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.

2016-2017 Building Assistant and Hall Receptionist Applications

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.

Building Assistant Position Description.

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.

Hall Receptionist Position Description.

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.

2016-2017 Junior Counselor and Resident Assistant Applications

Each year we have the pleasure of selecting up to 107 student staff members to take on very important roles in our residence halls as Resident Assistants, Junior Counselors, and Student Hall Coordinators. For those interested in being a part of the residence life team next year please look over the following timeline closely:

February 12 @ Noon Returning Staff Application deadline
February 16, 17 &18 @ Various Times Information Sessions for RA and JC Positions

  • Tuesday, February 16
    • Mellby @ 7pm
  • Wednesday, February 17
    • Mohn @ 7pm
    • Thorson @ 8pm
    • Rand @ 8pm
  • Thursday, February 18
    • Ytterboe @ 7pm
    • Larson @ 7pm
    • Hilleboe @ 8pm
February 23-25 (Location TBD) SHC and Returning Staff Interviews
February 26 @ Noon New JC and RA Application deadline
March 10-12 (BC Ballrooms) New JC and RA Interviews

RA_Position_Description – Click here for more information about the Resident Assistant position

JC_Position_Description – Click here for more information about the Junior Counselor position

SHC_Position_Description – Click here for more information about the Student Hall Coordinator position

SS Confidentiality Agreement – Click here for our student staff Confidentiality and Work Agreement

2016-2017 Residence Life Staff Application – Click here to apply to be a Resident Assistant, Junior Counselor, or Student Hall Coordinator.

 If you are interested or 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.


Hall Council Membership

Hall Council is 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. In addition to hall-wide programming, Hall Councils assist  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 advocate 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.

While all residents are contributing members of their hall council, there are several formal leadership opportunities that are elected at the beginning of each academic year in collaboration with Senate elections. Check out the links below for more information about the election timeline and available positions.

Inter Hall Council Constitution (includes Hall Council position descriptions)

2015-2016 Hall Council Election Timeline