Become a Resident Assistant

Provide positive impact on the lives of students living in the residence halls

Two male and one female students sitting on the steps outside of Miller hall, talking. 

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is an opportunity to affect the Columbia College community by influencing the lives of students living in the residence halls. This is a full-time, year-long commitment that pushes students to become better leaders and role models for those living in their community.

As an RA, you will be given the responsibility of cultivating a community on your floor and in your building as well as assisting students from personal to academic needs.

The RA is a member of the Department of Residential Life team and reports directly to hall leadership.

Apply to be an RA

To apply and be considered for an RA position, students must:

  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Live in the residence hall assignment provided by the Department of Residential Life for the duration of their appointment
  • Want to positively impact and encourage student success
  • Be able to perform job duties, including returning to campus 7 to 9 days prior to the start of the fall semester
  • Be enrolled full time on the traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri

Resident Assistant will:

  • Create and maintain a friendly, respectful, and accepting atmosphere that stimulates academic and personal growth for everyone in the community.
  • Maintain contact with each resident in order to promote personal well-being and facilitate community development.
  • Serve as a primary resource for residents and should be familiar with the services and opportunities provided by Residential Life, Student Affairs, and other college departments and offices.
  • Plan, publicize, implement, and evaluate educational and social programs for residents.
  • Facilitate roommate agreements at the beginning of each semester and will facilitate conversations when roommate conflicts arise.
  • Be responsible for abiding by, upholding and enforcing all residence hall and college policies.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency situations and contact the appropriate staff for assistance as necessary and as directed.
  • Participate in a rotational duty schedule, which will require that they serve on-duty for multiple nights a month (including weekends).
  • Assist in providing duty coverage during academic breaks and holidays when the college is closed.
  • Perform opening and closing inspections, and health and safety inspections of rooms and apartments in their assigned area, which includes completing all necessary paperwork and follow up in a timely manner.
  • Complete all necessary written reports properly and on time including but not limited to: weekly reports, incident reports, program proposals/summaries, duty logs, and all other forms as assigned by hall leadership.