Application: GUD RA

2022–2023 Resident Advisor 

The next GUD Halls hiring period will begin during the Spring 2022 semester for those students seeking to apply for a GUD RA position for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The new application information and link will become active on January 7, 2022.

Thanks for your interest in applying to be a Resident Advisor (RA) for Family and Graduate Housing in the Graduate Upper-Division (GUD) Halls–Sherman and Daniels! This information will help navigate the process.

Once you’ve reviewed the information, you may email us at with any additional questions. 

Application Here: 2022–2023 GUD RA Application

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Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Complete the entire online application 
  • Upload a copy of their resume to the application
  • Have three (3) completed references which must be submitted at

The GUD RA Position 

Job Title:

Resident Advisor (RA)


Type of Position:

17% FTE appointment, 10 months: beginning Tuesday August 2, 2022 and ending Monday May 15, 2023.

Position Details:

The Resident Advisor (RA) is responsible for developing a strong sense of community among the residents as highlighted in the work principles and learning goals of the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE). A highly-visible and live-in member of the Graduate Upper-Division (GUD) Halls team, the RA supports the academic mission of the university by developing safe environments conducive to student learning and academic success; respecting, appreciating and advocating for the diversity of our resident population; and supporting the holistic development of all of our students. Further, each RA is tasked with upholding and living the University Housing vision, mission, and guiding principles including assisting with the implementation of University Housing's strategic plan.

The RA is critical to the implementation of the Illinois Residential Experience, a comprehensive residential curriculum for residents with the purposeful living goals and outcomes developed by the Housing professional staff.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide live-in sustained and demonstrated leadership in University Housing to an upper-division and graduate student residential population.

  • Work in a cooperative, open-minded, energetic, and creative fashion with members of the staff and community.

  • Foster healthy, balanced relationships with residents.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Complex Coordinator, Residence Hall Director, Desk Operations Manager, fellow paraprofessionals, student desk clerks, Housing Facilities staff, and all University Housing staff members.

  • Develop and implement learning strategies and provide educational resources for residents by actively serving and participating in IRE planning, events, teamwork, and assessment.

  • Facilitate I-convos, which are intentional systematic conversations with residents on a one-on-one basis, including resident follow-up, as outlined in the IRE. 

  • Serve as a resource for information about the institution, University Housing, and halls.

  • Implement effective and creative communication strategies that utilize appropriate means and media.

  • Utilize conflict management and mediation techniques.

  • Engage and participate in all required and ongoing paraprofessional training and development opportunities.

  • Effectively manage and troubleshoot competing priorities and needs of stakeholders.

  • Execute, uphold, and role-model all University, University Housing, and Family & Graduate Housing policies and procedures. Uphold University Housing’s mission, vision, guiding principles, and strategic plan. 

  • Use and conserve University Housing resources in an effective manner that meets the needs of our residents and customers seeking and expecting excellent value.

  • Serve in an on-call capacity for nights and weekends on a rotating basis including during selected University holiday break periods. Provide on-site crisis management.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Residence Director, Complex Coordinator, and/or other designated University Housing professional staff.


  • Appreciation of cultural diversity and ability to work with people from different backgrounds.

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills and abilities to work in a highly collaborative team environment.

  • Strong organization and time management skills.

  • Previous residence hall and/or university community living and programming experience are preferred. Previous resident advisor experience is highly preferred.

  • Current enrollment in or matriculation to a full-time, degree-granting program at the University of Illinois at time of application.

  • Be in good conduct standing at all times from time of application through employment (not being on active censure and/or a more severe sanction.)

  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Successfully passing a security screening/background check. The paraprofessional job is a security sensitive position. This employment offer is contingent on the results of the background check. 

  • Proper visa status with work permission is required at the time of application for international students.

  • The RA may not concurrently hold this position with another assistantship, graduate assistantship, internship, or student teaching position.

  • Reappointment is contingent upon satisfactory employment evaluations, successfully completing the reapplication process, meeting the required criteria and deadlines, and a demonstrated understanding of the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE).

  • The RA may enroll for up to four units or eighteen (18) hours of course work each semester. RAs with graduate student status may enroll for up to 12 hours of course work for each semester.


  • A meal plan during regular residence hall dining service operation only.

  • Waiver of residence hall room contract costs.

  • Room assignment will be in a single room.

  • A monthly stipend of $125.

  • This position does not provide and/or include a tuition waiver.

This position is security sensitive. The University ensures that all background checks are held in compliance with all federal and state statutes, and campus policy. Information attained from the background check will be kept strictly confidential.  Security screening forms will be completed by all new hires during their first orientation session. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


What is the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE)?

General information about the Illinois Residential Experience.

In University Housing and the Graduate and Upper Division Halls, everything we do is through the lens of the Illinois Residential Experience. An important duty of the RA is to implement the IRE in a multitude of intentional strategies. RAs will be responsible for serving on one of four IRE event teams. These teams will plan events based on the learning goals and outcomes of the IRE to support student learning in the residence hall setting. The Resident Advisors will also hold intentional conversations with their residents to foster learning, community, and wellness. 

Who can apply to be a GUD RA?

  • Current students: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors; Current undergraduates planning to stay at UI in a graduate program; Current graduate students.
  • New students to the University of Illinois: Matriculating graduate students and transfer students.

New Applicants


The timeline for the application process for the 2022-2023 academic year is listed below: 

  • Informational Session: February 23, 8 p.m., Daniels Hall main lounge. Paraprofessional staff will be available to answer basic questions about the position in an informal conversational question and answer format.
  • Application Deadline: March 1 by 9 p.m.
  • Selected Applicants Invited to Interview: On or after the week of March 7
  • Interviews: Weeks of March 21 through April 18
  • Accepted Applicants Notified: By April 27

What if I am enrolling as a new graduate or transfer student but am not currently on campus?

You may still apply! We will conduct an interview by telephone or other technology (if needed).


Click here for the reference form.

Three completed reference forms are required.

There is no requirement about who may or may not be a reference for you. It is up to the applicant to identify who best may comment upon work ethic, style, teamwork, etc. This may be a professor, teaching assistant (TA), advisor, coach, peer, or co-worker.