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Residence Life

Resident Advisors

The Resident Advisor Position
Being a Resident Advisor (RA) is the best job you can have on campus. Not only do you meet amazing people, but you will also get the opportunity to create a home away from home while having fun! This year’s (2017-2018) RA compensation included:
  • Full Room and Board*
  • Leadership Experience
  • Resume Experience
  • Opportunity for a single room
  • Compensation is reviewed annually and subject to change.

* Prospective RA Candidates should discuss the position with their Financial Aid counselor to determine if it will affect your financial aid

The 66 RAs are instrumental in building community both within the Residence Halls and on campus. This meaningful experience will allow students an exciting opportunity to contribute to Merrimack and impact the lives of students who live in your hall.


The function of the Resident Advisor position is to work with other students and professional staff members to facilitate and develop a community environment that will contribute to the intellectual, spiritual, social, and cultural growth of the students. The RA upholds and presents the philosophy and community standards of Merrimack College and the Office of Residence Life and acts as a liaison between students and administrators.


The RA reports directly to the Area Coordinator for his/her area.  The RA is accountable to abide by and enforce the policies and procedures of the Residence Life Office and Merrimack College. Because of the nature of the position, RAs may, at times, be privy to confidential information. In accordance with the expectations of the position, RAs should maintain privacy when appropriate.


  • RAs must be a full-time undergraduate student who is eligible to live on-campus.
  • As must maintain a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 each semester. Candidates must have a 2.5 cumulative and semester GPA in their last full semester in order to be hired for the position. GPAs will be confirmed with the Registrar’s Office prior to an offer of employment.
  • RAs must act in accordance with the Merrimack College Code of Student Conduct. Candidates must be in good conduct standing in order to be hired for the position. Candidates’ conduct records will be checked by the Office of Community Standards prior to an offer of employment.
  • RA Candidates must submit a housing deposit for the 2017-2018 Academic Year by the housing deposit deadline of March 2, 2018. (In areas where RAs have roommates, roommates must also have submitted a housing deposit by this date).

Application Deadlines:

  • 2018-2019 Academic Year Positions (beginning in August): Most Resident Advisors are hired in February for the next academic year, with the position beginning in mid-August (specific start date will be announced in the Spring when the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar is finalized). Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are due on Friday, January 26th at 4:30 PM.

2018-2019 Application Process:

  • Interviews/Group Process: Individual Interviews & Group Process will take place on Saturday, February 24th between 8 AM and 5 PM. Candidates who are being moved forward to Individual Interviews will be sent specific times and locations prior to this date.
  • RA Decisions: Decisions will be sent out by the end of the day on Friday, March 9th to all candidates.

Community Development:

  • Create and foster community among your Unit (floor, tower, etc).
  • Be available and visible to your residents. Know the names of each of your residents as well as the residents of the area in which you advise. Assist your residents in getting to know the people that live on their floor and in their building.
  • Encourage students to make the most of the Merrimack College experience and get involved by being a role model
  • Provide residents with opportunities to attend programs that meet their interests.

Administrative Tasks:

  • During your time as an RA, part of your responsibilities will include filling out and submitting: Program Proposals/Evaluations, Incident/CARE Reports, Facility Work Orders, Duty Logs, and other forms as the need for them arises.
  • Create and develop door decorations and newsletters several times throughout the semester.

Duty & Policy Enforcement:

  • Participate in duty rotation and document policy violations when they occur and explain to residents why they are being documented.
  • Submit incident reports by the end of duty night.
  • Encourage students to respect the rights of others, discuss, formulate, support, and enforce quiet hours and courtesy hours with all students.
  • In certain emergency situations, RAs may be required to stay on campus.

Staff Interaction:

  • Attend trainings (Summer, Winter, Monthly In-Services).
  • Be present and participate in all college opening and closings.
  • Assist in office initiatives including, but not limited to maintenance, roster verifications, health and safety inspections.
  • Be open to getting to know the staff through scheduled and spontaneous interactions.