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.

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 April 25th.

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 April 21st-23rd.

Position Descriptions can be found here.

Applications are on line and can accessed here.

For Hall Receptionists:

If you are currently a Hall Receptionist, you MUST re-apply to have a job for 2014-2015. Interviews will take place in each hall April 28th – May 2nd. 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.

Applications are online and can be accessed here.

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

RA and JC Applications

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!

We are currently accepting applications for Junior Counselor, Resident Assistant, Returning Staff, and Student Hall Coordinator positions for the upcoming school year! The information below will provide you with the information you need to go through the application process. Included are the job descriptions, job requirements, and the online applications.

Qualifications & Job Descriptions

Going Abroad?

Applicants that will be abroad during second semester should complete the application prior to November 27th. Candidates will be contacted to set up an interview shortly thereafter.

Applications for first-time Junior Counselors and Resident Assistants are due Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Junior Counselor Application

Resident Assistant Application

Applications for Returning Staff are due Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.

 Returning Staff Application

Student Hall Coordinator Application

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

 2013-2014 Student Leadership Institute

The student leadership institute is an opportunity sponsored by the Office of Residence Life to provide students who take an active leadership role in their communities to analyze, discover, and learn about the art of leadership. Any student involved in a leadership position has the opportunity to apply. This includes students in…

  • Honor Houses
  • Hall Council Executives and general members
  • Inter Hall Council Members
  • Junior Counselors, Resident Assistants, Senior Resident Assistants, and Student Hall Coordinators
  • Building Assistants
  • Hall Receptionists
  • SGA
  • Student Organizations
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Piper Center Peer Advisors

Ideally, approximately 12-15 students with varying leadership positions and experiences will constitute the 2013-2014 Student Leadership Institute. Institute Workshops will be held on campus twice per month on Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm.

The content of for the Student Leadership Institute has been derived from many sources, but particularly Ronald Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership Theory. The goals of the Student Leadership Institute include providing students the opportunity to:

  • To develop self-confidence and competence.
  • To build a theoretical base for leadership development and application.
  • To provide a foundation for the enhancement and future application of leadership skills.
  • To examine and develop effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Interested students should complete the application found here, no later than September 30th. All students who complete an application should plan to attend the first workshop Wednesday October 2nd from 3:30-5pm in Tomson 210. Any additional questions should be directed to Jim Love, Assistant Director of Residence Life – x3011.


Professional Staff- The Residence Life professional staff members work full-time to manage on-campus housing at St. Olaf.