Recruitment & Selection Process

Overview

The application process for Resident Advisors, House & Apartment Managers, and Community advisors is now LIVE. This webpage contains important information about the application process.

The primary selection process occurs during the spring semester. However, in the fall a small number of positions may need to be filled for the upcoming spring semester. The positions are filled typically by alternates from our previous spring semester or past RAs returning from being abroad. However, in the event that we are unable to fill all positions using those two groups, additional candidates may be considered.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Come hear from current RAs and HAMs about their experience working with Residence Life!

Information Sessions provide an overview of each role, responsibilities, and important dates and deadlines. All interested RA or HAM candidates must attend an information session.

Information Session Dates and Times:

  • December 6th, 2022 at 12:00PM – Althouse 201
  • December 6th, 2022 at 7:00PM – Althouse 201
  • January 25th, 2023 at 8:00PM – Althouse 201
  • January 26th, 2023 at 5:00PM  - Althouse 201
  • February 6th, 2023 at 12:00PM – Althouse 201

NEW APPLICANTS

Resident Advisor (RA) and House and Apartment Managers (HAM) Candidates

Our student staff, HAMs and RAs, play an integral role within Residence Life & Housing. Students selected to assume these important leadership roles will have significant, focused responsibility for residential life in an assigned area. RAs and HAMs are enthusiastic students and leaders who have a direct influence on campus culture and develop valuable leadership skills such as communication, building rapport, and managing conflict while making a substantive contribution to the campus community. 

The recruitment & selection process for new student staff starts in December and will continue during the spring semester. The selection process is designed to help applicants get to know new people, learn about themselves, and gain important skills.  To apply, candidates participate in a rigorous selection process that includes:

  • Completing an online application, attending group process on February 19, 2023 and providing one reference. 
  • Attend an individual interview which will take place the week of February 20, 2023

Timeline 

  • Applications go live on December 1, 2022!
  • Student staff (RA and HAM) applications due by February 12, 2023
  • Group Process for RA/HAM Candidates - Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 12pm to 6pm EST
  • RA references due - Sunday, February 19, 2023, by 11:59pm EST
  • Individual Interviews for RA/HAM Candidates - week of February 20, 2022
  • Offers will be sent on a rolling basis, starting mid-March

Qualifications to Apply

  • RA applicants must be a currently enrolled full-time student who has completed one semester.
  • HAM applicants must be a currently enrolled full-time student at least in their fifth semester (16 credits earned)
  • Candidates must have demonstrated exemplary personal conduct in accordance with the Community Standards. 
  • Students currently on stayed suspension or suspension will not be considered for the position.
  • Repeated behavioral or conduct related issues may also result in candidates being removed from the selection process.
  • Willingness to give priority commitment to the RA or HAM position.

Position Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.75 or higher semester and cumulative GPA throughout the course of employment.
  • Must return early for both fall and spring academic terms for Student Staff training and are expected to stay on campus until residence halls close for the semester.  
  • Maintain exemplary personal conduct in accordance with the Community Standards.
  • Assist in necessary aspects of the Residence Life & Housing program including opening, RA/HAM selection, closing, as well as roommate agreements.
  • RAs will participate in an on-call rotation with fellow Residence Life staff members.
  • Candidates must be currently enrolled at Dickinson College to be eligible to apply.
  • Priority is given to candidates applying for the full academic year. 

Documents Needed to Apply

Interview Preparation

RETURNING STAFF MEMBERS

Returning Resident Advisor (RA) or House and Apartment Manager (HAM)

Students who have worked for Residence Life & Housing as an RA or HAM are eligible to return to staff pending satisfactory job performance and a successful returning staff interview. Returning staff interviews will occur on February 14 and 15, 2023. Returning staff members can prepare and review interview questions here.

Community Advisor (CA)

Community Advisors lead a staff of RAs, HAMs, or Special Interest House Managers in building a successful team dynamic and community among a residential area on campus. CAs are expected to be in good-standing with college and demonstrate exemplary behavior and leadership to their staff and their community.

Timeline 

  • Applications go live on December 1, 2022!
  • CA applications due by February 5, 2023
  • CA references due - Sunday, February 12, 2023, by 11:59pm EST
  • Individual Interviews for CA Candidates will occur on February 7-10, 2023
  • Offers will be sent early to mid-March

Qualifications to Apply

  • CA applicants must be a currently enrolled full-time student at least in their fifth semester (16 credits earned)
  • At least one semester prior experience as an RA or HAM
  • Exemplary personal conduct in accordance with the Community Standards.
  • Willingness to give priority commitment to CA role

Position Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.75 or higher semester and cumulative GPA throughout the course of employment.
  • Must return early for both fall and spring academic terms for Student Staff training and are expected to stay on campus until residence halls close for the semester.  
  • Priority is given to candidates applying for the full academic year. 

Documents Needed to Apply