Information for RA Candidates

How to become an RA at College Nine and College Ten?

1) Your first step is to review the section labeled "About the RA Positions", including reviewing the attached job description.  This will help you understand what is required of students in these positions and help you evaluate whether this position is a good fit for you and your skills.

2) Once you have decided this position is right for you, your next step is to review the section labeled "About the Selection Process", including the attached documents.  This will help you understand what the application process, as well as give you valuable information about what to expect as you move through it.  

3) When you understand both the position and the application process, your final step is to apply using the section labeled "About the Applications and Forms".  This section will review what materials are needed to complete the application and give you links to help you do so.

If you have any questions about the position, the selection process, or the application, that are not answered on this website, please contact CRE Hashim Jibri at hjibri@ucsc.edu or 831-459-5668.

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1. About the Resident Assistant (RA) Position

For the upcoming academic year, the College Nine and College Ten Resident Life Team is hiring 37 Resident Assistants, or RAs.  Thirteen RAs will work in the College Nine Res Halls, fourteen in the College Ten Res Halls, six in the College Nine and College Ten Apartments, and four in the International Living Center (ILC).  RAs are part of the Residential Life Team at College Nine and College Ten.  This team works to create and maintain a supportive system, which facilitates the individual’s efforts to fulfill academic goals, establish self-identity and values, and learn to respect the right of neighbors to do the same.  They utilize skills in leadership, cross-cultural communication, student referral, emergency response training, as well as training in other areas; with the goal of creating an environment in which the community’s and the individual’s goals can be realized.  There are opportunities for students to develop skills in leadership, intercultural inclusion, organizational and management skills, confidence, integrity, emotional maturity, and sense of self and values.

In order to be eligible for this position, Candidates must have the following:

  • Have completed one year of university prior to starting in the position.
  • Experience living in a group setting.
  • Be a full-time UCSC student while in the position.
  • Be in good academic standing, maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA from the time of application throughout employment.
  • Be in good judicial standing, which is defined as being below the probationary level, from the time of application throughout employment.  
  • Pass a fingerprinting/background check.
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Comfortable being a leader in group settings
  • Ability to use authority with good judgment
  • Possess administrative skills
  • Possess effective communication skills in order to successfully approach people, mediate conflict situations, and enforce university and housing policies.

To find out more about these positions, please review the RA Job Description.  This Job Description contains detailed information about the expectations and duties of this position, and you should read it carefully before applying for this position.  Not only is reviewing the job description a good way to ensure that this position is a good fit for you and a good match for your skills and abilities, but Candidates who read and understand the job description are typically more prepared for the selection process than other Candidates and often do better in the interview process.

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2. About the Selection Process

  • RA Info Sessions: Wednesday, December 6th at 8pm in Namaste Lounge,  Wednesday Jan 10th and Thursday Jan. 18th at 8pm in the Namaste Lounge

All new RA candidates are required to attend a RA Info Session prior to applying for the RA position.  These sessions are a great place to learn more about the RA position, as well as to learn more about other student leader positions offered at our colleges.  (If you are currently an RA at College Nine or College Ten, then you do not need to attend an Info Session.  If you are an RA/NA/CA at another college who is interested at working at College Nine and/or College Ten, then you do need to attend an Info Session.  (If you are studying abroad or otherwise unable to attend a Student Leader Info Session, then please contact CRE Hashim Jibri before January 10th to ask for an exception.)

  • January 24th- Online RA Supplemental Application & ER Application Due by 8:00am (continue below for ER codes)

All RA applications must be turned by 8am on Wednesday, January 24th.  This includes both the online application as well as any other supplemental documents or references. We will not review any applications sent in after the due date.  Applications will be available starting Monday, January 8th, 2018.

