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Applications open Dec. 2, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020

The Position and Application Requirements:


Application Requirements:

  • 1. Apply online at (recommended by Jan. 31)
  • 2. Complete supplemental activity
  • 3. Provide two professional references
  • 4. Good Disciplinary standing
  • 5. Maintain Cumulative and Term GPA of at Least 2.5
  • 6. Participate in individual interviews

Returning Applicants (currently working as an RA):

  • 1. Recommendation by current REC
  • 2. Maintain Cumulative and Term GPA of at Least 2.5
  • 3. Good Disciplinary standing


In addition to a waiver for Room & Board for the duration of the position, new RAs will receive $55 biweekly and returning RAs will receive $75 biweekly in wages.

Opening Description:

UC Merced Housing and Residence Education is charged with providing a comfortable, convenient, and engaging residential experience for students living on-campus. Under the supervision of one of the four RECs, the Resident Assistant (RA) supports this mission by facilitating various aspects of student life in the residence communities. The incumbent plays an important leadership role in developing inclusive and interactive communities through activity implementation; serving as a mentor, role model, counselor, and referral agent; establishing and enforcing behavioral standards; facilitating communication; and participating in an on-call duty rotation for emergency response. The RA works cooperatively with their staff team and other campus departments to create an enriching experience in support of our residents' academic goals.


Qualifications: / Who can apply:


  • 1. Must be a full-time UCM student and possess and maintain a minimal cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 and serve as an academic role model. By submitting an application, you authorize the Residence Life staff to access and view your GPA.
  • 2. Must be in good financial and disciplinary standing with the university.
  • 3. Possess excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to communicate and collaborate with diverse groups of people to include student, parent, faculty, staff and administrative leadership.
  • 4. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • 5. Successful leadership experiences working with clubs and organizations at a college level preferred but high school and community experience will be considered.
  • 6. To abide by all policies and procedures and serve as a positive role model at all times.
  • 7. Ability to manage workload, both independently and as part of a team.
  • 8. Initiative and ability to administer and manage multiple priorities, set realistic goals and objectives, organize resources and schedule efforts to achieve goals.
  • 9. Must live on-campus during employment, work nights and weekends, alter work schedules as needed, and successfully pass a background check.
  • 10. Must be able to attend both fall and spring training sessions.
  • 11. Cannot hold another job on campus.


  • Complete supplemental activity


2019-2020 Academic Year Recruitment and Selection Timeline:


Dates and Deadlines Event
December 2019 Apply online
December 2019 How to be an RA
December 2019 How to be an RA
January 2020 How to be an RA
January 2020 Review of applications will begin
February 2020 New RA individual interviews
February 2020 Supplemental acvity
February 2020 Interviews (see FAQ for details)
April 2020 Hiring paperwork
August 2020 Mandatory training