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Family Resident Assistant Job Description



The Family Resident Assistant (RA) is a live-in position that actively participates in the development of a comprehensive Residence Life program. The RA will function as a peer resource, mentor, and advisor to residents. The RA position, due to its live-in nature, requires willingness to be called into service at any time of the day or night in order to meet students' needs as they arise.


The RA is responsible for community development and resident support, initiatives and events, addressing and reporting of Housing and Residence Life policy violations as well as USU Student Code violations, mandatory reporting of all Title IX and Clery incidents, responsible use of key access to apartments and offices within Housing and Residence Life, and other administrative duties.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Foster an inclusive and welcoming community by facilitating initiatives and events in relation to the department's guiding principles: Academic Support, Personal Growth, Healthy Lifestyles and Social Responsibility.
  • Build relationships and trust with individual residents while maintaining consistent and visible availability within the community.
  • Maintain objectivity, neutrality and confidentiality.
  • Be aware of residents' special circumstances (i.e. health concerns, peak stress times, emotional difficulties, academic problems, etc.) and refer or connect individuals to campus and community resources as appropriate.
  • Complete administrative duties in a timely manner (weekly logs, proposals, reports, incident reports, etc.). 
  • Oversee and resposibly utilize an assigned budget for residents and community.
  • Educate residents about Housing and Residence Life policies and procedures, and address policy violations as appropriate.
  • Complete community walkthroughs to report, document and follow-up on safety violations, safety/security issues, building damages and maintenance problems.
  • Work office and on-call shifts as scheduled, including weekdays and weekends.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection process for the following year's staff.


  • All RA candidates and current RAs must be full-time USU students.
    • Full-time status is defined as 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester or 6 graduate credit hours per semester.
  • All RA candidates and current RAs are required to maintain a semester and cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
    • After one semester of failure to meet academic performance standards, RAs will be placed on job probation. Two consecutive semesters of a GPA below 2.5 will affect continued employability or rehire status.
  • The RA is appointed for a specific academic year.
    • Individuals should not apply for or accept a position if they cannot commit to the entire academic year.
    • Reappointment is contingent upon successful job performance, requisite academic progress, favorable supervisory review, and the ongoing needs of the overall Residence Life system.
  • RA's must live on-campus within their assigned residence hall community.
    • RAs must qualify to live in Family Housing
      • Be married
      • Have children
      • Be married and have children
  • If married, both spouses must become RAs due to resident confidentiality concerns
  • All RAs work an average of 20 hours per week.
  • RAs must be available for mandatory training at the beginning of fall and spring semesters and for weekly staff meetings on Tuesdays 6-8pm (academic coursework is an excused absence).
  • RAs must be present in their community at least two weekends per month, and other times as requested or scheduled.
  • All university employees are considered "responsible employees" or "mandatory reporters" and are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct they become aware of under the requirements of Title IX.
  • Resident Assistants are considered Campus Security Authorities under the Clery Act and are required to report on all Clery reportable incidents.


In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity
Alison Adams-Perlac
Old Main Rm. 161
(435) 797-1266

Title IX Coordinator
Hilary Renshaw
Old Main Rm. 161
(435) 797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
(800) 421-3481

U.S. Department of Education
Denver Regional Office
(303) 844-5895