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 2019/20.
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, Thunderbird
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, Orchard Commons
Being an RA has challenged me, given me opportunities to grow and enriched my university experience.Â â€“Â Harrison, Place Vanier
Types of jobs
|Monday,Â November 19||Applications open|
|January 2â€“16||Visit our Work in Residence Life infoÂ booth at residences across campus to learn more!|
|November 28â€“January 15||Attend a mandatory Information & Application Session.
Visit the Residence LifeÂ Event CalendarÂ for dates & times.
|Saturday, January 12||Visit our booth at the Student Leadership Conference!|
|Wednesday, January 16||Last day to apply! (Application is open until 11:59pm)|
|January 31â€“February 8||Carousel interviews for new applicants|
|February 20-28||Residence Coordinator interviews|
|Thursday, MarchÂ 14||Hiring decisions made, candidates notified|
|Monday, March 25||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 community.
Hello! This year is my fourth working for Residence Life. I cannot get enough of this job! Iâ€™m currently a Residence Advisor at Thunderbird, which mostly consists of graduate students and upper-year undergrads.
The value that RAs bring to their communities is immense, but not always obvious. A big piece of what we do is facilitating connections between residents and helping residents access campus opportunities and resources. Top things that I love about being an RA include helping international students who are transitioning to life in Canada, advising students who need a bit of support getting into the rhythms of grad school or assisting students who may need that extra bit of help with the challenges of living independently.
The skills I have learned in Residence Life remain invaluable. Notably, working as an RA has made me a much better communicator: I am a better listener, more assertive and I can more easily connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, I have learned how to manage/resolve conflict and provide effective feedback â€“ vital skills in any professional or academic context. Iâ€™ve also had numerous opportunities to reflect on my leadership style and use those insights to more effectively work with others. Plus, the value of continuing in the job year after year means that I have been able to take on increasingly complex projects, mentor newer Residence Life staff and develop deeper collaborations with campus partners.
Working in Residence Life has also allowed me to meet wonderful people from across campus who I would not have otherwise met. (Being a grad student in Forestry, I spend most of the time in the lab!) Through this amazing network of people, I have made lasting friendships and developed long-term connections for which I am immensely grateful.
Ricardo Pelai, 24
Second-year graduate student: Master of Science, Forestry
Hometown: Cochabamba, Bolivia (among others!)
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a place to grow.
Hi, Iâ€™m Emma-Claire, a Residence Advisor at Marine Drive. 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 offered a place on the RA team at Marine Drive. 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, 21
RA, Marine Drive
Third-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 in Tallwood House, it feels like Iâ€™ve been embraced by the community here â€“ both the residents and my Residence Life colleagues. In other words, just two months in, Tallwood already feels like home.
In the same short period of time, as a result of my experiences in Residence Life, Iâ€™ve also found myself growing as a person. Whether itâ€™s collaborating with a teammate to plan a program or supporting a resident with an academic or personal concern, Iâ€™m getting experience that is helping me grow both personally and professionally.
Plus, what Iâ€™m learning about myself and the new skills Iâ€™m developing have had a positive impact outside of Residence Life. I 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 difference â€“ big or small â€“ in the lives of my fellow students is a huge reason why I love being an RA.
Isak(i) Makynen, 20
RA, Brock Commons Tallwood House
Third-year undergraduate: English Literature & French
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Dolgormaa (Doko) Battulga
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a sense of belonging.
Hi, my name is Doko! Working in Residence Life has been such an integral part of my experience here at UBC. Iâ€™m from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, so moving to a whole new country for university was as scary as it was exciting. Then, with such a big campus, it wasnâ€™t always easy to find a sense of community and belonging. But thatâ€™s exactly what I found in Residence Life. When I applied to become an RA, I had no idea it would help me find my place at UBC.
Beyond finding my people and my passion, working in Residence Life has allowed me to grow as an individual, a student and a friend. The experiences that Iâ€™ve had as an RA have taught me how to support my residents and the people around me â€“ and how to support and take care of myself. Juggling school and work can be complicated. But from my experience in Residence Life and the support I get from my fellow RAs, Iâ€™ve learned skills like how to manage my time efficiently and when to make time for myself.
One of the skills that Iâ€™ve really developed is how to work as part of a team. I regularly work with other RAs from my building, my Residence Area or from other residences entirely. Being a supportive and reliable team member is a skill that I know will be valuable throughout my entire life and career.
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.
Dolgormaa (Doko) Battulga, 20
RA, Orchard Commons
Third-year undergraduate: Natural Resources Conservation, Forestry
Hometown: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. Itâ€™s a place for everyone.
Hi there! Iâ€™m Harrison, a second-year Commerce student and RA at Place Vanier. Last year, living in first-year residence was such an amazing experience. I built many lasting relationships that helped me get through the highs and lows of first year. Seeing my friends and neighbours after a long day of studying always brightened my mood. And I knew that this community was strong and supportive thanks to the work of my amazing RA. Seeing how my RA fostered our community was one of the primary reasons why I applied to become an RA for my second-year. I wanted to bring the same experience I had to this yearâ€™s first-year students. Plus, it was a great opportunity to get more involved in the UBC community and challenge myself beyond academics.
Admittedly, being introverted, I was unsure if becoming an RA was right for me. I thought I might have to fit into a mould and act in a certain way: aka, extroverted. But my apprehensions were flipped on their head as I went through the application process. The more people I met in Residence Life, the more I realized how valued diversity was â€“ and the more I came to believe the role was right for me. Now, I am grateful to be surrounded by a group of unique, but similarly passionate people. These are the friends and colleagues who I have leaned on for support and whose creativity and ambition continue to inspire me.
Ultimately, being an RA has challenged me, given me opportunities to grow and enriched my university experience. The role has equipped me with skills and strategies that help me succeed in and outside of Residence Life. Iâ€™m already looking forward to everything that Iâ€™ll learn between now and April â€“ and next year too!
Harrison Lee, 19
RA, Place Vanier
Second-year undergraduate: Business & Computer Science
Hometown: Burnaby, 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.
- Residence Coordinator applicants: No. You do not need to attend an Info & Application session.
Additionally, you will be required to attend Residence Life staff meetings every Monday, 7 pmâ€“11 pm.
Some RAs volunteer to stay on throughout the break in residence areas that remain open during the holidays.