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2024 - 2025 RA applications open January 22nd, 2024! The application will close on February 28th, 2024 @ 11:59 PM. 

The Position and Application Requirements:

Application Requirements:

  • Apply online at
    • Job ID: #8607789, "Resident Assistant"
  • Good Financial and Disciplinary standing
  • Current Resume
  • Unofficial Copy of UC Merced transcript
  • Maintain Cumulative and Term GPA of at Least 2.5
  • Participate in individual interviews. These will be conducted in-person 

Returning Applicants (currently working as an RA):

  • Recommendation by current REC (Not a letter of recommendation) 
  • Maintain Cumulative and Term GPA of at Least 2.5
  • Good Financial and Disciplinary standing
  • Unofficial Copy of UC Merced transcript


In addition to a waiver for Room & Board for the duration of the position, new RAs will receive $75 biweekly and returning RAs will receive $100 biweekly in wages.

Opening Description:

UC Merced Residence Education is charged with providing a comfortable, convenient, and engaging residential experience for students living on-campus. Under the supervision of a Residence Education Coordinator (REC), 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.

Required Qualifications:
Who can apply:
  • 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. Candidates must submit a UC Merced unofficial transcript that shows their cumulative GPA is 2.5 or greater.
  • Must be in good financial and disciplinary standing with the university.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to communicate and collaborate with diverse groups of people to include student, parent, faculty, staff and administrative leadership.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Successful leadership experiences working with clubs and organizations at a college level preferred but high school and community experience will be considered.
  • To abide by all policies and procedures and serve as a positive role model at all times.
  • Ability to manage workload, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Initiative and ability to administer and manage multiple priorities, set realistic goals and objectives, organize resources and schedule efforts to achieve goals.
  • Must live on-campus during employment, work nights and weekends, alter work schedules as needed, and successfully pass a background check.
  • Must be able to attend both fall and spring training sessions.
  • Cannot hold another job on campus.

2024-2025 Academic Year Recruitment and Selection Timeline:

Dates and Deadlines Event
January 22nd, 2024 RA Application Opens via Handshake 
February 28th, 2024 @ 11:59 PM Online Application Closes

March 15th, 2024

Applicants receive an interview offer

April 1st - April 5th, 2024 (Tentative) Individual (New RAs) interviews are conducted in-person 
April 12th, 2024 Applicants receive hiring decision
April 19th, 2024 Applicants accept or decline RA offers 
TBD New RAs fill out hiring documents
August 4th, 2024 RA Move-in 
August 5th - August 22th, 2024 RA Training