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Theme Resident Advisor (Theme RA) 2023-2024

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Job Description


Resident Advisors in Theme Communities fulfill all aspects of the Traditional Resident Advisor 2023-2024 position description, but approach the work through the lens of their Theme by engaging with their residents and programming around the particular topic area that their community is built upon. Whether it’s a resident’s first time on campus, or they’re a returning student looking for a community made up of others who share their passions, serving as a Theme Resident Advisor (Theme RA) is an exciting opportunity to enhance the resident’s experience and your own.


The RA role commitment is 20 hours per week. The 20 hours include but are not limited to building connections with residents, facilitating interactions and activities for and with residents, one on one meetings with the Hall Director (HD), Monday night staff meetings, and working at the Community Center. Theme RA’s  take on the same time commitment as traditional RA’s, while also meeting the Theme specific responsibilities listed below. Michigan Housing recognizes that RAs have other academic, personal, and professional time commitments as well. A RA’s HD  is available to discuss strategies to help balance the RA  responsibilities with other time commitments as needed.


  • Attend Traditional and Theme specific RA Training
  • Assist in actualizing the Theme Community mission through student engagement, programming and assessment
  • Fulfill all Theme engagement responsibilities as directed by the Program Manager for Theme Communities (Program Manager) and HD. Examples of which could include but are not limited to:
    • Hosting monthly Theme programs, taking students to  on-campus events related to the Theme, tracking attendance at Theme events, meeting individually with Theme residents once per semester, etc.
    • Theme RA will be expected to develop creative and inclusive programming for primarily Theme residents as well as non-Theme residents that may live on their floor
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with the Program Manager and Theme Campus Partner(s) to plan, promote and implement Theme events
  • Attend monthly  “Theme Team” meetings with the Program Manager, Theme Campus Partner(s), and HD 
  • Attend bi-monthly Theme RA meetings with fellow Theme RAs and Program Manager
  • Assist in Theme marketing and recruitment of incoming students for the following year
  • Assist in the recruitment of new/ returning Theme RA’s for following academic year


Preference will be given to individuals who have previously lived and participated in a Theme Community or  have connections to the topic area. However, any candidate interested in working as a Theme RA is encouraged to share their interest and their application will be considered.

Must meet eligibility requirements as outlined in the Traditional RA position.


Compensation includes room and board. The meal plan included is to be used as a tool to connect with residents.

Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how the position compensation may impact your award package.

Currently, there are specialized RA  positions in the following Theme Communities:

  • 1st Gen
  • Adelia Cheever Program
  • Innovation
  • International Impact
  • LiveWell
  • Living Business
  • Multicultural Housing Community
  • Second Year Experience
  • SubFree
  • Sustainable Living Experience
  • Transfer Year Experience

Prior to applying to be a Theme RA, please visit the Theme Community webpage to review the community values, the student population it supports, and FAQs to identify the specific Theme(s) you are interested in.

How to apply

Please read instructions below and then visit our application site, eRezlife.

  • Enter your Uniqname and UM password in the UM WEBLOGIN screen then select Log In.
    • Incoming graduate students, applying for a Graduate ResStaff position, without UM uniqname and password should email GradResstaffSelection@umich.edu in order to gain access to eRezLife. Please note that it may take up to 2-3 business days.
  • Select My profile. Fill out all sections & save. Please note, if you applied to a position using eRezLife in the past, make sure all profile information is up to date as fields have changed.
  • Select Job postings.
  • Select the position you are interested in.
  • Select the Apply now (green button).
  • Select Questions. Fill out all required questions (with red asterisk) and any other questions related to the position you are applying for. If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you may select Save (located at the bottom of the form) and return to it later.
  • Once complete, select Save and Continue.
  • The system will direct you to the Submit application page, Click on the small box if you understand and agree to the statements listed below it. Then select the Submit button.
  • Once the application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automated email confirmation from eRezLife.

You should note that the application includes short essay questions and you should dedicate sufficient time to complete them.