It’s more than just a job.
Weâ€™re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2020/21.
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, andâ€”most importantlyâ€”help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.
Working in Residence Life has allowed me to meet wonderful people from across campus.Â â€“Â Ricardo Pelai
I’ve grown as a person in ways that I never expected. â€“Â Emma-Claire, Marine Drive
Being able to make a difference â€“ big or small â€“ in the lives of my fellow students is a huge reason why I love being an RA.Â â€“Â Isak(i), Tallwood House
I am incredibly grateful for the experiences Iâ€™ve had in Residence Life, for the personal growth that it has enabled, and for introducing me to so many amazing people.Â â€“Â Doko Battulga
Being an RA has challenged me, given me opportunities to grow and enriched my university experience.Â â€“Â Harrison Lee
Types of jobs
|Monday, November 18||Applications open|
|January 6â€“14||Visit our Work in Residence Life infoÂ booth at residences across campus to learn more!|
|November 27â€“January 14||Attend a mandatory Information & Application Session.
Visit the Residence LifeÂ Event CalendarÂ for dates & times.
|Saturday, January 11||Visit our booth at the Student Leadership Conference!|
|Wednesday, January 15||Last day to apply! (Application is open until 11:59pm)|
|January 31â€“February 5||Carousel interviews for new applicants|
|Thursday, March 12||Hiring decisions made, candidates notified|
|Monday, March 23||FirstÂ staff meeting (mandatory)|
|August 2019||Mandatory two-week orientation|
Check out ourÂ Frequently Asked QuestionsÂ below!
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a place to grow.
Hi, Iâ€™m Emma-Claire, a Residence Advisor at Walter Gage. When I moved to Vancouver to start studying in UBC, it was the first time I was leaving home for a long period of time. It took me a while to adjust to all the changes around me, but what made the transition easier was living in residence. Thatâ€™s because during my first year, I got to meet and interact with people who were going through the same experience and shared similar feelings.
Honestly, I had my doubts about taking on the role when I was first offered a place on the RA team. But soon after I met the amazing people in the Residence Life community, my doubts melted away. What I discovered was an amazing group of people, with a range of personalities. That diversity and sense of community made for the perfect niche to rediscover myself and the UBC community where I live.
Given the demanding nature of my degree, I often struggled with finding balance between my academic and my personal life. And you would think that taking on the RA role would only make matters more complicated. But what is so cool about this job is that you are working with a group of people who are ready to help you when needed. Through working in Residence Life, I really began to understand the importance of self-care and how boundaries are necessary for a healthy mind and body.
Working in Residence Life truly is more than a job. It has helped grow as a person in ways that I never expected, and it has given me the tools to create and inspire momentum in my life, the lives of my residents and even for my friends and family.
Emma-Claire Njiki, 22
RA, Walter Gage
Fourth-year undergraduate: Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hometown:Â Yaounde, Cameroon
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a chance to make a difference.
Do you know that feeling when you meet someone for the first time, but it feels like youâ€™ve known them your whole life? Thatâ€™s what Residence Life is like for me. After just two months as a Residence Advisor last year, it already felt like I was embraced by the communityâ€”both the residents and my Residence Life colleagues. In other words, just two months in, my residence already felt like home.
In the same short period of time, as a result of my experiences in Residence Life, I also found myself growing as a person. Whether it was collaborating with a teammate to plan a program or supporting a resident with an academic or personal concern, I got experience that helped me grow both personally and professionally.
Plus, what I learned about myself and the new skills I developed have had a positive impact outside of Residence Life. I continually find myself using these skills and insights while helping my friends, working on group projects and serving customers at my other part-time job.
One of my biggest takeaways from working in Residence Life so far is how small actions can have big impacts. Offering a friendly smile, an encouraging note or a thoughtful how are you? can make a big difference in someone elseâ€™s day. Being able to make a differenceâ€”big or smallâ€”in the lives of my fellow students is a huge reason why I love being an RA.
Isak(i) Makynen, 21
Fourth-year undergraduate: English Literature & French
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
- New Residence Advisor applicants: Yes. For your application to be considered, you will need to attend one of these sessions. They are mandatory for any applicant who has not previously worked in Residence Life at UBC.
- Returning Residence Advisor applicants:Â No. If you have previously worked as a Residence Advisor at UBC, you do not need to attend an Info & Application session. But refer to your hiring package for optional sessions.
Additionally, you will be required to attend Residence Life staff meetings every other Monday, 7 pmâ€“11 pm.
Some RAs volunteer to stay on throughout the break in residence areas that remain open during the holidays.