  • February 5th- Interview Invitations Sent by Email

You will receive an email after we review your application.  If your application is complete, on-time, and a good match for our position, than this email will invite you to participate in our interview stage and you will be given more information about scheduling this process.  If your application is not complete, is turned in late, or if you are not a good match for a position at this time, than this email will end your participation in the selection process.  If you end the process here, we encourage you to apply for other student leader positions and to consider applying for the RA position in future years.  We have hired many candidates who were not successful in their first attempt, so please consider it to be a "not now" rather than a "not ever".

  • February 10th- Group Interviews for New Candidates, (Time and Location will be announced later)

If you have never worked for the College Nine and College Ten Res Life Team, then you will be asked to participate in a group interview.  All group interviews will be held during the day (between 9am and 5pm) on Saturday, February 10th. You will get your specific group interview time, as well as other information, in the February 18th email.  Participation in the group interview is MANDATORY for all new candidates, so please rearrange you schedules to ensure that you can attend.  (If you are currently an RA for College Nine or College Ten, you will not be asked to participate in the Group Interview.  If you are currently

At the group interview, you and other candidates will work together to complete a task relevant to the RA position.  Members of the Selection Committee will be there to observe how you work as a team as well as how you approach the assigned task.  Please remember that the Group Interview is not a competition, but rather a chance for you to begin working with your potential co-workers.  If you are studying abroad, or likewise unable to attend the group interview process, you will complete an alternate process that will allow us to review these same skills.  At the Group Interview Process, you will receive information about scheduling an Individual Interview.  (If you are currently an RA for College Nine and College Ten, you will not be asked to participate in the Group Interview.)  

  • February 26th to March 2nd- Individual Interviews  (Time and Location will be announced later)

After the group interviews, candidates will be asked to attend a 30-minute individual interview.  All interviews will be held between 8am and 5pm and will take place at the College Nine and College Ten Residential Life and Housing Office.  At the individual interview, you will be asked questions about your skills and abilities, as well as about your understanding of the RA position and duties.  You will be given a specific information about signing up for a specific interview time/date after the group interview.  If you are studying abroad or likewise unable to attend an interview in person, then interviews may be conducted through phone or online communication platform (such as Skype, Hangouts, etc).

  • March 9th - Decision Sent by Email

You will receive an email after your interview.  This email could offer you a position as an RA, in which case it would give you more information about that offer and about the acceptance process. This email could also offer you a position in our alternate pool, in which case it would give you more information about what that means.  The email could also not offer you a position.  If you do not get a position, we encourage you to apply for other student leader positions and to consider applying for the RA position in future years.  

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3. Forms and Applications

Once you have decided to apply for the RA position, please do the following three tasks:

1) Attend a RA Info Session

There are three Student Leader Info Sessions, on December 6th, January 10th and January 18th at 8pm in Namaste Lounge. There will be a sign-in sheet at the event, so be make sure that you fill out the sheet when you arrive.  If you are studying abroad, or otherwise unable to attend any of this info sessions, please contact CRE Hashim Jibri prior to January 10th.

2) Complete All Applications 

(a) Fill out the Online RA Supplemental Application --  Supplemental Application will be available starting Monday, January 8th, 2018.

(b) Fill out the ER RA Application -- RA for C9 Res Halls apply to ER#2335 | RA for C10 Res Halls apply to ER#2336 | RA for Apts/ILC apply to ER#2034

This application will ask you more information about yourself, your interest in the RA position, and what you feel you would bring to the team.  The application will also allow you to rank your interest in the various RA positions at College Nine and College Ten, as well as to express your interest in our theme communities.  

3) Ask Two References to do the Online Reference Form -- https://goo.gl/forms/RJ1BaP4Io7eLKwQC2

One reference should come from a current or former RA, CA, or NA.  The other should come from someone who can speak about you and your abilities without a conflict of interest, such as an employer, teacher, professor, etc.  Please give your references  plenty of notice so that they have time to complete the form by the deadline.  If you have any difficulty finding someone to complete your form, let us know and we'll work with you on other options.  If you are currently an RA for College Nine and College Ten, then your current CRE supervisor has already been asked to serve as your reference.