Resident Advisors

Looking to develop your leadership skills? Why not apply for a position as Resident Advisor in university accommodation?

What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?

A Resident Advisor lives in our university accommodation and serves as a student staff member, leader and resource person for students living in accommodation.

The position requires being a representative of the University and a facilitator for a positive residential experience.  

Our University Accommodation

Positions are available in our Halls of Residence (Halls) and our University Flats and Apartments (Residences).

We encourage you to explore the Accommodation section of our website to find out more about the University of Auckland’s unique communities and accommodation.

When applying, you’ll be given the option to indicate your preference for a position in a hall or residence. Please note that in some cases we may offer you a position in an area that was not a preference.  

A Resident Advisor

Serves as a resource to residents

  • Engages proactively with all students in your assigned area. Is approachable and receptive.
  • Exhibits knowledge of campus services
  • Communicates and promote the core values and policies of Accommodation, the wider Campus Life division and the University of Auckland.
  • Knows, abides and enforces all rules and regulations of the University residences as outlined in the Residential Rules and Resident Handbooks.

Develops community 

  • Creates an environment where the needs and concerns of diverse populations of students are appreciated.
  • Promotes and supports an environment that is conducive to academic and social development.
  • Collaborates on, supports and attends residential activities and events.

Provides support to residents

  • Assists students with academic, personal and social concerns, and refers residents to appropriate residential staff and support services when necessary.
  • Assists with mediation and crisis situations. 
  • Works with appropriate residential staff to resolve maintenance issues and safety concerns.  

Review the Resident Advisor position description

Application Process

Applications for 2019 RA positions are now closed. 

To apply to be a Resident Advisor, applications must include a cover letter and CV (tailored to the role) along with the contact details for two referees.

Applications for 2019 positions closed on Sunday 29 July 2018. All applications must have been made online.

Key Dates

  • Friday 22 June 2018: Applications open
  • Thursday 12 July 2018: Drop In Q&A Session, Club Central
  • Thursday 19 July 2018: Drop In Q&A Session, Club Central
  • Thursday 26 July 2018: Drop In Q&A Session, Club Central
  • Sunday 29 July 2018: Applications close
  • Tuesday 14 - Thursday 23 August 2018: Interviews
  • Friday 7 September 2018: Candidates informed of the outcome

Optional CV and cover letter help

We encourage you to visit Career Development and Employment Services for help in creating your CV or help in writing your cover letter.

Optional interview skills help

Optional employment workshops

The Career Development and Employment Services hold workshops regularly for all students. Log into MyCDES to see what workshops will benefit you in your RA application preparation.

Do you have any questions?

For additional questions regarding the RA position, or other leadership opportunities in Accommodation, contact: accomteam@auckland.ac.nz.