Resident Assistant Position

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for a floor or living area within a residence hall at Virginia State University. As the front-line Residence Life and Housing staff member in their assigned area, the RA is responsible for serving as a positive role model, mentor, and guide for approximately 30 - 60 residents. The RA is responsible for facilitating a cooperative and considerate community environment. To achieve this goal, the RA is expected to initiate relationships with residents, plan and encourage participation in hall and area programs, and inform residents of University and departmental policies. In addition, the RA assists with the personal and academic concerns of students, mediates interpersonal conflicts, and serves as an information resource.


  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 undergraduate credit hours) at Virginia State University
  • Maintain a cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.50
  • Maintain a good disciplinary standing with the Office of Student Conduct (application through employment)


The Resident Assistant will be provided a single bedroom waiver at the lowest housing rate for on campus living and $500 towards an on campus meal plan ($250 will be paid for the fall and spring semester). If the Department of Residence Life and Housing terminate the student as an RA or if the student resigns from the RA position, the student understands that portions or all of their compensation may be charged back to their student account for failing to fulfill any portion of the RA responsibilities outlined in the RA agreement and in the RA job description. Resident Assistants should understand that they will be relocated to any available spaces if they choose to remain in on campus housing if they choose to leave their position and or if terminated and will be responsible for paying any remaining housing charges.

Full Position Description:

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How to Apply:

Being a Resident Assistant (RA) can be one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences of your college career.  The relationships you develop, the leadership training and experience that you gain will serve you long beyond the time that you are a staff member with Residence Life and Housing.  The RA position, however, is also a very challenging one.  A live-in position can be hard to balance.  We encourage candidates to familiarize themselves with the responsibilities and expectations of being an RA before applying.  You can do this by reading the application materials and talking to your RA or other Residence Life and Housing staff members.  These contacts will help you decide if the position is right for you and can help you with being prepared for the interview process. The complete RA application and reference forms (2 references are required from a VSU faculty or Staff. RA’s and GA’s cannot provide a reference) must be emailed to  or mailed to Residence Life and Housing Office P.O. Box 9073 1 Hayden Dr., Petersburg, VA 23806.

Selection Process:

Each applicant is required to complete an interview with RA Selection Committee. Once you turn in your completed application, a member of the committee will contact you and schedule an interview with you if you meet the minimum qualifications. The interview will last about 20 minutes. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time for your interview. Also, please remember that this is part of the application process, so please dress appropriately. After the interview process, applicants will be notified if they are able to proceed in the next step of the selection process.

Note: students who apply after the recruitment process and is selected for an RA position may not receive the full compensation.


Applicants will receive notifications by e-mail regarding their status in the selection process once all interviews have concluded. ***It is very important to check your VSU email regularly, to stay abreast of any communication from the RA Selection Committee***.