Resident Advisor & Academic Mentor Recruitment
The Resident Advisor/ Academic Mentor position in Student Housing is one of the most unique student leadership opportunities at California State University, Northridge. The RA/AM 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.
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The Residential Life team.
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Our application will go live in January 2021
What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?
Resident Advisors are Housing community leaders who serve as a resource. They build community and engage with the residents in their community regularly. They serve on duty and enforce policies. RAs wear many hats in this leadership role. RAs are expected to be sensitive to the needs of different people because it leads to our driving mission here at CSUN Student Housing; Success Lives Here!
- Minimum GPA: 2.5
- Perk/Benefit: Single Room & Meal Plan plus Dining Dollars
What is an Academic Mentor (AM)?
Academic Mentors have a variety of roles. They serve as resources for coaching students to academic and personal success. AMs are required to meet with students one-on-one, tutor students in the Student Housing tutoring center, and consistently provide students with campus and housing resources.
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Perk/Benefit: Double Room & Meal Plan plus Dining Dollars
I want to apply to be an RA/AM. When can I apply?
Our application will go live in January 2021.
Can I submit a paper application?
All applications are electronic and will go live in January 2021
I am a graduate student. Can I apply for an RA/AM 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 and semester GPA of 2.5 for RA and 3.0 for AM to be eligible for the positions. 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/AM job differ depending on where you are placed?
Apartments at University Park RA (Buildings 1 - 15)
RA/AM’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/AM’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. Please note: there is NO AM position for the UVA.
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 an 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 required to participate in our group process. We hope to get to know our candidates better this way and share more about the RA/AM position ahead of time, so students are aware of all the elements of the RA/AM position. A screening will take place at the end of the group process. Candidates who demonstrate strong RA/AM qualities will be invited to an individual interview. Location, dates, and times for all aspects of the process will be forthcoming via applicants’ CSUN email address only.
What if I cannot make it to the group process or my individual interview?
Special arrangements will only be made for individuals who cannot attend these events because of academic commitments that cannot be rescheduled. Be prepared to document and verify this if it is the case. If you have a special situation, please email us as soon as possible.
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 contact RA@csun.edu or AM@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 AM?
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/AM 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/AM—we really look for the 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/AM 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!
I want to apply for both RA and AM positions. Will I be able to mark my preference over the two positions?
You absolutely can apply for both positions! In the application you can mark “apply for Both RA and AM positions” and then during the individual interview process you will be able to express whether offered a position if you would prefer to be an AM or an RA. We will take that into consideration, but overall we will make decisions on what’s best for the department and 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!