for the semester following your study abroad experience, you will not need to take part in the full RA Selection Process. You would work with the Associate Director of Student Life or RA Selection Chair to determine qualifications and a hiring process.  This also depends on position availability and your performance.

Can I student teach and be a RA during the same semester?

Unfortunately student teaching and other full-time internships are not permitted while serving as an RA.

Can I work and be a RA during the same semester?

Yes, but RAs are not permitted to work more than 15 hours per week outside the RA position.

If I lived off campus for a year, can I apply?

Yes, as long you have lived in a residence hall at SUNY Geneseo or another college or university for at least one full semester by the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

Will the room rent waiver and meal plan affect my financial aid package?

Each student’s financial aid package is unique.  The RA remuneration can impact your ability to maintain your work study position or other aid that you receive.  The Department of Student Life recommends that all RA applicants contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the effect that accepting an RA position will have on their financial aid package.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of how the position may affect their financial aid.

What happens if I am offered a position, but I do not want to work in that specific Residence Hall?

The Department of Student Life is searching for committed qualified RAs for our community.  Therefore we do not allow candidates to select where they might take offers.  If you decline an offer to be an RA in one of our residence halls, then you have declined an offer to be part of our Student Life team.  You would be removed from our candidate pool. 

Benefits of the RA Position

What are the benefits of becoming an RA?

While the benefits of free housing and meal stipend are certainly a perk, those students who are only applying for this reason are encouraged to think again.  The RA position is a job.  It requires the person to be truly dedicated to making living in the Residence Halls a positive experience for others.  Some of other benefits include:  professional development opportunities through training and conferences, leadership development, connections with people, and marketable skill development. 

Former RAs have stated:

“The RA position has forced me to get comfortable with uncomfortable.  It has stretched me.  I know I will have to put myself  out there in the future and this has helped!”

 “It’s really marketable.  People know what the position is and what can be expected from an RA.”

 “The RA position is a confidence booster and it teaches you how to think on your feet.”

 “I learned ways to adapt my strengths to meet the needs of my residents and others.”

 “The RA position is a resume booster because it is like a mini-career.  Being an RA for three years shows my consistence and commitment.  It has also increased my self-worth.  Through the role, I have learned how to adhere and represent a policy that I do not necessarily believe in.  I have also developed the ability to event-plan which will benefit me in my future.” 

More Information

How can I learn more about the RA position and Student Life?

Please review the information provided on the RA Selection website and the SUNY Geneseo Student Life Campus Living website.  You may also find information in the FAQ section.  You may email the RA Selection Committee to ask questions as well.  One of the best ways to learn more about the position is to ask an RA.  You can find at least one in any Residence Hall.

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