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Become a Resident Assistant (RA)

Being a Resident Assistant (RA) is one of the most unique and rewarding leadership opportunities that students can have during their time at MSMU. Not only do RAs serve as exemplary role models to peers living in our residential communities, but they also acquire a multitude of transferable skills that will assist them with many of their personal, professional, and academic endeavors at the Mount and beyond.

Attend an Interest Session to learn more about the RA position and the selection process. If you have questions, we can answer them, or your current RA can tell you more about life as a RA at the Mount.

Available Nov 1-Dec 2, 2017

How to Become a Resident Assistant

1. Attend the RA Interest Session

During the month of November, we will be hosting several RA Interest Sessions to provide candidates with more information about the position and selection process. Each session will be led by current RAs and members of the Residence Life Professional Staff, who will be able to answer all of your questions as well as provide some insight and advice for candidates. Below is the schedule for this year's information sessions:
  • Nov. 2018 - TBD

2. Complete the RA Application

Applications are available beginning November 1, and are due December 2, 2018 - Application available online. The Residence Life professional staff and the RA Selection Committee will carefully read each application before sending out invitations to participate in January's interview days.

3. Acquire Two References

Please submit two references. You may list your current RA, a former/current supervisor, employer, professor, or coach. Please email the letters to Noreen O'Donnell by December 2018. 

4. Participate in Interview Days

All candidates who have successfully completed the steps above and meet all other criteria to be eligible for the RA position, will be invited to participate in Interview Days. All interviews will be conducted beginning Mid-January 2019 and will continue throughout the week.
You will be contacted during the winter break with information on which day and time you have been assigned to attend. In addition, you will participate in a group process interview with other RA candidates.

5. RA Training

By early February, all RA candidates are contacted regarding the status of their application. Those candidates who are offered RA positions for the 2019-2020 academic year will need to attend the mandatory Spring RA Training dates. Dates are TBD. In addition, new RAs will be staying for hall closings through the Monday after commencement.

RA Selection Timeline

Date & Time Event Location
November 1 RA Applications Available Online
November 7 @ 12 p.m. RA Selection Interest Session Gelles Conference Room
November 8 @ 3:30 p.m. RA Selection Interest Session Gelles Conference Room
November 9 @ 8 p.m. RA Selection Interest Session McCaffrey Lounge
November 10 @ 10 a.m. RA Selection Interest Session Gelles Conference Room
December 2 @ 5 p.m. Deadline to Submit Applications Online
January 16-19, 2018 RA Selection Interviews Residence Life Office
Feb 24 - Mar 2, Mar 16-18, Apr 6-8, May 11-14 Mandatory Spring RA Training and Closing TBA

Become a Desk Assistants (DA)

Desk Assistants (DAs) are paraprofessional staff members who work collaboratively with Resident Assistants and MSMU Public Safety to ensure to security of University residence halls. Desk Assistants are responsible for monitoring security, safety, and service for the Residence Halls of Sheridan, Pangborn, Powell, and Terrace. In addition to assisting with the safety and security of the residential communities, DAs also serve as general information resources for students and guests.

Job Responsibilities

Desk assistants are an integral part of the Residence Life team. The DA position is much more than a typical on-campus student employment or work-study job. Being a DA gives students the unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the resident assistant staff in creating positive communities in our campus residence halls. The DA position also allows students the opportunity to develop and strengthen their communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills. As important members of the Residence Life team, all newly-hired and returning desk assistants are required to participate in fall and winter training programs in conjunction with the Resident Assistant staff.

Application Process

All students interested in applying to become a desk assistant should check their email for more information. Applications for 2019-2020 will be available in the spring semester. 

A full Desk Assistant search for the academic year begins in early March.