Resident Assistant (RA)

CNU's RAs are some of the most effective and highly awarded in the Commonwealth of Virginia and regularly represent CNU at state-wide conferences. We offer one of the best opportunities for both student involvement and servant leadership.  The RAs are highly involved with virtually all student organizations and represent the diverse demographic backgrounds found among the residential student body.

The recruitment process for 2014-15 Resident Assistants has begun!  Check out the job description and take note of the following dates:

Wed, Sep 25 - Applications for New Candidates Available (download here)

Information Sessions
Attend any listed below for more information, you do not need to attend the one hosted in your own hall.

  • Tue, 10/1 - East Campus 8 pm (Tyler 1st Floor)
  • Wed, 10/2 - Warwick River Hall 9 pm (West MPR)
  • Mon, 10/7 - York River Hall 8 pm (East MPR)
  • Tue, 10/8 - York River Hall 7:30 (West MPR)
  • Wed, 10/9 - James River Hall 9 pm (MPR)
  • Thu, 10/10 - Santoro Hall 7 pm (1st Floor TV Lounge)
  • Wed, 10/16 - Rappahannock River Hall 8pm (1st Floor Tower)
  • Thu, 10/17 - Potomac River Hall 7:30 pm (North Game Room)

Fri, Oct 25 - Applications for New Candidates Due by 5 pm
Applications must be received via Career Connect through the Center for Career Planning.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Download the application.
  • Complete the application and save it to your computer.
  • Log in to CNU Career Connect. 
  • Hover over ‘My Account’ >> ‘My Documents’ to upload your application (under ‘Other’) and your resume (under ‘Resume’).  
  • Hover over ‘Interview Schedules’ and select ‘Sign up for Interviews I qualify for’. 
  • Scroll down, select ’Resident Assistant - New Candidate’ position and ‘Request Interview’

Sat, Nov 2 - Group Process for New Candidates 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
All candidates who successfully complete the steps to apply are invited to attend 1 of 3 of these sessions.  Session spots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis through Career Connect in the Center for Career Planning. Candidates will participate with one another in a number of group exercises designed to assess qualities and abilities seen in successful Resident Assistants. At the same time that you submit your application and resume sign up for Group Process:

  • Select ‘Career Events’ and enter 11/2/2013 as the ‘Event Date’
  • Select the ‘RA Candidate Group Process’ Session that best fits your schedule and ‘Register for Event’
Wed-Fri, Nov 20-22 - Individual Interviews for New Candidates (by invitation) 9 am - 5 pm
After completion of the Group Process Interview, some candidates will be invited to participate in individual interviews with members of the Residence Life staff. Session spots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis through Career Connect in the Center for Career Planning. 

Jan 12-Feb 8, 2014 - RA in Training Series (by invitation)
After completion of the Individual Interview, some candidates will be invited to participate in a workshop series titled “The Resident Assistant In Training Series” (TRAITS). This is a 4 week non-credit course which meets for approximately 90 minutes once a week. The workshop is designed to introduce candidates to the concepts of leadership development, community engagement, institutional values, and the unique residential experience at Christopher Newport University. 

Feb 14, 2014 - RA Placement
All candidates successfully completing TRAITS will be offered a position as a Resident Assistant or as an RA Alternate for the 2014-15 Academic Year.

Mar 9 - Apr 19, 2014 - RA in Training Series (continued) 
After successful completion of the TRAITS 1 Workshop, all candidates will be offered a position as a Resident Assistant or as an RA Alternate for the 2014-15 Academic Year.  Candidates who accept placement as a Resident Assistant, must participate in a continuation of the TRAITS workshop.  This portion of the series is designed to provide more detailed and in-depth training to RAs in preparation for their roles in the fall semester.  Candidates placed as RA Alternates may choose to participate in this workshop if desired.

Aug 3-23, 2014 - Pre-Fall Training
All Resident Assistants who have returned an Employment Agreement for the 2014-15 Academic Year and who continue to meet the eligibility requirements, must participate in this mandatory training period. 

