2023-2024 Resident Advisor Applications

Below you will find a the application, detailed job description, Information Session dates, timeline for the hiring process, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the RA role and our hiring process. If you have any specific questions, please contact our office at ResidentialLife@jhu.edu.

THERE ARE TWO BONUS RA INFORMATION SESSIONS: Saturday January 21, 2023 at 12pm and Sunday January 22, 2023 at 2pm.

RA Job Description

The Resident Advisor (RA) position is a multifaceted leadership position that requires skills in several different areas. The job description below is intended to give you a sense of the types of responsibilities you will have in the role. However, it is not an all-inclusive list of the responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Resident Advisors must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of employment and must maintain a minimum semester and cumulative 2.50 GPA while in the position. RAs need to be in good behavioral standing with the university and be full-time undergraduate students. GPAs and student conduct records will be checked throughout the entirety of employment. Due to the nature and responsibilities of the position, Resident Advisor positions are only open to students who will be undergraduate students for the academic year. It is recommended that a successful candidate has lived on a college or university campus for at least one (1) semester prior to applying, but is not required.

RA retention and reappointment begins immediately following the evaluation period in the fall semester and is contingent upon the Office of Residential Life’s evaluation of overall job performance and the terms and conditions outlined in the RA Appointment Letter if/when offered a position. Individuals currently serving as RAs are eligible to reapply for a position the following year, but are not guaranteed a position. Any RA desiring to return to the role must submit all required documentation by the established deadline in order to be considered for rehire.


Resident Advisors are considered student employees of the University with an expectation that they work anywhere from 15-20 hours per week during the academic year. An annual stipend of $5,100.00 is paid to RA’s semi-monthly from September 1st through May 31st of each year.

RA housing assignments are made to provide the best environment possible for the residents in the residence halls and apartment communities. For this reason, and because RAs are called on to act in the case of any emergency situation on campus, the RAs are required to live in and are compensated for a specific room designated by the Office of Residential Life. The approximate value of this housing is $10,278 and RAs on financial aid will not see a reduction in their aid package based on the cost of room. This benefit is considered non-taxable income and is not subject to withholding. Students on need-based aid will still be eligible to receive aid to cover education expenses. The RA’s assignment/placement is for the entire Academic Year, but is subject to change (placement may be adjusted) at the discretion of the Office of Residential Life.

All RAs are given a choice of two specifically-curated Meal Plans. Anytime Dining plus $225 Dining Dollars or 14 Meals per Week plus $500 Dining Dollars. Dining facilities are places where community building occurs and our entire staff are provided meal plans to assist in facilitating spaces for relationship building and being visible as well.

Community Building & Support

  • Build a rapport with residents, fellow staff, peers, and JHU community members based upon mutual respect.
  • Work to develop a sense of affinity and unity that allows residents to socialize and learn from each other.
  • Provide residents with information on departmental, campus, and citywide resources and activities.
  • Attend departmental, divisional, or University-sponsored events as needed or requested.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of Residential Life sponsored events and encourage residents to attend all departmental sponsored social and educational events.
  • Facilitate the programs and touch points of the Residential Experience Plan outlined for you during training and in the RA Manual.
    • Consult with Residence Director to receive guidance and support on planning and implementing the Residential Experience Plan in your community.
    • Complete all related administrative tasks related to programmatic efforts.
    • Oversee the use of programming funds: Resident Advisors are responsible for making appropriate purchases and keeping track of monthly expenditures.
  • Advertise, explain, and facilitate Blue Jay Conversations with each of your residents as designated by your Residence Director.
    • Log trends from interactions with residents
    • Interact daily with residents to become a visible part of the community: (ex. conversations in common rooms or when passing by open doors, eating meals with residents, invitations to events or campus happenings, etc.)
    • Use the time you spend with your residents to watch for and ask about problems or challenges that may be troubling students and to learn more about their individual needs in their community.
  • Actively work to encourage residents to come to you and other Residential Life staff whenever they need guidance or support.
  • Consult as needed with Residence Directors about residents who may benefit from case management, counseling, accommodations, or other student support resources.
  • Consult with or make referrals to on-campus support staff in the Counseling Center, the Student Health and Wellness Center, Dean of Student Life Office, Housing Office, Leadership, Engagement, and Experiential Development (LEED), Student Disability Services, Office of Institutional Equity, Center for Student Success, and others as needed.

