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Resident Assistants (RAs) are student peer leaders responsible for learning communities in university housing here at Eastern Illinois University. The RA position provides real-life experiences in working with and helping other people, conflict resolution, team building and many others. The position is a premiere leadership experience and one of the most challenging and fulfilling student leadership opportunities at EIU.

RAs are compassionate, responsible, fun, and out-going student leaders who create a welcoming environment and serves as a resource to their residents. The RA position is more than just a job; it is a leadership journey that offers infinite opportunities for one’s success and development at EIU and beyond.Take a look at the  RA Job Description and see what our current Resident Assistant are saying.  

Applications Now at https://eiu.erezlife.com

Applicants must log into eRezLife using their EIU NetID and password.  We also recommend that applicants add eRezLife Software System (noreply@erezlife.com) to their contacts in order to receive communications regarding the Resident Assistant position. 

Qualifications for the position

  • Should be a full-time EIU student (registered for 12 credit hours or more) in the spring semester. If hired, I will be a full-time EIU student during my term of employment. (Note: Lakeland College of Nursing students are not eligible)
  • Should have 24 credit hours by the start of NEXT fall semester.
  • Should have a cumulative GPA 2.25 or higher when grades are posted at the end of this fall semester, and if hired, for my term of employment must maintain the department's minimum GPA requirement. (NOTE: Applicants with GPA's of 2.25 or lower when fall grades are posted will not be considered for employment.)
  • Lived in University Housing for two semesters prior to my term of employment.
  • Should be in good judicial standing with the university.

Timeline for the Resident Assistant Hiring Process

Date Event Location
Nov. 10 RA Informational Meetings McKinney Hall, Lobby, 8-9pm 
Nov. 15 RA Informational Meetings Andrews Hall, Lobby, 8-9pm
Nov. 30 RA Informational Meetings 
Lawson Hall, Lobby, 7-8pm
Dec. 5 RA Informational Meetings  Stevenson Hall, Lobby, 7-8pm
Jan. 9 RA Applications Due by 4:30pm  
Jan. 24-27 In-Hall Interviews  TBA
Feb. 9-10, 14-16 Departmental Interviews Lawson Hall, Lobby, TBA
March 3 RA Letters emailed through eRez  
March 26, April 2 & 9 RA Workshops (Sunday Track)  TBA
March 27, April 3 & 10 RA Workshops (Monday Track)  TBA