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  • Employment in Student Housing and Residence Life

    The Resident Advisor and Head Resident application for academic year 2017-2018 will be available on Monday, October 31, 2016 .

    Resident Advisor Position Description AY 2017-2018

      Please email raselection@newschool.edu with Resident Advisor-related questions or headrselection@newschool.edu with Head Resident-related questions.

      Residence Life Mandatory RA Information Sessions

      Whether you're unsure about working for us or you're brimming with excitement and can't wait to start, come to an RA/HR information session! It is a mandatory aspect of the application process. You can ask all your questions and get insider tips about these important jobs that will help you prepare for the application and selection process.

      Info Session Schedule (subject to change)

      • Monday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. at 20th Street Residence Hall
      • Tuesday, November 8, at 8:30 p.m. at Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
      • Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. at 72 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor Conference Room
      • Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Hall
      • Monday, November 14, at 8:00 p.m. at 13th Street Residence Hall
      • Thursday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m. at Kerrey Hall
      • Monday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. at 20th Street Residence Hall
      • Monday, December 5, at 9:00 p.m. at Loeb Hall
      • Tuesday, December 6, at 8:30 p.m. at Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
      • Wednesday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. at Kerrey Hall
      • Thursday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m. at 72 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor Conference Room
      • Wednesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m. at 13th Street Residence Hall
      • Sunday, January 22, at 8:00 p.m. at 13th Street Residence Hall
      • Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. at 20th Street Residence Hall
      • Tuesday, January 24, at 8:30 p.m. at Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
      • Wednesday, January 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Kerrey Hall
      • Wednesday, January 25, at 8:00 p.m. at Loeb Hall
      • Thursday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m. at 72 Fifth Ave, 3rd floor

      How to Apply to Be an RA

      1. Attend a mandatory information session.

      2. Complete the RA Application by Monday, January 30, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (no late applications will be accepted). The application will be available beginning on Monday, October 31. You will need a New School email address to access the form. Please note that in order to submit the application, you will need to include a updated copy of your résumé (must be one page long), a cover letter that is no longer than one page single spaced and that outlines your past job experiences and why they have prepared you for the RA job, and the names and contact information of two professional references (non-family and non-friend). You will also be required to answer two short-answer reflection questions.

      3. In order for your application to be considered complete, you must have both attended an information session and submitted your application with all application materials by Monday, January 30, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

      4. Candidates who are chosen to advance to the next stage of the process will be invited to individual interviews that will take place February 14 through February 24.

      5. Candidates who advance from the individual interview stage of the process will be invited to attend the mandatory Group Process Interview Day on Saturday, March 11.

      The RA Application for the 2017-2018 Summer and Academic Year is available here.


    • Frequently Asked Questions

      Who can apply to be a Resident Advisor or Head Resident?

      • Applicants must have lived in a college residence hall for at least one semester.
      • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time degree students in good academic standing (excluding new incoming graduate students).
      • Prospective transfer and graduate students are eligible to apply for the RA position.
      • Applicants must not currently be on probation for any violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
      • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.
      • Applicants must not have a semester GPA below 2.5 (for undergraduate students) or 3.0 (for graduate students) or a letter grade of F for any course taken in the previous two semesters.
      • Applicants must have completed at least one semester as a full-time student at The New School before starting work. (Exceptions may be made for transfer students or new graduate students who have previous residence hall administrative experience.)
      • HRs must be current (or prospective) graduate students and have previous RA experience.

      What are the benefits of the position?

      Please note that this information is for the 2015-2016 academic year and may change for the 2016-2017 academic year.

      • Both positions offer invaluable student leadership experience.
      • Each RA and HR gets a single-occupancy room in a residence hall.
      • RAs earn an annual stipend of $1,900 (taxable income).
      • HRs earn an annual stipend of $6,000 (taxable income).
      • Both RAs and HRs receive a meal plan worth $450 ($225 each semester).

      I am a graduate student. Should I apply for the RA or HR position?

      The HR position is a professional-level position that involves greater responsibility and offers higher compensation than the RA position. Candidates with RA experience should seriously consider applying to be an HR. If you do not have RA experience but feel you have a strong background in leadership, you should also consider applying to be an HR. If you do not have RA experience or a background in leadership, please consider applying to be an RA, as we are also seeking strong graduate student RA candidates. If you are interested in and qualified for both, you can indicate on the HR application that you would like to be considered for an RA position if you are not selected to be an HR.

      What is the interview process for the RA position?

      If you qualify for the RA position, you will be invited to an individual interview with members of the Residence Life team (professional staff and current RAs) in late February. There will be time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions. Finalists for the RA position will be invited to attend a group interview with members of the Residence Life team (professional staff and current RAs) in early March.  

      Please note that the HR process involves a separate interview. Candidates who are being considered for the HR position(s) will be contacted individually with next steps. 

      Can I be an RA or HR for just one semester?

      No. Students hired for an RA or HR position are hired for an academic year (fall and spring semesters) and must be enrolled as full-time students on campus for both semesters in the academic year for which they are hired.

      How many people will be hired? Are there alternate positions?

      In 2015-2016, there were a total of 43 RA positions and 4 HR positions campus-wide. The number of available positions for next year depends on the number of current RAs and HRs who return. We do select some alternate candidates, who will be contacted if a position opens up over the summer or during the fall semester.

      If I have questions, whom can I talk to?

      Your best opportunity to talk to us is at an information session during November, December, and January (schedule will be posted here when it is available). If you live in a residence hall, you can talk to your RA, HR, Residence Hall Director, or Area Coordinator about the selection process. Otherwise, feel free to email raselection@newschool.edu for questions about the RA selection process or headrselection@newschool.edu for questions about the HR selection process.

      What else can I do to prepare for the RA selection process?

      • Visit the Center for Student Success - Careers office and have staff look over your résumé and schedule a mock interview.
      • Go to an information session (schedule to come).
      • Attend a Hall Council meeting.
      • Attend an RA or Hall Council-sponsored program.
      • Speak to a current RA or HR.
      • Get involved in student organizations and start gaining leadership experience.

      How do I apply to be an RA over the summer?

      When you fill out your application, be sure to check the box on the application indicating interest in being an RA over the summer. If you are applying only for the summer, you can indicate that on your application also.

      Can I apply to be an RA over the summer if I'm not a New School student?

      No. Unfortunately, we can offer RA positions only to currently matriculated New School students.