2020-2021 RA Recruitment & Selection
The Resident Assistant (RA) is a student employee of the Office of Residence Life. They are an essential element of building a safe and sound residential community that allows all residents to live and work effectively in the residence halls. From planning social programming to directing residents to on and off campus resources, RAs are responsible for interacting and building connections with residents in an area of campus. They serve in an on-call duty rotation, return to campus early each semester to assist with opening, and informally counsel residents to share with them resources around our campus community.
Returning RA Candidates should click here for more information on the returning RA reapplication process.
RA Eligibility & Application
(1) Maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
(2) Be in good conduct standing with the University.
(3) Be a Wilkes Student for at least one year by Fall 2020, when the position would start.1
(4) Maintain full-time undergraduate student status for the entirety of the 2020-2021 academic year.
(5) Not be involved in any academic experiences that would take candidate away from campus for an extended period of time.2
(6) Attend one RA Info Session scheduled at the end of the Fall 2019 and start of Spring 2020 semesters (schedule below).
All applicants must be present for RA Selection weekend: February 8 - Individual Interviews & February 9 - Group Process Day. These days are essential to providing a fair and consistent process to all candidates. Candidates who have academic conflicts with these dates should contact the Office of Residence Life immediately.
1 Transfer students who have experience at another institution would remain eligible
to apply for the position provided they meet the other requirements.
2 For example, 4th Year Pharmacy (P4) students would not be eligible for the RA position. Candidates that will be student teaching during the 2020-2021 academic year, must be placed in the following school districts in order to remain eligible for the position: Wilkes-Barre Area, Wyoming Valley West, Hanover Area, Nanticoke, Wyoming Area, Pittston Area or Dallas. Candidates concerned about an experience and its compatibility with the RA position, should consult Ray FeDora, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org before applying.
RA Position Info Sessions
Every new RA Candidate is expected to attend one of five scheduled RA information sessions. Members of the Multicultural Student Coalition are welcome to attend the RA Info Session in collaboration with MSC's regularly scheduled meetings. In these sessions, we will discuss the position, review requirements, visit the job description, and answer any questions about the application process and RA job expectations. These sessions are listed below.
|Thursday, December 5, 2019||11:00 a.m.||UCOM 231|
|Monday, December 9, 2019||7:00 p.m.||Miller Room (SUB)|
|Tuesday, January 14, 2020||5:00 p.m.||Miller Room (SUB)|
|Tuesday, January 21, 2020||7:00 p.m.||Miller Room (SUB)|
|Friday, January 24, 2020||3:00 p.m.||Miller Room (SUB)|
Applying for the Position
Candidates who are interested in applying for the RA position should click the button below to be taken to the application. It will direct you to a Google Form which will require you to login with your Wilkes username and password. It is recommended that users open an incognito window (Google Chrome) or a private window (Firefox), sign into your Wilkes email, and then access the application. Applications will be due by Sunday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m.
There are three short answer questions in the application, which are included below. You may want to write those in a Word document and paste them into the application as the form will not allow you to save.
(1) Why is the RA position important to a residential community?
(2) Reflect on a time you had to work as part of a team or group. What did you do to ensure that group functioned effectively?
(3) What has been a challenge for you since coming to Wilkes University? What steps have you taken to overcome this challenge?
RA Interview Process
Once you have submitted the application, you will want to begin preparing for the individual interview and group process day. Attendance at both is mandatory for candidates to be considered for the position.
Individual Interview - Saturday, February 8, 2020
Once all applications have been received and basic eligibility has been verified,
candidates will be contacted the week of February 3, 2020 with an individual interview
appointment. All individual interviews will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each candidate will meet with at least one professional in Student Affairs and one
RA and should expect the interview to last approximately 30-45 minutes. Dress is business
casual and folks should expect to act in a professional manner throughout the experience.
It would not be a bad idea to use the Career Services office to prepare for the individual
interview. To prepare, here are some questions candidates will want to use to reflect. These are not actual interview questions.
(1) Why do I want to be an RA?
(2) What makes an RA a good RA?
(3) How might I develop a community in my area if I were given the position?
(4) I am facing a homesick resident. How would I help them?
(5) If a resident is feeling targeted based on their identity, to what campus resources can I direct them?
(6) What kind of community might I work best in?
Group Process Day - Sunday, February 9, 2020
For a candidate to be successful in the RA position, it is essential for them to work with others. Group Process Day gives us a chance to see, firsthand, how you interact in groups. Successful RA candidates do not have to be cherry, bubbly, extroverts. In Residence Life, we want a wide-variety of personalities and experiences. We are not expecting all candidates to be extroverts or overly exuberant. Just be your authentic self. That's all we want to see.
Candidates should dress comfortably (jeans, slacks, t-shirts, blouses, sneakers, etc.).
Please avoid sweatpants. Candidates will be moving around and sitting on the floor,
so they will want to take that into consideration when dressing for the day. Candidates
will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session. Morning sessions will
last from 8:45 a,m. to 11:45 a.m. Afternoon sessions will last from 12:45 p.m. to
3:45 p.m. You will learn to which session you have been assigned, along with your
individual interview time, the week of February 3, 2020.
You've Applied. You've Interviewed. Now What?
Time to wait patiently! The RA Selection crew will review all applications and make selections and placements based on putting together the best possible team we can to serve the Wilkes University residential population. That takes time.
Application Decisions - Monday, March 9
Candidates will be informed, via their official Wilkes University email accounts, of their status in our application process by Monday, March 9. At that time, folks will be notified if they have received a position, will enter our alternate RA pool, or if we cannot offer them a position at that time. Folks offered an RA position or an Alternate position will then be instructed on how to accept that offer.
New RA Orientation - Friday, April 3
We will gather all new RAs to the position for an Orientation session on Friday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. We will go over hiring paperwork, talk about Fall Training, as well as meet the rest of the team that were hired. It will be expected for all new hires to attend this evening event.
You Have Questions
The process can be long and confusing. The Office of Residence Life is here to support you through this process. If, at any point, you have questions about any aspect of the position, please do not hesitate to contact our office:
Raymond D. FeDora, III
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Passan Hall, 3rd Floor
p: (570) 408-4354
Area Coordinator for North Campus, Residence Life
Passan Hall, 3rd Floor
p: (570) 408-4352