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RA Selection

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Resident Assistant (RA) position at SUNY Jefferson. We believe that being a Resident Assistant is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that JCC can offer you. The information contained on this website will allow you to think critically about the RA position and complete the application process. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email the Office of Housing & Residence Life at, or telephone a member of the staff at 315-755-0411.

About the Position

East Residence Hall has one live-in student staff member on each floor who is responsible for the development of programs and activities in the hall, serves as a resource and enforces policies and procedures that ensure the safety of residents.

RAs are full time-students at Jefferson (enrolled in at least 12 credits). RAs are carefully selected and trained to be knowledgeable about college services and opportunities. The RA helps build a community where residents can grow and succeed. The RA helps residents adjust to college life, keeps residents informed, gets residents involved in campus life, and most importantly, lends an ear when residents need advice or assistance.

Resident Assistants play a vital role in developing and maintaining an atmosphere of academic, personal and social growth in the residence halls. RAs organize floor meetings, programs and activities to bring residents together and to inform students of events in East Hall. They fill an important role for new residents as they make their transition to college through sharing their own experiences with others.

Being an RA is a rewarding experience. As part of the Housing & Residence Life team, you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance leadership and communication skills, promote and support diversity through student interactions, assist students with the transition to college and serve as a mentor and positive role model. RAs grow socially and professionally by working with people from various backgrounds. RAs have many opportunities to learn about their own strengths and weaknesses while gaining valuable skills through their experiences. RAs become leaders and develop strong interpersonal skills, which prepare them for success in their future careers.

Things to Consider When Applying

Prior to beginning the application process, we encourage you to take a few minutes to review the questions below and complete a quick self-assessment.

  • Are you able to be a positive Role Model with your peers and members of the community at large?
  • Are you able to balance the role of the RA with the other components of your life?
  • How do you handle stress, tension and anxiety?
  • Are you able to handle problems without over-reacting or making inappropriate compromises?
  • Are you able to learn from your experiences?
  • Are you oversensitive to and critical of the shortcomings of others?
  • Are you able to evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses?
  • Can you relate to and advise other students without becoming personally and emotionally involved? Even when these students are close friends?
  • Are you able to accept direction and advice from a supervisor?
  • Are you able to professionally disagree with a colleague?
  • Do you have the self-confidence to be assertive without becoming aggressive?


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

  • Full-time, registered student in the College’s Academic Program.
  • In good academic standing (not on academic probation) with at least a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • In good disciplinary standing (not currently on disciplinary probation).

Application Resources

Resident Assistant Position Description
Resident Assistant Application
Reference Form