RA Application Process


1. Complete the application on line (through eRezlife) by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  (FYI - the online application will close at midnight.) 

2. Recommendations are due by Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Contact faculty members, administrators, advisors, and current or former employers to determine their willingness to provide recommendations. Please keep in mind that many of these individuals will be asked to fill out multiple recommendations--give them sufficient notice and time to write.) After you complete the application, an email will be sent to the 3 references you submitted on the application asking them to complete the recommendation by January 22.  *Note:  It is helpful to not wait until January 16 to submit your application as that will only give your references 6 days to complete your recommendations.

3. Residential Life will conduct a background check to help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for employment as a Resident Assistant. The background information obtained may include, but is not limited to, a criminal and sexual deviant registry background search. Residential Life intends to make offers to candidates contingent upon the background check.

After receiving an offer to be a Resident Assistant, you will receive an email from HireRight (the University's pre-employment screening vendor); HireRight is a trusted and secure site.  You will be asked to enter your Social Security Number and Date of Birth.  We ask that once you receive the email from HireRight, that you complete the online form within 24 hours.  This will initiate the background check process.  Rectors will be notified once all of their new hires have cleared the background check process.



Go to eRezLife

Step 1: Create eRezlife Account

  • Click on “Create Account”
  • Input: First, Last Name, NDID or Phone Number, Email address
  • Click: “Register Account”
  • Check email for message from eRezlife
  • Click on link in email
  • Check email for message from eRezlife with username and password creation link
  • Click on link in email to create password
  • Create password
  • Enter username and password into eRezlife login box

Step 2: Begin Application Process

  • Click on “My Job Profile” to complete demographic information
  • Click “Save”
  • Click on “My Job Profile Questions” to complete demographic information
  • Click “Save”
  • Click on “Job Postings”
  • Click on 2018-2019 Resident Assistant link
  • Click on “Apply Now” button
  • Complete and click through the application form by following the arrowed link at the bottom right.
  • Be sure to complete all 3 sections: “questions” and “supporting docs” and “submit”
  • Click submit once all the information has been entered


Go to eRezLife

Step 1: Log-in to Account

Step 2: See Begin Application Process above.


If you have any trouble accessing the application or recommendation form please contact Residential Life at 574-631-2553.



Please download and review the copy of the Position Description for 2018-2019 linked below.

RA Position Description



Wednesday, November 22:

Applications available online. 

Tuesday, January 16:

Application deadline. Completed application must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m.

Monday, January 22:

Recommendation deadline.  Three completed recommendations must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m.

Monday, January 29 - Sunday, February 18:

RA Interviews conducted.

Monday, February 19:

Rectors will make offers to candidates.

Tuesday, February 20:

Candidates who received offers need to complete the Background Check information online through HireRight.  Candidates will receive an email from HireRight and need to enter their information within 24 hours of receiving the email.

Monday, February 19 - Friday, March 2:

Interviews conducted for halls who are considering candidates outside their own hall.

Monday, March 5:

Final RA offers made.

Tuesday, March 6:

Candidates who received offers need to complete the Background Check information online through HireRight.  Candidates will receive an email from HireRight and need to enter their information within 24 hours of receiving the email.



  • RAs must participate in training and orientation in the spring preceding their appointment and hall staff training in August. More details and dates will be provided during the hiring process.
  • Because Resident Assistants may serve as first responders in many medical emergencies, it is important that they possess basic first aid skills. Supplemental first aid training will be required by August 31.

If you have questions, please contact Residential Life at (574) 631-2553.



Resident Assistants (RA) are granted a waiver of room and board in exchange for their work as an RA. The RA benefit in 2017-2018 was valued at $15,930 (cost of a single room, meal plan and bundle laundry service).

RA benefits are not considered taxable income. The benefit is tax free because it is provided to the RA for the convenience of the University, meals are furnished on University premises, and the RA is required to live in an assigned room in the residence hall as a condition of their employment.



RAs who receive financial aid administered by the University, should be aware of the following:

  • University Scholarships are not typically affected; however, the total value of the RA benefit and other financial aid may not exceed the student's cost of attendance
  • Students who serve as RAs are not typically authorized to work on campus
  • The benefit that RAs receive may affect eligibility for federally subsidized loans. You may want contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your specific situation.  The Office of Financial Aid is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located in 115 Main Building.  You may reach them at 574-631-6436 or finaid@nd.edu.



1. If I will be studying abroad during the RA Selection Process what should I do?
If you will be studying abroad in the Spring 2018 semester, please contact your Rector now to discuss the interview process. Be sure to complete your application on line to meet the January 16 deadline.

2. Who can/should I ask to write recommendations?
We recommend that you ask faculty members, administrators, advisors, and current/former employers/supervisors. Select people who can speak to your work ability and your ability to be a minister, educator, and professional in the RA role. It will be helpful to ask people who have worked directly with you. Examples include: advisor to a group you belong to, a supervisor at a past or current job or community service site, a faculty member who you have a close working relationship with. Please do not ask your Rector or Assistant Rector or a fellow student to write a recommendation for you. Please do not ask your family or friends to write character references for you. Recommenders do not need to be from Notre Dame.

3. Are recommendations due at the same time as my application?
No. All 3 recommendations are due by Monday, January 22.

4. How many academic credits do I need to take to be an RA?
Normally, RAs are required to maintain full-time status through both the Fall and Spring semesters. However, if you have the permission of your academic department/college, authorized exceptions can sometimes be made. Please submit a request in writing to the Office of Housing (housing@nd.edu) for consideration.

5. Who is eligible to apply to be an RA?
RAs can be seniors, 5th year seniors, or graduate students.

6. If I am a graduate student, can I apply to be both an RA and an Assistant Rector?
Yes, but keep in mind that the RA Selection process happens before the AR Selection process.

7. If I am going to be 5th year student and am currently an RA, do I need to apply to be an RA again for next year?
Yes. You will need to complete the online application and speak to your Rector about your interest in returning to the position for another year.

8. If I am selected to be an RA, when do I need to return to campus in August 2018?
More information will be available upon hiring. Training will begin as early as two weeks before move in for the Fall semester.