Office of Residential Life

Become a FYRA/RA

Join the ORL Staff as a Resident Assistant (RA) or First Year Resident Advisor (FYRA)

Hello and welcome!

We're thrilled that you're exploring the ORL Staff Selection website. This is the first step on the road to becoming an active member of the Residential Life Staff. What lies before you is an opportunity that will change your life.

First Year Resident Advisor (FYRA)

Resident Assistant (RA) 

Student-staff members living in first-year residence halls. These students live on each floor and are available to assist residents with problems and concerns. FYRAs are a primary source of continuing orientation of first-year students to the University community. FYRAs are specially trained to understand and address transition issues common to first-year students. They work to create and maintain a sense of community on the floor and in the hall through initiating and encouraging campus and hall programs, answering questions and directing students to different campus services, counseling residents, confronting inappropriate behavior and interpreting the University policies to the residents.

Student-staff members living in upperclass residence halls. These students live on each floor and are available to assist residents with problems and concerns. RAs work to create and maintain a sense of community on the floor and in the hall through initiating and encouraging campus and hall programs, counseling residents, confronting inappropriate behavior and interpreting the University policies to the residents.

 

Theme Community RA's: 

Resident Assistants in theme communities participate fully as members of the ORL staff; including attendance at training sessions, program planning and policy enforcement, as well as other job responsibilities outlines in the RA position description. While interested members of the community and community leaders are encouraged to explore staff positions, the ORL will select the RAs who show “best fit” for themed communities from a pool of applicants. 

How to Apply

New Candidates

Applications for FY/RA are NOW OPEN!!

*New Candidates have never held a RA/FYRA position and/or have not completed 1 full semester on staff.

Handshake Application

Application requirements:

 

Re-Hire Candidates

Applications for Re-Hire are NOW OPEN!!

*Re-Hire Candidates have completed a minimum 1 full semester as a FY/RA. 

Handshake Application

Application requirements:

 


 All FY/RA applicants will be notified of placements offers on February 28th, 2019.

Position Description and Eligibility Requirements

 Duties and Responsibilities

Active Engagement with Students
Community Development
Administration
Personal and Professional Development

Skills and Abilities

Skills
Abilities

Accountability Structure

 ORL FY/RA Structure

Eligibility, Requirements, and Benefits

Student Status - FY/RAs must be full-time students who have completed at least 1 full semester at IWU. Prior to beginning the position contract, applicants must have lived in university housing for at least 1 semester.

Academics - FY/RAs must have and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average during the entirety of the position contract. A FY/RA will be placed on probation at the time the cumulative average falls below a 2.75. A FY/RA failing to achieve good academic standing after one semester of probation may be dismissed and the appointment terminated. Students who do not have a 2.75 cumulative GPA may still apply, but all offer letters will be contingent on individuals having a 2.75 GPA by the start date of the position contract.

Remuneration -This position will be given a credit toward the University room charge. Additionally, upon successful completion of the FY/RA duties and responsibilities, a stipend of $750.00 per academic year ($200.00 for fall training, $200.00 per semester, and $100.00 for May Term). An additional stipend is available for those FY/RAs interested in working at their hall desk. Leaving the position, for any reason, will result in the receipt of only a prorated portion of the room allocation at the date of release of service as a FY/RA.

Do not forget that our people are our most valuable resource. Please feel free to speak with any current ORL Staff members to ask questions about the process or stop by the Office of Residential Life in Gulick Hall.

It is important that you make an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how an ORL staff position will alter your financial aid package. Call 556-3096 to make an appointment.