Resident Assistant and Community Coordinator Positions

More than 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!

  • Community Coordinator (Spartan Village) - Application is currently closed.

For 2016-17 positions, this position will be retitled to Resident Assistant.  Candidates interested in this position may apply via the RA Application that will be posted October 12, 2015.  Community Coordinators in Spartan Village provide opportunities for residents to connect with one another through programs and outreach activities. The CC 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 CC is responsible for assisting students with personal and academic concerns in Spartan Village. Additionally, the CC shares duty coverage, initiative development, response to student concerns, and administrative responsibilities with other Spartan Village CCs. CCs receive a standard furnished, air-conditioned,  two-bedroom apartment in Spartan Village.  CCs 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 (to include children); ability to work well in a team; proficiency using Microsoft Office.

  • Resident Assistant Positions -- Application currently closed for fall 2015-2016 positions; Application for 2016-17 will open October 12, 2015!

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 an undergraduate residence hall and has specific responsibility for working with students on a particular floor. 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 on an assigned floor 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 acadmic year.  There are a small number of RA positions that are located in Owen/VanHoosen Halls, Spartan Village and University Village that have slightly differen requirements/conditions for the 2016-17 year. 

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Application Timeline and How to Apply - click here!

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