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In Residence Life we seek to empower students and cultivate holistic living and learning. We do that by providing opportunities for students to develop healthy interpersonal relationships, to grow in their understanding of self, and to develop practical life skills. On a day-to-day basis, the primary role of the resident assistant (RA) is to develop relationships with students in order to walk alongside them as they learn about themselves, their relationship with Christ, and the Bethel community. The RA role is a highly visible leadership position on campus and we expect RAs to pursue and promote Bethel's core values. 

Time Commitment

The resident assistant job is a nine-month position. RAs will move in Saturday, August 17, 2019, and the position will end on May 26, 2020. RAs work 20 hours a week and are allowed 10–15 hours of additional commitments, which need to be approved by the hiring resident director. Extracurricular activities, jobs, internships, service learning, and ministry commitments would fall into this category.

Interim Away

RAs are expected to serve for a full academic term; therefore interim study abroad experiences are limited for RAs. If you are considering an interim study abroad program, be sure you marked this on your application and discuss this with your RD as soon as possible, as approval will be granted on a limited basis.


RAs do not have any responsibilities during Christmas and spring break. However, there is an opportunity for a few RAs to be hired for additional service and pay during those breaks. More information will be made available to RAs before each break.


RAs are expected to attend an RA team development days specified in the RA Contract. RAs must also attend the student leadership retreat, August RA training, and Welcome Week. Additionally, RAs will participate in monthly leadership trainings, a staff retreat, and the annual regional ACSD leadership conference.


Resident assistants must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or above.


RA compensation is posted to student accounts through the financial aid process. Total compensation offered will be $7,500 for the 2019–2020 academic year. Half of the annual rate will be posted at the beginning of the fall semester and half will be posted at the beginning of the spring semester. Since RA compensation will be part of the financial aid package, it will affect the amount or types of loans students may borrow. RA compensation should not affect the amount of grants or scholarships students receive; check with the financial aid office if the sum of your grants and scholarships exceeds the cost of tuition to discuss the impact RA compensation will have on your financial aid. The RA will be responsible for the costs of a residence hall room and must sign a lease with the Bethel University housing office.

Single Room Housing Option

As a Resident Assistant, you have the option to live in your own single
room, whether that is a single room in a freshmen residence hall or a
single room within a suite or apartment.

The Resident Assistant (RA) role is a 20-hour/week position. The following represents a breakdown of the primary responsibilities of the RA role.

Percentage of Time Primary Responsibilities
25% Connecting with Residents: knowing residents, having one-on-ones, addressing student care and concerns, responding to emergencies, addressing behavioral issues, making students aware of campus resources and activities, spending time with residents.
20% Duty: Serve on-duty (7 p.m.–7 a.m.) approximately once a week, and occasionally on weekends and holidays. During Duty: connect with residents, spend time in the Shack, complete administrative tasks, respond to emergencies, and host educational and social events.
20% Confrontation & Crises: Confront student regarding observed policy violations and behavioral concerns. Respond to emergencies according to department procedures.
20% Meetings: RA Staff Business Meeting, Team Development Time, Staff Chapel, One-on-One with Resident Director (RD).
10% Administrative: Weekly reports, planning social and educational programming, advertising for events, managing lost key requests, filling out work requests, maintaining vacuums, submitting incident reports, and assisting with check-ins and check-outs.
5% Other duties as assigned by your RD including but not limited to: attendance at RA training, res talks, staff retreats.
NA Role Model & Leadership: The RA position is a highly visible leadership position and also functions as an agent of Bethel University. It is of high importance that RAs abide by Bethel policies and support the Covenant for Life Together.