RA and CC Application Requirements

Resident Assistant Positions:

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative MSU grade point average as of the end of Fall 2014.
  • Must have earned at least 12 credits as of the end of Fall 2014.
  • Must have lived in an MSU residence hall by the end of Fall 2014.

Residence Education and Housing Services staff will screen applications and resumes, as well as verify the above requirements at the end of Fall Semester 2014 Candidates will receive an email on January 6, 2015 to let them know if they are eligible and what time to attend the Interview Weekend.  If you do not get an email on or before January 6, 2015, email Karen Stowell at kstowell@msu.edu by January 7, 2015.

Most RA positions are located in traditional residence halls for the acadmic year.  There are a small number of RA positions that are located in Owen/VanHoosen Halls and University Village that are 12-month positions.  

RAs who reside in University Village have 3 roommates; have private bedroom with shared bathroom.

To be considered for the Owen/VanHoosen position, you must be a student with at least 56 credit hours and/or Junior status at the time of employment.

RA Process Requirements

  • Candidates must submit a resume along with their application. Candidates will not be able to submit an application without first uploading their resume. Eligible candidates must be able to attend the Selection Weekend, which will be held January 24-25, 2015. Each candidate will be asked to sign up for an interview time over that weekend.
  • Candidates are asked to hold the both dates; there are limited number of time slots to sign up for.
  • Candidates offered a position will be required to participate in the RA Seminar Class. These sessions will begin in March, 2015 and will take place once a week. There will be a variety of sessions available to accommodate varying schedules.
  • Candidates offered a position must be available to attend Fall Training, which begins mid-August 2015. 

NOTE: A criminal background check will be conducted on candidates who accept an offer of employment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Resident Assistants and Community Coordinators are expected to maintain a 2.75 throughout their employment.
  • Resident Assistants and Community Coordinators are expected to attend all training sessions and workshops.
  • All Resident Assistants and Community Coordinators MUST be enrolled in at least 12 credits and be making progress toward a degree at MSU throughout their employment period.
  • Resident Assistants and Community Coordinators may NOT student teach or hold internships during their first semester of employment. After the first semester, experiences which will take the staff away from his/her building for significant time blocks are discouraged, and must be approved by the Community Director and Assistant Director in the employee’s neighborhood before they are accepted.
  • Owen Community Coordinator positions begin in August 2015. There are some opportunities for summer employment, beginning in mid-May 2015.
  • University Village RA positions are year-long positions, beginning in mid-May 2015.
  • Resident Assistant positions are for one academic year. Candidates who will not be on campus for the entire academic year will not be considered.

CLICK HERE to go to 2015-16 RA Selection Process Timeline


Community Coordinator (Spartan Village) Positions:

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a degree granting program at Michigan State University. 
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license at the time of the interview and access to a car at all times when on duty.
  • Candidates must have a flexible schedule to include some daytime hours.
  • Candidates must be available to work 12 months.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have:
    • Experience in planning activities, problem resolution and conflict management.
    • Excellent communication and cross-cultural skills.
    • Administrative and leadership experience.
    • An interest in working with persons from diverse backgrounds (to include children).
    • An ability to work well in a team.
    • Proficiency using Microsoft Office.

 Conditions of Employment

  • Community Coordinators must live in a designated apartment in Spartan Village while holding the position and must vacate the apartment upon leaving the position.
  • Community Coordinators work approximately 15-20 hours per week.

NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Residents with J-2 visa need special authorization (i.e., work permit) from Immigration to be eligible for employment. If you do not have an F1 or J Visa, please contact the Office of International Students to ensure that this position would not jeopardize your status. International students are authorized to work 20 per week on campus.

NOTE FOR DOMESTIC STUDENTS: Domestic students are allowed to work 29 hours per week on campus.