Crisis Management & Policy Enforcement Responsibilities

  • Always let residents know how to reach you or another staff member in an emergency.
    • Use your locator board. Inform and advertise the numbers for emergencies (i.e. Security, RA Duty Phone, Housing Operations, OIE, etc).
  • Be familiar with all emergency support services on campus.
  • Inform residents of emergency services available on campus. Inform residents of fire safety procedures and encourage them to take an active role in keeping safe.
  • Inform the Residence Director or On-Call administrators of all emergencies within the designated and appropriate time period.
  • Stress to residents the fundamental values of community living: respect, integrity, inclusivity, community, and leadership.
    • RA actions and interactions should reflect those values.
  • Inform all residents at your first community meeting of the University policies governing alcohol, drugs, explosives, pets, fire safety equipment, vandalism, etc. and where to reference the Student Conduct Code and University Housing Policies.
    • Clarify and reiterate these policies as needed throughout the year.
  • Complete Health & Safety Inspections with Housing & Residential Life staff in all resident rooms and suites once a semester as scheduled by Community Living.
  • Actively work to create an atmosphere in which residents understand the value of policies and procedures as outlined in the Student Conduct Code and University Housing Policies and accept responsibility for their own actions and the actions of their guests.
  • Enforce University policies by taking appropriate action per policies and procedures.
  • Complete Incident Reports as necessary or instructed; inform on-call administrators of all policy infractions or crimes.
  • RAs and Residential Life staff are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSAs, or “mandatory reporters”) when employed and acting in their staff role according to state and federal law and University policy.
    • RAs must fulfill their specific responsibilities to report certain crimes to their supervisor or Residential Life staff designee for reporting to other campus authorities. (For more information about the responsibilities of a CSA, consult JHU’s annual Safety, Security, and Fire Report.)

Administrative/Building Management Duties

  • Check JHU email daily for any/all emails from supervisors and staff from Residential Life and respond accordingly and as requested.
  • Disseminate information to residents or to staff in a timely manner as directed by staff members in Residential Life.
  • Complete all administrative tasks associated with the aforementioned job responsibilities.
    • Program Planning Reports and subsequent Program Evaluations
    • Weekly Reports
    • Duty Switch Forms
    • Evaluations (self, of supervisor, of department, etc)
    • Involvement in recruitment processes, programmatic efforts, inservices, etc.
    • Housing processes; occupancy checks, Room Condition Reports, etc.
    • Other forms as assigned by the Office of Residential Life
  • Provide written and/or verbal feedback in a professional manner (both supportive and critical) to peers, supervisors, and department when needed and/or requested.
  • Notify the Residence Director of all switches that occur without your prior knowledge. If residents are requesting room switches, you should first make concerted efforts to address concerns, examine roommate agreements, and come to solutions before referring to Residence Director for next steps.
  • Notify the Residence Director immediately of any resident who moves out of your building. If your RD has knowledge of a resident moving in/out, that will be communicated to you.
  • Report all maintenance requests in a timely manner. Report emergencies immediately and make certain there are accommodations given, especially for problems that occur after office hours.
  • Follow up with the Housing Office on all maintenance repairs and housing-related services that are not complete within the expected length of time.
  • Make certain that entry doors remain locked each night. Encourage residents to cooperate in keeping entry doors locked at all times. Complete lockouts per the Housing Lockout Policy and procedures.
  • Perform all management tasks requested by staff of the Office of Residential Life and the Housing Office such as, but not limited to: posting notices or flyers, assisting with survey responses, residential or campus-wide emergencies, and assisting with special projects.

