HRC Student Staff

The Resident Advisor (RA) is a live-in student leader who serves as a university resource for the residents in a given area, floor, or residence hall. Their primary job duties include getting to know their residents, building community, and connecting all residents to their campus community through activities and information. In addition to these duties, RAs also provide on-call and crisis response services within Housing and Residential Communities after hours with the assistance of Community Directors and UAPD. A successful candidate will be organized, possess the ability to interact and communicate with a diverse group of people, work cooperatively on a team, maintain confidentiality and professionalism, and plan and implement activities designed to meet the needs of their residents.

The Desk Assistant (DA) is an hourly paid position that staff the 24-hour community desks. Their primary job duties include; serving as a “front-line” customer service agent, a communication link between residents and staff, answer area phones professionally, and provide information to customers. They refer students and parents to available campus and community resources, monitor and control building traffic, and assist with ensuring the security and safety of area residents. They also provide administrative support to the area’s Office Associate and student staff. A successful candidate will be organized, possess the ability to interact and communicate with diverse groups of people professionally, maintain confidentiality and professionalism, have the ability to work without being directly monitored, and provide exceptional customer service to all customers.

The Graduate Community Director (GCD) position is a live-in graduate assistantship that manages the day-to-day operations of a residential community and supervises the RA staff of residential buildings.  They participate in the RA recruitment, selection, and training process.  They serve as conduct hearing officers for the residential communities and meet with students who have allegedly violated the community living standards to provide educational interventions and referrals.  In addition to these duties, GCDs provide on-call and crisis response support to RAs within Housing and Residential Communities after hours with the assistance of professional staff and UAPD.  The successful candidate will be required to work at least 15 hours per week during business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) with the ability to work an additional 5 hours per week outside of business hours.  Preference for the GA position will be given to those in the Higher Education Administration program, but all majors are welcome to apply.

All  positions require night, holiday, and weekend hours throughout the academic year.  All candidates must be enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at The University of Alabama and must remain in good academic, conduct, and financial standing as defined by The University of Alabama and Housing and Residential Communities. There is a minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for all positions (2.65 for RA, 2.0 for DA, 3.0 for GCD) that will be verified at the time of application and the beginning each semester of employment thereafter.  In addition, prior to hiring, the final candidates for all student staff positions must successfully pass a pre-employment criminal background check and provide proper documentation showing that they can legally work at the University of Alabama.

Please contact Mary Thornton at regarding the recruitment and selection process for each position.

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-led organization that encourages creative thought with the empowerment of diversity, development of future campus leaders at the Capstone, membership in student housing organizations for state, regional, and national recognition, evolutionary partnerships with other UA student organizations, and educational enhancement of a traditional college experience with programs that support wellness, safety, environmental awareness, social living and shared learning. All students living on campus are members of RHA. RHA is governed by an elected executive board and is the umbrella organization for Hall Councils. Each residence hall community has a Hall Council, comprised of elected and appointed positions. The purpose of each Hall Council is to foster community within the residence hall and encourage leadership among residents. For more information, please contact the executive board at or contact the RHA advisor Carolyn Nelson.