Resident Advisers

RAs provide live-in support to students during their studies, providing pastoral care and serving as an academic role model.

What is a Resident Adviser (RA)?

A Resident Adviser (RA) 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. RAs are required to be full time enrolled students of the University of Auckland.

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 Adviser...

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 Adviser position description

Application Process

Applications for 2020 RA positions open on 28 June and close 4 August 2019.

To apply to be a Resident Adviser, applicants must submit a cover letter, CV and unofficial academic transcript in one document. CVs must include at least two referees.

Apply online using job ID: 20763.

RA Q&A sessions

If you have questions about our 2020 RA role, you are more than welcome to come along to one of our Q&A sessions. We will be hosting these in Club Central (next to PB Tech in Kate Edgar) on the following dates:

  • 25 July 2019 from 1-2pm
  • 31 July 2019 from 3-4pm
  • 2 August 2019 from 12-1pm

Important dates for 2020 RAs

If you are successful in being selected as an RA, you will find out on 13 September. RAs then begin their employment on 7 or 10 February 2020. RAs must commit to two weeks of full time training starting from these dates.

If candidates cannot commit to these dates they must let us know in their application or interview.

Optional support for your application

We encourage you to visit Career Development and Employment Services (CDES) for support in preparing your application for our Resident Adviser position. CDES can also help you prepare for an interview as well. Check MyCDES for their sessions.

Do you have any questions?

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