 

Front Desk Assistants

The Front Desk Assistant (FDA) works in a residence hall or area office setting under the direct supervision of a Hall Director and/or Area Coordinator. The role of the FDA is to provide excellent customer service and ensure safety and security for students living in the residence halls. You can view the entire job description but note that specific responsibilities and expectations vary slightly from area to area.

The Front Desk Assistant Coordinator (FDAC) works in a residence hall or area office setting under the direct supervision of a Hall Director and/or Area Coordinator.  The role of the FDAC is to fulfill all job duties and responsibilities of the Front Desk Assistant with addition responsibilities of leadership and organization for the team of FDA’s employed in that area. You can view the entire job description but note that specific responsibilities and expectations vary slightly from area to area.


The recruitment process for 2014-15 Front Desk Assistants has begun! Check out the job descriptions and take notes of the following dates:

Fri, Jan 31 - Applications are Available online

Fri, Feb 21 - Applications Due by 5 pm

Applications must be received via Career Connect through the Center for Career Planning. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Instructions for applying:

  • Create an account for Career Connect through CCP
  • Download application from www.cnu.edu/reslife/jobs  (listed under Front Desk tab)
  • Complete application and save
  • Upload resume and application by 2/21 through Career Connect

Thurs-Tues, Mar 13-18 - FDA Individual Interviews (by invitation)

Weds, Mar 26 - FDA Status Letters Available

Weds, Apr 2 - Contracts due to Office of Residence Life by 5 pm

Weds, Apr 23 - Staff Meeting at 1 pm

Sun, Aug 3 - Return to CNU for FDA Training



The recruitment process for 2014-15 Night Shift Front Desk Assistants has begun! This position will replace the Police Aide position that has traditionally served in this role.

Front Desk Assistant, Night Shift 

The Night Shift Front Desk Assistant (FDAN) works in the main campus residence halls under the supervision of an Assistant Director of Residence Life or his/her designee. The role of the FDAN is to provide excellent customer service and ensure safety and security during the night shift from 1 am to 7 am for students living in the residence halls.

Front Desk Assistant Coordinator, Night Shift 

The Night Shift Front Desk Assistant Coordinator (FDACN) works in the main campus residence halls under the direct supervision of an Assistant Director of Residence Life or his/her designee. The role of the FDACN is to fulfill all job duties and responsibilities of the Night Shift Front Desk Assistant (FDAN) with addition responsibilities of leadership and organization for the team of FDAN’s employed in Residence Life.


Check out the job descriptions and take notes of the following dates:

  • Weds, Feb 19 - Applications available
  • Sun, Mar 16 - Applications due by 12 midnight
  • Mon-Weds, Mar 24-Apr 2 - Individual Interviews (by invitation)
  • Fri, Apr 11 - Status letters available
  • Fri, Apr 18 - Employment Agreements due to Office of Residence Life by 5 pm
  • Thu, Apr 24 - Staff meeting at 12 noon
  • Sat, Aug 9 - Return to CNU for Training and to begin shift work
Summer Resident Assistants

The Summer Resident Assistant(s) will work in East Campus Apartments, Rappahannock River Hall or the Residence Hall used for Summer School Housing under the direct supervision of the East Campus Area Coordinator.  The role of the Summer RA is to facilitate an environment within the CNU community that provides resources and serves as a guide to our summer school, 10 and 12 month contract residents. The SRA must provide excellent service to summer residents, ensure accuracy in administrative paperwork, and complete thorough inspections of rooms and apartments for check-out and check-in.  Summer Resident Assistants will work closely with the Summer Front Desk Coordinators and the Office of Residence Life Administration.

Summer Front Desk Coordinators

The Summer Front Desk Coordinator(s) will work in the East Campus Area Office, the Front Desk use for Summer School Housing and the Front Desk in the Office of Residence Life under the direct supervision of the East Campus Area Coordinator. The role of the Summer Front Desk Coordinator is to provide excellent customer service, ensure good record keeping in regards to paperwork for the area (RCFs, student information cards, security question cards, key lock outs, programming fees, etc.), and ensure the safety and security for students living in the summer residence halls. The Summer Front Desk Coordinator(s) will work closely with the Summer Resident Assistants and Residence Life Office Administration. 

Applications are Available online: