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 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 2023) 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 are only required to attend one so choose the one that best fits your schedule.

  • Thursday, Sept 7 @ 6:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303 
  • Tuesday, Sept 12@ 5:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303
  • Friday, Sept 15 - @ 4:00 p.m. in Corey Fireplace Lounge
  • Monday, Sept 18 @ 6:00 p.m. in Corey Fireplace Lounge
  • Wednesday, Sept 27 @ 5:00 p.m. in Corey Union 301-303
  • Monday, Oct 2 4:00 p.m. in Corey Fireplace Lounge

    Finally, you need to complete your RA Application. The application can be found at Click on “Student” and find the Resident Assistant (RA) to begin Spring 2024 application. Complete all parts of the application and submit.

    Applications are due October 4, 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

    We have an opportunity for applicants to be hired to begin work immediately. If you are interested in starting the RA position as early as October 1, please submit your application no later than September 13, 2023

    Step 2: The Individual Interview

    After we have confirmed each candidate’s eligibility, we will be conducting individual interviews. 

    • For candidates interested in starting immediately, interviews will take place September 14 – 20.
    • For candidates interested in starting in Spring 2024, interviews will take place October 10 – 27.

    Each candidate will be contacted by one of our current Residence Hall Directors or Area Coordinators to sign up for an interview time. You will interview with one professional staff member and one current RA. Each interview should last approximately 45 minutes.

    Expectations for Individual Interviews:

    • Dress presentably for the interview. You are not expected to purchase 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. A staff member 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: RHD & AC Meet and Greet

    Scheduled for Friday, October 27 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 professional staff that oversee our residence halls. Come prepared to engage informally with these professional staff members. The purpose is to give them 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 by Friday, November 17, which should include your building placement. Instructions will be included on how to complete the RA contract to accept your position.

    While home for Thanksgiving Break, candidates who accept the RA position should plan to retrieve documentation necessary to complete I-9 paperwork. This includes a passport OR a driver’s license/state issued ID and an original social security card or birth certificate.

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

    • Introduce you to other new RAs coming on board for Spring 2024.
    • 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 candidates that are offered a position

    RA Recruitment and Selection Timeline At-a-Glance

    August 28

    Applications Go Live 

    September 7, 6:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #1* 

    September 12, 5:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303 

    RA Info Session #2* 

    September 13 by 11:59 p.m

    RA Applications Due for Immediate Start

    September 15, 4:00 p.m. in Corey Fireplace Lounge (219)

    RA Info Session #3* 

    September 18, 6:00 p.m. in Corey Fireplace Lounge (219)

    RA Info Session #4* 

    September 27, 5:00 p.m. in Corey 301-303

    RA Info Session #5* 

    October 2, 4:00 p.m. in Corey Fireplace Lounge (219)

    RA Info Session #6* 

    October 4 by 11:59 p.m. 

    RA Applications Due 

    For folks interested in immediate start: September 18-22

    For folks interested in Spring 2024 start: October 10-27

    Individual Interviews

    October 27, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m, Corey Fireplace Lounge (219)

    RHD Meet and Greet 

    November 17

    RA Offer Letters Go Out 

    December 1

    RA Contracts Due Back 

    December 6, 5:00 p.m. in SLC 1104 

    New RA Orientation 

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