Resident Advisors

The Resident Advisor (RA) assumes an active leadership role in developing and maintaining a positive, inclusive, safe, and welcoming community environment within the residence halls for all students and their unique differences, cultures, and identities.

We encourage all applicants to speak with current Resident Advisors to learn more about the life of a paraprofessional with University Housing. Basic information about the positions can be found in the following job descriptions. All candidates should be familiar with the job description prior to submitting an application. These documents are subject to change prior to job offers being made and are posted here for reference only.

The Resident Advisor

The Resident Advisor (RA) assumes an active leadership role in developing and maintaining a positive, inclusive, safe, and welcoming community environment within the residence halls for all students and their unique differences, cultures, and identities. The RA serves as a role model and resource person in assisting students in their education, personal growth, and sense of belonging and safety in the residence hall community and at the University of Illinois.

The Resident Advisor assists Multicultural Advocates, Residence Hall Directors, and students by being a:

  • Role model
  • Peer advisor
  • Resource person on issues of social identity and social justice
  • Student advocate
  • Educator

The daily life of a Resident Advisor includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing one-on-one positive relationships with all residents on floor and getting to know each resident on a personal level
  • Fostering a floor environment conducive to academic success and learning
  • Committing to developing a community that is safe, open, inclusive, and supportive for a diverse student population
  • Helping floor leaders and concerned residents understand their roles and advising them on policies, procedures, budgets, and timelines to carry out their plans or to address their concerns
  • Addressing the needs of underrepresented, international, and special interest groups or individual students and working with paraprofessional and professional staff and campus resources to plan strategies to incorporate these students into the floor, hall, and university communities

This is achieved through:

  • Planning and implementing active/passive initiatives each semester a part of the Illinois Residential Experience
  • Participating in floor and hall events
  • Being knowledgeable about and referring students and staff to campus and community resources
  • Serving on Residential Life committees as assigned
  • Attending RA staff development meetings on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m
  • Negotiating living-learning community responsibilities of 2 to 5 hours per week with the program director and residence hall director of any of our eleven living-learning communities (if applicable) 

Break Housing Responsibilities

Resident Advisors are required to work during the fall, winter, and spring break periods when most all residence halls are closed. Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls (PAR), Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR), and Snyder Hall are typically open during these break periods. We will start by asking RAs to volunteer to work these break periods. If not enough volunteers exist, we will explore a break period lottery system to choose the remaining break staff.

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