Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders and paid employees of the Office of Residential Education at Hobart and William Smith. An RA is assigned to each residential area and is responsible for creating a sense of community in the residence hall.

In developing such a community, they often address issues of personal counseling, advising, policy enforcement, programming (personal growth, community development, integrating living and learning, and social), etc. When students have questions or concerns about their living situations or about the Colleges in general, RAs are a great first stop for advice and tips.

In addition to acting as a role model both on and off-campus, RAs ensure that student behavior in residences is in accord with the Colleges’ policies as outlined in the Handbook of Community Standards.

New RA Application Timeline

Jan. 17

Online RA application available for all new applicants.

Jan. 24

Information Session I - Rees 119, 8:00 p.m. Residential Education staff will be available to answer questions about the RA position and selection process

Feb. 1

Information Session II - Hirshson Ballroom, 8:00 p.m. Residential Education staff will be available to answer questions about the RA position and selection process

Feb. 9

RA Applications due by 5:00 p.m.
(candidates will sign up for an interview time and group process)

Feb. 11

Group Process - Mandatory for all new RA applicants (10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.)

Feb. 14, 15, 16

Personal Interviews

Feb. 23

New RA candidates are notified of their status

Feb. 27

New RA acceptances are due for the position

Returning RA/SRA Application Timeline

Dec. 12-16

End of semester performance evaluation and intent to return completed with supervisor

Jan. 17

SRA applications available

Jan. 25

SRA applications due to Residential Education by 5:00 p.m.

Jan. 30-Feb. 3

SRA Interviews

Feb. 10

SRAs and Returning RA applicants notified of their status

Feb. 15

SRA applicants and Returning RA acceptances due to ResEd

BECOMING A Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and undergo rigorous training.

The Resident Assistant application process usually begins in the Spring semester.

Need help writing a resume? Visit the Office of Career Services' Resume Help website.

RA Job Description

Applying for your RA position? You’ll need:

  • Resume
  • One Reference (HWS faculty or staff member’s name and e-mail address)

To access the RA application, please visit your myResEd!

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