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The Office of Residence Life offers employment opportunities to those seeking professional staff, student staff or summer staff employment. Some opportunities have specific timelines, while others accept applications all year. Check back here for information on selection timelines throughout the year.

The goal for residence life staff is to support and increase student engagement in the university community, which will lead to increased persistence and higher graduation rates. In order to increase student engagement, residence life staff members assess the needs of their communities and implement strategies and programs to meet their desired outcomes.

The residence life staffs work with students in a variety of ways. As a department, we are made up of multiple positions, many of which live in residence halls with students.

Academic year student staff positions:

Resident Assistant 

The Resident Assistant is a specially selected paraprofessional, live-in member of the residence hall staff. The Resident Assistant works under the direction of the Area Coordinator/Hall Director in fulfilling a role extending into many aspects of the resident's well-being. They are responsible for developing a strong community that welcomes and supports students by establishing personal relationships with each student living in their community. They become a resource for personal issues and co-curricular opportunities and are responsible for ensuring that students have access to programs and services designated to support personal and academic success.

Graduate Hall Director

The Graduate Hall Director is a full-time graduate student that serves as a live-in professional staff member with the Office of Residence Life. They are the primary staff member responsible for the student development program within Cheney Hall, including supervision and advisement of student staff and hall representatives, program development and implementation, and administration, with the goal to enhance student development in the residence halls.

The Graduate Hall Director-Greek Area is a full-time graduate student that serves as a live-in professional staff member with the Office of Residence Life. They are the primary staff member responsible for the student development program within the Greek Area, including supervision and advisement of student staff and area government, program development and implementation, and administration. The Graduate Hall Director-Greek Area has secondary responsibilities with the Office of Greek Life, to include possible advisement of a Greek council and assistance with office programming.

Graduate Assistant for Residence Hall Operations 

The Graduate Assistant for Residence Hall Operations is a full-time graduate student that serves as the primary staff member responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Towers Customer Service Desk (desk and mailroom) and night security services for the Office of Residence Life. This is a live-on position, which involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff, and includes management of situations and emergencies, which may occur at any time of day or night.

Graduate Assistant for Administrative Operations 

The Graduate Assistant for Administrative Operations is a full-time graduate student that assists with the coordination of housing assignments for new and returning residence hall students for the Office of Residence Life. With the goal to provide quality customer service, this position involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff, and includes the management of international student arrival, which may occur at any time of day or night.

Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Publicity/Operations

The Graduate Assistant for Marketing, Publicity/Operations is a full-time graduate student responsible for the creation of marketing and promotional items for the Office of Residence Life programs, services and events. Additional responsibilities include assisting with assignments and operational activities.

Summer student staff positions

Summer Resident Assistant

The Summer Resident Assistant is a paraprofessional, live-in member of the residence hall staff. The Summer Resident Assistant works under the direction of the Hall Director in fulfilling a role extending into many aspects of the resident's well-being. Success of the Residence Life program is dependent upon the performance of each Summer Resident Assistant’s responsibilities and support of other staff members.

Summer Conference Assistant

The Conference Assistant is a paraprofessional, live-in member of the residence hall staff. The Conference Assistant works under the direction of the Hall Director in fulfilling a role extending into many aspects of the conference guest’s well-being. Success of Southeast’s conference program is dependent upon the performance of each Conference Assistant responsibilities and support of other staff members.

Summer Project Crew

The Project Crew is a paraprofessional staff member of the Office of Residence Life. The Project Crew works under the direction of the Assistant Director for Facilities and Operations. Success of the housing portion of the Residence Life program is dependent upon the performance of the Project Crew

Professional staff positions

Hall Director

The Hall Director is a full time live-in professional staff member with the Office of Residence Life. With the goal to enhance student development, they are the primary staff members responsible for the total student development program within a residence hall, including supervision and advisement of student staff and hall government representative, program development and implementation, and administration.

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