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  • RA and HR Selection

    Employment in Student Housing and Residence Life

    The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life will begin accepting applications for resident advisor (RA) and head resident (HR) positions for the upcoming 2014–2015 academic year on December 2, 2013.

    After you learn about the duties of RAs and HRs, take a moment to become familiar with the different types of housing facilities we offer and features like Special Interest Communities (coming soon). These communities 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 are Green Living, Music, Honors, Health and Wellness, Social Justice, and Global Living.

    Residence Life Employment Information Sessions: If you're not sure about working for us, or if you're brimming with excitement and can't wait to start, come to an RA/HR information session. 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. 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. Note: 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.

    Please note

    Applications for 2014-2015 academic year RA and HR positions are no longer being accepted.

    If you wish to be a Paris Summer 2014 RA, RC, or ARC, see below.

    How to Apply to Be an RA

    1. Complete the RA application form. The RA application period ends on January 31, 2014, at 12:00 noon.
    2. Find one person you trust to speak on your behalf and ask him or her to complete the recommendation form. You are responsible for sending this link to your reference and following up to ensure it is submitted by 12:00 noon on January 31, 2014.
    3. Write a complete and appropriate résumé. You must email your résumé to raselection@newschool.edu by 12:00 noon on January 31, 2014, in order to complete your application.

    How to Apply to Be an HR

    1. Complete the HR application form. The HR application period ends on January 31, 2014, at 12:00 noon.
    2. Email a copy of your résumé and a cover letter to headrselection@newschool.edu by January 31, 2014, at 12:00 noon to complete your application.
    3. On the HR application you can indicate that you would also like apply to be an RA.

    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 $400 ($200 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 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 early March.

    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 2013-2014, there were 43 RA positions and 4 HR positions campus-wide. The number of open 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 your division's Career Services 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 current or incoming New School matriculated students.

    Parsons Paris Summer Program

    Parsons The New School for Design will employ housing staff members for the 2014 Summer Intensive program in Paris. The program is an intensive three-week residential studio art program for approximately 125 pre-college and college/adult students. The program combines intensive studio work in architecture, drawing and painting, fashion design, drawing, and photography with an immersion in French culture.

    Positions available include three residence advisors (RAs), a residence coordinator (RC), and an assistant residence coordinator (ARC).

    How to Apply to Be a Summer RA, RC, or ARC

    Applications for summer 2014 Paris positions are no longer being accepted.

    • Apply to Be a Residence Advisor or an Assistant Residence Coordinator
    • Apply to Be a Residence Coordinator

    Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Positions in Paris

    Who can apply to be a Parsons Paris residence assistant (RA)?

    • Applicants must be enrolled degree-seeking full-time students in good academic standing.
    • Applicants must not currently be on probation for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
    • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Applicants must have completed at least one semester of coursework on the New School campus before the position starts and have at least sophomore status by the start of summer 2014.
    • Applicants should be familiar with Parsons The New School for Design.
    • Applicants with resident advisor (RA) experience are preferred.
    • Applicants who are conversant in French are preferred.

    See the job description for the Parsons Summer RA above for full details.

    Who can apply for the Residence Coordinator (RC) or Assistant Residence Coordinator (ARC) position?

    Applicants must have all the qualifications listed above in addition to

    • A BFA, preferably in art and design
    • Substantial RA and/or HR experience
    • Experience in training and managing RAs in a residential setting
    • Fluency in French

    See the job descriptions for the Parsons Summer RC and ARC positions above for full details.

    What are the benefits?

    Download the position descriptions above to see the benefits for each position.

    If I am interested in being a summer RA or HR in New York in case I am not selected as a Parsons Paris staff member, do I need to apply separately?

    Yes. The Parsons Paris positions are part of a separate process, and you must fill out a separate application if you are interested in other positions. However, the selection process will be conducted to allow you to be considered for your second option.

    What are interviews for the Parsons Paris positions like?

    Individual interviews (30 minutes) are scheduled for April 15-17. A representative from the Parsons Summer Program and a housing staff member will conduct the interview. You will be asked questions to enable your interviewers to get to know you and your experiences better. There will be time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions.

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

    One RC, one ARC, and three RAs will be hired. It has not yet been decided whether alternates will be selected for these positions.

    If I have questions, whom can I talk to?

    Please contact Alisa Bayes, the assistant director for Residence Life, at bayesa@newschool.edu.

    What is the timeline for the application process?

    April 8 - Information session at 79 Fifth Avenue, room 501, at 11:00 a.m.

    April 9 - Information session at 79 Fifth Avenue, room 501, at 4:00 p.m.

    April 11 - Applications due by noon

    April 15-17 - Individual interviews are held

    April 21 - Offer letters are distributed

    TBD - Orientation and training

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