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  • Employment in Student Housing and Residence Life

    The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life has begun accepting applications for Resident Advisor (RA) and Head Resident (HR) positions for the upcoming 2015–2016 academic year.

    Please take time to speak with a staff member to become familiar with the different types of housing facilities we offer and features like Special Interest Communities and Collectives and Advising Hall Council. Our Special Interest Communities and Collectives are made up of students who wish to live with others sharing their interests; they are housed in specially designated sections of certain residence halls. Examples of current Special Interest Communities and Collectives: The New Global Village, Performing Arts, Sustainability, Visual Arts and Design, Wellness, Exploring Social Justice, and 24-Hour Quiet.

    Residence Life Employment 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.

    How to Apply to Be an RA


    The 2015-2016 Resident Advisor Application is no longer available. Applications were due on February 6, 2015. For questions, please email RASelection@newschool.edu. Check back in November 2015 for information regarding the 2016-2017 Selection Process!

    How to Apply to Be an HR

    The 2015-2016 Head Resident Application is no longer available.  The application deadline was February 13, 2015. For questions, please email HeadRSelection@newschool.edu. Check back in November 2015 for information regarding the 2016-2017 Selection Process.

    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 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.
    • 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.

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