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Student Staff Positions

Apply to Be a Staff Member

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Turn in your application at the Office of Residence Life and Housing
  • Meet GPA requirements
    • For resident assistants (RA) and administrative assistants (AA):
      • Minimum 2.2  GPA is required to go through the selection process
      • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester to assume and maintain the position
    • For academic peer mentors (APM)
      • Minimum 2.7 GPA is required to go through the selection process
      • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester to assume and maintain the position
  • Be at least a sophomore-level undergraduate student
  • Be in good student conduct standing
  • Attend an informational meeting
  • Attend the individual interview you signed up for
  • Attend group process
  • If offered the position, a meeting with your new residence hall director (RHD) and, potentially, pre-employment training

Informational meetings will scheduled and posted.

Student staff members take an active part in making each residence hall a well-rounded and responsible community that encourages respect among all residents. Responsibilities will fall into three categories: problem solving, programming and administration. By promoting a positive and open atmosphere, you are genuinely involved in making the residential experience valuable and meaningful to our students, an experience they will carry with them throughout their lives. If you want to make a difference in your life and the life of your peers, read more about student staff opportunities below.

Resident Assistant

The role of the resident assistant (RA) is to serve as a liaison between the student affairs staff and students. The RA's primary function is to offer peer assistance and direction to students. The RA is concerned with the growth and welfare of each individual in the hall. The RA is considered a member of the residence life and housing staff and is directly supervised by the residence hall director (RHD).

Resident assistants must be at least sophomore-level undergraduate students. They are selected on the basis of leadership, experience, scholarship and the desire to help residents realize their self-development opportunities through group living in college residence halls. RAs are representatives of residence life and housing and are expected to act as role models.

RAs have many roles: friend, counselor, leader, programmer, enforcer of college policies, staff member and student. Within these roles, RAs have several areas to focus on: their floor, their hall and the College. They are to be aware of the needs of the floor, the hall and the College as a whole, while being supportive of the College’s programs and activities. RAs are a unifying force that unites the floor and promotes a sense of belonging and community throughout the hall and the College.

Qualifications

Applicants must be of sophomore standing at the time of employment or have been a student for at least one semester if a transfer student. The RA position requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 to go through the selection process. A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required at the end of the current semester in order to assume and maintain an RA position. Applicants must not have a current student conduct probationary status in order to apply.

Administrative Assistant

The administrative assistant (AA) position is responsible for a variety of tasks in each residence hall office, from answering the phone and distributing mail to typing and filing for the RHD. Some of the basic responsibilities include assisting with opening and closing of the hall, distributing/forwarding mail and disciplinary letters, signing out packages, signing out equipment and games, taking inventory in the staff office, maintaining staff office files and forms and managing the staff office. The administrative assistant works an average of 16 1/2 hours per week. 

Qualifications

Applicants must be of sophomore standing at the time of employment or have been a student for at least one semester if a transfer student. The AA position requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 to go through the selection process. A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required at the end of the current semester in order to assume and maintain an AA position. Applicants must not have a current student conduct probationary status in order to apply.

Academic Peer Mentor

The academic peer mentor (APM) serves as an academic resource to students in low-rise buildings. The APM holds daily office hours in order to serve as a referral agent in the residence hall for student concerns, encouraging students to utilize campus services such as the Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP), Advisement and Transition and tutoring. APMs help create an academically friendly study area by facilitating study groups. In addition, APMs also provide programming on academic topics such as study skills, time management, test taking skills, stress management and other topics related to students' academic success.

Qualifications

Applicants must be of sophomore standing at the time of employment or have been a student for at least one semester if a transfer student. The APM position requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 to go through the selection process. A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required at the end of the current semester in order to assume and maintain an APM position. Applicants must not have a current student conduct probationary status in order to apply.

SUNY Cortland is an AA/EEO/ADA RHDs.