• Employment in Student Housing and Residence Life

    The Resident Advisor and Head Resident applications for academic year 2018-2019 are now available.

    Resident Advisor Position Description AY 2018-2019

    Please email raselection@newschool.edu with Resident Advisor-related questions.

    How to Apply to Be an RA

    1. Attend a mandatory information session (dates are posted below). Applications will not be considered if there is no record of attendance at an information session. Applicants studying abroad or not yet accepted should contact raselection@newschool.edu to make special arrangements.
    2. Complete the RA Application by Monday, January 29, at 5:00 p.m. (no late applications will be accepted). The application will be available beginning on Wednesday, November 1. You will need a New School email address to access the form. The application requires:

    • Responses to two short essay questions

    • Submission of a cover letter in PDF or Word format. The cover letter should be one page, single spaced, and should clearly outline your past leadership experiences (work, volunteer, extracurricular, etc.) and how they have prepared you for success in the RA job.

    • An updated copy of your résumé

    • Contact information for two professional or academic references (non-family and non-friend)

    3. Complete the optional supplemental leadership checklist and submit it to the central housing office, located on the third floor of 72 Fifth Avenue, on or before 5:00 p.m. on January 29. This checklist involves completing a list of opportunities to help familiarize yourself with the department and to complement your application.

    4. Candidates who are chosen to advance to the next stage of the process will be invited to individual interviews that will take place February 12 through February 23.

    5. Candidates who advance from the individual interview stage of the process will be invited to attend the mandatory Group Process Interview Day on Saturday, March 3.

    Mandatory RA 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 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.

    Info Session Schedule (subject to change)

    • Tuesday, November 7, 9:00 p.m., at 20th Street Residence Hall
    • Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 p.m., at Loeb Residence Hall
    • Thursday, November 9, 9:30 p.m., at Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, November 14, 10:00 p.m., at 92Y Residence
    • Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 p.m., at Kerrey Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, November 21, 9:00 p.m., at 13th Street Residence Hall
    • Monday, December 4, 5:30 p.m., at Kerrey Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 p.m., at Loeb Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 p.m., at 20th Street Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 p.m., at 92Y Residence
    • Wednesday, December 6, 8:00 p.m., at 13th Street Residence Hall
    • Thursday, December 7, 9:30 p.m., at Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
    • Monday, January 22, 9:30 p.m., at Kerrey Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, January 23, 9:00 p.m., at Loeb Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, January 23, 9:00 p.m., at 20th Street Residence Hall
    • Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 p.m., at 92Y Residence
    • Wednesday, January 24, 9:00 p.m., at 13th Street Residence Hall
    • Thursday, January 25, 9:30 p.m., at Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall

    How to Apply to Be a Head Resident

    Currently, there are no open Head Resident positions. Updates and information will be posted on this page if a position becomes available.

  • 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 (excluding new incoming graduate students).
    • Prospective transfer and graduate students are eligible to apply for the RA position. 
    • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.
    • 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 prospective) graduate students and have previous RA experience.

    What are the benefits of the position?

    Please note that this information is for the 2017-2018 academic year and may change for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    • 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 $2,000 (taxable income).
    • HRs earn an annual stipend of $7,000 (taxable income).
    • RAs receive an annual meal stipend of $800 if placed in a residence hall with private kitchen facilities or $1,200 in residence halls without a kitchen. HRs receive an annual meal stipend of $800.

    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 position?

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

    Please note that the HR process involves a separate interview. Candidates who are being considered for the HR position(s) will be contacted individually with next steps. 

    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 2017-2018, there was a total of 48 RA positions and four 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.
    • 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 currently matriculated New School students.

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