Resident Adviser

Resident Advisers (RAs) have a unique opportunity to create vibrant and inclusive communities while developing leadership skills! The RA role enables you to learn and develop beneficial skills that employers are looking for including teamwork, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Through servant leadership, residence education, implementation of policy, and participation in administrative operations, RAs make a difference in their residents’ lives and help make Wake Forest a place students will want to call home.


The Resident Adviser (RA) is a full-time undergraduate student selected to serve as an integral member of the Residence Life and Housing Program. They report to and are directly accountable to a Graduate Hall Director. The Resident Adviser lives with a group of 15-65 residents and works with them in areas of advising, community development, policy enforcement, administration and general operation of the residential community. Due to the nature of this position, possible lifting and physical activity may be required at times. The specific qualifications, requirements, and responsibilities for the Resident Adviser Assistantship are outlined below.


  1. At the time of employment, must have completed two (2) semesters of college coursework.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at the time of application and throughout the assistantship.
  3. Full-time student status (12-18 credit hours). Exceptions to this qualification may be made by the Assistant Director of Residence Life.
  4. In good standing with the University throughout assistantship (i.e. no disciplinary sanctions pending or currently in effect, including official Residence Life and Housing alcohol warnings).


  1. All Resident Advisers are expected to uphold, enforce, and abide by all University policies and regulations.
  2. All Resident Advisers are required to attend four Resident Adviser training programs: Fall Training Week (August), Mid-Year Training (January), In-Service training events, and Spring Training Day.
  3. Resident Advisers are required to begin the assistantship each term on the date specified and to remain in the assistantship until the specified closing date. Resident Advisers are hired for one academic year.
  4. All new Resident Advisers are required to enroll in Counseling 353: College Student Development during the first fall semester of employment. This is a two-credit, graded course.
  5. A Resident Adviser is not permitted to enroll in more than 18 credit hours without prior written permission from the Assistant Director of Residence Life. This is also the case when internships and/or student teaching are scheduled.
  6. A Resident Adviser is not permitted to enter into any employment situations (paid or unpaid) without the written consent of the Assistant Director of Residence Life. Any such employment is not to exceed ten (10) hours/week. Other outside commitments must be discussed with and approved by the Graduate Hall Director.
  7. A Resident Adviser must limit his/her time away from campus and the community to one weekend per month.
  8. A Resident Adviser must follow the ethical principals of acting with integrity, dignity, and competence as outlined in the ACUHO-I housing professional guidelines.

2018-2019 Resident Advisor Selection Timeline

  • Applications Open – December 4, 2017, by 5 PM
  • Interest Sessions –
    • Monday, December 4, 2017, at 7 PM in South Parlor
    • MondayDecember 4, 2017, at 8:30 PM in Magnolia Media Room
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 6 PM in Benson 409
    • Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 8 PM in Intercultural Center, Benson 349
    • Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 1 PM in Angelou Parlor
    • Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 8 PM in Babcock Lobby
    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 7 PM in ZSR Library Meeting Room 476
    • Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 6 PM in Taylor Residence Hall Lobby
  • Application Deadline – Friday, January 26, 2018, by 11:59 PM
  • RA Interview Day – Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • Video Interviews will be available for Students Studying Abroad
  • Emailed Offer Letters – Friday, March 2, 2018, by 5 PM
  • 2018-19 RA Offer Acceptance Deadline – Monday, March 12, 2018, by Noon (12 PM)
  • Mandatory Spring Training Date – April (Date TBD)


  • New: Resident Advisers receive a stipend of $5,000 for the ten-month assistantship, paid in twenty bi-weekly distributions.
  • Returning: Resident Advisers receive a stipend of $5,300, also paid in twenty bi-weekly distributions.
    • New and Returning Resident Advisers also receive housing at a reduced rate.
  • Available Positions: Resident Adviser positions become available during specific months during the fall and spring semester. Please review the “What’s New” section for specific dates. See “How to Apply” if you are interested in applying for one of these positions.

How to Apply

Click Here to Access the Application

Please submit your application online by the published deadline above.

For assistance with the online application process, please reference our step-by-step guide.

RA Job Responsibilities

  • Administrative Tasks

    The Resident Adviser is expected to perform administrative duties related to the day-to-day operations of the residence hall. The Resident Adviser is expected to:

    1. Remain on campus to assist in the periodic opening and closing of the residence halls (Fall Opening, Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Winter Break Closing, Spring Opening, Spring Break and Spring Closing). Check in and check out residents at the beginning and the end of each semester.
    2. Assume weeknight and weekend duty, and “on-call” responsibilities as scheduled by the Graduate Hall Director.
    3. Report needed maintenance and repair work with 24 hours.
    4. Ensure student awareness of fire and other safety regulations; assist with fire alarm evacuations.
    5. Effectively and promptly communicate information to the residents; conduct hall meetings.
    6. Communicate regularly with Graduate Hall Director concerning incidents or other concerns.
    7. Check assigned Resident Adviser mailbox and and electronic mail daily.
    8. Meet assigned deadlines consistently.
    9. Assist in the Resident Adviser, Graduate Hall Director, and Central Office staff selection processes.
    10. Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Advising and Helping

