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Student Staff Positions

Apply to Be a Staff Member

The page is laid out step by step for folks to follow through the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Ray FeDora, Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing, at raymond.fedora@cortland.edu or (607) 753-2099.

Benefits of the RA Position...

Not only will you be able to develop your leadership, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, but you will have memories and stories for a lifetime that you can use in a variety of interview settings. The RA position is a goldmine for answering future employers’ questions around how you worked on a time, how you handled difficult situations, and others.

Here are the tangible benefits you can expect:

  • Single room in a campus residence hall (complete with full sized bed).
  • Room waiver to cover the cost of housing.
  • $600 stipend per semester, paid in three installments.
  • 10% off at the campus bookstore (excluding textbooks).
  • Staff apparel items.

Step 1: Verify Eligibility, Attend an Info Session, and Complete an Application

First, you will want to ensure that you are eligible for the RA position at SUNY Cortland. In order to be eligible you must meet the follow criteria:

  • Be a current student with at least 2 semesters (including Fall 2022) of classwork at SUNY Cortland.
    • Transfer students with prior college experience may apply in their first semester at SUNY Cortland.
  • Have at least a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA
    • While on the job, you will need to maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be in good conduct standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
    • You cannot be on active probation while applying for the RA position.

Next, you will be required to attend one of our RA Candidate Information sessions. You only are required to attend one so choose the one that best fits your schedule.

  • Thursday, Jan 26 @ 6:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303 
  • Tuesday, Jan 31 @ 5:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303
  • Friday, Feb 3 - @ 4:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303
  • Monday, Feb 6 @ 6:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303
  • Wednesday, Feb 8 @ 5:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303
  • Friday, Feb 10 @ 4:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303 

    Finally, you will want to complete your RA Application. The application can be found at jobs.cortland.edu. Click on “Student” and find the Resident Assistant (RA) to begin Fall 2023 application. Complete all parts of the application and submit.

    Applications are due February 10, 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

    Step 2: The Individual Interview

    After we have confirmed each candidate’s eligibility, we will be conducting individual interviews. These will occur between February 15 and February 24.

    Each candidate will be contacted by one of our current Residence Hall Directors to sing up for an interview time. You will interview with one RHD and two current RAs. Each interview should last about 30 – 45 minutes.

    Expectations for Individual Interviews:

    • Dress presentably for the interview. You are not expected to go out and buy dress clothes specifically for this interview. However, please dress in a way that suggests you are taking this seriously.
      • Sweatpants with tussled hair that looks like you just rolled out of bed might suggest you are not taking the interview seriously.
      • Clean clothes and being awake, attentive, and friendly might suggest you are taking the interview seriously.
    • Arrive on-time to the main entrance of the Residence Hall at which you will be interviewing. An RA from that hall will greet you.
    • Prepare to answer questions about your leadership style, experience communicating with others, challenges working with groups, and why you want to be an RA.

    Step 3: Group Process Activities & RHD Meet and Greet

    Scheduled for Friday, February 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Corey Union Exhibition Lounge, you can join other candidates in getting to know the Residence Hall Directors that oversee our residence halls. Come prepared to engage informally with these professional staff members. The purpose is so they a chance to meet candidates whom they did not interview and learn about you.  

    The event will have light refreshments and will start with a short icebreaker. However, if you cannot arrive promptly at 4:00 p.m., no worries! Come anytime before 5:00 p.m. 

    This event is OPTIONAL for candidates.  

    Step 4: Accept Position and Attend New RA Orientation

    For those whom we are able to offer a job, you will receive an offer letter via your Cortland email account, which should include your building placement. Instructions will be included on how to complete the RA contract to accept your position.

    All new hires will be expected to attend the New RA Orientation session on Wednesday, April 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At this session, we will:

    • Introduce you to other new RAs coming on board for Fall 2023.
    • Review RA position and training expectations.
    • Set goals for your new position.
    • Complete necessary hire paperwork, including the I-9 form, which proves that you are legally eligible for employment in the United States. You will be required to present identifying documentation. More information will be provided to folks that are hired.

    RA Recruitment and Selection Timeline At-a-Glance

    January 20 

    Applications Go Live 

    January 26, 6:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #1* 

    January 31, 5:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #2* 

    February 3, 4:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #3* 

    February 6, 6:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #4* 

    February 8, 5:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #5* 

    February 10, 4:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #6* 

    February 10 by 11:59 p.m. 

    RA Applications Due 

    February 15 – 24 

    Individual Interviews 

    February 24, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

    RHD Meet and Greet 

    March 7 

    RA Offer Letters Go Out 

    March 17 

    RA Contracts Due Back 

    April 5, 6:00 p.m. in SLC 1104 

    New RA Orientation 

    *   RA Candidates only need to attend one RA Info Session.