Employment in Student Housing and Residence Life
The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life will begin taking applications for Resident Advisor (RA) or Head Resident (HR) positions for the upcoming 2014–2015 academic year on December 2, 2013.
Resident Advisor: Job Description (coming soon)
Head Resident: Job Description (coming soon)
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 sections of certain residence halls set aside for students who wish to live with others who share their interests. 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.
How to Apply to Become an RA
- Complete the online application form (coming soon). The RA application period ends on January 31, 2014 at 12:00 noon.
- Find one person you trust to speak on your behalf and ask them to complete the online recommendation form (coming soon). You are responsible for sending this link to your reference and following up to ensure it is submitted by January 31, 2014 at 12:00 noon.
- Write a complete and appropriate résumé. You must email your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2014 at 12 noon in order to complete your application.
How to Apply to Become an HR
- Complete the online application form (coming soon). HR application period ends on January 31, 2014 at 12:00 noon.
- Email a copy of your résumé and a cover letter to email@example.com by January 31, 2014 at 12 noon in order to complete your application.
- Within the HR application, there is an option for you to also apply to be considered as 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 be currently 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.)
- For the Head Residence positions, previous RA experience is strongly preferred.
What are the benefits of the positions?
- Both positions offer invaluable student leadership experience.
- Each RA and HR gets a single 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 the 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 and qualified for both, the HR application includes an option allowing you to indicate 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 will be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for RA Selection process questions or email@example.com for Head Residence process questions.
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.
If you are interested in being an RA in Paris wither over the summer or for the Academic year, please check back for more information at a later date or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 17, 2013
Applications for RA and HR positions available
January 31, 2014
Applications for RA and HR positions due by 12:00 noon
Febuary 2 to Febuary 15, 2014
RA Group Process
February 2014 (TBA)
HR Group Process
February-March 2014 (TBA)
Individual interviews by appointment
Early April 2014 (TBA)
Offer letters emailed
May 2014 (TBA)
2014-2015 Welcome and Orientation meeting