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RA Selection 2020 - 2021

Application Available Now!

Thank you for your interest in the Resident Assistant (RA) position for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year.  The Department of Residence Life is looking to fill multiple positions within our 16 Residence Halls.  In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the RA Application in its entirety and submit it by February 11, 2020.  All applicants will be required to submit a resume with their application.  References must complete the Reference Form by March 1, 2020.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.  Each application received will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Residence Life Staff.

Inclusive | Proud | Thoughtful | Creative | Connector

If you embody these values, the RA position might be for you!  RAs possess strong leadership skills, foster the development of positive relationships, promote well-being to students, and demonstrate a commitment to multicultural education in not only their residential community, but across the SUNY Geneseo campus.  RAs are also nice and hardworking people who exhibit practical wisdom, demonstrate passion for their work, and display compassion for students.

Residence Life Educational Priority
The Department of Residence Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.

Residence Life Learning Goals
1.     Each student will become a socially responsible citizen. S&CL (SCR, LD) AAC&U (CE, ER, IKC)
2.     Each student will build positive relationships. S&CL (SUPVS, ECSS, AD) AAC&U (TW, IL, WC, OC)
3.     Each student will aspire to be an engaged learner. S&CL (CEAA, HL, ID) AAC&U (PS, CRT, CVT, LL)

RA Selection Timeline
  • RA Application available: December 17
  • RA Information Sessions: Dates, Times, and Locations TBA
    • Q & A with Professional Staff - January
    • ARD Panel & Info Sessions - January 22-28
  • RA Information Tables: Dates, Times, and Locations TBA
  • RA Application Due: February 11
  • RA Group Process Workshop Series: February 17 - March 13
    • Candidates will attend a three-week workshop facilitated by a Residence Life professional.  During the workshops, candidates will be able to:
      • develop connections to the Residence Life staff and each other,  
      • demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively and problem solve, 
      • work through activities that will show their ability to work collaboratively,  
      • illustrate their decision-making skills, and  
      • express their creativity. 
  • RA Interview Day: February 14
  • RA Position Conditional Offers: March 16
  • RA Position Conditional Acceptance Due: March 20
  • RA Candidate Intentional Conversations with RAs: March 23 - April 21
    • Candidates will be required facilitate conversations with RAs
  • RA Position Student Leader Learning & Development Workshop Series: March 23 - April 17*
    • Candidates must attend all three workshops (plus Capstone) in order to be fully considered for the RA position
    • Candidates may attend workshops in any order
    • Candidates will complete Session Prep prior to attending the workshop
    • Candidates will be sent a link to sign-up for their workshops when they receive conditional offers
    • All materials will be available to the candidates via email by March 22
  • RA Kick-Off, Capstone, and Official Offers: April 24 (Time and Location, TBA)
  • RA Position Acceptance Due: April 29
  • RA Orientation Paperwork: April 30 at 3:30 p.m. CU 319 and 322/23
Workshop Series Dates and Locations *  



Session Prep






Item Due



Read: RA Agreement, Statement of Commitment


Mission, Values, and Goals

Why do I want to be an RA?



One week after completion of session. pdf document emailed to instructor


Read: Residence Life Educational Initiatives Plan


Educational Initiatives and Departmental Curriculum


How does an RA assist with developing socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners?


One week after completion of session .pdf document emailed to instructor.



Read: RA Position Description, RA Manual


The Job-More Than Door Decs


New RA Orientation Reflection Paper*

Orientation Reflection Paper due by April 23, 2020 in .pdf format to

April 24


Submit: Capstone to


New RA Orientation Capstone and Official Offers


Confirmation: Use the link provided to accept your offer.


April 29, 2020

April 30


Passport or Picture ID and SS Card; Pencil/Pen; Course Schedule F2019


RA Orientation Paperwork


You will be completing your paperwork on this day. Copies of documents are unacceptable. 


April 30, 2020

RA Position Qualifications
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
  • Applicants must report at least a 2.5 Fall 2019 GPA at the time of application 
  • Applicants must also receive at least a 2.5 GPA for the Spring 2020 semester
  • Applicants must be in good conduct standing and not have current conduct sanctions
  • Applicants must have completed one semester at SUNY Geneseo by the end of the Spring 2020 semester
  • Applicants must have lived in on-campus at least one semester at any college or university by the end of the Spring 2020 semester
  • Applicants must not hold a full-time position elsewhere, be a student teacher, or hold a full-time internship
Desired candidates will demonstrate:
  • Leadership potential through past experiences and recommendations
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Willingness to advocate for and be a source of support for other students
  • Sensitivity and genuine concern for others that would compel one to form relationships with assigned residents
  • Integrity in decision-making and maturity in actions
  • Program event (SEE) planning skills to meet established goals
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate and respond to high pressure situations
  • Effective communication skills and patience when working with students and colleagues
  • Flexibility and adaptability as there will be occurrences that require a willingness to step outside of the comfort zone or what is planned to support our residents, the Department, and the College
  • Knowledge of SUNY Geneseo and the Department of Residence Life policies and functions
Conditions of Employment
  • Period of Employment:  August 10, 2020 - May 23, 2021 (dates may be adjusted)
    • The RA Position is a one year contractual appointment
    • RA Staff members are not guaranteed an automatic reappointment to the RA Position year to year
    • RA Staff members who wish to return to the RA Position must reapply
  • Enrollment Requirement:  RAs must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours and be considered a full-time student; must also register for the RA Class INTD 240
  • RAs may not register for more than 18 credits without permission from the Director of Residence Life
  • Remuneration:  Room rent waiver, $200.00 meal plan allocation per semester, $200.00 stipend per semester
  • Academic Standing:  RAs must maintain both a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5
  • Conduct:  Employment is contingent upon maintaining good conduct standing; conduct history is reviewed prior to hire
  • Department Initiatives:  Attendance at RA Training, RA Selection, RA Class, Committee Meetings, and Residence Hall opening and closing is mandatory
  • Student Teaching:  RAs are not permitted to student teach
  • Employment:  RAs are not permitted to work more than 15 hours per week outside of their position with Residence Life