Resident Staff Selection

The Office of Residence Life is pleased you are interested in applying for the Resident Assistant (RA) position. This position is an exceptional leadership opportunity that offers many challenges and rewards. We hope that you will find the selection process to be an opportunity to learn about yourself as well as the Office of Residence Life.


The RA is a full-time undergraduate student who serves as a University representative and is an integral member of the Office of Residence Life team in managing the day-to-day operations of the University's residence halls. Responsibilities include developing a living and learning community, cultivating relationships with students residing in their assigned areas, implementing our Jesuit and Catholic mission and vision, conducting regular inspections of their floors/area, participating in a rotating duty schedule, and assisting in the implementation of the community development model. The position is a 9-month appointment, beginning approximately 1.5 weeks prior to the start of the academic year.

Candidate Requirements

RAs must:

  • Have sophomore, junior, or senior status
  • Be a full-time student
  • Have no active record of University disciplinary action at the time of application or during the process
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8 cumulative at the time of application
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and possess sensitivity for the welfare of fellow students. Experience in residence hall living is highly recommended.


Traditional Residence Hall RAs receive room and board (approximately $13,190). The Townhouse and Apartment RAs receive room only (approximately $10,720 and $11,060 respectively). In addition, the RA receives a stipend in the fall and spring.

Application Instructions

To apply fo the RA position, RA Candidates must complete an online application through the Residence Life OrgSync Portal.  To access the online RA Application please click here.  Important information regarding the RA position, including the Reference forms and FAQs can also be found on the Residence Life OrgSync Portal.

Applications must be to the Office of Residence Life OrgSync Portal by Friday, January 30, 2015.

Study Abroad Students

Students who will be abroad next semester are still eligible to apply for the RA position. They will not participate in the group process interview, however phone interview(s) will be conducted on your interview date(s) or an in-person interview can be done.

Contact Information

Meredith Smith
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Fairfield University
(203) 254-4215