As a Resident Advisor (RA), you will play an integral role in facilitating the social, academic, and personal growth of our residents. RAs are student leaders on campus and serve as positive role models to fellow students and staff members.

Few student positions offer a better opportunity for leadership, personal development, or experience in relationship management. RAs perform their duties under the direction of the Residence Hall Manager, in accordance with the mission and values of the Office of Residence Life.

In addition to completing the online application, please submit a one-page cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for, the RA position. Please email your cover letter to the Residence Hall Manager at: @email.

Apply to become an RA

    RA Responsibilities

    • Serve as a positive role model for students at all times
    • Facilitate a friendly and positive learning environment for all staff members and students of the Residence Hall community in support of the educational mission of the college
    • Attend and actively participate in training activities, staff meetings, and community events
    • Promote the wellbeing of residents and encourage scholastic success in the Residence Hall
    • Assist the Residence Hall Manager and International Education staff in the daily operation of the Residence Life program
    • Clarify for residents and their guests specific Olympic College and Residence Life policies, rules, and regulations
    • Act as a liaison between students and the Residence Life and College administration
    • Remain on the job at the end of each term until end of quarter responsibilities are completed
    • Other duties as assigned

    Terms of Employment

    • RAs are employed on a quarterly basis.
    • RAs must carry a minimum of 12 credits each term and no more than 18 credits (unless an exception is granted by the Residence Hall Manager).
    • RAs must live fulltime in the Residence Hall and be readily available at various hours throughout the day/evening and throughout the week.
    • RAs typically work 12 – 15 hours each week, and are not to exceed 18 hours.


    Appointment as a Resident Advisor is subject to the terms and conditions of the Letter of Appointment. Continued employment is dependent on satisfactory job evaluation.


    Performance will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, with a formal evaluation from both residents and the Residence Hall Manager completed each quarter.


    RAs are compensated with an open space in a double occupancy room within the Residence Hall, or the cost of the equivalent towards rent. If students choose to live in a single room, they are responsible for paying the difference between living with a roommate and living in a single. Please keep in mind that single rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are not guaranteed to students or RAs applying for housing. Housing credits (payment) is completed at the end of each quarter for which the RA has worked.

    Olympic College is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Student Disability Services.