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Resident Assistant Selection 2014

Thank you for taking the time to inquire about the Resident Assistant positions at Pitzer College! The Residence Life staff is thrilled that you are interested in this important campus life leadership position. We wish you the best of luck as you begin your journey through the selection process.

Our hope is that the Resident Assistant (RA) position is a challenging and fulfilling experience. While the responsibility is great, so are the rewards. Being a student leader through Residence Life is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through mentoring and community building. The positions will challenge you to grow both personally and professionally and the experiences you gain in this role will serve you well for the rest of your life, no matter what career you may choose.

Thank you for expressing an interest in joining our team and we look forward to meeting you during the process!

Residence Life Mission & Theme

In addition to supporting Pitzer’s community values, Residence Life Staff wholeheartedly fosters the growth of a healthy and safe community through: Positive interactions, respectful exchange of ideas, celebrating diversity in all its forms and empowering leadership and action.

It’s the job of our highly trained Residence Life staff to help promote community building and shape the environment and attitudes that encourages personal and collective growth. We help create an atmosphere of community living and learning that will help students with their academic and personal development.

OSA’s CommonApp for Leadership Opportunities

The Office of Student Affairs has created one common application for students interested in applying to be an Orientation Adventure Leader, Resident Assistant, Lead Mentor, New Student Mentor and Sophomore Year Experience Mentor. Regardless if you are interested in one position or a few of these leadership opportunities, you will use the following link to start the application Process.

Apply online at

Other Important Information

Resident Assistant Contract 2014-15

  • Individual Interview Presentation Instructions

    Resident Assistant Candidate: Personal Expression Piece
    In addition to being asked questions for the interviewers to get a sense of your interest in the RA position and qualification, there will be also be an opportunity for you to share a Personal Expression Piece with the interviewers. The personal expression piece should tell us something about you. It can be a quote, collage, photograph, paining, poem, song, or anything showing some initiative and creativity that will help the interviewers learn something about you. You will not be judged on the quality of piece, but you will have an opportunity to explain it in the interview. Please be able to articulate what your personal expression piece is and why you chose it.

    Current Resident Assistant Candidate: Training Presentation
    During your interview you will present for 5 minutes on a topic you are interested in presenting to new and returning RAs at next year’s fall training. Please select a topic that was not sufficiently covered or may have been completely missing from this year’s fall RA training. Props, visual aids and handouts are highly encouraged.

New Resident Assistant Candidate Selection Timeline

Event & Location Date & Time
OSA’s CommonApp for Leadership Opportunities Available Online Monday, February 3
Informational Sessions: West Hall P103 
(To be considered for the RA position you MUST attend one informational session)
Monday, February 10, 7-8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 11, 7-8 pm
Friday, February 14, 4:30-5:30 pm
NEW Friday, February 21, 4:30-5:30 pm
Application Deadline Wednesday, February 26, by 5 pm
Group Process Saturday, March 1, 8:30 am-noon
Individual Interview Day Saturday, March 1, 1 pm-5:30 pm
Notification Letters Sent via Campus Mail and Email Thursday, March 13 by 5pm
Acceptance of Employment Deadline Tuesday, March 25 by 5pm

Current RA Candidate Selection Timeline

Event Date/Time
OSA’s CommonApp for Leadership Opportunities Available Online Monday, February 3
Campus Life Leadership Application Deadline Wednesday, February 26, by 5 pm
Individual Interview Day Thursday, February 27, 9 am-5 pm
Notification Letters Sent via Email Thursday, March 13 by 5 pm
Acceptance of Employment Deadline Tuesday, March 27 by 5 pm

Important 2014-15 Dates

August 10 RAs arrive on campus
August 11-22 RA fall training
August 20-22 OA training for returning RAs on OA trips
August 23 Assist with New Student Opening Day
August 24-27 Assist with OA and/or New Student Orientation
December 20 RAs close the Residence Halls
December 21 RAs may leave for Winter Break
January 15 RAs arrive on campus
January 16 & 17 RA Spring Training
January 18 & 19 RAs open the Residence Halls
May 17 RAs close the Residence Halls
May 18 RAs may leave for Summer Break