    The Resident Adviser should be aware of student’s needs and provide appropriate consultation and referral. The Resident Adviser is expected to:

    1. Be accessible by spending time in the living area and by posting a weekly schedule and hours of availability.
    2. Maintain confidentiality in dealing with delicate situations.
    3. Take initiative to know the residents and be approachable.
    4. Develop effective relationships with residents and observe changes in an individual’s behavior.
    5. Be a concerned, non-judgmental peer adviser who assists residents in resolving their own concerns.
    6. Discuss potential referrals with the appropriate Hall Director or Residence Life professional.
    7. Acts as a referral agent for residents, utilizing appropriate University and/or community resources.
  • Policy Enforcement

    The Resident Adviser is expected to uphold and enforce University policies and regulations. The Resident Adviser serves as a model for others, which includes creating an environment conducive to personal and social growth. In order to maximize the effects of the hall environment upon student development, the Resident Adviser is expected to:

    1. Encourage, by example, the principles of individual responsibility and respect for others’ rights.
    2. Explain to the residents the University policies and regulations as outlined in the Wake Forest Student Code of ConductThe Guide to Community Living, and the Residence Life and Housing Staff Manual.
    3. Be consistent and fair. Report all violations as instructed instead of issuing single or multiple warnings to residents in violation.
    4. Help students understand the consequences of their behavior and familiarize them with the procedures of the judicial system.
    5. As a campus security authority, Resident Advisers have a responsibility to report allegations in good faith through the reporting structure established by Wake Forest University.
  • Residence Education

    Since a balance of making connections and structuring interactions in the residence halls and apartment area contributes to a feeling of community, Resident Advisers are responsible for actively assisting individuals and groups of students in their residential community.

    1. Assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of developmental programming.
    2. Promote student interaction with faculty, administration, and other members of the University community.
    3. Encourage leadership among residents and support resident-initiated programs.
    4. Be involved on campus so that you can serve as a resource to your residents.
    5. Provide updated bulletin boards on a monthly basis.
  • Staff Training/ Development

    The Resident Adviser is expected to participate in the staff training which assists the RA in developing professional skills to meet the assistantship expectations. Therefore, the Resident Adviser is expected to:

    1. Participate in Fall, Mid-Year, In-Service, and Spring Training sessions.
    2. Read and acquire a working knowledge of the content in the Residence Life and Housing Staff ManualThe Guide to Community Living, and Wake Forest Student Code of Conduct.
    3. Successfully complete CNS 353: College Student Development, a two-credit fall semester course.
    4. Attend all one-on-one meetings with the Graduate Hall Director and attend weekly scheduled staff meetings.
    5. Participate with the Graduate Hall Director in performance evaluations.
    6. Resident Advisers are required to participate in at least one regularly scheduled staff development activity per month.
  • Time Commitment

    The Resident Adviser position is the Resident Adviser’s principal non-academic activity. Extracurricular activities should not conflict with the time needed to perform effectively as a Resident Adviser throughout the entire year. The Resident Adviser is expected to be available and accessible to students on the floor throughout the year.

Other Important Info

  • Resident Adviser Outcomes

    Resident Advisers working in Residence Life and Housing will gain:

    1. Greater confidence in working with diverse groups of people
    2. Daily leadership opportunities in a supportive environment
    3. The ability to articulate University goals and values
    4. Skills for working with fellow staff members in a team setting
    5. A sense of accountability and commitment to important responsibilities
    6. Time management and organizational skills
    7. The opportunity to exercise creativity in the use of resources
    8. Greater awareness of on-campus offices and events
    9. Strategies and skills for managing crises
    10. Opportunities to serve as a mentor and be mentored
    11. The ability to apply the RA experience in vocational and professional settings
  • Resident Adviser Housing Policy
    1. Resident Advisers are not required to go through the lottery system to acquire housing. Resident Advisers will occupy the pre-selected Resident Adviser room on the hall to which they are assigned.

    2. All Resident Advisers will occupy single rooms at a reduced cost as part of the compensation package. Resident Advisers will not be permitted to have a roommate unless housing space and concerns arise.
    3. Since Resident Advisers receive room assignments upon employment, those who chose not to return to staff go through the regular room assignment process.
    4. Any staff member who is terminated will move from the assigned Resident Adviser space immediately (within 48 hours).

    The Resident Adviser position is a one-academic-year commitment or may be limited to one academic semester, depending on need and availability of position(s). Reappointment is not guaranteed, but is based upon performance and the successful completion of all interviews and applications required for returning staff. The Resident Adviser’s performance is under continuous evaluation so as to maintain the highest standards. Failure to meet any of the qualifications, requirements or responsibilities listed in this agreement or specified by the Graduate Hall Director and/or committing any unprofessional, unethical or other action in direct conflict, through electronic formats or otherwise, with the policies outlined in the Wake Forest Student Code of ConductGuide to Community Living, and the Residence Life and Housing Staff Manual, may result in personnel sanctions which could include, but are not limited to, verbal or written warnings, withholding of partial or full pay, suspension, probation or termination.

For additional information, please contact:

Lauren Rust, Assistant Director of Residence Education
Phone: 336.758.5185