To be considered for a 2018-2019 Resident Assistant position you must:

1) complete and submit the following application by 8:00pm Thursday, January 25th, 2018
2) complete the UC Merced CatPAWS Resident Assistant job application by 8:00pm Thursday, January 25th, 2018 at 

Contact Information

We will communicate with you primarily via your UC Merced email account.

* 1. Full Name:

* 2. UCM ID Number:

* 3. UC Merced Email:

* 4. Phone Number:

* 5. Do you currently live on-campus?

* 6. If so, where? (Building & Room)

* 7. Are you interested in being interviewed for a mid-year position, to begin in January 2018, if a position comes available?

Please carefully review information regarding the Resident Assistant position posted on the housing website:

Preliminary Questions
Questions 8-12 will be scored as part of your final interview. Make sure you thoroughly answer these questions.

* 8. Explain in detail any past or current leadership experiences that you have had and how those experiences could relate to the Resident Assistant role.

* 9. How well do you handle difficult situations? As an RA you may encounter many difficult situations that you may, or may not, be prepared for. Give an example of a time you dealt with a difficult situation and how you handled it.

* 10. The RA role requires weekly time commitments such as meetings, committees, programming, duty, and unexpected resident issues. How do you balance school, work, self-care, and other commitments? What strategies or techniques do you use to manage your time?

* 11. What is a quality that separates you from the other candidates or that only you can bring to the housing community?

* 12. If you were selected to be an RA, what would your preferred living community be and why?

Current communities include: Sierra Terraces, Valley Terraces, Half Dome, Cathedral And Tenaya, and the Heritage Apartments (off campus).

* 13. Would you still be interested in the RA position if placed in Heritage?


Should you be selected to move on to the next step in the process, you will be contacted by email to enroll in a mandatory 3 week group process course, and to schedule an interview time, date, and location.

Grade Release

Please list your cumulative and previous semester GPA if applicable: Your semester and cumulative GPA must be 2.5 at time of hire.

* 14. Cumulative GPA: Leave blank if not applicable

* 15. Previous Semester GPA: Leave blank if not applicable


Please provide two references. One must be a current or past UC Merced RA.
References should be professional in nature, individuals who can attest to your readiness for the RA position. Examples of good references might include former/current supervisors, faculty, or organization advisors. Family members and close personal friends should not be listed as references.

It is professional practice that applicants first ask an individual for a positive reference, before listing them.

Applicant’s Waiver of Access to Letter of Recommendation: Under the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the California Information Practices Act of 1977, students are given the right to inspect their records, including letters of recommendation.

* 16. Reference 1 (Current or Past UC Merced RA – Does not have to be your RA)

* 17. I expressly waive my right to read this letter of recommendation.

* 18. Reference 2

* 19. I expressly waive my right to read this letter of recommendation.

Please make sure to also submit your application on CatPaws. Failure to complete the application on CatPaws by 8:00pm on January 25th, 2018 will result in an incomplete application and you will not be able to move forward in the process. You can find the application here:

By submitting this application, I am certifying that all information I have provided in this application is accurate. I have read all job information posted on the housing website. I also understand that by submitting this application  I am hereby giving authorization for the Housing & Residence Life Staff to access my student records to verify pertinent information relevant to my student standing at UC Merced.

For any questions regarding the application and/or selection process, please email Juan Carlos Lopez, Residence Life Coordinator at