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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 Residential Programs Office, and is an integral part of its success by receiving suggestions and feedback from students.

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

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.

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.

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

RA/HM CLASS (Required-Newly Hired/Mid-Year Staff)
This 1 credit pass/fail class is taken during the fall semester and helps to strengthen skills learned 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-Open to ALL current staff)
This 1 credit pass/fail class is offered to RA’s who have completed the RA  class for newly hired/mid-year staff. 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.

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 & 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



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 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  3. To be a student in good standing with the University.
  4. Must be financially cleared by Financial Aid in order to be hired on as an RA/HM.
  5. Be a current full time undergraduate student
  6. Attend a MANDATORY information session

How to Apply

For Fall 2016


Apply Now!

Please apply by December 15, 2015 at midnight for a Resident Advisor or House Manager position.

Completed Reference Forms must be completed on-line, please send following link to references (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/558CSRM) and contact Area Director, Selema Moliga at smoliga@rider.edu with any questions.

Resumes must be emailed to Area Director, Selema Moliga at smoliga@rider.edu by December 15, 2015 at midnight.

For Spring 2016
Mid Year


If there are mid-year positions that open up, applicants who want to be considered for these positions, must complete their entire application by Friday, November 6, 2015 by midnight. 

Must Attend a Mandatory Info Session

Lawrencevile Campus

  • Wednesday, September 30th 6pm (Mercer Room)
  • Friday, October 2nd 4pm (Lincoln A Lounge)
  • Tuesday, October 6th 10pm (Ziegler/Moore 2nd Floor Lounge)
  • Wednesday, October 7th 10pm (Conover C-Lounge)
  • Monday, October 12th 10pm (Poyda A-Lounge)
  • Thursday, October 15th 10pm (Gee Lounge)
  • Tuesday, October 20th 6pm (Mercer Room)
  • Friday, October 23rd 12pm (SWG 208)
  • Wednesday, October 28th 4:30pm (Mercer Room)
  • Thursday, October 29th 12pm (Mercer Room)

Princeton Campus

  • Thursday, October 8th 8pm (Ithaca 1st Floor Lounge)
  • Wednesday, October 21st 10pm (Seabrook Lounge)

RA/HM Group Process

Attend one of the following dates:

  • Friday, February 5th or
  • Saturday, February 6th (may be subject to change)

RA/HM Individual Interviews

February 12, 2016 - February 19, 2016 by appointment

Notification of Hire

March 4, 2016 (may be subject to change)

Residence Life Office Meet & Greet and Transition Day

Late March and Late April - location TBA

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

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 If you are interested in applying online, please contact Selema Moliga.

Interested students should contact:

Selema Moliga
Area Director
Switlik OFC