Work in Residence Life


It’s more than just a job.

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2021/22.

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, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.

I’ve had the opportunity to develop my leadership and event planning abilities, but I’ve also learned to be a better listener and support system, in both my professional and personal life. – Shalom Howe, Marine Drive

To me, becoming a Residence Advisor was a large personal step, and it was a fantastic step to take. – Anoop Sangha, Ponderosa Commons

Being an RA has helped me enhance my community building skills, and also my compassion, patience, and empathy – Tamasha Hussein, Exchange Residence

Types of jobs

Residence Advisor (RA)

No experience required.

Application Deadline: February 10, 2021

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Senior Residence Advisor (SRA)

Residence work experience required.

Application Deadline: February 10, 2021

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Programme Resource Centre Advisor (PRCA)

Residence work experience required.

Application Deadline: February 10, 2021

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New Applicants
For your application to be considered, you must complete a mandatory Residence Advisor Hiring Information Course online via Canvas. More detail in the FAQs below!

Recruitment calendar

Applications

December 18
February 10

Last day to apply! (Application is open until 11:59pm).

February 17

All applicants notified about their status.

Interviews

February 24–⁠March 4

Virtual interviews: new Residence Advisors.

March 9–⁠March 11

Virtual interviews: returning Residence Advisors.

March 16–⁠March 18

Virtual interviews: senior Residence Advisors and Programme Resource Centre (PRC) Advisors.

Offers and orientation

Spring–summer 2021

Hiring decisions made and candidates notified.

August 2021

Mandatory two-week orientation.

Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below!

Student Stories


Photo of Shalom, Marine Drive RA, with text "Meet Shalom"

Shalom Howe

Working in Residence Life is the chance to be part of an incredible team.

Hello! My name is Shalom and I’m a Residence Advisor at Marine Drive. In my second year of university I came to UBC as a transfer student – and living in residence was the place where I first found community.

At both UBC and my previous university, I had great relationships with my RAs. What motivated me to apply for an RA position at UBC was wanting to offer other students the same feeling of support that I received.

While working as a Residence Advisor, I have learned so much about myself and how to be a positive member of a community. I’ve had the opportunity to develop my leadership and event planning abilities, but I’ve also learned to be a better listener and support system, in both my professional and personal life. Plus, I’ve built connections with people who I will genuinely care for, long past my time in university.

Being an RA, you are a part of an incredible team, which supports you, uplifts you, and watches out for you like family. There is such a positive atmosphere, and you are encouraged to be your unique self and use your passions to help others.

What I have most loved about my time as a Residence Advisor is that it has helped me build confidence, find my passions, and give back to my community, positively impacting the lives of others.

Shalom Howe, 21
RA, Marine Drive
Fourth-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Kinesiology, with a French minor
Hometown: Kitchener, ON

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Photo of Anoop, Ponderosa Commons RA with text "Meet Anoop"

Anoop Sangha

Working in Residence Life is the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone.

Hi, my name is Anoop and I’m a Residence Advisor at Ponderosa Commons.

When I was first offered the position at Ponderosa, I initially doubted my ability to work as a RA. It was my first time living in such a diverse community, with people of all ages, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But a loyal and supportive team of other advisors was there to support me, help me develop my skills and set me up for success in the role.

My time as an RA has greatly influenced my development both personally and academically. The Residence Life community is incredibly diverse, and the Ponderosa community has taught me to approach situations and challenges in and out of the classroom through a variety of lenses. By living and working with this exceptional group of people, I’ve learned to step outside of my own comfort zone and pursue ambitions I otherwise wouldn’t have.

To me, becoming a Residence Advisor was a large personal step, and it was a fantastic step to take. Working as a RA has meant providing support for the people around me – residents and my fellow RAs. In particular, I’ve enjoyed helping residents form connections and lasting friendships, helping to make their residence communities a home away from home.

Anoop Sangha, 20
RA, Ponderosa Commons
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Chemical Biology
Hometown: Surrey, BC

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Photo of Tamasha, Exchange RA, with text "Meet Tamasha"

Tamasha Hussein

Working in Residence Life is a place to learn and grow.

When I received an offer to become a Residence Advisor, I definitely doubted whether or not I was the best fit for the role. Maybe they’re just looking for outgoing and really energetic, outspoken personalities, I wondered.

But that’s not the case at all! From my experience in the role, I realized that every team needs a balance of personalities in order to thrive. Of course, it’s not just about personality. My interest in building and supporting a community is what really interested me in the role, and it’s what helped me get the job.

Nevertheless, being a Residence Advisor has strengthened and transformed my personality, helping me feel more comfortable with tasks and interactions that require me to be a bit more outgoing.

I’ve also developed skills and perspectives that I don’t believe I could have in other roles. Being an RA has helped me enhance my community building skills, and also my compassion, patience, and empathy, which will all help me throughout my time as a student and in my career after university.

Plus, I am constantly learning from my community and my RA team, and I enjoy all the great opportunities to challenge my thinking and come up with engaging ideas for programs and activities.

Above all, I have a lot of fun being an RA. I have developed a unique community and established great relationships with such talented and intelligent people.

