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Student Employment

 

Graduate and Resident Assistant Positions

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

 

New Resident Assistant Position

The following items MUST be included with the COMPLETED Resident Assistant Application:

  1. Cover letter (no more than 500 words)
    • To highlight your interest in the RA position, your experience at Howard & how you plan to transform the residential experience of the students we serve
  2. Two (2) references 
  3. Most recent résumé

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New Resident Assistant Application - The application deadline is March 15, 2019

New Graduate Resident Assistant Position

The following items MUST be included with the COMPLETED Graduate Resident Assistant Application:

  1. An unofficial transcript for verification of GPA
  2. Cover letter (no more than 500 words)
    • To highlight your interest in the RA position, your experience at Howard, & how you plan to transform the residential experience of the students we serve
  3. One (1) reference
    • An individual who can speak to your supervisory, leadership, and communication skills and work ethic.
  4. Most recent résumé
  5. E-mail your unofficial transcript to - huragra@gmail.com

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New Graduate Resident Assistant Application - The application deadline is March 29, 2019

Resident Assistant/Graduate Resident Assistant Selection Process

Our selection process is a multistep process.

STEP ONE: The first step is attendance at one of the Information Sessions.

STEP TWO: The second step is completing and submitting the RA or GRA Application.

STEP THREE: The third step is ensuring that you have participated in the Housing RSVP selection process, if applicable.

STEP FOUR: The fourth step is the Interview.

STEP FIVE: The fifth step is the Hiring Decision and Mandatory Orientation Workshop/Training.

STEP SIX: The final and sixth step is the Final Offer.

Every part of the selection process is important and is considered when making final selection decisions. Your past behavior within the residential or campus community is also considered. Factors we evaluate include, but are not limited to:

√ The application: Reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and timeliness. Your short answers are reviewed for depth of thought, coherence of message, and freedom from errors. References are reviewed and comments are considered.

√ The group interview: An interactive process designed to evaluate how you communicate, solve problems, conduct work-related tasks, and participate in discussions in a group setting. We will be looking at how your resolve differences within the group. You may be asked questions. Because we can only evaluate what we see you do, it is important that you are active and engaged. However, do not feel compelled to act in a way that is not you – “acting” or “forcing it” will not help your score.

√ The individual interview: Designed to judge your understanding of important concepts related to the position, your ability to put those concepts into words, and to provide examples of how you would respond in the position. Questions for each position are different, but all candidates should think about the following topics:

  • How strong communities are built
  • The impact of positive and negative student behavior on a community
  • How you help other students resolve problems or concerns
  • How you work on a team of 6 to 20 people
  • How you will handle this new commitment, should you be hired
  • How you will function in an environment that is celebrative of differences
  • How you resolve ethical dilemmas and the importance of role modeling
  • The role of “customer service” in the position for which you have applied
 

Returning RA/GRA Application & Selection Process

Reapplication form
Email your portfolio presentation to huragra@gmail.com & submit your online reapplication form. 

Returning applications due by 11:59 PM on March 15, 2019.

Returning RAs will be asked to present a portfolio during their interview process.  The interview will consist of a few questions following an approximated 15 minute presentation of their resident assistant experience.  This presentation must include a program that was impactful and transformed the residential experience of the residents they served.  The presentation can utilize any of the following methods: PowerPoint, Prezi, poster board, or another presentation method.

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Returning Resident Assistant Application

Returning Graduate Resident Assistant Application

After you submit your reapplication form you will be contacted by the RA/GRA Recruitment and Selection Committee with instructions on how to sign up for a Personal Interview Session.  

Personal Interview

 During the Personal Interview, you will be required to bring your completed portfolio and conduct a 10-15 minute oral presentation about why you are interested in returning as an RA or GRA, how you will keep yourself motivated, what your goals are, how you are working to further develop as a leader and why you should be considered to be on staff for the 2019-2020 academic year.

While preparing your oral presentation, please consider sharing the following:

  • A challenge you faced as an RA/GRA.
  • How have you grown and how would you apply what you've learned as a returner?
  • What other areas are you seeking to grow in as an RA/GRA?
  • What motivates you to re-apply?
  • What would you bring to the position as a returning RA/GRA?
  • What program you conducted that was impactful and transformative to the residential experience?

 Your portfolio should consist of the following:

  1. Goals for next year
  2. What you have learned in the position
  3. What you would like to do differently next year
  4. How you will benefit from being on staff again
  5. How RESLIFE will benefit from having you on staff again

Failure to meet all application procedures may screen you from further consideration. If you have further questions about the Returning Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident Assistant application process, do not hesitate to talk with your supervisor. Conditional offers will be made to qualified returning staff pending verification of GPAs. Good luck during the reapplication process!

Timeline and Deadlines for RA/GRA Selection Process

The timeline and descriptions below are to help you understand each phase and your role in the process:

 

Date

Activity

February 19, 12:00 PM

Applications for New Resident Assistants & Returning Resident Assistant/Graduate Resident Assistant GO LIVE!

February 25, 7:00 PM

RA Information Session

Location: CHS (lower level) Multipurpose Room

March 1,  Noon

Applications for New Graduate Resident Assistants GO LIVE!

March 4, 7:00 PM

RA Information Session Location: CHS (lower level) Multipurpose Room

March 15, 11:59 PM

New Resident Assistant & Returning Resident Assistants/Graduate Resident Assistant applications CLOSE and all documents are due

March 18-20th

Returning Resident Assistants and Graduate Resident Assistant Portfolio Interviews & Presentations

March 19, 7:00 PM

GRA Information Session Location: CHS (lower level) Multipurpose Room

March 23

New RA Group Interviews (Carousel)

Session 1: 9 a.m.- Noon

Session 2: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

March 24, 11:59 PM

Deadline for candidates to sign up for a time slot for New RA Individual Interviews

March 25-27

New RA Individual Interviews

 March 26, 7:00 PM

GRA Information Session   Location: CHS (lower level) Multipurpose Room

March 28

Study Abroad Applicant Interviews (Online)

March 29, 11:59 PM

RA decision emails sent (1) Conditional Offer (2) Alternate Offer (3) No Offer

March 29, 11:59 PM

New Graduate Resident Assistant applications CLOSE and all documents are due

April 1, 11:59 PM

Deadline for Returning & New RA applicants to accept or decline the initial offer

April 13, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mandatory Orientation Workshop

April 8-10

First Round Interviews for Graduate Resident Assistants

April 11-12

Second Round Interviews for Graduate Resident Assistants

April 15

GRA decision emails sent (1) Conditional Offer (2) Alternate Offer (3) No Offer

April 18

Deadline for Returning & New RA applicants to accept or decline the initial offer

Mid May/Early June

Grades & Registration verified

Mid-June

Final Offers extended via Human Resource

Mid-June

Deadline for applicants to make final accept or decline decision

Mid-July/Early August

Mandatory Fall Pre-Service Training

 

 

 

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