Resident Assistant and Community Coordinator Positions

Over 340 Resident Assistants and Community Coordinators work within our 27 residence halls and apartment communities to provide a positive on-campus living experience for the 15,000 students who call our campus home each year.  We invite Spartans who want to leave a mark and make a difference on campus to join our legacy by applying to be a Resident Assistant or Community Coordinator!

  • Resident Assistant Positions --  Application is closed for 2016-17 positions

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a live-in student staff member in the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services. The RA assists in supporting the academic community in residence halls and apartments and has specific responsibility for working with students on a particular floor or area. RAs are expected to provide strategies for, and assist residents with, multicultural development, learning, character building, community development and personal wellbeing.

The RA is responsible for assisting students individually and in groups. The RA's primary role is to facilitate the creation of a positive environment which supports students' academic and personal success. In order for these environments to develop, RAs must make significant connections with their residents, help residents know each other, and connect residents to the resources and opportunities of the larger university. Strategies for success include maintaining individual and group contact, a thorough knowledge of campus resources, planning and implementing activities, and responding to community and individual concerns. 

Most RA positions are located in traditional residence halls for the academic year.  There are a small number of RA positions that are located in Owen/VanHoosen Halls, Spartan Village and University Village that have slightly different requirements/conditions for the 2016-17 year. 

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  • Community Coordinator (Spartan Village) - For 2016-17 positions, this position will be retitled to Resident Assistant.  Application is currently closed.
    Resident Assistants in Spartan Village provide opportunities for residents to connect with one another through programs and outreach activities. The RA in Spartan Village is a 12-month live in graduate or undergraduate student staff member in the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services. The RA is responsible for assisting students with personal and academic concerns in Spartan Village. Additionally, the RA shares duty coverage, initiative development, response to student concerns, and administrative responsibilities with other Spartan Village RA. RAs receive a standard furnished, air-conditioned,  two-bedroom apartment in Spartan Village.  RAs must maintain a 2.75 cumulative MSU grade point average during employment.  NOTE:  This position is NOT a graduate assistantship; however, both graduate students and undergraduate students may apply.  PREFERENCE 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 (including children); ability to work well in a team; proficiency using Microsoft Office.

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