Residential Life and Housing

Spring 2015 RA Selection Information

Residential Life and Housing is pleased to announce that it will be running a mini RA selection for the Spring 2015 semester.  We believe that being a Resident Adviser is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that Clark can offer you. The information contained on this website and in the Job Description below will allow you to think critically about the Resident Adviser position and prepare for the application process. If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email Sarah Bergeron, Senior Assistant Director of Residential Life; call us at 508-793-7453; stop by our office; or talk to your Hall Director or Area Coordinator. Before you read further, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with the RA Job Description.

RA Selection Timeline:
October 27, 2014: Application goes live on the RLH website
November 5, 2014: Info Session 2-3pm, Laurie Conference Room
November 10, 2014- All completed applications must be submitted by 5pm
November 12, 2014- Group Process 3-4pm- Grace Conference Room
November 17, 18, 19, 2014- Individual Interviews
November 21, 2014- Decision letters will be emailed to candidates
December 1, 2014- Position agreements due by 5pm.

To be considered an eligible candidate for an RA position, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Full-time, registered student in the University’s Undergraduate Academic Program.
  • In good academic standing (not on academic probation) with minimum semester and cumulative GPAs of 2.5 or greater.
  • Will have completed a minimum of two full semesters of undergraduate coursework (at least one being at Clark) by the start of the fall semester.
  • In good disciplinary standing (not currently on disciplinary probation).

Job Compensation:
Resident Advisers receive a room waiver for the room cost of their room and board package. The room cost covers all utilities such as cable, internet, heat and water, and local telephone service. A stipend of $400 per semester for new staff members will be paid biweekly or at the end of each semester. RAs do not receive meal plan compensation. Please note that this compensation is considered a financial resource and financial aid candidates selected as RA’s may have an adjustment made in the self-help category of their aid packet. It is strongly recommended that you make an appointment with your financial aid counselor to discuss how this position would affect your financial aid package. Financial status is not considered as a factor in the selection of Resident Advisers.

RA Application Process

Application Procedure:

  • Complete Application: Submit your application with resume attached by 5:00PM on Thursday, November 10th, 2014 (incomplete or late applications will disqualify a candidate from continuing in the selection process).
  • Attend Group Process: Group process will take place on Wednesday, November 12th from 3-4pm.  Group process helps facilitators to become better acquainted with the RA candidates. Groups consist of approximately seven to ten candidates. The observers will be Residence Life staff members who have been trained in what to observe. The Group Process exercises are a required component of the application process. They often tend to be the most enjoyable component. Upon handing in your application, you will be given a time and location for Group Process. Please dress presentably, but comfortably, for the Group Process; there is no need to wear traditional interview clothes.
  • Schedule an Interview: If you are selected to continue as a candidate after Group Process, you will be contacted via email by Thursday, November 13th and instructed to schedule an individual interview by Friday, November 14th at Noon. At the beginning of your interview, you will be asked to present for 2-3 minutes on a creative component using the guidelines below. Your individual interview will typically be conducted by two RLH professional staff members and a current RA. Professional attire is strongly encouraged. Interviews will be conducted November 17th, 18th and 19th.


In the electronic application, you will be required to upload an up-to-date copy of your resume outlining any educational and employment experiences you have had. Assistance in creating and updating a resume can be obtained from Career Services: or call 508-793-7258.


You must list two individuals who can attest to your involvement in the Clark community and/or your performance as an employee (such as a past or current supervisor, administrator, coach, adviser, etc.). When you submit your application, your references will be emailed with a link to the on-line recommendation form. Please note that your references' responses on the recommendation are confidential.
It is highly advised that you notify your references about your application for the RA position and intent to use them as references before submitting the application.

Creative Component:

This piece of the interview process provides candidates with the opportunity to express their abilities and interest in the RA position in a creative manner.  The candidate will have no more than three (3) minutes to display and explain their project at the beginning of their individual interview and respond to questions from the interviewers.  You are encouraged to be creative and think outside of the box.  Examples of this project could be a poem, photo collage, painting, drawing, essay, sculpture, etc.; so long as it fits the stated guidelines:

  • You must use your own resources.  RLH will not provide materials and you are encouraged to create something that will incur little to no cost to you.
  • Your presentation should answer the  following questions:
    •  What is one experience of being a student/living on campus at Clark University that has made the greatest impact on you?
    • Why did you choose this particular experience?
    • How would you share this experience with your residents if you were hired as an RA?

RLH will scan or take a picture of your presentation to be included in your candidate file. You will be able to keep your creation.

Ready to begin?  Apply to be a Resident Adviser!


Resident Adviser Staff

The Office of Residential Life and Housing employs undergraduate paraprofessional staff members as Resident Advisers (RAs) in residential living area. Resident Advisers live in the residence halls to offer personal and academic support, residential activities and work to provide a respectful and social living atmosphere.  RAs work to create and maintain a sense of community on the floor and in the hall/house by initiating and encouraging campus and hall programs, answering questions and referring students to different campus services, advising resident, addressing inappropriate behavior, and helping to interpret the policies outlined in The Student Handbook.  There is typically at least one RA per floor in the residence halls. There are also three Housing Complex Managers who oversee the RLH owned houses. In Bullock, Sanford, and Wright Halls, there are 23 FYE RAs, which focus on the needs of the First Year Students.  There are 4 RAs in Dodd, 7 RAs in Wright Hall, 7 RAs in the Johnson Sanford Center, and 5 RAs in Bullock Hall.

Resident Advisor Staff