Leadership Opportunities in Residence Life

There are dozens of ways to get involved on the St. Olaf campus. One of the best and easiest ways to connect with other students is to be active in the community where you live. Whether you’re learning leadership skills or working to improve the resources at our front desks, these opportunities in Residence Life may appeal to you.

Junior Counselor and Resident Assistant Application

Student staff members are an invaluable asset to the Office of Residential Life. Our student staff are crucial to building inclusive, learning, and responsible residential communities. We are excited that you are considering becoming a member of our team! Check out this infographic!

We are no longer accepting applications for Junior Counselor and Resident Assistant positions for the upcoming school year!

If you have any further questions regarding the application process, please contact Joshua Lee, Assistant Director of Residence Life, via email, phone (x3011) or by stopping in Tomson 148.

Building Assistant and Hall Receptionist Applications

We are beginning the hiring process for Building Assistant and Hall Receptionist positions! Building Assistant applications are due April 17th and Hall Receptionist applications are due May 1st.

For Building Assistants:

If you apply to be a BA you will automatically be considered for a Hall Receptionist position if you are not offered a BA job, so you only need to fill out a BA application. Interviews will take place late April.

Position Descriptions can be found here.

Building Assistant Application

For Hall Receptionists:

If you are currently a Hall Receptionist, you MUST re-apply to have a job for the following academic year. Interviews will take place in each hall late April and into the beginning of May. Your Area Coordinator or Building Assistant will contact you about interview times and locations. Depending on the number of applications received for each hall, not all applicants are guaranteed an interview.

Position Descriptions can be found here.

Hall Receptionist Application

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Pamela McDowell, Director of Residence Life, via email, phone 507-786-3011 or by stopping in Tomson 148.

Hall Council Membership


Hall Council has been the sponsoring body for cultural, social and recreational programming for the hall. Organization and committee structure vary from hall to hall and year to year to meet the needs of students in a specific hall. Currently all halls have a President, Vice President, Council Recorder, Treasurer, Hall Senator and floor and/or corridor representatives. Hall Councils assist the Area Coordinator in legislating residence hall policies regarding noise control, damage and other community concerns.

Hall Councils also serve as a link for the Student Senate. Hall Councils have an opportunity to present to the Student Senate and to the hall community student concerns of the residence hall community by:

• keeping the residents informed of residence hall, campus and Student Senate activities and issues;
• seeking information from residents to relay to Hall Council and Student Senate;
• coordinating the planning and implementation of educational, social, cultural, recreational and spiritual activities within the residence hall;
• legislating, with the guidance of the Area Coordinator, individual residence hall policies regarding noise control, damage and other mutual concerns;
• assisting the Area Coordinator in matters pertaining to the physical condition of the hall;
• encouraging concern for the quality of life and community development in the residence hall.