Tamasha Hussein, 21
RA, Exchange Residence
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Global Health
Hometown: Lilongwe, Malawi

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FAQ

Can I apply if I haven't lived in residence?
Yes, we accept applications from all UBC students.
If I haven't lived in residence before, where can I find out more about the different residences?
You can find out more on our website under residences.
I'm here on a student visa. Can I apply?
Yes. If selected for a position, you will need a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN).
What should I include in my application?
Include all past work and volunteer experience, along with your answers to the questions in the online application.
Do I need to complete the Residence Advisor Hiring Information Course?
  • New Residence Advisor applicants: Yes. For your application to be considered, you will need to complete the course. It is mandatory for any applicant who has not previously worked in Residence Life at UBC.
  • Returning Residence Advisor applicants: No. If you have previously worked as a Residence Advisor at UBC, you do not need to complete the Hiring Information Course.
Take the RA Hiring Information Course

You can self-enroll in the course at any time prior to the deadline, but we recommend you complete the course as soon as possible, since it will answer additional questions that you may have and help you submit a higher quality application. The deadline to complete the course is February 10, 2021 — the same as the application deadline.

Do I also need to apply to live in residence?
Yes, you will need to apply to live in residence. If you are selected for a Residence Life position, you will then be guaranteed a space in residence.
Can I apply for more than one job type?
Yes, apply for each separately.
What will the interview process look like this year?
Given the current Public Health Orders in BC and physical distancing guidelines, our interview process will be completed virtually this year. If you are selected to participate in our interview process, we will contact you via email with more information.
If I'm hired, can I choose my own residence assignment?
No.
If I'm hired, when will I receive an offer/residence assignment?
In a typical year, we are able to make offers by mid-March. However, due to COVID-19, we will be staggering our hiring decisions as we gain clarity in spring and summer about what our September 2021 occupancy in residence will look like.
Can I have a roommate?
Residence Advisors are not permitted to have roommates. However, if you are married, your spouse is permitted to live with you. Please let us know during the interview process if you have a spouse who will be living with you, so that we can ensure you’re placed in appropriate accommodation.
If my family lives in the Lower Mainland, will I have the opportunity to return home from time to time?
Your schedule will give you the opportunity to visit friends and family from time to time. You are required to stay in residence 5 nights per week, 3 of which you are working/on-duty. One of these nights will necessarily be a Friday or Saturday each week. You will be planning the schedule with your team on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, you will be required to attend Residence Life staff meetings every other Monday, 7 pm–11 pm.

If I am offered a position, will I have opportunities to take time away (e.g., for holidays, academic events, etc.?
Residence Advisors are able to take a specified amount of time away during the year. All requests must be approved in advance by the Residence Life management team.
Will I be required to work during Reading Break?
You are expected to be present for at least half of Reading Break. The schedule will be determined by your Residence Life team.
Will I be required to work during the holiday break (late-December to early-January)?
Most staff are able to take time off during the holiday break and are required to work until the last day of exams in December.

Some RAs volunteer to stay on throughout the break in residence areas that remain open during the holidays.

Where can I find more information about job expectations?
Please refer to the applicable job description above.

Are RAs permitted to accept other paid commitments at UBC?
Advisors may be able to take on additional employment, but must have it approved by their Residence Life Manager.
Are there other jobs available in residence?
We recruit candidates as needed for administrative/support positions such as front desk services and housekeeping. Visit UBC Human Resources to check for vacancies and to apply. Summer housekeeping jobs are posted in January/February. UBC Food Services also recruits part-time workers as needed.
Are there jobs available at Acadia Park?
Typically, four Community Assistants are employed at Acadia Park, UBC’s student family residence. Contracts end annually on April 30 and are renewed if work performance is satisfactory. Resumés are accepted year-round at the Acadia Park Front Desk and kept on file until a position becomes vacant.
Who can I ask if I have additional questions?

New applicants: Please complete the mandatory Residence Advisor Hiring Information Course online via Canvas. If you have any remaining questions, contact information is provided at the end of the course.

Returning applicants: Please contact your RLM.

Graduate Student FAQ

In what residences are graduate student Residence Advisors placed?
Thunderbird, Marine Drive, Ponderosa Commons, Tallwood House or Exchange Residence.
Will I be able to attend academic conferences?
You can submit requests for time away. We do our best to accommodate reasonable requests while maintaining sufficient support for your residence community.
What will my living situation be like?
Thunderbird, Marine Drive, Ponderosa Commons, Tallwood House and Exchange Residence Advisors are placed in studio or one-bedroom apartments.
Can I have a roommate?
Residence Advisors are not permitted to have roommates. However, if you are married, your spouse is permitted to live with you. Please let us know during the interview process if you have a spouse who will be living with you, so that we can ensure you’re placed in appropriate accommodation.
Will the job conflict with my time in the lab?
Most responsibilities that advisors have are flexible and can be coordinated with academic schedules. However, there are some mandatory duties that are scheduled in the evening past 7pm.
How long is my contract?
Residence Advisors are offered 8 month contracts (late-August to late-April). However, we do hire some Residence Advisors for the summer months through a subsequent hiring process, which takes place in February.
Where can I find more information about job expectations?
Please refer to the applicable job description above.

How will being an RA be beneficial to my career?
Former graduate RAs have told us that, although they had a depth of experience in research, this role helped them enhance skills like leadership, collaboration, and community building—plus, it added a distinguishing element to their CV!
How flexible is my schedule during the mandatory two-week orientation in August?
The orientation is a full-time, intensive training period. It is recommended that you schedule any other commitments outside of the orientation.
Who can I ask if I have additional questions?

New applicants: Please complete the mandatory Residence Advisor Hiring Information Course online via Canvas. If you have any remaining questions, contact information is provided at the end of the course.

Returning applicants: Please contact your RLM.