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Residential Life Student Leadership Selection

Our Student Staff Positions at a Glance

The Office of Residential Life & Housing is committed to select and train the most qualified staff who take on an active leadership role in developing and maintaining a positive community within the residence halls.

We employ three different student leadership positions which play a vital in the daily operations of the residence halls. Though different in job expectations, the Resident Assistants (RA’s), Senior Desk Attendants (SDA’s) and Social Media Coordinators (SMC’s) all foster community within the residence halls by providing both educational and social opportunities. Each student staff member participates in on-call duty rotation; conducts policy education and enforcement; reports and documents all incidents; manages check-ins and check-outs; and completes administrative tasks in addition to other responsibilities.

The benefits of working with the Office of Residential Life & Housing are invaluable. You will develop skills and abilities (e.g., active listening, community building and crisis management) that will aid you throughout your college experience and career choice. Additional benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • A housing waiver ($6,000 per semester which covers the cost of fall and spring housing) and Meal Plan (exact plan TBA) provided.
  • Building positive relationships with colleagues and residents.
  • Working closely with a team.
  • The opportunity to network with college administrators and outside organizations.
  • An impressive addition to your resume.

Residential Life Student Staff Selection Frequently Asked Questions

What are the basic requirements to apply?

Residential Life Student Staff Application Checklist-

1. Meet the Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be an undergraduate student with a 3.0 GPA
  • 2 completed undergraduate academic semesters at Pace University by the date of employment (Fall 2020)
  • In good standing with the Office of Residential Life & Pace University conduct

2. Attend a mandatory information session (dates are posted below).

3.Complete the Application by December 20th at 9:00am*

*Candidates who are studying abroad for the Spring 2020 semester are encouraged to apply by December 2nd at 9am

  • Candidates will be granted access to the Residential Life Student Staff selection portal and application on Org Sync after successfully attending a Residential Life Student Staff Information Session.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The application requires:

  • Responses to two short essay questions
  • An updated copy of your resume

4. Candidates who are chosen to advance to the next stage of the process will be invited to attend the mandatory Group Process interviews that will take place the weekend of February 7-9th.**

**Candidates who are studying abroad and apply by December 2nd will be encouraged to participate in an earlier Group Process day on December 6th.

5. Candidates who advance from the Group Process interview stage of the process will be invited to attend and Individual Interview Presentation during February 21st-23rd.


The Information Sessions

When are the Residential Life Student Staff Information Sessions?

  • Thursday November 7th, 182 Broadway 9pm
  • Monday November 11th, 33 Beekman 1pm
  • Wednesday November 13th, 1 Pace Plaza W507 7pm
  • Monday November 18th, 1 Pace Plaza Lecture Hall West 9pm
  • Wednesday November 20th, 55 John Street 7pm
  • Wednesday November 20th, 182 Broadway 9pm

Exact Locations are still being confirmed, please check back and look out for advertisements with further information.

Are Residential Life Student Staff Information Sessions mandatory?
Whether you're unsure about working for us or you're brimming with excitement and can't wait to start, it is essential that you visit a Residential Life Student Staff Information Session! It is a mandatory aspect of the selection process and candidates will not receive the application until after attending the 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.


The Application

When is the Application available?
After successfully attending the mandatory Information Session, candidates will receive an invitation to the application on OrgSync.

When is the Application due?
December 20, 2019, 9:00am*

*Candidates who are studying abroad for the Spring 2020 semester are encouraged to apply by December 2nd at 9am

Can I apply as a graduate student?
At this time we only accept applications from undergraduate students who will have completed 2 full academic semesters at Pace University by the date of employment (August 2020).

What are the GPA requirements?
We require these Student Leaders to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If you don’t meet these qualifications you may still apply as long as you meet the 3.0 by the date of employment (August 1, 2020).

I do not have a resume. Where do I begin?
Career Services offers plenty of workshops and appointments for resume preparation. There are also plenty of resources on the internet. Use your favorite search engine to peruse styles for formatting and information to include.

