RESIDENTIAL LIFE STAFF PROGRAM (RAs)

Iowa Wesleyan believes the on-campus living experience is critical to the holistic development of our students. Thus, Iowa Wesleyan is a Residential Campus which means that all students are required to live on-campus for the duration of their time at IW.

The 24 RAs on staff are responsible for creating dozens of residence hall programs each semester. Programs are of no additional cost to students. The programs are intended to create opportunities for students to meet one another, learn new and exciting life skills, and place an onus on academic success. Examples of social programs include craft nights, pizza parties, and video game tournaments. Additional academic programming exists in the residence halls in a variety of forms.  Faculty also come to the residence halls to speak with students about their own hobbies and interests and outside speakers often come to campus to speak about everything from banking to interviewing skills.

RA Position Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for supervising a group of 15-35 residents. RAs are actively involved in assisting their residents with personal and academic problems, implementing social and educational activities, developing a sense of community, helping maintain a comfortable living environment, and performing various administrative functions. The RA is the focal point for the day-to-day operation of their living unit.

RAs must possess the personal characteristics of warmth, patience, enthusiasm, openness to new experiences, the ability to relate well with all types of people and react with emotional stability in stressful situations. They must also be able to evaluate situations objectively.

The Area Coordinators, in coordination with the Director of Residential Life, have primary hiring and supervision responsibility.

  • Applicants must have completed at least 12 credits at IW and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (a 2.5 minimum GPA for any one semester will result in job probation or termination).
  • Conduct records will be screened. Candidates who have been suspended from the University or dismissed from the halls previously are not eligible for employment. Applicants who have been, or currently are, on probation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Must be able to commit to the entire academic year as an on-campus students, student teachers will not be considered
  1. August – May
  2. Be in-residence and participate in all training and operational activities that commence prior to the opening of the halls, both semesters, and continue through the last day of finals in the spring commencement.
  3. Assist with check-in and check-out at vacation periods and the beginning and ending of each semester.

TENURE – RA contracts are made on an academic year basis; however, evaluation of the RA by supervisors will be conducted periodically and affect a RA’s continued employment.

  1. Serve as positive role models and follow all IW rules as well as state and federal laws. This expectation applies both on and off campus.
  2. Community placement is determined by needs. Changes in placement during the year may occur.
  3. Off campus employment is permitted only with advance permission limited to 15 hrs. per week.
  4. The residence hall directors and/or the Area Coordinators give time off with advance permission. Christmas & Spring Breaks are typically RA vacation periods. In exchange, RAs are expected to remain in the building and on duty during high traffic times (Homecoming, Fall Break, weekend before finals, graduation weekend and other times as designated).
  5. Devote round the clock waking hours coverage immediately after RAs last final until the building is closed at the end of each semester
  6. Extra-curricular activities are permitted if they do not create a conflict of interest and time with the RA position. Limitations on excessive activities may be imposed to maintain effective academic and staff work. RAs may not hold an executive position in hall council or any organization with potential to create conflict of interest.
  7. Violation of any IW Code of Conduct, rule, policy or these responsibilities and terms will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
  1. Serve as a positive role model and conduct one’s self in accordance with the rules and regulations of IW as well as state and federal laws.
  2. Develop an awareness of attitudes and feelings of individuals and groups living in the hall.
  3. Know the names and other information about residents of his/her floor and to assist them in developing academically, personally, spiritually, and socially.
  4. Develop programs and activities to fulfill the University’s vision of learning in community.  Involve residents in program planning and encourage attendance at programs.
  5. Assist in New Student Orientation and other campus-wide Student Development activities as called upon.
  6. Serve as a knowledgeable resource person.
  7. Recognize problems, actual or potential, and take appropriate action including referral to the Assistant Residence Hall Director, Area Coordinator(s) or Student Development regarding residents whose problems appear to be more serious.
  8. Be available to students during hours when most residents are in the hall and make arrangements to see individuals periodically in an informal manner.
  9. Know, understand, support and educate residents about residence hall and University rules.
  10. Confront inappropriate student behavior in a positive, educational, and professional manner.
  11. Keep Assistant Residence Hall Director, Area Coordinator(s) and Student Development informed of violations, unmet student needs, problem areas and the progress of the hall.
  12. Ensure the safety, welfare, and health of residents by instruction and implementation of fire, accident and emergency procedures.
  13. Maintain a safe, orderly and quiet residence hall environment that is supportive of academic success.
  14. Investigate and report common area damage.
  15. Conduct room and common area inventories; assist in checking students in and out of rooms.
  16. Distribute and collect information.  Post signs, create bulletin boards and door decorations.
  17. Provide duty and back-up duty coverage on specified nights and weekends.
  18. Attend staff and other meetings as called by the Area Coordinator and/or Student Development.
  19. Be supportive of other RAs and other IW personnel.
  20. Maintain the strictest confidentiality.
  21. Keep keys and other issued supplies secure from loss, theft and damage.
  22. Complete a desk shift as part of on-call responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Residence Hall Director.
  23. Other duties as assigned

As employees of the Office of Student Development, RAs are expected to obey all Iowa State laws regarding alcohol and controlled substances. Any evidence of drinking or possession of alcohol by an underage RA or use of or possession of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia by a RA may result in dismissal from the position. Illegal drug use or intoxication or consumption of alcohol on duty will be grounds for immediate dismissal.

In return for services rendered, during employment period a Resident Assistant will receive a double room as a single with air-conditioning.

RA Application Process

The following information details the process to apply for a new Resident Assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year.

New This Year! If you’re interested in being hired for any potential SP 2021 openings, please follow the guidelines for the Early Application Process. All Early Applicants will be considered for the 2021-2022 academic year without needing to re-interview in February.

The following information details the application process for the Resident Assistant position. Please review this information carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Faith Brehm by phone at 319-385-6426 or email at faith.brehm@iw.edu

We encourage all applicants to make an appointment with Matt Klundt, Director of Career Development, to develop or review your resume and cover letter PRIOR to applying. Applicants will be required to upload their resume and cover letter to the online application.

Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • What experiences have you had at Iowa Wesleyan University that have influenced your decision to apply to be a resident assistant?
  • What do you hope to gain as a resident assistant?

Applications open on Monday, October 26, 2020

Early Applications: Due on Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Regular Applications: Due on Sunday, February 7, 2020

Early Applications: Due on Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Regular Applications: Due on Sunday, February 7, 2020

All applicants need two references to submit this form. One reference MUST be from a current RA on campus. The other can be someone of your choosing (that is not family). Coaches, managers, and professors are all acceptable. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their references receive and submit this form.

Applicants will be asked to schedule a personal interview. Interviews are between the applicant and one or two Student Development staff members.

RA Selection Timelines:

Early ApplicantsTraditional Applicants
October 26 – Applications OpenOctober 26 – Applications Open
November 11 – Applications DueFebruary 7 – Applications Due
November 16-20 – Personal InterviewsFebruary 22-26 – Personal Interviews