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Resident Staff Promotions

The Promotion process (or Promo) is the process by which Resident Staff members advance to the Senior Staff positions of Co-Chair, Senior Resident, or Program Coordinator.

The same process is used for Switches (which allows current RAs to move between different program areas, but it is separate from the Selection process (which hires new RAs). The Promo and Switch processes are handled together because they constitute all of the options for current staff members who want to come back to Resident Staff but not to their current position.

Are you considering a promotion or switch?

You should start by reviewing the Resident Staff Promotions Handbook. In addition, you have several opportunities to learn about the process and gain insight from current staff members:

  • Information Sessions: Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. at Dabney Conference Room
  • Senior Staff Panel & Meet-and-Greet Mixer: Monday, November 25, 6:00 p.m. at Ern Commons
Have more questions? Email residentstaffpromotion@virginia.edu.



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Eligibility Requirements

All promotions require RA experience. The Senior Resident – First Year position requires undergraduate status or enrollment in a 5 year continuous master's degree program, while the Co-Chair, Program Coordinator and Senior Resident positions in Upperclass and Focused communities are open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Job Descriptions

2014-2015 job descriptions are now available.

Application Process

All applicants must review the Promotions Handbook before applying for a position. The first step in the application process is to submit an Intent to Return Form by Friday, December 13, 2013. These forms are available from your Senior Resident.

Next, candidates must submit an application for promotion or switch online, starting on December 2, 2013. The essay questions will focus on your vision and goals, as well as leadership you'll provide in the position you are seeking. In addition to the online applications, applicants must ask for an assessment from their immediate supervisor and one letter of reference from another person who can speak to their leadership skills. All four forms are due at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Interviews are conducted from late January until mid-February. Each position (Co-Chair, Program Coordinator, and Senior Resident) has a separate committee with student and professional representation from that community. Each committee reviews the applications, conducts interviews, and determines offers. Notifications will be sent by email in late February.

Application Tips

  1. Talk to current staff members! The best way to learn about the nuances of any role is to ask the people who do the job every day! Ask them difficult questions, what they enjoy about their positions and any advice they would have for anyone seeking the role.

  2. Meet with an Area Coordinator or Dean. Senior Staff members work closely with the ACs and Deans. It is important for you to know what their role is and how your potential position will work in conjunction to support the mission of Housing & Residence Life. We also encourage you to closely review the job descriptions to get a better sense of these relationships.

  3. Familiarize yourself with the core values and mission of Housing & Residence Life. As a member of the Executive Committee, you will uphold these tenets and it is important you understand them well and can speak to your personal understanding.

  4. For the Individual Interview, be prepared to discuss
    • Incident response and crisis management
    • Supervision experience
    • Participation in Housing & Residence Life committees or leadership opportunities
    • Administrative prowess
    • Student self-governance