Residence Life Leadership Opportunities

Residence Life Student Leadership Opportunities within Residence Halls:

Resident Assistants

The Office of Residence Life oversees a staff of 64 Resident Assistants who are current full-time sophomores, juniors and seniors.   Resident Assistants serve as the primary role model in leader in the Residential Community. RAs serve as University representatives and are integral members of the Office of Residence Life team in managing the day-to-day operations of the University’s residence halls. Responsibilities of the RA include developing a living and learning community, cultivating relationships with the 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 Residential Colleges and Cornerstone courses. The position is a 9-month appointment, beginning approximately 1.5 weeks prior to the opening of the academic year.


RAs must have sophomore, junior or senior status, carry a full-time academic load and be in good standing with the University. RAs must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 cumulative. RAs should demonstrate strong leadership and possess sensitivity for the welfare of fellow students. Experience in residence hall living is highly recommended.


Resident Assistants receive housing compensation.  For RAs in traditional and suite style housing this equates to room and board.  Townhouse and Apartment RAs receive housing.

For More information about RA Selection, please see Residence Life’s Org Sync homepage for a complete job description and FAQs. 


Job Description:

Applications are open November 15th, 2015 -  January 29th, 2016 and only available through OrgSync.  


Inter-Residential Housing Association (IRHA)

The Office of Residence Life also advises the Inter-Residential Housing Association which a student government body representing all residential students living on-campus.  Each Residence Hall Community hosts weekly open meetings of their Residence Hall Association (RHA) and bi-weekly, all RHAs meet together as a General Assembly of IRHA.  IRHA is open to any residential student.  To find out more information please check out IRHA’s Org Sync home page or Fairfield IRHA’s Facebook page.  Students who participate in RHA or IRHA have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their community and to develop their own leadership capacity.


National Residence Hall Honorary

The Office of Residence Life advises the National Residence Hall Honorary. NRHH’s goal is to recognize the contributions of our scholars and leaders living in the residence halls. Established in 1964, NRHH honors the top 1% of student leaders who make a difference in the lives of students living on campus. The chapter of NRHH here at Fairfield University is one of over 120 NRHH chapters nationwide.  NRHH also sponsors an Of the Month Recognition program.  To nominate a fellow student, advisor for an Of the Month Award please see our Org Sync homepage.  NRHH has inductions yearly in Spring semester.  Applications are out March 1st and due at the end of the month.


For More Information Please Contact:

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