Student Leader Recruitment

Resident Advisor Recruitment

The Resident Advisor position in Student Housing is one of the most unique student leadership opportunities at California State University, Northridge. The RA role is an incredible student leadership experience.

On this page, we provide all the tools you will need to complete the application and interview process. Feel free to check back often as we will make updates periodically throughout the process.

Thanks for visiting, and we look forward to meeting you!

The Residential Life team.

Have Questions? We have answers!

Should you have additional questions after looking over the materials below, please contact Residential Life at ra@csun.edu.

RA Application

The application will be available from January 21st, 2022 @ 5 p.m. – February 20th, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. 

What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?

Resident Advisors are student leaders responsible for the daily oversight of the academic success, general well-being, safety, and development of co-ed residential building housing primarily traditional aged college students from significantly diverse backgrounds. The RAs main purpose is to promote student success and serve as a resource for residents through a variety of services offered such as crisis response, tutoring, offering resources, and community engagements. RAs are expected to be sensitive to the needs of different people because it leads to our driving mission at CSUN Student Housing; SUCCESS LIVES HERE!
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Perk/Benefit: Single Room & Meal Plan plus dining dollars

I want to apply to be an RA. When can I apply?

Applications for the 2022-2023 RA position will be available from January 21st, 2022 @ 5 p.m. – February 20th, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. 

What are the requirements to be an RA?

We are searching for folks who are passionate about building a supportive, inclusive, and welcoming community on their floor, building, Student Housing, and larger CSUN campus. RAs are expected to be sensitive to the needs of different people, serve as a resource for residents, and be part of the Student Housing community. All RAs are required to be full-time students for the fall and spring semesters, be able to commit to the RA position for the entire academic year, have a cumulative GPA of 2.75, and be in good financial and judicial standing with Student Housing and the University.

I am a graduate student. Can I apply for an RA position?

Of course! You must be enrolled and attending classes at CSUN with the minimum of 12 undergraduate units or 8 graduate units. If hired, your supervisor must approve more than 15 undergraduate units or 8 graduate units of coursework.

If my GPA is just below the requirement, will you still consider me?

You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be eligible for the RA position. No exceptions will be made. If you drop below throughout the semester, you will have a formal hearing for your employment and may be placed on probation or terminated from the position. 

How does the RA job differ depending on where you are placed?

Apartments at University Park RA (Buildings 1 - 15)

RA’s in this area work with generally assigned students whose year in school varies 

Suites at University Park RA (Buildings 16, 17, 19, 20 and 21)

RA’s in this area work with first year students. 

Apartments at University Village RA (Buildings A-K)

RA’s in this area work with primarily graduate students and students with families. 

Living Learning Community (LLC) and Themed Living Community (TLC) RA

RAs in these areas work primarily with students who have self-selected a specific themed living community. A list of these communities is listed below. Compensation for these areas is relative to what is listed above.

  • Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) - The CTVA Living Learning Community brings together CTVA majors and is supported by the Department of Cinema and Television Arts. Students in this building work on projects together and support each other in getting as much on-the-job training as possible.
  • Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) - The ECS Living Learning Community brings together engineering and computer science majors in a supportive, academically focused living-learning environment. This program is supported by the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • MataExplore - The MataExplore Living Learning Community focuses on the social and academic needs of first year students. This program is supported by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Office of First Year Programs, and the Career Center.
  • Honors - The Honors Living Learning Community provides an opportunity for residents accepted into the General Education Honors program to live together in an academically supportive environment. Programs and activities will be geared to help residents meet their academic goals at the university by engaging and challenging students within the residence halls. (one position)
  • IEP (Intensive English Program) - The IEP Themed Living Community is intended for students enrolled in intensive English classes. Students are usually international students who are studying abroad for a short time here at CSUN.
  • Living Above the Influence - The Living Above the Influence Themed Living Community brings together students who desire to live in an environment free from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Matasphere -The Matasphere Themed Living Community brings together students who are interested in sustainability and environmental conservation to plan and implement efforts to reduce waste and consumption in Student Housing.
  • Mata+More - The Mata+MORE Themed Living Community brings together students who are in their second year of college in a supportive and fun environment where you will find others who are in your same year of college.
  • Music - The Music Living Learning Community is designed for students from all different majors within the music program and is supported by the Department of Music. Residents have the opportunity to live in a supportive and academically focused building, with access to practice rooms and a recording studio.
  • The Lighthouse - The Lighthouse Living Learning Community is for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf studies majors or those who have an interest in deaf culture. This program is supported by the National Center on Deafness (NCOD) and the Department of Deaf Studies. Applicants for these positions must be competent in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • The Health and Wellness Studies - The Health and Wellness Living Learning Community consists of many different health and wellness studies majors, so you can live with other students who share in academic and professional interest.
  • SPEAK (Stand Process Empower Advocate Knowledge) - The SPEAK Themed Living Community is a community that fosters cultural education among residential students. Students in this community will be given a voice and an opportunity to foster their academic and personal development through investigating issues regarding identity as it relates to self and others.

Will you consider me for a mid-year position if I turn in my application early?

All applicants that apply during open application period are eligible for mid-year positions for spring. Should a position become available during the spring semester we will first exhaust our current alternate pool before turning to new applicants.

What happens after I turn in my application?

Each applicant will undergo a grade, conduct, and completed the application check to confirm eligibility. All applicants will be contacted, by CSUN email ONLY, with information on whether they are eligible. Eligible candidates will be invited to an individual interview via zoom. Times, dates and zoom links will be forthcoming via applicants’ CSUN email address.

What if I can’t make one of the mandatory deadline/dates for the semester commitments?

All deadlines & dates require mandatory attendance as they are a part of the position descriptions. If for any reason you have an individual accommodation that needs to be made, Please change the contact email to ra@csun.edu for prior discussions on those exemptions. 

What if I’ve been documented judicially, but nothing came of it? Am I still considered “good judicial standing"?

As long as you haven’t been found responsible for any judicial matters you are considered in good judicial standing. If you’re unsure, please feel free to apply and we will contact you if your judicial standing has affected your application status. We do these checks throughout the whole application process and even after the hiring decisions have been made.

What if I don’t think I’m qualified and/or have confidence in tutoring, can I still apply to be an RA?

Ample training and how to tutor students will be provided throughout the training process if hired for the position. 

What are you looking for that would make me a great candidate for the RA positions?

There is no right answer to this question! We hire all kinds of folks. We aren’t looking for one cookie cutter individual that would make a great RA—we really look for a whole wide array of individuals. Which is why we want folks that identify as introverts as well as extroverts. Folks who are confident in their identity and those that aren’t. We believe that our training & development processes are strong enough to help develop you and make you the best RA possible! Please don’t discredit yourself just because you don’t believe you fit a certain mold—we want a variety of folks on our teams and for our residents! 

If I’m hired as an alternate, does that mean I’m never getting the position or should I still hold hope?

Always hold out hope! When we offer you an alternate position it means “We want you! But we don’t currently have space for you”. We always try to tell folks getting an alternate position should be just as exciting as getting a position. We often hire from the alternate list before the Fall semester even begins! Our alternate list is often exhausted pretty quickly, which is why we place a good amount of folks on the alternate list. I know it can sound discouraging, but remember we’re constantly doing academic, judicial and financial checks—which often opens space for an alternate at odd times throughout the year. When we call to offer to an alternative, it’s often a quick turnaround. If that anticipation is too much for you, you can always turn down an alternate position and reapply for the following year!