Become an RA

 

 

The Office of Residential Life and Learning is will begin recruitment for the 2023-2024 academic year in the Fall of 2022! Our student staff members gain invaluable leadership experience, incredible opportunities to support their peers and others on campus, and excellent skills that are transferrable to life at Tufts and beyond. Resident Assistants at Tufts receive a full room credit for the cost of their space as compensation for their efforts.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are the cornerstone of our residential community, and we want you to join our team. Make your community matter!

To apply for the RA position, candidates will submit a written application and participate in both a group process experience and a 30-minute interview. This application will become available later in the Fall semester.

Read the Position Description Here

Frequently Asked Questions

  • All Tufts students who are in good standing with the university (cannot be on disciplinary probation or suspension) can apply for the RA position, provided they carry a 2.5 GPA and plan to take a full course load while serving in the position (12-18 SHUs)

    • If I am a first year remote student, am I eligible to apply? Yes – since you have taken a full academic year of courses at Tufts you are eligible to apply as an RA.
    • If I am an incoming transfer student, am I eligible to apply? No, transfer students must be Tufts students for at least one semester before they are eligible to become an RA.
    • Do I have to dress up for the interview? Our advice is that you look presentable, i.e no sweatpants or clothes with holes in them. There is no need or requirement for business professional attire such as ties, blazers, etc.
    • Can I choose where I will be an RA? No, students will not be able to select their own placement. We will ask them about their preferences and take those into account along with where we see their strengths aligning.
    • How do I sign up for an interview? Interview details will be sent to all applicants for students to sign up for an interview time that works for their schedule. 
    • Do I still need to sign up for the housing lottery? If you are interested in living on campus, regardless of whether or not you are hired as an RA, you should apply for housing. If you are a rising sophomore you should be applying for housing since you are required to live on campus. If you are only interested in living on campus if you are hired you don’t have to worry about the housing application for now.
    • If I need any housing accommodations, how does that work? Students who are in need of a housing accommodation that may impact where they can be placed should register their need with the StAAR Center ASAP. Our office will work in partnership with the StAAR center to accommodate documented accommodations prior to the placement process.
    • Can I choose where I will be an RA? No, students will not be able to select their own placement. We will ask them about their preferences and take those into account along with where we see their strengths aligning.
    • How does COVID impact the RA position? The spirit of the RA position remains the same as every - our staff helps build safe and inclusive communities for students to thrive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RAs have continued to abide by all of the policies put in place to keep Tufts safe. Staff has been fully equipped with the PPE they need to complete their roles, and protocol has been updated to ensure staff does not become a close contact as a result of their role. This year has truly highlighted the need for RAs, as their support and engagement with residents has helped make the most of a difficult situation.
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