I missed the application deadline, can I still be considered for one of these positions?
No. Completing the application is essential to move forward in the Residential Life Student Staff Selection Process. All applications are due on December 20, 2019 at 9 am, any requests for late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.


Group Process Interviews

What is Group Process?
Group Process interviews are the second step of the Residential Life Student Staff selection process. As long as all application materials are submitted appropriately, academic requirements and conduct standards are met, all candidates will receive an invitation to the group process interview.

During Group Process, candidates will be led through a series of interactive activities by Residential Life Staff facilitators. The Group Process interview will be approximately 2 ½ hours long and will take place on February 7th-9th 2020.

How should I prepare for Group Process Interviews?
All candidates will participate in the following:

3 interactive group activities

  • These activities will be facilitated, lead, and evaluated by Residential Life staff. The evaluators will be observing how candidates interact with peers and demonstrate decision making and leadership skills.

1 Touch Point conversation

  • Candidates will be asked to facilitate a 5-10 minute one on one intentional conversation with a Residential life staff member representing a current first year 2nd semester student at Pace University. The purpose of this Touch Point conversation is for candidates to show their knowledge of academic, social, and developmental resources in a one on one setting. Candidates are asked to arrive prepared with a few ideas of topics to discuss prior to arriving for their scheduled Group Process day.

10 individual conversation questions with Professional staff members, For interviewing tips, the office of Career Services is a great resource.

  • During group process candidates will meet with 5-10 professional staff members to answer questions on the following topics and how it relates to Residential Life:
    • Community Development
    • Academic Success
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Policy Enforcement
    • Diversity/Cultural Competency
    • Administrative Competency
    • Collaboration/Teamwork

How should I dress for Group Process Interviews?
Group Process Day dress is different from the interview attire. While you should still be clean and presentable, jeans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and sneakers, etc. are appropriate - pajamas are not.

I have a conflict with Group Process Interviews. Am I still eligible to stay in the Selection Process?
The short answer is no. It is absolutely vital that candidates complete the Selection Process in its entirety which includes attend an information session and attend a Group Process Interview.

I will be Studying Abroad during Group Process Interviews. Am I still eligible?
We will be conducting a Group Process day for candidates who plan on studying abroad in the Spring of 2020 on December 6 2019. If you fall in this category your application must be in by December 2nd 2019 at 9:00am.

I am not Studying Abroad, but cannot make Group Process Interviews. What can I do?
Candidates who have a conflict with the February Group Process dates must communicate with the Residential Life Student Staff Selection Committee immediately. These circumstances will be handled on a case by case basis, however please know that it is difficult to replicate the Group Process activities individually.


Individual Interviews and Presentation

What can I expect at the Individual Interview?
Interviews may last anywhere from 30-60 minutes. During the interview candidates will be asked to give a 5-10 minute presentation reflecting on who they are, what they have learned during the selection process and their understanding of how it relates to being a Residential Life staff member. The remaining time will be spent with follow up interview questions. Candidates who are applying for a specific student leadership role (Senior Desk Attendant or Social Media Coordinator) may be asked to sit for an additional interview with more follow up questions. For interviewing tips, the office of Career Services is a great resource.

How should I dress for my interview?
Dress to impress. Clean and wrinkle-free clothing is essential. Your appearance should be polished. If you have the means, wear a suit. If not, wear an outfit that increases the confidence you have gained through preparation. Put your best self forward.

What if I cannot make it to my interview?
As soon as you know that you have a conflict, contact the Residential Life Student Staff Selection Committee.


The Alternate List

I was offered an Alternate position what does that mean?
Alternate positions are sometimes offered to candidates who are qualified, but have not been offered a position on a specific staff. Since the Residential Life Student Staff selection process only happens in the Spring Semester, we often choose to identify a few candidates who could fill our positions if there openings for the fall or spring 2020-2021 academic year.

