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RC-RA Staff

Each year the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs looks for responsible, motivated, organized students who want to develop strong communities within our residential communities! As Residential & First-Year Programs staff members you are expected to develop relationships with their peers, address and assist students with concerns, facilitate community building activities, and serve as educators helping their peers develop through the residential experience.

Becoming involved on campus as a Resident Assistant (RA), Community Advisor (CA), Orientation Leader (OL), or Assistant Residential Life Coordinator/Residence Coordinator (ARLC/RC) provides you with the chance to learn from your peers and impact the lives of others. The professional staff, within the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs, approach their work as educators and seek to provide student staff with a rich learning experience.

As a Residential & First-Year Programs staff member you will be challenged to:

  • Consider the principles and significance of being an effective citizen leader
  • Explore ways of being creative through exploration of multiple perspectives
  • Gain a clearer sense of your own self while also better understanding others
  • Develop and hone your communication skills
  • Cultivate a leadership and administrative skill set that will help you be successful in your work with Residential & First-Year Programs and beyond

Student Staff Roles:On the ropes course

Resident Assistants (First-Year Area): RAs provide leadership with a focus to serve as an educator and a resource in the first-year residence halls. RAs serve as orientation leaders, develop relationships, foster community, address violations of community standards, and assist students in reflecting on their experience at Gettysburg College. They perform all of these functions in the context of the Citizenship Pillars (Be Curious, Own Your Experience, Engage Difference, and Make an Impact). In the first-year buildings, most RAs work in pairs on each floor. RAs are also part of the Orientation and Charting Your Course (CYC) staff and are therefore integral in new students' transition to the College. RAs are directly supervised by one of two Residential Life Coordinators (East or West RLC). In order to be selected as an RA you must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and in good disciplinary standing.

Community Advisors (Sophomore Resources/Upperclass Area): Community Advisors are involved in developing relationships with their residents and facilitating the formation of a sense of community within their living space. The CA position is unique in that students are specially trained to serve as peer advisors with the skills to facilitate discussions that support their residents' academic progress, personal development, and career exploration. They work collaboratively with Sophomore Resources partners. CAs are pivotal in the work of enhancing the College's outreach to sophomore students. They perform all of these functions in the context of the Citizenship Pillars (Be Curious, Own Your Experience, Engage Difference, and Make an Impact). CAs work with students in various areas on campus including Traditional Halls, Motels, and Apartments & Suites. CAs are supervised by the Assistant Director. In order to be selected as an CA you must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and in good disciplinary standing.

Orientation Leaders: Orientation Leaders work with incoming new students during the Orientation time period. Orientation is designed to welcome and introduce all entering students and their families to Gettysburg College. The program helps new students, parents, and family members who are making the transition from their previous environment to the academic culture, social culture, and community of Gettysburg College. OLs play a crucial role in this process by working with a Resident Assistant and a group of 20-25 students to help them create relationships and ease the transition to this new environment. In order to be selected as an OL you must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and in good disciplinary standing.

Residence Coordinators: RCs serve as RAs or CAs for their assigned location while also providing staff leadership for their building or complex. RCs have at least one year of experience as part of the Residential & First-Year Programs staff. The role of RCs is critical to both the success and effectiveness of a building or complex staff. In addition to their responsibilities within their building or complex, each RC works closely with a team of Area RCs and their supervisors to provide guidance and leadership to the entire community. There are 9 RCs with 6 working in the First-Year Quads and 3 in the Upperclass Area. RCs are supervised by either the Residential Life Coordinators or the Assistant Director.

Assistant Residential Life Coordinator for College Houses: The Assistant Residential Life Coordinator (ARLC) oversees the day-to-day operations of the College House program. The ARLC supports the House Leaders in their programming efforts and assists in maintaining a healthy, welcoming community. The ARLC also coordinates community-wide events that strengthens the relationship of Spark and Theme House residents. The ARLC also manages the transition of Spark Houses and application process for new Theme Houses.

Staff Selection Information

Orientation Leader Applications are now available! 

Orientation Leader Position Description

Application Deadline: Friday, March 23rd by 5pm

Orientation Leader Application: 

  1. Online Application
  2. Resume & Cover letter emailed to
  3. Recommendation (from a faculty or staff member)

Important Dates:

Orientation Leaders return to campus on Sunday, August 19th, complete training until Tuesday, August 21st, and work all five days of Orientation from Wednesday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 26th.