Resident Assistant Selection

Applying for the Full Academic Year (Fall and Spring)

If you have questions regarding this position, please attend one of the RA Info Meetings on Wednesday, December 1st, 8 p.m. or Thursday, January 13th, 8 p.m. in the Cunningham Dining Room. Click Here for the Info Event Zoom Link.

You can also email raselection@pointloma.edu for any questions or concerns regarding the process.

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, January 21st at 11:59 p.m.

Expectations for Resident Assistants

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • Maintain full-time student status (12 units or more per semester)
  • Required hours per week:
    • Residential Hall RAs: 20 
    • Apartment RAs: 10  
  • Remain on campus overnight for three weekends per month
  • Other significant commitments must be limited to:
    • Residential Hall RAs: 10 hours per week or less
    • Apartment RAs: 20 hours per week or less

Restrictions

Only current PLNU students may apply. Incoming students will have the opportunity to apply after their first year.

Approval from academic advisor required for the following:

  • Junior & senior year nursing students (Sophomore year nursing students may not apply due to academic department restrictions) 
  • Student teachers
  • Athletic trainers
  • Athletes may apply to apartment positions ONLY (Flex and Colony). Athletes must get approval from their coach

Important RA Selection Dates

There will be two informational meetings to meet the Resident Directors (RDs) and hear about the positions:

  • RA Info Meeting #1: December 1st, 8 p.m.
  • RA Info Meeting #2: January 13th, 8 p.m.

You must be available for the following dates to participate in the RA application process:

  • January 21: RA Applications Due

  • February 2 – 4: Group Process Signups

  • February 8 – 10: Group Interview Process

  • February 21 – 24: Individual Interviews

  • March 3: Final Notification Emails Sent

Benefits and Compensation

  • Leadership Experience
  • Stipend Compensation 

    • Stipend for RA's in a Hall Setting: $9,800 stipend 

    • Stipend for RA's in an Apartment Setting:  $4,900 stipend

​​​​​​​The Application

Applications will be available starting December 1st, and are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 21st.

RA APPLICANTS  2022 - 2023 Academic Year Questions

Please LIMIT each response to 250 words. Answer the supplemental questions below that apply to your application status on a separate word document (please only submit in .doc or .pdf, no pages docs), save it, then attach it in the space provided

  • Why do you want to be an RA? Please Explain. 
  • How has your understanding of faith developed and/or changed and how has that influenced how you live out/embody your faith? If you feel that your faith has not changed, please explain what faith means to you and how you live out/embody your faith.
  • Describe a relationship that you have/have had that has been instrumental to your growth as a person. How did this relationship support or challenge your growth? 
  • What is a current area of growth that you’re needing to develop in that will assist you in supporting a wide variety of student identities as an RA?

As a part of the RA application process, we would love to get to know you better! This next exercise is intended to provide us with more insight into who you are and what you value. The content of your answers/the values you choose will not affect your application status. (It is, however, required for you to participate in this exercise for your application to be considered complete.) 

Following the steps below, set aside 15 minutes to engage with Brene Brown’s Values exercise and reflect in :

  • TASK: Pick 2 values off of this Values List. When you have picked your two, you should feel a deep resonance with them.  Resist holding on to words that resemble something that you’ve been coached to be, words that have never felt true for you. We want to clarify that there is no “right” answer and we consider all the values listed important.
  • TIP: You can start by circling 15, then narrow it down to 10, then 5, then down 2 
  • IN 100-250 WORDS, REFLECT ON: Which two values did you pick? What about these two values stands out/is important to you? 

RETURNING RA APPLICANTS

Please LIMIT each response to 250 words. Answer the supplemental questions below that apply to your application status on a separate word document (please only submit in .doc or .pdf, no pages docs), save it, then attach it in the space provided

  • Looking at the job description and reflecting on your past year as an RA, why do you want to return for another year?
  • Tell us why you want to work with your preferred cohort. How would you help meet the needs of this cohort?
  • What are some of the potential challenges you see in returning for another year as an RA and how would you address them?
  • As you reflect on this last year as an RA, what is an area in your life that you have been encouraged and/or challenged to grow holistically?
  • What is an area of campus you feel ResLife needs to be more intentional about including in our “inclusive christian community”. How can ResLife as a whole better contribute towards this inclusion?

If you have any questions regarding your application or the process, please contact the RA Selection Committee at raselection@pointloma.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Resources for Students Applying

Interested in becoming an RA?

RA selection begins in February and is completed by April for positions for both the full academic year positions and summer position. Application is due January 21st and the application is last year's questions. 

Applying for the Summer

If you have questions regarding this position, please attend one of the RA Info Meetings on Wednesday, December 1st, 8 p.m. or Thursday, January 13th, 8 p.m. in the Cunningham Dining Room. You can also email chippitkin@pointloma.edu for Young Hall or marshahubbard@pointloma.edu for Colony Apartments.