How long will I remain a candidate on the Alternate list?
Those candidates who choose to accept our offer to be on the Alternate list will remain on the list and will be eligible for hire for until the next Residential Life Student Staff Selection Process begins. All candidates who are still on the list by the time the Selection Process begins must re-apply to be considered for a position the following academic year.


Student Staff Orientation and Training

What is Residential Life Student Staff Orientation?
Residential Life Student Staff Orientation is mandatory for all new hires. It is an opportunity to get further acquainted with the Residential Life & Housing staff and complete paper work pertaining to employment.

If I have a conflict, can I miss Residential Life Student Staff Training or be late for it?
No. Attending Residential Life Student Staff training in its entirety and fully participating in opening the Residence Halls is required to hold the position. Summer Residential Life Student Staff Training lasts approximately two weeks in August and Winter Residential Life Student Staff Training is approximately one week in January and covers a variety of information. This time is critical to prepare our Residential Life Student Staff members for their role and responsibility as resources for their residents.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

When will position offers be sent out?
Position offers will be sent out via @pace.edu email addresses during the beginning of March 2020

Can I be a part-time student and work as a Residential Life Student Staff member?
No, only full-time students are eligible for our positions. Residential Life student staff must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

Can I still apply if I plan to study abroad in the Spring 2020 semester?
You may still apply and be selected for one of our positions if the following factors are met.

  • Study Abroad 2020 candidates must have a completed application in by December 2nd, 2019, 9:00am
  • Study Abroad 2020 candidates must attend the Group Process Interview day on December 6, 2019 (will be scheduled in 2 hour blocks from 9am-5pm)

I plan to study abroad during the following academic year (either Fall 2020 or Spring 2021), can I still apply?
It is preferred that you commit to a full academic year in our positions. If you are hired for a Residential Life Student Staff position and are later accepted into a study abroad program, you would not be working for our office during that period of time. If you hope to return to the position for the semester following your study abroad experience, you will need to work with the Residential Life Student Staff Selection Chair to discuss availability, qualifications and the hiring process.

Can I have a work study, outside job, or other internship and still work in one of these Residential Life Student Staff positions during the same semester?
All work/internships and commitments must be approved by your direct supervisor. Full-time internships and practicums are not permitted while serving as an employee of our office.

I have never lived on campus/ currently am a commuter student, can I still apply?
Yes, as long you have attended Pace University and completed two full academic semesters by date of employment (Fall 2020)

Will the room rent waiver and meal plan affect my financial aid package?
Each student’s financial aid package is unique. The Residential Life Student Staff remuneration can impact your ability to maintain your work study position or other aid that you receive. The Office of Residential Life and Housing recommends that all applicants contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the effect of the position on their financial aid package. It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of how the position may affect their financial aid.

What happens if I am offered a position, but I do not want to work in that specific Residence Hall?
The Office of Residential Life and Housing is searching for committed qualified staff for our community. Therefore we do not allow candidates to select where they might take offers. If you decline an offer to work in one of our residence halls, then you have declined an offer to be part of our Residential Life team. You would be removed from our candidate pool.

What are the benefits of working with Residential Life?
While the benefits of a meal and room compensation are certainly a perk, those students who are only applying for this reason are encouraged to think again. These positions are demanding jobs which require dedication to making living in the Residence Halls a positive experience for others. Some other benefits include: professional development opportunities through training and conferences, leadership development, connections with people, and marketable skill development.


More Information

How can I learn more about these positions and working with the Residential Life team?
Please review the information provided on this page, the Residential Life Student Staff Selection OrgSync portal (you will receive an invitation after attending an information session) and the Residential Life and Housing website. You may also find information in the FAQ section above. You may email the Residential Life Student Staff Selection Committee to ask questions as well. One of the best ways to learn more about the position is to ask an RA, SDA, or SMC.

More Questions?

Email the Residential Life Student Staff Selection Committee for more information.