Become a Resident Assistant (RA)

RA Application (Due September 25 at 11:45 p.m.)

Resident Assistant Program Description Summary:

The Resident Assistant (RA) works in a residence hall or apartment setting under the direct supervision of a professional live-in staff member (Coordinator/Assistant Coordinator). The role of the RA is to work with other residence hall staff to facilitate an environment within the residence hall community that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates to residents the philosophy and policies of the Office of Residence Life, Student Affairs, the Penn State community and represents the needs of students to the administration. The following are basic expectations of an RA. Specific responsibilities and expectations vary slightly among residential areas/campuses. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the Student Code of Conduct, the Housing Terms and Conditions, and the Residence Life Resident Assistant Manual. Duties, responsibilities, and qualifications include but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Promote and encourage developing a meaningful community experience
  • Promote and encourage the academic experience
  • Serve as a visible campus leader, employee and representative of the Office of Residence Life and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Be a resource for students
  • Understand, enforce, and communicate regulations/policies
  • Uphold safety and security within our community
  • Attend and actively engage in Residence Life focused meetings and trainings as scheduled
  • Assume on-call responsibilities as scheduled and in times of need during an emergency
  • Live in residence each night throughout the year during housing contract period, unless an overnight absence is approved
  • Limit outside activities to avoid conflict with residence hall responsibilities
  • As a designated Campus Security Authority (CSA), uphold the Clery Act and Title IX guidelines



  • Enrolled as a current Behrend student in good standing at the time of application
  • Provide contact information for two references at time of application
  • Complete at least one academic year as a full-time student at Behrend by the start of appointment
  • Possess and maintain full-time student status (12 credit hours) throughout the recruitment and appointment period
  • Possess 24 earned credit hours upon completion of the Spring 2017 semester
  • Possess and maintain a minimum 2.50 semester and cumulative GPA through the recruitment and appointment period
  • Maintain good standing with Penn State Erie, The Behrend College throughout the recruitment and appointment period (Note: A past violation of policy or the law may result in a candidate being removed from the process)
  • Receive an invite to register for HI ED 302, a three credit pre-appointment course (Must earn at least a B- to be considered for placement)
  • Intend to live on campus for the entire 2017-2018 academic year

Note: RAs must restrict off/on campus employment to 10 hours a week (with prior permission from their direct supervisor). Staff members should discuss and have prior approval by their direct supervisor for commitments outside of academics and the RA role. In addition, RAs may not hold the following on campus positions:

  • SGA President
  • SGA Treasurer
  • Beacon Editor-in-Chief
  • LEB Executive Director
  • LEB Behrend After Dark Committee Head


Interview Sign-Up Details:

If your application is accepted you will be invited to participate in the next steps of the interview process. You will receive an email to your PSU account inviting you to sign up for a group participation interview (1 hour in length) and 2 individual back-to-back interviews (each interview will be 15 minutes in length). 

You must sign up for the interviews within the time allotted, no late sign-ups will be accepted.


Group Interview Highlights:

Invited candidates must participate in the group process. Candidates will participate in 2-4 group activities. An email will be sent to applicants in regards to specifics. Dress is business casual, please anticipate moving around the room.

Friday, October 7 will be group interviews; please hold this date.


Individual Interview Highlights:

At the individual interview, you will be asked to bring a "Personal Expression" that is meaningful to you. This can be a movie line, lyrics to a song, a poem, an inspirational quote, picture, object, etc. Dress is business casual.

Individual interviews will be at various times Wednesday, October 12 - Friday, October 14.


Summary of Important Dates (times TBA):

  • Friday, August 5: Applications available at: (must sign in with your Campus ID)
  • Sunday, September 25 @ 11:45 p.m.: Applications close
  • Tuesday, September 27 - Thursday, September 29: Interview signups (by invitation only)
  • Friday, October 7: Group Interview
  • Wednesday, October 12 - Friday, October 14: Individual Interviews
  • On or before Friday, October 28: Notification via email of invite to participate in HI ED302 (RA Class)

NOTE: Completing HI ED302 does not guarantee a position as an RA


Consider attending an informational interest session - see advertising for details!

For a full program description, contact Jill Forsman Fox at or call 814-898-611