Behavioral & Staffing Expectations

  • The room you are assigned will act dually as a personal and workspace. This space will need to present a clean, organized, and odor-free environment. You should be able to host private conversations in your room without the distractions of clutter, trash, or unacceptable living conditions. Your room should always be able to meet the expectations of Health and Safety inspections and will be subject to inspections in the same manner as residents.
  • Serve as a positive role model for residents by abiding by all University policies as well as federal, state, and city laws. This includes but is not limited to modeling appropriate and mature behavior both on and off campus as well as via digital and social media.
  • In addition to abiding by the JHU Sexual Misconduct policy, as a member of the Residential Life staff, you should not engage in a sexual or romantic relationship with any students in the community in which you are appointed, for the duration of your employment so as to avoid the potential negative impact on the community.
    • If you are considering engaging in a sexual or romantic relationship with a resident, or if you are unsure if you are meeting the expectation of maintaining appropriate relationships with residents, you are to immediately discuss those circumstances with your supervisor.
    • For all of these reasons, sexual or romantic relationships—whether regarded as consensual or otherwise—between individuals in inherently unequal positions of perceived power should in general be avoided.
  • RAs are a part of the first response team for all residential students, on or off duty and, as such, will be prepared to help in any emergency at any time of day or night, including meal times.
  • Attend all training and staff development sessions, all staff meetings, and supervision meetings.
  • Exceptions will be granted only for courses required for graduation that only meet during the training time, and there is no prior or future opportunity available for student to take the class and/or meet the requirement. Approval must be obtained from the Office of Residential Life before registering for a class, meeting, or exam (i.e. MCAT, LSAT, etc.) during the reserved time.
  • Follow the semester on-call/duty schedule and adhere to all procedures and emergency protocols as scheduled.
  • RAs are required to stay for portions of Thanksgiving break, Winter Break, Intersession, and/or Spring Break. During such breaks, coverage constitutes being available to the assigned floor/buildings, residing in your assigned room during the on-call hours, carrying an on-call cell phone, performing rounds, and fulfilling any programmatic responsibilities as planned.
    • No travel plans should be made until duty coverage has been assigned or approved by supervisor.
  • Acknowledge and adhere to planning all travel and other commitments around the Required Dates for all Residential Life student and professional staff, which is available on the website and will be provided along with the RA Appointment Letter for review. Please note that dates are subject to change.
  • Other duties as assigned


Residential Life reserves the right to change the hiring process and staffing plans of the department at any time based on the needs of the University and department. If the University requires any person who is spending time on a Johns Hopkins campus to get the flu vaccination, or mandated testing regardless of quantity, RA’s will be expected to be in compliance with that mandate.

Required Dates

Staff are not to make any travel arrangements for institutional breaks or training periods until duty coverage has been established and your supervisor has approved your request. See RA Job Description and/or RA Appointment Letter for expectations around communication and attendance as related to the position’s responsibilities.

*Dates are subject to change based on university calendar or unforeseen changes in policy, schedules, etc.

  • RAs may move in between 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023 through 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2023. Everyone must arrive to campus by 5:00pm on Sunday, August 6, 2022.
  • Participate in the staff welcome activities on Sunday, August 6, 2023.
  • Attend the daily, full-time training for student staff starting at 8:00am on Monday, August 7, 2023, with move-in and orientation obligations following, through Monday, August 28, 2023.
  • Attend and participate in the Welcome Back Weekend events from Friday, September 1, 2023 through Monday, September 4, 2023.
  • Assist with health & safety inspections two to three times throughout the academic year.
  • Be available and prepared to staff our continued operations during the Fall and/or Spring Breaks, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and/or Intersession at the discretion of the Director of Residential Life or their designee. These breaks include holidays and days where the University is closed.
    • Fall Break, October 19–20
    • Thanksgiving, November 20–26
    • Winter Break, December 22–January 2
    • Intersession, January 2–22
    • Spring Break, March 18–22
  • Stay in residence through 12 p.m. noon, Thursday, December 16, if not scheduled to remain on call.
  • Attend the daily, full-time, mid-year training for student staff starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, January 15, 2024 through Saturday, January 21, 2024.
    • Plan to be in residence and assisting with opening activities from Saturday, January 21, 2024 through Sunday, January 22, 2024.
  • Stay in residence until buildings close prior to the summer break and assist with closedown procedures on Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10, 2024. Once released from duties you are released and can begin move out. Do not plan to leave campus prior to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024
    • Student staff not graduating in May, 2024 must move out by Saturday, May 11, 2024 by 12:00 p.m.
    • Student staff graduating in May 2024, must move out by Friday, May 24, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

Hiring Timeline

Below is the full application timeline to apply to be a RA for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you have a question about any part of the application process, please refer to the information below and then contact us at ResidentialLife@jhu.edu. Please note that we reserve the right to alter or amend these dates at any time.

Please use this zoom link to attend the online RA Info Sessions: https://jh.zoom.us/j/92368162427.

  • Friday, December 9: Application opens online
  • Monday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m. EST: Application closes
  • Thursday, January 26: Notification of status
  • Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28: Group Interviews. Various times will be offered. Please plan to be present for 2-3 hours for this in-person interview process.
  • Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4: Individual Interviews. Various times will be offered throughout each day. Please plan to be present for 45 minutes – 1 hour for this in-person interview process.
  • Week of February 20: Notification of status/offer for hire

Information Sessions

Below is the full list of RA information sessions for those applying to be RAs for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you have a question about any part of the application process, please refer to the information below and then contact us at ResidentialLife@jhu.edu.

