• Employment in Student Housing and Residence Life

    The 2015-2016 RA and HR Selection Process has officially concluded. If you have specific questions, please email the director of Residence Life, Alisa Bayes, at

    Frequently Asked Questions

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

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time degree students in good academic standing.
    • 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 entering) graduate students and have previous RA experience.

    What are the benefits of the position?

    • 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 and HR positions?

    If you qualify for the RA and/or HR position, you will be invited to a group interview with members of the Housing team (professional staff and current RAs). There will be time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions. Finalists for RA and HR positions will be invited to attend individual interviews in mid-February.

    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 2014-2015, 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 for questions about the RA selection process or 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.
    • Use the RA Selection Checklist.
    • Go to an information session (schedule above).
    • 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.