Work in Residence Life


It’s more than just a job!

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBCO students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2022/23.

Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.

Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.

We’ve concluded hiring for this year. Thanks to all those who have applied!

“Being an RA taught me how to show up and helped me strive to be a better version of myself.” – Zainah

“As an RA, I have made many lifelong friends, and had some amazing experiences on campus.” – Bradley

“It has definitely been the most rewarding job I have had as I feel like I am able to give support to residents and impact them in meaningful ways.” – Kassie


Types of jobs

Residence Advisor (RA)

No experience required.

Application Deadline: Applications are closed for 2022-2023 Academic year

Senior Residence Advisor (SRA)

Residence work experience required.

Application Deadline: Applications are closed for 2022-2023 Academic year

Programming Resource Advisor

Residence work experience required.

Application Deadline: Applications are closed for 2022-2023 Academic year

New Applicants
To learn more about the Residence Advisor job and the selection process, we invite you to attend an information session.  Sign up for an info session here!

Recruitment Calendar 2022-2023 Academic Year

WHEN
WHAT’S HAPPENING
Mon. Nov. 22 Applications open
Wed. Nov. 24 RA Hiring Information Night (New Applicants/In-Person). Sign up for info session here
Tues. Dec. 7 RA Hiring Information Night (New Applicants/In-Person). Sign up for info session here
Jan. 12, 2022 RA Hiring Information Night (Returner/In-Person). Sign up for info session here
Jan. 16, 2022 Last day to apply for returning applicants (Application is open until 11:59 pm)
Jan. 23, 2022 Last day to apply for new applicants (Application is open until 11:59 pm)
Jan. 21-Feb. 11 Interviews
Aug. 2022 Mandatory two-week orientation
Applications Closed

Questions?

Monashee RA Zainah took to Instagram Live to answer your Q&As about being a Residence Advisor at UBCO. Watch her short video, or check out our Frequently Asked Questions below!

Student Stories


Bradley

As an RA, I have made many lifelong friends, and had some amazing experiences on campus.

Hi my name is Bradley, and I have been an RA for most of my time in University. I absolutely love my job. It has allowed me to become more confident in myself, and help build confidence in others. As an RA, I have made many lifelong friends, and had some amazing experiences on campus – including designing and running an escape room with my residents in the Innovation and Technology LLC!

Bradley, 22
Senior RA, Kalamalka
Fourth-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Physics

Learn more | Applications now open!


Kassie

It has definitely been the most rewarding job I have had as I feel like I am able to give support to residents and impact them in meaningful ways.

Working with Residence Life I have been able to become more involved in the UBC community and share awesome events with residents. I think the best part about being an RA is being able to share the information we know about campus and resources students may need. It can feel scary coming to university at first, but being an RA gives you the tools to help other students and make their transition easier and more welcoming. I would encourage anyone that is eager to be involved with school events, loves planning and enjoys socializing with others to become an RA.

Kassie, 21
RA, Monashee
Second-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Learn more | Applications now open!


Zainah

Being an RA taught me how to show up and helped me strive to be a better version of myself.

My UBCO experience shaped who I am, pushed me to grow every day, and helped me meet friends who have become family. After five years on this campus, it felt like the right next step to apply for the RA position. I wanted to thank this campus and give back to my community, which is why I chose to become an RA. Being an RA taught me how to show up and helped me strive to be a better version of myself. I’ve gotten so many opportunities and met some of the sweetest people through Residence Life. From leadership experience to organizing small + large scale events to contributing as an RA representative in various campus improvement committees and to be able to make a lasting positive impact on a resident’s life every day — this role helped me come full circle. Being a resident advisor has been such a rewarding experience. It truly helps you grow personally, academically, and professionally. It feels less like a job and more like a wholesome life experience — 11/10 would recommend!

Zainah, 24
RA, Monashee
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Learn more | Applications now open!


FAQs

How do I apply?

1. Go to the login page here.

  • If you have signed in before (for example, to fill out or access your Roommate Agreement), sign in with your email and password.
  • If you haven’t signed in before, click “create account” to the right and fill in the required fields.

2. If you have lived on or applied for housing at UBCO before, please ensure you use the same email address that you use with the housing application.

3. You will receive an emailed link to sign in to eRez.

  • Once you’ve signed in, you will see a menu on the left that says “Jobs”, click on “Job Postings” under that menu to view the current available job postings and to fill out your application
  • If you have any issues while trying to access the application, please contact us at residencelife.ok@ubc.ca
Can I apply if I haven't lived in residence?
Yes, we accept applications from all UBC students.
If I haven't lived in residence before, where can I find out more about the different residences?
You can find out more on our website under residences.
I'm here on a student visa. Can I apply?
Yes. If selected for a position, you will need a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN).
What should I include in my application?
Include all past work and volunteer experience, along with your answers to the questions in the online application. No need to include a resume or cover letter.
What is it like to be an RA during COVID?

During COVID-19, building community and supporting students has become more important than ever. Residence Advisors work to ensure that students have opportunities to safely connect with one another.

Do I also need to apply to live in residence?
Yes, you will need to apply to live in residence. If you are selected for a Residence Life position, you will then be guaranteed a space in residence.
Can I apply for more than one job type?

Yes, apply for each position separately if you are interested and have the relevant experience for more than one job type.

What is a carousel interview?

It’s an interview process where a group of 8 candidates move through a set of stations together.

If I'm hired, can I choose my own residence assignment?
No.
Will I have the opportunity to return home from time to time?
Your schedule will give you the opportunity to visit friends and family. You are required to stay in residence 5 nights per week. One of these nights will be a Friday or Saturday each week. You will be planning the schedule with your team on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, you will be required to attend Residence Life staff meetings every Monday evening.

If I am offered a position, will I have opportunities to take time away (e.g., for holidays, academic events, etc.?
Residence Advisors are able to take a specified amount of time away during the year. All requests must be approved in advance by the Residence Life management team.
Will I be required to work during Reading Break?
You are expected to be present for at least half of Reading Break. The schedule will be determined by your Residence Life team.
Will I be required to work during the holiday break (late-December to early-January)?
Most staff are able to take time off during the holiday break and are required to work until the last day of exams in December.

Some RAs volunteer to stay on throughout the break in residence areas that remain open during the holidays.

Where can I find more information about job expectations?
Please refer to the applicable job description above.

Are RAs permitted to accept other paid commitments at UBC?
Advisors may be able to take on additional employment, but must have it approved by their Residence Life Manager.
Who can I ask if I have additional questions?
Please reach out to residencelife.ok@ubc.ca for support with any questions that you may have.
Are graduate students able to apply to be a Residence Advisor?

Yes, graduate students are welcome to apply to be Residence Advisors.

How long is my contract?
Residence Advisors are offered 8 month contracts (late-August to late-April). However, we do hire some Residence Advisors for the summer months through a subsequent hiring process, which takes place in February.
How flexible is my schedule during the mandatory two-week orientation in August?
The orientation is a full-time, intensive training period. It is expected that you schedule any other commitments outside of the orientation.