THERE ARE TWO BONUS RA INFORMATION SESSIONS: Saturday January 21, 2023 at 12pm and Sunday January 22, 2023 at 2pm.

Please use this zoom link to attend the online RA Info Sessions: https://jh.zoom.us/j/92368162427.

Information Session #1Wednesday, December 76:00 PM In-person
Wolman Theatre
Information Session #2Friday, December 93:00 PMIn-person
The LaB
Information Session #3Monday, December 127:30 PMOnline
Information Session #4Friday, December 167:30 PMIn-person
SBC Barber Room
Information Session #5Tuesday, December 207:30 PMOnline
Information Session #6Thursday, January 54:30 PMOnline
Information Session #7Tuesday, January 103:00 PMOnline
Information Session #8Friday, January 1311:30 AMOnline
Information Session #9Friday, January 132:00 PMSBC Salon A
Information Session #10Sunday, January 157:30 PMOnline


When is the application open?

The application opens Friday, December 9, 2022.

When does the application close?

Monday, January 23, 2023 at 4:00 p.m (EST).

If I applied last year and was not hired, do I have to apply again?

Yes. We ask that all re-applicants go through the entirety of the process again. We ask you share with us ways in which you have learned and grown since last applying. The same applies for current alternate candidates.

Do I have to attend an Information Session to be eligible?

Yes, applicants must attend one (1) information session in order to learn more about the position’s responsibilities, the RA experience, full application process, and to meet and interact with our staff. Candidates experiencing conflicts with all of the dates of information sessions, should contact our office at ResidentialLife@jhu.edu.

RA Info Session Zoom for the online sessions: https://jh.zoom.us/j/92368162427

Are the Information Sessions being held in person or virtually?

At this time we are offering both in-person and virtual Information Sessions. Please visit the information session tab above for the full list. It is required to attend one (1) Information Session in order to apply for the RA position. Attendance will be taken at each session.

Where do I apply?

The application link will be available at the top of this page on Friday, December 9.

How does the online application work?

Scroll up and select “Apply to be a Resident Advisor” to enter the application. You’ll be asked to input basic contact/personal information, upload a one (1) page resume, and upload answers to the essay questions. There is no save or draft function available so please only select “apply here” and begin the application if you can complete it in full at that time. Once it is submitted there is no way to resubmit or edit the information you provide.

Do I have to fill out the application all at once?

Yes, you must complete the entire application at once. There is not a “save” or draft option that allows you to pause and come back at a later date/time.

What is the timeline for the rest of the process?

Applications will be reviewed by professional staff and invitations for next steps in the process will go out on January 26. Students will be contacted by the beginning to middle of February 2022 with their application status. The remainder of the interview process is outlined on the “Hiring Timeline” tab at the top of this page.

What does the rest of the application process look like?

There is a Group Interview process (January 27, 28) and Individual Interview (February 3, 4) as a part of the full application process. The group interview is when candidates are organized into random groups and you participate in a series of structured events and activities. Second, is an individual interview with a professional staff and current RA’s, where a series of questions will be asked of candidates and the different skill sets associated with the position.

Are interviews in person or online?

At this time both the group interview and individual interviews are planned to be held in-person, however we will adhere to any new or changing COVID-`19 guidelines provided to us by the University.

How does the RA job affect my Financial Aid?

The RA position impact on financial aid is different for everyone. Financial Aid officers are willing to sit and do estimates with you if you submit all your required paperwork ahead of time. For more information please contact your Financial Aid counselor directly.

Is the RA job compensated?

Resident Advisors are considered full time student employees of the University and receive an annual stipend of $5,100.00. This is paid semi-monthly from September 1 through May 31 of each year. RA’s also receive room and board as a part of their compensation. You can view the PDF Document: full details of the RA compensation model we implemented in 2019 online.

When do I know if I got the RA job?

Letters informing candidates of their final hiring status will be available by the week of February 20, 2023.

What does it mean to be an alternate?

If you are offered a position on the alternate list, it means that our office feels you have the skill sets and abilities to be a Resident Advisor, but there was either not enough positions available or there was not a suitable place on a staff for you at the current moment. If you accept your alternate status, you agree to be contacted should a position become available between the date of the acceptance all the way through the beginning of the next academic year.