RA & PAC Recruitment

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2021 - 2022 Student Leadership Team:
Resident Assistant and Peer Academic Coach

Please review the following content, as it contains important information for the Resident Assistant, Summer Resident Assistant, Peer Academic Coach (formerly Peer Academic Leader), and Living Learning Community Peer Academic Coach positions.

Please review the information for each separate position and complete the online application. It's not too late - you can still submit an application to be considered for the second round of recruitment!

More information about second-round recruitment later this semester will be available soon. 

Applications are now closed. 

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Application Assistance Sessions

Get your application or job description questions answered by a Residential Life staff member! Candidates can drop in at any time to ask questions, get feedback or go over the position information. 

There are no scheduled Application Assistance Sessions at this time. 

Application Assistance Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. No registration required.

Application Process  

Housing and Residential Life anticipates planning an ongoing process of recruitment for all RA and PAC positions with potentially two rounds of active recruitment. Recruitment for 2021-2022 RA and PAC positions is now closed. 

Step One: Application

The online application packet includes:

  • Candidate Information
  • Application Prompts (short written response questions for every applicant and for each position)
  • Residential Life Team Behavioral Guidelines

To be considered during the first round of RA/PAC selection, submit all application materials electronically. 

Step Two: Virtual Candidate Mixer (formerly Leadership Tryouts)

Candidates determined to be eligible for a position will need to attend the Candidate Mixer on April 23, 2021 via Zoom. We encourage you to save the date and time now.

We will notify candidates via Stan State email if they have been selected to participate in the Candidate Mixer. This email will include more information about the mixer, including the link to access the Zoom session. 

Step Three: Virtual Individual Interviews

Following the Candidate Mixer, chosen candidates will have a 45-minute, virtual interview with current Housing & Residential Life staff members. Individual interviews will take place via Zoom from April 28 - April 30, 2021.

You will be notified via phone call or email notification if you have been selected to complete an individual interview.  At that time, Housing and Residential Life staff will schedule your interview time(s) based on the positions for which you applied and are eligible. If you applied for both the RA and PAC positions, you will need to complete two interviews.  

Final Selections

After first round interviews are completed, all candidates will be notified on or before May 5, 2021 with information about their status. Candidates who are offered a position will have one week to accept. 

Following acceptance, candidates must attend a virtual Paper Session to complete required paperwork and learn more about position commitments. Virtual Paper Sessions will occur on May 13 and May 14, 2021 – exact times are TBD.  



two students standing together smilingSecond Round of Recruitment 

RA and PAC recruitment will be on-going and open until positions are filled. The type and number of open positions will be based on department needs and is subject to change. 

As we plan for 2021-2022, we anticipate a potential need to host a second round of recruitment.  If you are not selected in the first round of recruitment, we will keep your application on file for 2021-2022 and Housing staff may contact you regarding second-round recruitment or if a position later becomes available.



Frequently Asked Questions 

Have a question about the RA-PAC recruitment process? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for an answer! If your question isn't listed below, contact Gabbie Nuñez at gnunez5@csustan.edu for more information. 



The Job 

Eligibility & Compensation 


Summer Resident Assistant 

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1. Can I apply for all positions? 
Yes. If you are interested and feel the positions are right for you, we encourage you to apply to the RA, PAC, and LLC PAC positions! Please review the GPA requirements for all positions.

2. I am not yet a Stan State student. How can I apply for the RA or PAC positions? 
If you have yet to be admitted to Stan State for the Fall 2021 semester and would like to apply to the RA or PAC positions, please reach out to Residential Life Coordinator, Gabriella Nuñez, at gnunez5@csustan.edu or Assistant Director for Residential Education, Jessica Bettencourt Wojciechowski at jbettencourt@csustan.edu.

3. If I have been documented for an incident, can I still apply to be a student leader? 
That depends. Students must be in good conduct standing with the University and Housing & Residential Life in order to become a RA or PAC. Good conduct standing means: you are not currently on deferred eviction status or evicted from Housing & Residential Life or currently suspended, expelled, on interim suspension, or university probation from the University.

4. I’ve never lived in a residence hall. Can I still apply? 
Yes! We value the range of experiences our student leaders bring to the table. If you have not lived with us in the past, we encourage you to browse the Housing website to get a feel of our community, our mission, and the services we provide.

5. If I’m not offered a position this year, can I apply again in the future? 
Yes! We encourage students to continue to stay active and involved while at Stan State. We love to see candidates grow and gain transferable skills as they make progress towards their degree. We may keep your application and interview materials on file in case a vacancy comes up later in the year.

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6. If I will not be available during the stated interview times should I apply? 
Yes. We can keep your application on file and may call you for a separate interview in the future, should an opening become available.

7. What does the individual interview process entail? 
The interview is a 45 minute, a virtual process that will allow you to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of contexts. The individual interview will allow you to talk individually with the Residential Life Professional Staff about the positions and to determine if the RA or PAC position would be a great fit for you.  

8. What should I do to prepare for the interview process? 
We recommend utilizing the Career and Professional Development Center for assistance with a resume, interview practice, professional etiquette, etc. They offer virtual services to Stan State students. Visit the Career Center website for helpful tips and tools.

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The Job

9. How has COVID impacted the RA and PAC positions? 
All RA and PAC duties have been adapted as necessary to meet county and CDC health and safety guidelines. Duties have been adjusted to be offered virtually and/or in person.

