Resident Assistant Position Overview | Housing | Kent State University

Resident Assistant Position Overview

The RA is an undergraduate or graduate student leader who lives in the residence halls.

The RA position is an integral position in the Department of Residence Services. RAs are responsible for carrying out the mission of the department by assisting with the development of community on their floors and within their hall(s). The RA position has a variety of responsibilities, including six roles that frame our philosophy on student development and your role in the community: role model, community leader, educator, administrator, helper, and team member. 

  • At least a 2.50 current and cumulative GPA for undergraduates and a 3.00 current and cumulative GPA for graduate students at time of application and throughout the employment period.
  • At least 30 completed credit hours prior to the semester of hire.
  • Must be admitted to Kent State University by the RA Application Deadline and registered as a full time student.
  • Applicants cannot currently be under sanction from the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Candidates must be eligible/available to work 28 hours per week.
  • Minimum on campus residency of one academic semester at Kent State University, which may include the current semester. Alternatively, minimum on campus residency of one semester or quarter at another college or university.
  • Candidates must be available to reside on the Kent campus for the entire academic year.
  • NOTE: Those who will not be present on the Kent campus for both fall and spring semesters due to graduation, study abroad, internship, or other opportunities are not eligible to apply for the RA position. 


  • Reside on campus in assigned housing (room provided as partial compensation).
  • Personal involvement in the promotion of positive public relations for Kent State University and the Department of Residence Services.
  • Act as an information/resource person for residents on campus.
  • Be actively involved in making the residents’ arrival, stay, and departure a success.
  • Uphold and support the University, Division of Student Affairs, and Residence Services’ Mission Statements and Commitment to Diversity.
  • Attend all scheduled training sessions and staff meetings, as determined by the Residential Communities Staff. Other position or department-related duties as needed.


  • Assist Residence Hall Director, as needed, in the administrative operations for academic year functions.
  • Assist with the opening and closing of residence halls.
  • Embrace the Community Development Model and strive to develop a healthy and active community on the floor and in the hall.
  • Assist in management of emergency response, fire alarms, and other issues in the halls.
  • Maintain area and building coverage via a shared duty schedule. 
  • Submit reports, logs, forms, and other documents related to job responsibilities on time.
  • Uphold policy and submit documentation for identified policy violations.
  • Communicate resident and community concerns to the Residence Hall Director for follow up.
  • Support student leaders in the hall through active participation and investment in Hall Council, KIC, and other hall initiatives.
  • Host floor and community meetings.
  • Create and post signs, create and display door decorations, maintain bulletin boards, as needed.
  • Conduct 10 advertised public community hours in the residence hall per week to build community with residents in the hall.
  • Help students feel that each resident is an important member of the residence hall community. Strive to help students understand the concept of self-discipline, as well as facilitate in each student a respect for the rights and privileges of other community members.
  • Be responsible for issued keycards.  Misuse or losing a master keycard or staff keycard is grounds for termination.
  • Maintain possession of any issued Departmental supplies or equipment.
  • Be familiar with Departmental policies and emergency procedures necessary to ensure the comfort and safety of residents.
  • Assist Department in administrative responsibilities and Departmental initiatives. 
  • Complete programming requirements as determined by the Residence Hall Director.  
Position Roles

Role Model, Helper, Administrator, Team Member, Community Leader, Educator

Terms of Employment
  • The period of employment is August 2018-May 2019. These dates may be revised, and communicated to all successful candidates at the earliest possibility.
  • Staff members may not engage in additional employment outside the Department during this employment period, unless directly related to the student’s academic requirements and/or with permission from the Residence Hall Director.  University policy limits student employment to no more than 28 hours per week; therefore, requests for outside employment will be limited to employment outside the University. 
  • Students may work a maximum of 28 hours each week.