Overview

Belmont Abbey College students are invited to apply for the position of Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Students are encouraged to review the Resident Assistant Position Description before applying. Interested candidates must first submit an application through the Google Form sent out via email. The Residence Life staff will review applications as they are received and, based on the quality of an application, invite candidates to participate in an interview. Candidates are welcome to speak with a member of the professional staff if they have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further. We look forward to receiving your application!

Timeline

November 18, 2019: Accepting Applications and Resumes
November 18 –21, 2019:
 New RA Information Sessions

  • Monday, November 18th: 6:00 pm in the Dining Hall Green Room
  • Tuesday, November 19th: 12:30 pm in the Student Commons (Mezzanine)
  • Wednesday, November 20th: 4:00 pm in the Res Life Office
  • Thursday, November 21st: 4:00 pm in the Student Commons (Mezzanine)

January 5, 2020: Application Closes
January 6-10, 2020: Scheduling Individual Interviews
January 13-17, 2020 : Interviews
January 17, 2020: Letters of Recommendations are due 

Application

The 2020-2021 New Resident Assistant application will be available beginning on Monday, November 18, 2019 as a Google form. Applicants must attend an RA Information Session for an opportunity to apply. The application will close at 11:59PM on Sunday, January 5, 2019. The Residence Life staff will review applications as they are received and, based on the quality of an application, invite candidates to participate in a first round interview.

Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis, as applications are received and reviewed. Interviews will take place January 13-17, with a select amount of interview times available. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible, before interview slots are filled.

The application will consist of short answer questions. Candidates will be asked to provide the information on an individual who will provide a letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to Halie Reed, Director of Residence Life (HalieReed@bac.edu). All letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Residence Life by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 17, 2020. Letters of recommendation may not be written by students, family members, or current members of the Residence Life staff.

For the application, candidates are encouraged to reflect on the following:

  • Their understanding of the Resident Assistant position and role.
  • How they will advance the mission of Belmont Abbey College as a Resident Assistant.
  • How they will provide individual care to each resident as a Resident Assistant.

We encourage you to compose your responses to the application questions in a Word document, then copy and paste them into the online application. Responses should be no longer than 250 words.

Interviews

The Resident Assistant interview process will include one round of interview questions and a Conversation Piece*. The interview will be with a panel that includes members of the Residence Life professional staff and members of the Residence Life student staff (current Head RAs or RAs). 

Based on the quality of their application, candidates will be invited to participate in a 30-45 minute interview January 13th – 17th. Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis, as applications are received and reviewed. A member of the Res Life professional staff will send them an email that includes the location, time, and date of their interview. Interviews will be scheduled around students’ class schedules.

*You will bring a Conversation Piece to your Interview. This is your time to show your creativity! In this Conversation Piece, you will answer ONE of the following prompts:

  • What are your top three values?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • Tell us about your favorite memory while being at BAC.

This creative piece should be no larger than a sheet of 8.5 by 11 paper and cannot include glitter. We will be keeping the creation so make sure your name is somewhere on it. Be prepared to give a 2 minute explanation of your Conversation Piece!

Offer Letter

The offer letter will include the candidate’s housing placement for 2020 – 2021. As much as is possible, a candidate’s preferences for residence hall or demographic (e.g. freshman, upperclassmen) will be taken into account when placing them in housing. At the same time, the professional staff will use their discretion to determine where they feel a Resident Assistant would be most successful and which residents would benefit most from that Resident Assistant.

If a candidate is not offered the position of Resident Assistant, they may be offered a position as either a Reserve Resident Assistant or Alternate. Reserve RAs may be offered the position of Resident Assistant, should a position become available. Alternates will be contacted if a position becomes available and all Reserve Resident Assistants have been promoted to Resident Assistant.

For the Resident Assistant job description, click here.