Summer session will go from May 9- August 5th.

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, January 21st at 11:59 p.m.

Expectations for Resident Assistants

This summer we are hiring 10 Resident Assistants (8 for Young Hall and 2 for Colony Apartments).

The RA positions are both live-in positions (meaning that each RA will be provided housing in Young Hall or Colony Apartments during the extent of their contract). Each RA will oversee a floor of 25-50 residents for the summer program and have other responsibilities that will average 10 hours per week.

You can also email chippitkin@pointloma.edu for Young Hall or marshahubbard@pointloma.edu for Colony Apartments.

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 

Summer RA Job Description


Prerequisites:

  • Must be a continuing PLNU student in Fall 2022
  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Must not have more than 20 hours of additional work/class requirements during the summer

Resident Assistant Information:

  • Summer Hall: Young Hall and Colony Apartments
  • Hours/Week: 10
  • Contract Dates: May 9 - August 5

Other Required Dates*

DateEvent
April TBDSummer RA Dinner (Off Campus), 5 – 8 p.m.
May 9

RA Dinner/Training, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
RAs Move Into Summer Housing, 7:30 p.m.

May 10RA Building Prep, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Summer Residents Check In, 4 – 8 p.m.
May 11

Prep for "Welcome to Summer" Event, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
"Welcome to Summer" Event (Colony/Young Hall), 7 – 8 p.m.

May 12-13RA Training, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
August 2

Summer Residents Check In to Fall Housing, 4 – 8 p.m.

August 3

Building Closedown, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

August 5

Summer RA Contract Ends

Dates and/or times are subject to change. Res Life will provide sufficient notice of any changes.
*Disclaimer: dates are incorrect as Res Life is still planning for summer 2022.

Restrictions

Only current PLNU students may apply. Incoming students will have the opportunity to apply after their first year. Must be a continuing PLNU student in Fall 2022.

General Responsibilities

  • Resident Check in/out
  • Box Duties
  • Weekly Meetings with RD
  • On-Duty Time
  • Programs and Events
  • Live-in Position
  • Work Orders for Community Space
  • Student Conduct (Low Level)
  • Visibility on Hall

Benefits and Compensation

  • Leadership Experience
  • Stipend ($1,105)
  • Room ($1,867 value)
  • Meal Plan
  • Job Flexibility

The Application

Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2022.

RA APPLICANTS Summer 2022 Questions

Please LIMIT each response to 250 words. Answer the supplemental questions below that apply to your application status on a separate word document (please only submit in .doc or .pdf, no pages docs), save it, then attach it in the space provided

  • Why do you want to be an RA? Please Explain. 
  • How has your understanding of faith developed and/or changed and how has that influenced how you live out/embody your faith? If you feel that your faith has not changed, please explain what faith means to you and how you live out/embody your faith.
  • Describe a relationship that you have/have had that has been instrumental to your growth as a person. How did this relationship support or challenge your growth? 
  • What is a current area of growth that you’re needing to develop in that will assist you in supporting a wide variety of student identities as an RA?

As a part of the RA application process, we would love to get to know you better! This next exercise is intended to provide us with more insight into who you are and what you value. The content of your answers/the values you choose will not affect your application status. (It is, however, required for you to participate in this exercise for your application to be considered complete.) 

Following the steps below, set aside 15 minutes to engage with Brene Brown’s Values exercise and reflect in :

  • TASK: Pick 2 values off of this Values List. When you have picked your two, you should feel a deep resonance with them. Resist holding on to words that resemble something that you’ve been coached to be, words that have never felt true for you. We want to clarify that there is no “right” answer and we consider all the values listed important.
  • TIP: You can start by circling 15, then narrow it down to 10, then 5, then down 2 

IN 100-250 WORDS, REFLECT ON: Which two values did you pick? What about these two values stands out/is important to you? 

RETURNING RA APPLICANTS

Please LIMIT each response to 250 words. Answer the supplemental questions below that apply to your application status on a separate word document (please only submit in .doc or .pdf, no pages docs), save it, then attach it in the space provided

  • Looking at the job description and reflecting on your past year as an RA, why do you want to return for another year?
  • Tell us why you want to work with your preferred cohort. How would you help meet the needs of this cohort?
  • What are some of the potential challenges you see in returning for another year as an RA and how would you address them?
  • As you reflect on this last year as an RA, what is an area in your life that you have been encouraged and/or challenged to grow holistically?
  • What is an area of campus you feel ResLife needs to be more intentional about including in our “inclusive christian community”. How can ResLife as a whole better contribute towards this inclusion?

If you have any questions regarding your application or the process, please contact the RA Selection Committee at raselection@pointloma.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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