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Resident Advisors

Job Description

Resident Advisors (RA) work to create an inclusive on-campus housing environment that promotes personal development, citizenship, involvement, and leadership through the practice of Community Immersion. RAs serve as a resource for students in their community and as a role model at UNC Chapel Hill. RAs are assigned to traditional residence halls, suite style complexes, or apartment buildings and may be asked to hold a collateral assignment (ex: Residential Learning Program, Community Government, Green Games, First Year Experience, Sophomore Year Experience, Multicultural Advisor, Academic Peer Advocate, etc.). RAs are supervised by a Community Director (CD).

Resident Advisors do not maintain traditional 8am-5pm, M-F hours, with work hours varying based upon residential community needs and the needs of the department. This includes nighttime and weekend commitments. Required work days will include: special events, sporting events (including but not limited to: home/away Duke games, final four games, national championship games, etc.), Halloween, LDOC, staff selection days, instances of inclement weather, emergencies, and other unforeseen circumstances. Student staff are required to attend all designated training days for their position and must be prepared to work during fall opening, fall closing, spring opening, and spring closing times. RAs are required to work during break periods, including but not limited to: Fall Breaks, Thanksgiving Breaks, Winter Breaks, Spring Breaks, and Spring Holiday. RAs are required to serve on an On Call rotation on both week and weekend days. The frequency of On Call shifts varies based on community size.

A successful RA has a passion for working with a diverse student population, a commitment to student learning and development, and strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. A successful RA demonstrates initiative, possesses the ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team, communicates effectively, and maintains a positive attitude. This job description is meant to provide an outline of essential job functions of the RA position and is not an all-inclusive list.  Through the course of the year there will be times where staff will be called to service based on the needs of the community that may not be outlined in a job description. RAs agree to meet and abide by the standards described in this document; the RA Letter of Appointment; the Student Staff Ethical Principles; the Community Living Standards; the Housing Contract; the expectations communicated by Carolina Housing during trainings and by their supervisor; University policies; and State and Federal Laws.

Once interested applicants submit their application for this position, the Midyear Resident Advisor Recruitment and Selection committee will process all applications to ensure that they are complete and that candidates meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
If for any reason your application is incomplete or you are not eligible, a committee representative will contact you via email to update you regarding your status in the selection process. 

Following a review of all eligible applications, select candidates will receive outreach regarding the scheduling of a virtual interview between September 15-September 22. All other applicants will remain active in the candidate pool should we need to conduct additional interviews in the future.

Applicants are applying for a current vacant position and, if selected, would be asked to start in the Resident Advisor role immediately.

*Application will open Thursday, September 9, 2021

If your question is not answered on the website, please contact Maureen Rodgers, Assistant Director of Student Staff Recruitment at

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