Resident Assistant Position

Image of a group of RAs after doing a river clean up project.The Resident Assistant is a part-time (roughly 20 hours per week) live-in student responsible for a floor or wing of a Residence Hall consisting of 23 to 52 students. They work in all phases of the residential living experience alongside the Area Coordinator and are responsible for their floor community. They foster an atmosphere for academic, social, cultural, and emotional growth in the Residence Hall by serving as an advisor to the residents, and they assist in the enforcement of all University and hall policies. They are responsible for the general well-being, community development, and student learning environment in the Residence Hall. Please read the RA Position Description for additional information about the RA position. This position is around 20 hours per week.

Students interested in serving as an RA in a Living Learning Communities should explore the LLC descriptions to learn more about these unique communities. All LLC RA candidates will answer additional questions on their application specific to the communities they are interested in serving in. 

Compensation: RAs earn an on-campus room and meal plan, and they may earn a small stipend based on their Residence Hall placement and meal plan choice. 

RA Application Process


All RA candidates must complete an online RA application to be considered for the position. 

Resident Assistant Application 

Individual Interview

In early-February, people with completed applications will receive an email to schedule an individual interview.

All RA candidates must attend a 30 to 45 minute individual interview. This interview will consist of two parts.

The first part will be a question and answer session with the questions more biographical in nature so we can get to know who you are, why you are interested in being an RA, and what kind of activities, jobs, and experiences you have been involved in. 

During the second part, RA candidates will be provided five minutes to answer the following prompt:

  • Two major components of the Resident Assistant position are building a strong and active floor community and developing meaningful one on one relationships with each resident. Please provide several specific examples or ideas you would implement to succeed in both areas and explain why you think they would be impactful.  

Candidates should be creative in the format they utilize to answer this prompt. A collage, photo album/presentation, piece of creative writing, painting, video, infographic, web site, blog, podcast, comic strip, or other method may be utilized. Candidates should log into their Zoom interview ready to share and will be provided five minutes to do so.

Hiring Notification

All RA candidates will be notified of their hiring status in mid-March 2022.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2.25 GPA
  • Be a full-time student (12-18 credits)
  • Be in good conduct standing with the University
  • Interest in working with people

Important Dates

November 1, 2021 - New RA Application Opens

November 2, 2021 - Returning RA Application Opens

December 16, 2021 - Spring RA Application Closes

January 10, 2022 - Spring RA Posiition Begins w/ Training

January 19, 2022 - Returning RA Application Closes

February 2, 2022 - New RA Application Closes

February 7-25, 2022 - Individual Interviews

March 11, 2022 - Hiring Notifications sent to All Candidates

August 9, 2022 - RA Training Begins (tentative, may be earlier in August if academic dates shift)


If you have any questions about the application or hiring process, please contact Jace L. Whitaker, Assistant Director of UM Housing, at (406) 243-2611.

Residence Halls

101 Turner Hall
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: (406) 243-2611
Fax: (406) 243-2344

Lewis & Clark Village

3000 South Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 552-3409
Fax: (406) 243-2344

University Villages

#1 Elkhorn Court
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 243-6030
Fax: (406) 243-6035
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Payments Accepted: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm