Are you looking for a student leadership opportunity? Being a Resident Advisor is a great way to meet others on campus, serve the Florida Southern community, and to develop your administrative and leadership skills.
Applications are currently closed, but will reopen in October 2023 for the 2024-2025 academic year.
The Resident Advisor Position is a student leadership role that is offered on campus. As members of the Office of Community Living, Resident Advisors oversee a residential section of 25-40 students; and are responsible for building an inclusive community that contributes to the academic success and personal development of each resident. This is done by responding to the needs of residents, creating community building events and opportunities; and managing critical administrative tasks.
RAs are responsible for creating a positive community environment within their hall or area of oversight which promotes positive citizenship, self-reflection, and inclusion. This can be done in the following ways:
Area Programs and Events
Roommate Agreements and Mediations
Opening and Closing
Resident Advisor Qualifications
All RAs must be a full-time student at Florida Southern College, and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, but not more than 18 credit hours without approval from Community Living professional staff. All RAs must maintain a minimum of 2.50 GPA – both semester and cumulative. All RAs must have completed two semesters of college (post high school graduation) by the end of the current school year.
All RAs must be in and remain in good Student Accountability standing to be considered in the RA role.
All RAs receive a housing stipend which covers the cost of each RA’s Florida Southern housing while they serve as an RA. An additional longevity stipend is added if RAs serve for more than two academic semester. All RAs receive a single room.
Can I be involved in other campus activities or organizations while being an RA?
Yes, we select RAs from a wide range of interests and involvement. Given that athletics are a time intensive commitment, student athletes must receive coach approval to be considered for the RA position.
Can I be involved in other jobs while being an RA?
RAs may hold other employment with approval from Community Living professional staff. RAs can expect to commit at least 10 hours per week to the position. Candidates should consider if the RA position is the best choice for their schedule, should they have other extensive work or internship commitments.
How exactly does on-call work?
Each residential building or complex has a Resident Advisor on-call throughout the evening or weekend. When on-call RAs are required to complete evening rounds of their facilities. They also carry a phone in which students can call any time of evening should they need assistance. Weekday on-call shifts are from 5:00PM-8:00AM. Weekend on-call shifts are 5:00PM-5:00PM. During these periods the RA on-call should be prepared to respond to any student concerns. Each RA selects an equal number of weekday, weekend, and break on-call shifts depending on the size of their respective RA team. Community Living professional staff also serves on-call as additional support for major student concerns which may arise.
How many Resident Advisors serve during the academic year?
Approximately 80-84 students are selected each academic year to serve as a Resident Advisor. This includes a combination of returning and first time RAs.