Resident Assistant Selection

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Resident Assistant (RA) position at PLNU! 

Applying for the Full Academic Year (Fall and Spring)

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:

  • Second- or third-year nursing students
  • Student teachers
  • Athletic trainers

Notes: Athletes must get approval from their coach. First-year nursing students may not apply due to academic department restrictions.

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 4, 8 p.m.
  • RA Info Meeting #2: January 16, 8 p.m.

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

  • January 24: RA Applications Due
  • February 5 – 7: Group Process Signups
  • February 11 – 13: Group Interview Process
  • February 24 – 27: Individual Interviews
  • March 3: Final Notification Emails Sent

Benefits and Compensation

  • Leadership Experience
  • Housing
  • Meals
    • 20/week RAs: 120 meals + $200 dining dollars + 10 guest meals per semester
    • Flex RAs: Receive 50% of Room and Board (meal plan required)
    • Colony RAs: Receive 50% of Room and Board (meal plan optional)

​​​​​​​The Application

Applications will be available starting December 4, and are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 24.

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New Applicants:

  1. Why do you want to be an RA?
  2. What are two skills you have developed well? Share specific examples of how you've used these skills.
  3. As an organization that values self-awareness and introspection, what are two skills do you find challenging? How would the RA role help in fostering them?
  4. How have you lived out the PLNU Mission Statement in your time at PLNU?

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Mission Statement:

“Point Loma Nazarene University exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where MINDS ARE ENGAGED AND CHALLENGED, CHARACTER IS MODELED AND FORMED, and SERVICE IS AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where GRACE IS FOUNDATIONAL, TRUTH IS PURSUED, AND HOLINESS IS A WAY OF LIFE.”

(For questions 2 & 3, refer to "Position Skills" section of the Job Description)

Returning RA Applicants:

  1. Looking at the job description and reflecting on your past year as an RA, why do you want to return for another year?
  2. What are some of the potential challenges you see in returning for another year as an RA and how would you address them?
  3. What is one skill you have developed well in this past year? What is one skill you have found challenging and how could grow in that skill next year?
  4. Tell us why you want to work with your preferred cohort. How would you help meet the needs of this cohort?
  5. How have your experiences as an RA shaped your understanding of PLNU's mission? How have you lived out this mission statement?

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Mission Statement:

“Point Loma Nazarene University exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where MINDS ARE ENGAGED AND CHALLENGED, CHARACTER IS MODELED AND FORMED, and SERVICE IS AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where GRACE IS FOUNDATIONAL, TRUTH IS PURSUED, AND HOLINESS IS A WAY OF LIFE.

(For question 3, refer to "Position Skills" section of the Job Description)

We encourage you to complete the questions above in a Word document before starting your application. (Note: 250-word limit per question)

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!

Interested in becoming an RA?

RA selection begins in December and is completed by March for positions for both the full academic year positions and summer position.

Applying for the Summer

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.

If you have questions regarding this position, please attend one of the RA Info Meetings on Wednesday, December 4 or Thursday, January 16 at 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.

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, January 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Summer RA Job Description


Prerequisites:

  • Must be a continuing PLNU student in Fall 2021
  • 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: Monday, May 6 – Monday, August 19

Other Required Dates

Date Event
April TBD Summer RA Dinner (Off Campus), 5 – 8 p.m.
May 11

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

May 12 RA Building Prep, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Summer Residents Check In, 4 – 8 p.m.
May 13

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

May 8 – May 22 RA Training, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
August 10

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

August 11

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

August 19

Summer RA Contract Ends

Dates and/or times are subject to change. Res Life will provide sufficient notice of any changes.

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 2021.

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 ($1,275)
  • Room ($1,750 value)
  • Meal Plan
  • Job Flexibility

The Application

Applications must be submitted online by Friday, January 24 at 11:59 p.m.

New Applicants:

  1. Why do you want to be an RA? 
  2. What are two skills you have developed well? Share specific examples of how you've used these skills.
  3. As an organization that values self-awareness and introspection, what are two skills do you find challenging? How would the RA role help in fostering them?
  4. How have you lived out the PLNU Mission Statement in your time at PLNU?

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Mission Statement:

“Point Loma Nazarene University exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where MINDS ARE ENGAGED AND CHALLENGED, CHARACTER IS MODELED AND FORMED, and SERVICE IS AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where GRACE IS FOUNDATIONAL, TRUTH IS PURSUED, AND HOLINESS IS A WAY OF LIFE

(For questions 2 & 3, refer to "Position Skills" section of the Job Description)

Returning RA Applicants:

  1. Looking at the job description and reflecting on your past year as an RA, why do you want to return for another year?

  2. What are some of the potential challenges you see in returning for another year as an RA and how would you address them?

  3. What is one skill you have developed well in this past year? What is one skill you have found challenging and how could grow in that skill next year?

  4. Tell us why you want to work with your preferred cohort. How would you help meet the needs of this cohort?

  5. How have your experiences as an RA shaped your understanding of PLNU's mission? How have you lived out this mission statement?

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Mission Statement:

“Point Loma Nazarene University exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where MINDS ARE ENGAGED AND CHALLENGED, CHARACTER IS MODELED AND FORMED, and SERVICE IS AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where GRACE IS FOUNDATIONAL, TRUTH IS PURSUED, AND HOLINESS IS A WAY OF LIFE

(For question 3, refer to "Position Skills" section of the Job Description)

We would encourage you to complete the questions above in a Word document before starting your application. (Note: 250-word limit per question)

If you are interested in applying for both summer and the full academic year, make sure you also check out the information above.  

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!