Resident Assistant

Help make the Hill a great place to live for everybody! Become an RA

How To Become an RA

UCLA Residential Life is currently searching for our 2018-2019 academic year Resident Assistants! Please review the following timeline regarding our three-stage selection process:

  1. Online Application
  2. Video Interview
  3. Group Process

Fri, Dec 1
Application opens

Mon, Jan 8 (11:59pm)
Application closes

Fri, Jan 19
All candidates are notified of decision
Please check your email day-of since those invited to continue will need to take action immediately with a short turn-around time.

Sat, Jan 20 - Mon, Jan 22
Video Interviews

Fri, Jan 26
All candidates are notified of decision

Mon, Jan 29 - Fri, Feb 2
Group Process

Fri, Feb 9
All candidates are notified of decision

*Should there be adjustments in the selection timeline, the RA Recruitment & Selection committee will be in contact via email.

What is a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistants (RA) are live-in, part-time (42%) student staff. RAs are responsible for the administration and implementation of the student development program in a residential community. Under the supervision of a Resident Director, RAs perform the following functions:

  1. Foster and develop community among residents
  2. Establish an atmosphere conducive to study and provide academic assistance to residents
  3. Counsel residents regarding problems or concerns and provide resource and referral information
  4. Maximize positive resident interaction and their interaction with the campus community
  5. Promote, develop, and implement programs to meet departmental goals
  6. Know and enforce On Campus Housing and University regulations and document any student concerns
  7. Help to maintain the safety and general well-being of residents
  8. Provide “duty coverage” for the on campus housing community on a rotation basis. RAs provide coverage from 8:00pm to 7:00am
  9. Other duties as assigned

The functions of all RAs are the same; however the manner in which functions are implemented may vary according to the specific community assignment.

Compensation and Perks

  1. Room, board and basic room telephone service.
  2. Get résumé boosting experience in leadership, problem-solving and communications.
  3. It’s a really fun job and you get to make a real difference in the Bruin community!

Dates of Employment

Candidates are considered for an appointment of the full academic year (10 months) to any on-campus residential community. Employment will start with training either the last week of August or the first week of September 2018 (we’ll post which one it will be here by Dec 22, 2017) and will extend through the last day of the 2019 Spring quarter. A specific start date will be shared during the Spring quarter. Participation in training is mandatory regardless of assignment.


  1. Current undergraduate or graduate UCLA student at time of application (must maintain full-time enrollment, 12 units per quarter, during time of employment)
  2. Maintain 2.3 minimum cumulative GPA at time of application, hire, and/or rehire (beginning of Fall Quarter of each academic year)
  3. Employment in the Resident Assistant job is contingent on successfully passing background checks including student conduct records and state/national crime records

If you have questions about your specific employment eligibility (ex. student visas), you can contact


For general questions about this position or the recruitment process, please email