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2023-2024 Student Staff Member Applications

Housing & Residence Life is now accepting applications for all student staff positions for Spring 2023 and academic year 2023-2024. This includes Resident Assistants, Office Assistants, Desk Receptionists, and Night Desk Receptionists. Interested candidates must attend one informational session to receive access to the electronic application. If you are not able to attend an in-person Information Session, contact the Student Staff Recruitment Team to learn more information about our online information session.

Information Sessions:

Information Session dates and times will be released in early October 2022.

2023-2024 Recruitment Timeline

  • Fall 2022: Student Staff Information Sessions
  • Spring 2023: Student Staff Interviews

Resident Assistant

REQUIREMENTS

Resident Assistant Applicants will be required to complete the following steps to be considered eligible for interview in the Spring for the following academic year.

  1. Attend an HRL Information Session
  2. Complete the application (application will only be released to students that attend information sessions)
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 2.50
  4. Currently not on Conduct Probation

RESPONSIBILITIES

Academic Responsibilities

  • RAs must have completed at least 24 credit hours by the start of employment. Current freshmen may apply for positions as long as they have 24 credit hours by start of their employment.
    • Graduate students and incoming undergraduate transfer students are not eligible for the RA position.
  • RAs must maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • RAs must be in good conduct standing (not on conduct probation by the time of employment or while employed) and abide by state and federal law, University policies, Housing & Residence Life policies and procedures, and the Student Code of Conduct while employed by Housing & Residence Life.
  • RAs are expected to limit extracurricular activities due to the time commitment and demands of the RA position.
  • RAs are not permitted to be student teaching, holding internship positions requiring more than 20 hours per week, or serving as Student Government President, Editor of the Mace and Crown, Student Activities Council President, and/or a member of the Residence Hall Association Executive Board.
  • RAs are required to commit to a full academic year of employment. Applicants intending to graduate or study abroad at the end of the fall semester will not be considered for a position.

Student Interaction & Community Development Responsibilities

  • Support Housing & Residence Life's mission, facilitate the growth and development of all residents, respect all residents, support and model appreciation of diversity, and maintain a healthy floor/hall community environment.
  • Promote and maintain an environment conducive to academic success for the residential community.
  • Plan and implement floor and hall activities, and additionally encourage residents to create and implement activities.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Serve on duty for after-hours assistance during assigned evening and weekend hours.
  • Work four to five non-paid hours at the front desk of their assigned residential community.
  • Provide duty and desk coverage during University closings and/or emergencies, including buildings open over break periods.

Team Member & Departmental Responsibilities

  • Applicants are required to commit to a full academic year of employment.
  • All applicants must apply for on-campus housing and sign the Housing & Dining Agreement Terms and Conditions. Additionally at the time of application RAs will be required to pay the $250 housing application fee and deposit (Note: If you are not hired/placed at the conclusion of the hiring process, a period of release will be provided to cancel your Housing & Dining Agreement with no penalty.)
  • RAs must attend mandatory fall training in August and winter training in January. (Note: Training dates may be added or altered.)

Remuneration

  • $9,500 stipend per academic year and a residence hall room/apartment at the rate of $500 per semester. RAs placed in buildings that remain open during break periods will receive additional compensation. Note: RAs are responsible for paying their own meal plan.
  • RAs that live in suites will have suitemates assigned during the HRL Return Housing Process. RAs assigned to spaces that are normally reserved for double occupancy will be assigned a roommate at the discretion of Housing & Residence Life.
  • International candidates must have all required paperwork (e.g. a work VISA) to obtain work approval through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Desk Staff

REQUIREMENTS

Office Assistant, Desk Receptionist, Night Desk Receptionist and Staff Store/Resource Room Assistant Applicants will be required to complete the following steps to be considered eligible for an interview in the Spring Semester to ultimately be considered for a position during the following academic year:

  1. Attend an HRL Information Session
  2. Complete the application (applications will only be released to students that attend information sessions)
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  4. Currently not on Conduct Probation

RESPONSIBILITIES

Academic Responsibilities

  • DRs must maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) and maintain at least a 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA.
  • DRs must be in good conduct standing (not on conduct probation by the time of employment or while employed) and abide by State and Federal law, University policies, Housing & Residence Life policies and procedures, and the Student Code of Conduct while employed by Housing & Residence Life.
  • Work to promote an environment that is conducive to academic success for the all Housing & Residence Life Communities and specifically the residential community that they are assigned to.

    Student Interaction & Customer Service Responsibilities

    • Support Housing & Residence Life's mission, facilitate the growth and development of all residents, respect all residents, support and model appreciation of diversity, and maintain a healthy floor/hall community environment.
    • Promote and maintain an environment conducive to academic success for the residential community.
    • Assist students to feel that each resident is an important member of the residential community that they are assigned to.
    • Maintain a positive and professional desk with a customer service orientation.
    • Demonstrate care and support for all students of the residential community they are assigned to work in.

      Administrative Responsibilities

      • Work collaboratively with the Resident Assistants at the residential community desk they are assigned to (the same applies for the Resident Assistants).
      • DRs may be asked to provide desk coverage during University closings and/or emergencies. This is decided on a case by case basis by Housing & Residence Life Leadership.
      • Work hours as scheduled by their immediate supervisor and meet with their immediate supervisor one-on-one when asked.
      • Read and become familiar with the ODU Student Handbook, HRL Policies and Procedures Handbook, and Desk Receptionist Manual.
      • Assist with the completion of front desk projects as determined by their immediate supervisor.

        Team Member & Departmental Responsibilities

        • Must be able to work at least 10-15 hours per week if needed (this includes weekend work). DRs may not choose to not work weekends, as weekend work is part of the requirement for the DR position.
        • Obtain approval in writing from their supervisor for requests to switch desk shifts prior to the switch.
        • Be present during assigned desk hours. In addition, DRs are asked to also be available during times of special needs as determined by their supervisor. These times include but are not limited to the following: Opening/Closing Weekends.
        • DRs must attend mandatory fall training in August and winter training in January (Note: Training dates may be added or altered).

          Remuneration

          • Desk Receptionists: $11.00/hour
          • Night Desk Receptionists: $13.50/hour
          • International candidates must have all required paperwork (e.g. a work VISA) to obtain work approval through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
          • DRs residing in halls that are closed for the break periods will not be allowed to remain in the halls while the buildings are officially closed.