Resident Advisors & Office Assistants

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What is a Resident Advisor/House Manager?
A Resident Advisor and House Manager is an undergraduate student who is responsible for a number of students who live in the residence halls and greek houses.

He/she assists in the social, educational, cultural and community development of students in the residence halls and greek houses. The RA/HM serves as a communicator, listener, and initiator of activities, resource person, limit-setter, administrator and friend. The RA/HM is an extension of the Residence Life Office and the Office of Greek Life, and is an integral part of its success by receiving suggestions and feedback from students.

The Resident Advisor and House Manager is a representative of Rider University, and acts as a positive role model for others both on and off campus.

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What are the responsibilities of a Resident Advisor and House Manager?
The RA/HM takes on many different responsibilities.

He/she will:

  • organize activities for the residents in his/her community; 
  • be available to assist students in many different capacities; 
  • be knowledgeable of the condition of the floor/house and maintain an environment conducive to both academic endeavors and community interaction; 
  • be "on duty" on a rotating basis with other staff in their community in the evening to maintain an appropriate atmosphere and deal with emergencies; 
  • assist with the opening and closing of the halls/houses; 
  • maintain all room inventory forms and do periodic room checks to ensure the safety of the residents; 
  • and above all act as a responsible leader and as a positive role model for all students.

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How will the position benefit my personal growth?
Through training and interaction with other staff, administration, faculty and students, there will be many opportunities for personal growth. The opportunity to develop skills through participation in workshops on communication skills, time management, stress management, assertiveness training, community building, programming, leadership development, etc. enable you to take a closer look at yourself and provide you with the skills to help others in the process.

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Staff Training
Some of the topics covered in training sessions include:

  • Community Building, 
  • Mediation Skills, 
  • Connecting Student to the Rider Community, 
  • Community Values, 
  • Housing Policies and Procedures, 
  • Crisis and Emergency Preparedness, 
  • Fire Safety and Simulation, 
  • Sexual Assault Response, 
  • Confrontation and Crisis Management Skills

RA/HM Class - 3 Credit Sequence
Note:  Princeton Campus applicants are not required to take the RA class, but must attend a skills session workshop.

RA/HM I CLASS (Required)
This 1 credit pass/fail pre-employment class provides RA/HM candidates with basic job knowledge and skills. Classes are held during open periods on Wednesday at 4:30pm and Thursday at 11:30am and begin on February 5th & 6th. All candidates are required to take this course. Candidates must pass this course in order to be eligible for employment.

RA/HM II CLASS (Required)
This 1 credit pass/fail is taken during the fall semester and class helps to strengthen skills learned both in RA I and during fall training. This class also serves as one of the ways to support staff throughout their first semester on the job. The class meets weekly during open periods on Wednesdays at 4:30pm or Thursdays at 11:30am for the full academic semester.

RA/HM III CLASS (Optional)
This 1 credit pass/fail class is offered to RA’s who have completed RA I and II. RA III is a project-based class. RA III is about trying to make the Residence Life Office better by creating projects that will improve the effectiveness of the RA position and/or the department as a whole.

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What is the compensation for the Resident Advisor and House Manager position?
Resident Advisors will be paid a salary on a monthly basis and receive a scholarship to be applied to their tuition bill. RAs/HMs resides in a single room at the double rate. Resident Advisors and House Managers are generally hired for an academic year (August through May).

RA/HM Compensation

1st Year RA/HM

2nd Year RA/HM

3rd Year RA/HM

Annual Stipend Paid Bi-Weekly




Annual Room and Board Scholarship




Value of a single room at a double rate




Total Value




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How are Resident Advisors & House Managers selected?

To become a Resident Advisor or House Manager you must meet several criteria:

  1. Any other employment or other major commitments must be approved in advance.
  2. Should have a 2.3 cumulative average at time of application, and maintain a 2.3 GPA. WCC RA applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  3. To be a student in good standing with the University.
  4. Should have resided in residential housing at least one term.
  5. House Manager Applicants must have Greek Life Experience.
  6. Must be financially cleared by Financial Aid in order to be hired on as an RA/HM.

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How to Apply

For Fall 2014


Please apply by December 17, 2013 at midnight for a Resident Advisor or House Manager position.

Completed Reference Forms must be completed on-line, please contact Area Director, Selema Moliga at for link to Reference Forms.  Resumes must be emailed to Area Director, Selema Moliga by December 17, 2013 at midnight.

For Spring 2014
Mid Year


 If there are mid-year positions that open up, applicants who want to be considered for these positions, but complete their entire application by Friday, November 8, 2013 at midnight. 

RA/HM I Class (Required)

February 5th & 6th, 2014
(Candidates will select either a Wednesday at 4:30PM-6PM section or a Thursday at 11:30AM-1PM section.  The course instructor will enroll students and contact candidates for their class time preference.)

RA/HM Group Process

Saturday February 8, 2014 (may be subject to change)

RA/HM Individual Interviews

February 10, 2014 - February 21, 2014 by appointment

Notification of Hire

March 7, 2014 (may be subject to change)

Residence Life Office Meet and Greet

Late April - Transition day – location TBA

Through these contacts, we hope to provide the opportunity for you to express your skills and abilities.

Interested students should contact Area Director Selema Moliga at x7019 or via email at

As you consider this position, speak with your RA/HM or any Residence Life or Greek Life staff member about the job. You will find that the current staff has found it to be a truly valuable and challenging experience. As an RA/HM you will assist other students and in the process you will develop skills that can be applicable in your future career.

Office Assistant (OA) Positions
Office Assistants staff the hall offices in each residence hall and the area office.

Office Assistants distribute mail, packages, and equipment and provide high quality customer service to all residents. Applications are accepted on-line and are due by August 16, 2013.  If you are interested in applying online, please contact Area Director, Lema Moliga at


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