BE AN RA! Live. Learn. Lead.

RADARS Group Photo in the GreenhouseCongratulations on your decision to apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA)! We’re excited to help you spread your roots here at UNI!

The goals of the staff selection process are to ensure the following:

  • The application process is understood by all candidates to be a departmentally focused process in which candidates are considered for positions in all residence halls.
  • The selection process provides a means by which the best possible candidates are selected to fill the open Resident Assistant positions.
  • The selection process is objective, non-biased, fair, consistent, and equitable for all candidates.
  • The selection process provides a candidate with the opportunity to demonstrate skills and abilities related to their interest in the position, their capacity to work as a staff person in group situations for a community, and their ability to meet job expectations.

Paula Myatt, Hagemann Residence Life Coordinator
Chair, Student Staff Recruitment and Selection





• Private living space (super single or single bedroom in studio/one-bedroom apartment)
• Meal plan TBD (All-Access)
• $1,400 stipend

Minimum Qualifications

• Applicants must have at least one semester of residence hall experience at UNI (or at another institution of higher education).
• Applicants must have a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average at the time of employment. 
• Applicants must maintain a minimum semester and cumulative 2.25 GPA while in the position. 
• Applicants must possess outstanding skills in verbal and written communication. 
• Applicants need to be in good behavioral, academic, and financial standing with the university and be full-time, degree-seeking students.
• Applicants cannot be student teaching while in the position.
• Applicants cannot complete a full time internship that is beyond 10 hours a week while in the position.


Preferred Qualifications

• Commitment to academic excellence 
• Outstanding skills in 
- Conflict resolution 
- Creative thinking
- Organization 
- Time management 
• Celebrate the unique individuals and differences that comprise our communities through engagement, dialogue, and a commitment to excellence
• Uphold community standards and maintain a comfortable, safe, and vibrant environment 
• Self-motivation 
• Capacity to deal with change
  • October 15: Applications Expected to Open

  • December 10: Applications Close

  • December 14: Offers for Interviews Sent Out

  • January 4: Deadline to Sign-up for Interview

  • January 18-21: Interviews

  • February 5: Offer Letters Sent Out

General Diversity Statement

No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment, any educational program, or any activity of the University, on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or on any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

The University of Northern Iowa prohibits discrimination and promotes affirmative action in its educational and employment policies and practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other applicable laws and University policies. The University of Northern Iowa prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and serves as the University Title IX Officer: Leah Gutknecht, Assistant to the President for Compliance and Equity Management, Office of Compliance and Equity Management, 117 Gilchrist Hall, UNI, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0028, (319) 273-2846,

Other Statements & Policies

Department of Residence Mission & Diversity     |    Alcohol Use Policy & Enforcement


Career Services is available to assist candidates with both their resume preparation and mock interviews.

Resource for general help with resumes. You are also able to submit a resume for review (pdf of Word document only) to

You can always schedule a one-on-one appointment with Career Services by reaching out to them in Gilchrist 102 or email This includes both resume review and mock interviewing.



Application Materials:

To complete your application, the following are required:

  • Completed Application
  • Resume
  • Short Answer Essays

For the short answer essays, applicants should prepare an essay for EACH of the following questions. Essays should be between 600 characters (about 250 words or half a page) and 1,200 characters (about 500 words or one page):

  • Tell us about a time you reached out to include someone in your community, social circle, friend group, or organization. What did you do and what was the result?
  • Describe how you collaborate and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, and backgrounds. 
  • Tell us about a time you had to repair a relationship with another person. What did you learn from that experience?

We encourage candidates to prepare their essays beforehand to streamline their application process. As a reminder, you should submit one 600-1200 character (approximately 250 to 500 words) essay for each of the questions for a total of three separate short essays.