RA Hiring

RA / AAC student staff positions at George Fox University

Thank you for taking an interest in joining the 2020-2021 Residence Life Staff!

We believe that the Resident Assistant position is an incredible leadership opportunity. RAs have a unique role in our community to build relationships, shape our campus culture, and to create positive change. We have a deep appreciation and respect for our RAs, and we are grateful to work with individuals who commit themselves to the work of building a Christ-centered community here at George Fox.

Diversity in Residence Life:

In Residence Life, we are committed to building a staff team that reflects and represents our student body. We believe that our teams are strongest when we are aligned in mission but broad in our collective expression of pursuing that mission. That is why we are committed to creating a racially and ethnically diverse team. 

Values in the Hiring Process:

  • We desire to create a process that gives us an opportunity to get to know you and your story.
  • We desire to create a process that is educational and professional.
  • We desire to create a process that is equitable and inclusive for all.
  • We desire to create a process that communicates with clarity and consistency.

What we are looking for in an RA:

  • Teachability: willingness to learn, demonstrated humility
  • Integrity: responsible, honest, forthright
  • Others-Oriented: relational, empathetic, community-developer
  • Faith Engagement: actively engaged in faith journey

Job Descriptions

RA Job Description

AAC Job Description

What is the time commitment for being an RA?

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

  • 2 hour weekly staff meeting
  • 1 hour weekly meeting with AC
  • 1 evening of on-duty hours, plus occasional weekend responsibilities
  • Expected to be present in living area three nights a week
  • Regular gatherings/events with residents/area
  • 2 hour weekly leadership class (fall semester only - LEAD 235)


Applications for 2020-2021 will be available beginning January 6th, 2020.

AAC Applications are due by 12 p.m. Friday, January 17th, 2020.

RA Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, January 24th, 2020.

Our Process 

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

  • Resume (If you need help creating your resume, connect with the Idea Center)
  • Application (Submitted through Google Forms)
  • 4 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 reslife@georgefox.edu)
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      RA (for on-campus applicants)
      1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      1 Your Current RA
      1 Current Roommate
      1 Living Area Peers (from your floor, house, apartment area)

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

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

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

After submitting a completed application, the office of Student Life will contact you to schedule an individual interview.

AAC Process RA Process
  • AAC Application Due: January 17th @ 12 p.m.
  • AAC Interviews: January 21st-23rd
  • AAC Candidates Notified: January 31st
  • RA Application Due: January 24th @ 5 p.m.
  • RA Interviews: February 6th-13th
  • RA Candidates Notified: February 21st

If you have more questions, please contact your Area Coordinator or the Residence Life Office.

Email: reslife@georgefox.edu

Individual Interviews

Following application submissions, all candidates will be invited to participate in an individual interview. Our hope is to mirror a professional interview process that gives candidates another opportunity to share their story and demonstrate their passion to serve. Individual interviews run for about 45 minutes.

A couple of tips before you arrive:

  • Be on time! We appreciate seeing your care for the role demonstrated through your punctuality.
  • Consider some of the reasons why you’re applying for the position as well as some stories that help illustrate what you might bring to the table.
  • Be presentable! We don’t have a business casual expectation for the interview, but we do like to see that you’re mindful of the setting in how you present yourself.
  • Relax. We’re looking forward to getting to know you a little better through the process!   

*Please note that Group Interviews are no longer a part of the RA Hiring process for the 2020-2021 academic year

Tips on Resumes

Seeking out another set of eyes to review your resume can be helpful! We recommend the Idea Center as a resource to help you. Feel free to email your resume to idea@georgefox.edu  with the subject line “RA Resume Review” to get started.  

Tips on Essays

Application essays can be difficult but here are some guidelines to help aid in you your answers:

  • Be you—Lean into your uniqueness and the way you like to write. Read your answers out loud! Does it sound like you? If so, you’re doing great!
  • Try to include specific stories and examples to support your answers. Keep in mind, we value stories that are more recent because they help us get a better picture of who you are today.
  • We appreciate typo-free answers. Please make sure to review your answers before you submit.

If you have more questions, please contact the Residence Life Office at reslife@georgefox.edu