Resident Advisor (RA)

Resident Advisor

Position Information


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Dates of Employment

  • April 1 – June 1, 2021 (Spring Training)
  • September 7, 2021 - June 15, 2022 (Resident Advisor Position)


April 1, 2021 - June 1, 2021

  • Paid hourly at a rate of $16.69 for up to 8 hours of training

 September 7, 2021 - June 15, 2022

  • Paid at a rate equal to the cost of room for the 2021-22 year (September-June). 
  • Stipend $400 monthly

Job Summary

The Resident Advisor (RA) position is a live-in position within the University of Washington Bothell. Our three-story apartments are connected with central stairwells and are programmed as a traditional residence hall.  Under the direct supervision of the Resident Director, the RA will establish an inclusive and responsible community in their designated area.  A successful RA will be leader in the community who demonstrates sound judgment and participates in and facilitates a team approach with all Residential Life staff.

 Job Duties

Residential Curriculum and Community Building

  • Implement the Residential Curriculum as outlined by the supervisor.
  • Model and support issues related to diversity, equity and inclusive.
  • Meet with new residents within one week of new occupancy, to welcome and provide orientation. RAs are expected to conduct intentional conversations as outlined by the Residential Curriculum.
  • Mentor residents which includes, husky chats, referring to resources, advising and support academic and personal issues.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned, including Department-wide activities and initiatives. Examples may include, but are not limited to, assisting with Opening activities, resident appreciation events, and safety and security assessments.
  • Be personally available to residents, provide opportunities for interaction, and promote resident involvement.
  • Encourage the expression of diversity among residents and actively facilitate an environment of acceptance; act as a role model to residents; mediate conflict when appropriate, and complete roommate agreements. The RA must be approachable and display a genuine interest in the welfare and personal development of residents.
  • Maintain a presence in their living community, especially during peak times when residents are active on the floor.
  • Able to efficiently and effectively respond to student needs and concerns

Policy Enforcement and Emergency Response

  • RAs are expected to successfully complete all duties and on call responsibilities as assigned. This includes break and holiday coverage as assigned. RAs are expected to remain in their respective building while on duty, unless otherwise directed by a supervisor.
  • Responsible for consistent enforcement of all university policies as well as Washington State and federal laws. This involves the education of residents on housing policies, the establishment of an environment that promotes personal responsibility, and the encouragement of participation in upholding policies.
  • Responsible for effectively and efficiently responding to student needs and emergencies.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Assist in check-in and checkout procedures
  • Complete necessary paperwork and reports on time
  • Complete duty responsibilities which means sharing the duty rotation evenly with other RAs.
  • Report and follow up on maintenance needs immediately
  • Attend one-on-one meetings, staff meetings, in-service training sessions, other meetings and workshops


  • Must be enrolled at UW during employment dates (minimum credits = 6)
  • Must have and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 prior to and throughout their employment
  • Contribute professionally and respectfully to our diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Must attend all trainings and workshops, including, but not limited to:
    • Student Staff Spring Retreat: Saturday, April 24, 2021 (Virtual)
    • Intensive Training, Move-In Day and Welcome Week Events which will occur from September 7, 2021 until October 1, 2021.  (Approximately 120 hours)
    • Winter Training which will occur from December 28, 2021 – December 30, 2021 (Approximately 12 hours)
      • During Winter Training, you will need to physically be back on-site in Husky Village by 5pm on January 1st
    • Move-out, Closing, and Summer Transition from June 6, 2022 - June 15, 2022.  The exception is for academic commitments and finals which your supervisor needs to be notified about.
  • You must attend all trainings and be physically on-site in Husky Village, unless otherwise discussed with a Resident Director
  • Residential Life will be aligning with WA State guidance and we will be slowly opening up per the WA State guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • If you have any concerns about this, please speak with a Resident Director immediately or you can also contact Karan Sandhu at

Working Environment

  • Multi-story apartment style residence hall
  • Virtual setting via Zoom, Discord and other platforms

Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

 The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or