Work for Us
Residence Life seeks talented, outgoing, and hard-working individuals who have an appreciation for and commitment to working effectively with diverse groups of people. Student staff appointments are for one academic year and selection for these positions occurs in the first half of spring semester.
RAs are upper-class undergraduate students who work for Residence Life. The RA's role is to help residents adjust to living on campus, develop a sense of community among residents, and monitor the safety and security of the building. Throughout the year, RAs conduct health and safety inspections of resident rooms, assist students who are switching rooms, and ensure that residents are familiar with Housing policies and procedures.
RAs work about 20 hours per week and are on duty one or two times a week. During the academic year, RAs are responsible for building community, mediating conflicts, and encouraging healthy habits with a group of residents. RAs help residents understand University policies and procedures and encourage residents to get involved. RAs must attend successfully complete all training requirements, including spring and fall training, prior to and while serving in the RA position. RAs report directly to a Graduate Assistant Coordinator and work with a team of other RAs to conduct duty rounds of residence halls in their area.
RA candidates must live on campus at Auburn for one semester before applying; have at least a 2.50 GPA; and be in good conduct standing with Residence Life and Auburn University. Undergraduate transfer students who were RAs at another campus may have Auburn's residency requirement waived.
RAs receive a single room at no cost and a meal plan.
RA applications are available in mid-November and must be submitted by January 21, 2015. Qualified candidates must be available to participate in RA interview days on February 6, 7 or 8. Decision letters will be sent to all candidates on February 28th and students offered positions must respond by March 6th.
During the academic year, the live-in GACs are responsible for overseeing one to seven residence halls and supervising the RA staff. GACs also meet with residents who are involved in violations of residence hall policies and help plan activities for residents.
During the academic year Graduate Area Coordinators (GACs) are responsible for overseeing a team of Resident Assistants (RAs). GACs participate in an on-call duty rotation and must be able to respond to emergencies when not in class. GACs conduct one-on-one meetings with RAs and weekly team meetings throughout the academic year. GACs assist with staff training, selection, and development, and ensure that all RAs are meeting department expectations.
Graduate Area Coordinators (GACs) are masters or Ph.D. students enrolled at Auburn University. Prior RA experience is preferred by not required. Graduate students enrolled in higher education, counseling psychology, or related fields will be given priority in hiring decisions.
GACs must live in University provided housing (a one or two bedroom apartment) and will be provided a stipend and tuition remission while employed with Residence Life.
Work and Living Considerations
Graduate students must be enrolled for the entire academic year for which they are applying and may not hold internships or other academic obligations outside of the immediate Auburn area. Appointments are for one academic year. GACs may reapply for their position for the following academic year. Graduate students may not serve more than three consecutive years as a GAC. Legal spouses may live with the GAC. No pets, except fish, are allowed.
GACs applications are available in mid-February. All interested graduate students are encouraged to participate in Placement for Graduate Assistants (PGA) on the Auburn campus. Preference will be given to students accepted in a graduate program at Auburn; however, some job offers may be made contingent on acceptance.
Current or incoming Resident Assistants are extended the opportunity to serve as a Resident Assistant during our summer semesters. For more information on Summer Resident Assistant opportunities, please contact our Recruitment and Selection Chair for Resident Assistants at RArecruitment@auburn.edu.