Residence Life Advisor FAQ (RA, HA, FA)

Residence Life Assistant (RLA) Selection Timeline - Fall 2018

  • December 11th, 2017 - RLA Application for Fall 2018 hiring opens
  • January and early February - RLA Interest and Informational Sessions
    - to be held in various residence halls - see postings in halls for date/time/location
  • February 9th - RLA Application Deadline
    - applications must be submitted and complete by 5 PM
  • February 13th - RLA Reference Deadline
    - references must be received electronically
  • late February - early March - Notification of advancement to RLA Phase 1 interviews
  • March 24th and March 25th - RLA Phase 1 Group Interviews
  • April 11th - Notification of RLA Selection will begin.

RLA Application FAQ

Do I qualify?

You must have a 2.75 cumulative UNT GPA at the time you submit your RLA application. If you are a transfer student and do not currently have a UNT GPA, you need to submit transcripts from your previous institutions to show that your transfer GPA is at least 2.75. Please keep in mind that any job offer made is contingent on you earning a semester GPA of at least 2.75 during the semester that you are going through the RLA selection process.  Any leadership and related job experiences will also be considered and enhance your application.

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How do I apply?

To complete a RLA application (for Resident Assistant, Housing Ambassador, or Facility Assistant positions) for the Fall 2018 selection process, link to the application HERE .

If you are interested in applying to be considered for a Resident Assistant position with the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS), link to their RA selection process information HERE.

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Do I need references?

Yes, you will need to have at least two (2) good references fill out our Reference Form. Each of your references will need to fill out the form and have it returned by the application deadline on the calendar. If they would like to include a letter, we will consider that information as well. Please have them emailed to with the applicant’s name as the subject.

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Who can provide a reference?

Community Directors, professors or instructors, past employers, and church leaders can be considered a valid reference. A Current RLA (Resident Assistant, Housing Ambassador, or Facility Assistant), Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive, or other Part-time staff member cannot be used as a reference.

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What do I need to apply?

A complete application includes completing the entire online RLA Application on this website and two (2) references.

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What happens after I apply?

After you turn in your completed application, you will be considered by the RLA Selection committee.  They will review your application to make sure you are qualified and have all the necessary paperwork before you go further with the interview process. You will be notified via email if you passed the paper-cut. If you pass the paper-cut, you will participate in Phase I interviews. Candidates that pass the Phase 1 Interviews will be notified by email, and then begin to be contacted by interested Supervisors/Community Directors. Please refer to the calendar on the side tool bar for a list of specific dates.  Phase II refers to the actual hall interview from which final decisions are made.

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What is Phase I?

Phase I comprises several group interactions. You will be placed in a group of candidates and asked to work together to complete teamwork and critical thinking tasks.

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What is Phase II?

Phase II comprises an individual interview with a specific hall that is interested in your candidacy.  You may receive one or several invitations to interview during Phase II.  It is expected that you accept all invitations and not restrict your opportunities to the one hall that may be your preference. Typically the interview will involve the Supervisor/Community Director, Assistant Community Director, and perhaps other staff members.

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Can I work at a specific hall?

While you may express interest in a particular hall, if you are selected, you will be placed where needed.

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How many positions are being filled?

The number of open RLA positions varies by semester. Some semesters  we need many new people to fill positions; sometimes we need only a few.  It depends on how many RLAs are graduating or stepping down.  We will have a preliminary count of open positions for the coming semester by Phase I interviews, but that number is subject to change.

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What are the benefits of being a RLA?

RLAs receive room and board as well as a stipend of approximately $200 per full month worked.

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I didn't get hired for a position. Is there still a chance one will call me?

Yes, there is a possibility that you can still get called for an interview or job offer after Phase II ends. Occasionally, after Supervisors/Community Directors hire for all of the anticipated empty positions, another opening can come up for any number of reasons. In this case, Supervisors/CDs may call people who passed to Phase II but were not initially offered a job. As well, you can be placed on an alternate list for selection for the Spring 2019 semester.

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How do I best prepare to be hired?

Getting involved in your hall by participating in hall programs, helping out your Hall Association, or taking opportunities to gain leadership experience and involvement in other campus organizations can help prepare you for an RLA position. 

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My question was not answered.

If your question was not answered, please feel free to e-mail Talent Management at:  or call (940) 565-4940.

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