Frequently Asked Questions
What is the compensation?
RAs are expected to live where they work, and to engage with residents in the residence hall and dining halls. As such, RAs will be provided a room in the hall they work, and a meal plan so that they can meet this expectation of the position. CMs receive room and 2,000 divided into bi-weekly payments over the course of the year.
How will the Resident Assistant or Community Manager position affect my financial
The Resident Assistant or Community Manager position may affect your financial aid or scholarship award. However, to determine how that will affect your individual circumstances, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700.
If I have been documented through the university conduct process, can I still be a
Resident Assistant or Community Manager?
Students must be in good conduct standing with the university. In addition, you must not have any incomplete sanctions with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at the time of application or during your candidacy. If offered the position, RAs and CMs must always be in good conduct standing with the university starting at the time they accept the offer.
What does the interview process entail?
Step 1: Attend an Information Session (Required)
These one hour sessions were developed to ensure that before you apply, you have all the necessary information on what it is like to be an RA or CM. Options:
- Tuesday, November 14 at 9 p.m. - Juniper-Poplar Hall 1319
- Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. - Beacon Hall Classroom
- Thursday, January 11 at 7 p.m. - Maple C
- Sunday, January 14 at 7 p.m.- Juniper-Poplar Hall 1317
- Sunday, January 14 at 9 p.m. - Cypress Classroom
Step 2: Apply!
Applications open on November 13 and are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 15.
Step 3: Create a Video Diary
After you complete your application through the housing portal, you will be sent an e-mail outlining instructions for completing a brief video answering two questions which you will then connect and upload to your previously submitted application.
Step 4: Attend a New RA Workshop Session
If your application is successful, you will be invited via e-mail in January to sign up for a workshop time slot (5 hours) between February 2-4, 2017. In addition to the workshop, there is a required kick-off event on Thursday, February 1, 2017 (1 hour).
Step 5: Reflection Assignment
After the workshop, candidates will be asked to reflect on the experience and submit via canvas by January 23
Click on the Assignments Tab, select "RA Workshop Reflection" and submit your file.
Step 6: Decision Letters
Decision letters will be sent out to candidates via USF Email on February 16.
How are RA and CM selection decisions made?
At various points of the process, all components of a candidate's application are taken into consideration when selecting RAs and CMs. Residential Life & Education staff members review all files of qualified candidates and hire individuals who will bring various strengths to their community and staff teams.
I was offered an "Alternate Position." What does this mean?
The RA and CM selection process is a highly competitive position. Being an "alternate" means that we were not able to offer you an open position at the time of selection, however, if any positions become available throughout the year, we first select candidates who are alternates. This is not a guarantee, however. Being offered an alternate position, is essentially as if a candidate is put on a waitlist for a staff position to become available. This waitlist is kept until mid-spring 2017.
Can I choose my building placement as a Resident Assistant or Community Manager?
When you apply, you are applying for the position and not for a specific residence hall. Hall placement is determined by the Residential Education staff and is based on the needs of the building and the candidate's skill set.
When does Resident Assistant training begin in the fall?
Resident Assistants and Community Managers will move into the halls in early August, and training will begin shortly thereafter. RAs are expected to be at all training sessions and to assist with opening the residence halls for our incoming students. Please see the RA and CM Position Descriptions on the main page of the website for specific training dates.
What is RA and CM Training like?
Our extensive training program will challenge you and teach you what you need to know to excel in the position. Training is required for student staff, so you should plan accordingly as you consider applying. Resident Assistants and Community Managers are trained in the areas of:
- Residential Curriculum Approach
- Diversity/Multicultural Awareness
- Communication/Listening Skills
- Time Management
- Counseling/Conflict Mediation
- Leadership Styles
- Ethical Decision Making and Problem Solving
- Compliance requirements such as reporting responsibilities for Cleary, VAWA, FERPA, etc.
If I have a conflict, can I miss training or be late for it?
No. Attending Student Staff training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the halls is required to hold the position. Training lasts up until the first day of classes and covers a breadth of information ranging from understanding residential curriculum and confrontation, to community building and social justice. The time invested is critical to prepare Resident Assistants and Community Managers on how to serve as resources for their residents.
Can I hold a job on/off campus if I am a Resident Assistant or Community Manager?
Resident Assistants and Community Managers , who desire to hold a job, in addition to their RA position, must have prior approval from their supervisor (up to 9 hours). Please consider that this position averages 20-hours a week, and may limit involvement in other clubs or organizations. Please see the RA Position Description on the main page of the website for specific information on employment and extracurricular involvement. The 9 hours of additional work outside of the RA position is encompassing of job, potential additional coursework, and other involvement on campus.
How often can I be away from the residence halls if I am offered the position?
Please consult the RA Position Description on the main page of the website to understand the departmental expectations regarding vacations and time away.
I have additional questions. Who do I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance. Also, make sure to review the Resident Assistant Agreement and/or the Community Manager Agreement for more insight into the requirements of the position.
The application closed January 15, 2018