New RA Application 2014-15

Please read the job description and complete the application online. Note the deadlines below. The application has several parts you must answer, so please plan on using your time wisely. Your application must be received on time or you will be unable to continue in the selection process.

New applicants

New applicants are encouraged to attend one of the two informational meetings offered before completing the new resident advisor application. Informational meetings will be held Jan. 28 at 9:30 p.m., and Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. in the Kreider Room. 

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2014.

After submitting this online application, please email a current resume to

Why have you decided to apply for the RA position and why are you a good candidate?
Please list activities, positions held, and years of participation in campus organizations at Bluffton University.
Please list all activities, campus positions, internships, student teaching, field experiences, additional work experiences and evening classes that you plan to be involved with in the 2014-15 academic year. Since being an RA is a top priority, how you will manage your time in addition to being an RA?
What personal strengths, abilities, attributes, and qualifications would you bring to the RA position that would help you perform the job effectively? Please also comment on areas in which you struggle and how you might work through the challenges to become an effective RA.
Students living in the residence halls have various backgrounds and experiences that are unique to them and their culture. Explain your perspective and/or experience with issues of diversity and mutual respect of differences. How do you feel your perspective will enhance your position as a Residence Life staff member and the hall/floor/wing you will be working on?
RAs develop and use skills such as problem-solving, communication, and mediation. Please describe how you have utilized one or more of these skills and how it makes you a good RA candidate.
Please describe a situation you encountered in which you had to use critical thinking skills. What did you learn from that situation that you will bring to the RA position?
Identify and describe four floor community development activities (CDAs) based on the Bluffton University core values that you might offer as an RA (1 service-based, 1 community-based, 1 respect-based, and 1 discovery-based). Creativity is encouraged.
Describe an experience when you played an active role as a team member. What were your challenges and successes?
I understand that any written evaluations submitted by faculty, staff or students will be confidential and I waive my right to examine and read these documents.