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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.

    Current Schedule (subject to change)

    • Wednesday, November 5, 8:30 p.m. - Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
    • Sunday, November 9, 9:00 p.m. - 13th Street Residence Hall
    • Monday, November 10, 12:00 noon - Kerrey Hall at the University Center, Social Justice Hub, fifth floor 
    • Tuesday, November 11, 8:30 p.m. - Loeb Residence Hall, First Floor Lounge
    • Wednesday, November 12, 12:00 noon - 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1801
    • Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 noon - 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1828 (HR position only)
    • Thursday, November 20, 8:00 p.m. - DeHirsch Residence at 92Y
    • Monday, December 1, 9:00 p.m. - Loeb Residence Hall, First Floor Lounge
    • Monday, December 1, 8:00 p.m. - Kerrey Hall at the University Center, room 620
    • Tuesday, December 2, 4:00 p.m. - 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1801
    • Tuesday, December 2,  7:00 p.m. - Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
    • Thursday, December 4,  9:00 p.m. - 13th Street Residence Hall
    • Sunday, January 25,  9:00 p.m. - 13th Street Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. - 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1801 (HR position only)
    • Tuesday, January 27, 9:00 p.m. - Kerrey Hall Lounge at the University Center
    • Wednesday, January 28, 9:00 p.m. - Loeb Residence Hall, First Floor Lounge
    • Thursday, January 29, 11:00 a.m. - 79 Fifth Avenue, room 1801
    • Sunday, February 1,  8:00 p.m. - Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall

    Please note

    If you are an HR applicant, you can attend any session, but you should try to attend sessions specifically designated for HR applicants, as indicated below. If you attend an information session in a building where you are not a resident, you must bring your New School ID to enter the facility.

    How to Apply to Be an RA

    1. Attend a mandatory information session and pick up the Resident Advisor Application Checklist.

    The application checklist allows you to supplement your application and better prepare for the selection process; it also provides the professional staff in the office with an additional opportunity to get to know you as a candidate. When the checklist is complete, return it to the Housing Office at 79 Fifth Avenue, 18th floor, by February 6, 2015. 

    2. Complete the RA Application by Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. (no late applications will be accepted). The application will be available beginning on November 1. You will need a New School email address to access the form.

    3. Submit the Recommendation Form. This must be completed by a person who knows you in a professional or academic context. Please do not have friends or relatives complete the form. Recommendation forms must be submitted to RASelection@newschool.edu by Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

    4. Submit a PDF copy of your résumé, cover letter, and writing sample (see below) to RASelection@newschool.edu by Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

    • Résumé: must be at least one page and include relevant education and work experience.
    • Cover Letter: must be no longer than one page, single-spaced. Please include answers to the following questions:
      • Tell us about a time when you took initiative on a project, whether an academic project or a work-related project. Explain the steps you took to accomplish your initiative, and describe your successes and challenges.
      • Tell us about a community you are part of, what role you play in the community, and how participating in the community has affected you.
      • Tell us about a time where you were involved in an emergency situation, the role you played, and one thing you would change about the way you handled it.
    • Writing Sample: must be no longer than one page, single-spaced, and address the following prompt.
      • Resident Advisors are responsible for communicating important information to their residents and to their supervisors. Draft an email to your future community introducing yourself and outlining your expectations for the upcoming year. Include details of who you are, what you hope to bring to the community, and your vision for the year.

    5. In order for your application to be considered complete, all required parts must be received by Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. at RASelection@newschool.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    How to Apply to Be an HR

    1. Complete the HR Application form. The HR application opens on Saturday, November 1, 2015, and ends on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Note: You must have New School email address to complete the application.
      • Note: To qualify for the HR position, you must have previous RA experience and be enrolled in a graduate program at The New School. If you do not have previous RA experience, you should consider applying to the RA position.
    2. Email a copy of your résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to headrselection@newschool.edu by Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. to complete your application.
      • Cover letter: In no more than two single-spaced pages, please discuss your previous work experience and how you feel it may apply to the Head Resident position and address the following questions:
        • What aspects of the HR position do you think you will find most challenging?
        • For Head Residents, one important requirement is being part of the after-hours on-call duty rotation in which you must physically respond to emergency and crisis situations throughout campus. Why do you believe emphasis is placed on this aspect of the position and how do you anticipate responding to emergencies when they occur? If possible, please share an example of a time when you were involved in responding to an emergency.
        • In the Head Resident position, you will supervise a staff of resident advisors who will also be full-time students.  What is your supervision style and what do you see as the role of a supervisor in a residence hall setting?
        • What are your professional goals and how does the Head Resident position fit into those goals?
      • Writing Sample: In no more than one single-spaced page, please draft a letter of warning to an RA based on the following prompt:
        • Holding RAs accountable is a major component of supervision. TNS RA of (fictitious) New School Hall was 15 minutes late for a supervision meeting. This is the second time in a month he has been late without previously notifying you as his supervisor. After the first incident, you indicated to him that being prompt was essential to the job, and he told you that it would not happen again. In your conversation, you indicate that because it is the second incident, you must draft a letter of warning to him. 
    3. On the HR application you can indicate that you would also like apply to be an RA if you are not offered an HR position.
    4. In order for your application to be considered complete, all required parts must be received by Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. at headrselection@newschool.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    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.)
    • Previous RA experience is required for the HR positions.

    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 (schedule to come). 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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