10. What is the difference between a RA and a PAC? 
RA responsibilities include building a positive, safe, and inclusive community in Housing through informal interactions with residents, social and educational programming, conflict resolution, and policy enforcement.

PACs were formally known as Peer Academic Leaders (PALs). PAC responsibilities include supporting residents with their academic endeavors, which includes providing residents with important academic oriented information, dates, and deadlines, navigating University academic processes, and offering one on one coaching.

11. Can I choose the Village/floor I want to be RA or PAC in? 
While it is possible for you to voice your areas of interest in the application, those preferences are not guaranteed to be met. All RAs and PACs will be placed in either a Single Suite or Single Apartment depending on departmental need. 

12. Will I have roommates as a RA or PAC? 
There is a possibility that you will have roommates in your assigned suite or apartment. You will, however, have your own single bedroom within your assigned suite or apartment. If selected as a team member, you are allowed to name one person who you would like to be placed in your assigned unit. This person must have a fall 2021 application with Housing in order to have them considered as one of your roommates.

13. When do I need to be back in Housing for Summer RA and PAC Training? 
Attendance for Summer RA and PAC Training is mandatory. Training is about three weeks and typically starts the last week of July.

14. How many hours should I dedicate to RA and PAC positions? 
The RA position takes up to approximately 15-20 non-duty hours per week, plus duty hours. The RA's position responsibilities include: weekly/biweekly meetings, monthly resident and community meetings, resident interactions, various programming, administrative work, duty coverage, and various Housing events.

The PAC position takes up approximately 10 hours per week. The PAC position responsibilities include weekly/biweekly meetings, monthly resident meetings, resident interactions, hosting study nights, administrative work, and various Housing events.

The LLC PAC position takes up approximately 15-18 hours per week. The LLC PAC position responsibilities include weekly/biweekly meetings, collaborating with faculty, attendance of assigned LLC classes, participating in additional monthly programming and recruitment events, monthly resident meetings, resident interactions, hosting study nights, administrative work, and various Housing events.

15. What is RA Duty like? 
Each RA typically has one weekday of duty each week, and one weekend of duty each month. Typically, an RA will be on duty for 7-8 days out of a month. RAs are not allowed to leave campus when they are on duty and must be available by phone and walkie talkie for the full duty shift.

When on duty, RAs will have to complete rounds of the Housing community in the evenings and will have to respond to calls from residents for assistance. These calls may include lockouts, noise complaints, maintenance issues, or other resident concerns.

16. If I become a RA, what holiday period will I have to be on duty? 
RAs will have to cover one duty shift during one of the Holiday Breaks. This includes Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Each holiday shift is a period of 4-6 days. During summer training, RAs will sign up for the holiday shift they wish to cover duty. The Professional Staff team will work with the RAs to be as fair as possible with scheduling holiday duty coverage.

17. Am I able to leave campus on the weekends? 
As a RA or PAC, you will be able to leave campus on weekends, unless you have been previously scheduled to work. While you are able to leave campus, we expect RAs and PACs to be in the community throughout the evening on a regular basis and remain on campus at least two of every four weekends. It is important that student leaders have a presence within the community and the Village.

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Eligibility & Compensation

18. What is the compensation for being an RA? 
RAs will receive in-kind support in the form of a single room in the hall of assignment, a meal plan through campus food services, and a parking pass

19. What is the compensation for being a PAC? 
PACs will receive in-kind support in the form of a rent reduction of a single room in the hall of assignment, prorated into 10 monthly payments. Regular room rates apply. PACs do not receive a parking pass.

20. What is the compensation for being an LLC PAC? 
LLC PACs will receive in-kind support in the form of a single room in the hall of assignment and a parking pass.

21. Will being an RA or PAC affect my financial aid? 
Possibly. Per Financial Aid guidelines, your appointment will be reported to the University Financial Aid Office with your in-kind compensation potentially affecting your offered Financial Aid for 2021-2022. We encourage you to consult with Financial Aid to address any concerns or changes that could occur.

22. Can I hold another position on/off-campus if I am a RA or PAC? 
PACs and RAs can hold other part-time jobs while in their positions; the expectation is that hours worked at an additional on or off-campus job should not exceed 15 hours per week. If a PAC/RA chooses to have another job they must first get approval from their supervisor and they are still required to attend all job meetings and functions. An additional on or off-campus job cannot take priority over the Housing position.

Summer Resident Assistant

23. How many summer students will be on the floor I am assigned to? 
This can vary, depending on how many summer applications we receive. In past years, SRAs can have about 5-12 summer residents on their floors.

24. What does duty looks like for the SRA role? 
Duty is an essential role of the SRA position. You will be assigned to a duty team of 3. You will be on duty for one full week (Mon-Sun) and have one week off. RAs are not allowed to leave campus when they are on duty and must be available by phone and walkie talkie for the full duty shift.

25. Am I permitted to take summer classes while in the SRA role? 

26. If I plan on being a RA, PAC, or LLC PAC for Fall 2021, am I able to be a SRA? 
Yes. We may need to shift some schedules around due to Fall training dates, but you will be able to be a SRA.

27. Will I be able to hold another job and be a SRA? 
Yes, as long as you are able to fulfill all your SRA commitments including connecting with your residents, serving on duty, and assisting with Open House/New Student Orientations.

28. Will I be able to go off campus? 
Yes! As long as you are not scheduled for duty or other SRA commitments, you may be off campus.

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