RA Application Process

2022-2023 Resident Assistant Application Process

To apply for a Resident Assistant position, complete the online application linked below, but please read the following information prior to starting your application: 

UPDATE: Due to a technical error, the application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, February 8th at 11:59pm. See below for full application details.


  • January 5: Application opens (at 5pm PST)
  • February 8: Application closes (at 11:59pm PST)
  • February 9 through February 18: Interviews (conducted by Hall Directors & Assistant Hall Directors)
  • February 25: Offers will be communicated to candidates
  • March 1: Deadline for offers to be accepted


Information Sessions & Workshops

RA Information Sessions
The following information sessions will be on Zoom (links provided below). All interested candidates are welcome!

  • January 13 at 5pm PST on Zoom (Meeting ID: 912 4780 2518)
  • January 18 at 12pm PST on Zoom (Meeting ID: 973 1619 6442)

In-Hall RA Information Sessions
The following information sessions will be held in the listed halls. If you have any questions regarding a hall's specific info session, please reach out to the respective Hall Director. See the Residence Life Contact Us page for all contact information.

  • Christie: Monday, January 24 at 8pm
  • Corrado: Thursday, January 27 at 8pm
  • Fields: Monday, January 24 at 8pm (Zoom Meeting ID: 918 2522 4258)
  • Kenna: Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30pm
  • Lund Family: Thursday, January 27 at 8:30pm
  • Mehling: Wednesday, January 26 at 9pm
  • Schoenfeldt: Thursday, January 27 at 7:30pm
  • Shipstad: Wednesday, January 26 @ 8pm (Zoom Meeting ID: 986 9774 3238)
  • Villa Maria: session occurred in past, please contact HD Derek Block for details.

Career Education Center Workshops
For an overview of effective RA application and interview preparation, the Career Education Center recommends that interested candidates attend one of each of the following prep workshops:

Application Prep Workshops (covering effective resumes and cover letters)

  • January 20 (on Zoom - Meeting ID: 940 4870 0227) - View meeting recording HERE
  • January 26 (on Zoom - Meeting ID: 996 6217 7535) - View meeting recording HERE

Interview Prep Workshops (UPDATED as of February 1)

  • February 8 at 5pm PST in the Career Education Center (Franz 110)
  • February 14 at 7pm PST in the Career Education Center (Franz 110)

Application Details & Materials

The application will prompt each applicant to include the following:

  • Cover Letter (as a PDF)
  • Resume (as a PDF)
  • Two References (one must be a UP staff or faculty member that you have worked with or for)
  • Three Supplemental Videos (see below for further details)

Supplemental Videos
For the 2022-2023 application process, each applicant is required to create three short videos respond to the following prompts:

  1. The University of Portland and the Office of Residence Life are guided by the Holy Cross mission. How will you enact the values of that mission in the position of the Resident Assistant?
  2. Describe what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you.
  3. Tell us about a challenge you faced. How will you apply any lessons learned to the position of Resident Assistant?

Each video must be no longer than 3 minutes and must be shared in the form of individual YouTube video links (i.e., one link per supplemental video). The videos can be created in any form or style including standard recorded video, PowerPoint voiceover, etc.

Please consider these resources as you prepare these supplemental videos:


RA Class and Leader Certificate

All new RAs are required to enroll in a 1-credit Pass/No Pass course titled LDR 375 - Residential Learning and Leadership, which will complement your RA training, reflection, and formation. This course is offered for Fall semester; there is no program fee for this course.

The Leader Certificate Program: The RA position aligns with the Leader Certificate. Through instruction, practice, and reflection over the course of 2-3 years, participants of the Leader Certificate Program are awarded a certificate upon graduation. The RA experience is a potential pathway to earning a Leader Certificate. We encourage interested students to enroll in LDR 225 - Applied Leadership, but it is not required for employment consideration.


How to Apply

Beginning January 5, please CLICK HERE to open and submit the 2022-2023 application to be a Resident Assistant.

All rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Applications are due February 8 at 11:59pm PST.

If you encounter any difficulties in submitting any application materials, please contact the Office of Residence Life (503.943.7205 / reslife@up.edu) or the application manager Brittani Klindworth (klindwor@up.edu).


Application Resources

Resident Assistant Job Description

A Week in the Life of a UP RA

Six Things to Know When Applying


More information on RA role, please review Resident Assistant page.