Student Staff Positions

RA / AAC student staff positions at George Fox University

Job Descriptions


Applications for 2018-2019 will be available beginning November 29, 2017.

RA Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

AAC Applications are due by 12 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018.

All of the applications are Google Forms.  Please be sure to attach a resume to your Google Form application before you submit online.

To submit a complete application, all of the following components are required.

  • Application (Required for all applicants, regardless of position)
  • Typed Resume (If you need help creating your resume, connect with the Idea Center)
  • References (Please note: You are responsible for ensuring your references are submitted on time.  If you need to check the status of your references, please e-mail
    • Reference Requirements +

      RA (for on-campus applicants)
      1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      1 Your Current RA
      1 Current Roommate
      2 Living Area Peers (from your floor, house, apartment area)

      RA (for commuting applicants)
      2 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      1 Academic Adviser
      2 GFU Peers

      Reapplying RA
      1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      2 Current Fellow RAs (on your staff)
      1 Current Roommate
      1 Your Current AAC

      1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      2 Current Fellow RAs (on your staff)
      1 Current Roommate
      1 Your Current AAC (or fellow AAC if you are currently an AAC)

Informational Meetings

RA informational night for candidates will be held Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. in Hoover 105.

AAC informational night for candidates will be held Monday, November 27, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. in Lewis 1 Apartment.  *Note: The AAC position requires at least one year of RA experience.*

Frequently Asked Questions: Res Life Application Process

Returning undergraduate students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be in Good Standing with the University.

Yes! If you are a commuter, you can adjust the reference requirement as follows:

  • 2 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
  • 1 Academic Advisor
  • 2 GFU Peers

RA Applications are available online and due January 17. If you are abroad this fall, this should not be an issue. If you will be abroad in the spring, you can still access and submit the application materials online and contact Jenny Zaganiacz to set up an interview.

Yes, athletes can serve in the RA role. This depends on the sport and season, other commitments, coach’s approval, and the discernment of those making RA decisions.

All RA applicants will be invited to be part of the Group Interview process during the last week of January.  However, due to the high volume of RA applicants, not all candidates will be invited to participate in all parts of the application process. 

There is a wide variety of qualities and personalities, strengths and gifts, levels of introversion and extroversion, found in RAs. We are not looking for a cookie-cutter RA candidate. That said, there are some qualities that we are looking for consistently:

  • Good judgment
  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Teachability
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Availability 
  • Sense of humor
  • Commitment to Jesus Christ
  • Self-discipline

Here are some time components all RAs can expect per week:

  • 2 hour area staff meeting
  • 1 hour individual 1-on-1 with AC
  • 1 evening of on-duty hours, plus occasional weekend responsibilities
  • Expected to be with residents on floor/in house/suite/apartments several nights a week
  • Regular gatherings/events with residents/area
  • 2 hour leadership class (fall semester only)

You can make note of your preferences on the RA application.  The ACs and Associate Dean of Students make final placement decisions.

Depending on where you are placed, you will be asked to invite the appropriate number of roommates. If you are the RA of multiple houses, you have the opportunity to invite students to fill the houses, with the exception of a pre-determined number of spaces left open for transfers and/or international students.  If you are unable to find a roommate or fill your spots, the housing department will fill the remaining spaces. The RA is not required to pay the housing deposit, but all roommates will need to pay the deposit.

There are four evening training sessions, each about 1 ½ - 2 hours, spread out in the spring. There may also be additional time with your new staff team, as well as a handing-down ceremony from the current staff.

Part of the RA Application process is a general Student Life Leadership Application. You have the ability to select other areas of interest on the application in the case that you are not hired as an RA.   Other leadership opportunities include: Peer Advising, Orientation Coordinator, Associate Student Community (ASC),and other  leadership positions within the Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life (SPiL). There are many wonderful leadership opportunities on campus, and we would love to help you discern what might be a good fit for you.  

All RAs must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires a 2.0.

If you have more questions, please contact your Area Coordinator or the Student Life office.  


*RAs and AACs will need to have current CPR certification prior to August 2018.