Junior Counselor & Resident Assistant

Junior Counselor and Resident Assistant Applications

Each year we have the pleasure of selecting approximately 72 student staff members to take on very important roles in our residence halls as Resident Assistants and Junior Counselors. We continue to recruit candidates year-round as positions sometimes become available throughout the year.

Candidates interested in openings this year will be notified by the Assistant Dean of Students for Programming and Assessment if/when a position becomes available.

  • 2020-2021 RA_JC Position Description and Working Agreement – Click here for more information about the Junior Counselor and Resident Assistant positions.
  • JC & RA Application – Click here to submit an application for our Junior Counselor and Resident Assistant positions. Before submitting your application we suggest completing and saving your answers to the short answer questions below:
    • New Candidate Questions:
      • 1. Please describe why you wish to be a part of the Residence Life Staff as a Student Staff Member.
      • 2. The Mission of St. Olaf Residence Life is: “The Office of Residence Life is committed to promoting student learning in a safe and secure living environment. We encourage and support community responsibility; development of leadership skills and social confidence; respect for others; and healthy, balanced lifestyles. In collaboration with our colleagues across campus, we strive to connect in-class and out-of-class experiences to foster individual growth.” As a Student Staff Member, how would you accomplish the Residence Life mission?
      • 3. As a Student Staff Member, how would you address one difficult issue facing St. Olaf students?
      • 4. How will you apply your previous life experience to create an inclusive and equitable Residence Hall community next year?
    • Returning Candidate Questions:
      • 1. As a returner to Residence Life, please describe why you wish to be a Student Staff Member for another year.
      • 2. The Mission of St. Olaf Residence Life is: “The Office of Residence Life is committed to promoting student learning in a safe and secure living environment. We encourage and support community responsibility; development of leadership skills and social confidence; respect for others; and healthy, balanced lifestyles. In collaboration with our colleagues across campus, we strive to connect in-class and out-of-class experiences to foster individual growth.” As a Returning Student Staff Member, how would you accomplish the Residence Life mission? As a returner to Residence Life, also include how you have already accomplished this on your current floor/corridor.
      • 3. As a Returning Student Staff Member, how would you address one difficult issue facing St. Olaf students? As a returner to Residence Life, please provide examples from your floor/corridor.
      • 4. How will you apply your experiences as a Student Staff Members to create an inclusive and equitable community next year?

 If you have any further questions regarding the application process, please contact Joshua Lee, Assistant Dean of Students for Programming and Assessment, via email, phone (507-786-3503) or by stopping in Tomson 148.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When does training begin? How long is training?
    • RA/JC training begins on the Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 1pm. RA/JC staff are welcome to move in to their room as early as Friday, August 28, 2020.  Training continues each day until Friday, September 4, 2020. RA/JC staff will have additional responsibilities during Week One for move-in and orientation.
  2. Will I still be considered for a RA/JC position if I plan to be abroad for a semester?
    • Anyone interested in being on staff is encouraged to apply regardless of their abroad intentions. In most cases, we believe it is in the best interest of the floor community to have the same staff member throughout the year. However, there have been exceptions which vary by year based on need.
  3. Will I have time for other commitments outside of the RA/JC position?
    • Often times this is a very personal determination. The RA/JC position can be very demanding, especially at certain times of year (ie. Move-in, Break Inspections, Move-out). However, many staff successfully balance their academics with another job or student organization. It is STRONGLY advised not to have more than ten hours of other commitments in addition to classes. If outside commitments have negative impacts on a staff members academic, personal well-being, or job responsibilities, they may be asked to consolidate their commitments or step down from their position.
  4. What is the typical RA/JC selection timeline?
    • March 1 – Application Deadline; All candidate applications received by the deadline will have an opportunity to interview.
    • March 10-13 – Returning Candidate Presentations; Presentation invitations along with the topic prompt will be sent via email. Presentations will take place between 10am-5pm on each interview day and will take fifteen minutes.
    • March 10-13 – New Candidate Interviews; Interview invitations will be sent via email. Interviews will take place between 4pm-9pm on each interview day and will take one hour.
    • March 20 – Candidates Notified of Hiring Decisions; All candidates will receive communication about their candidacy status. A few candidates may be asked to wait in an “Active Pool” until we can finalize our hiring needs in May which depends on the new first-year class.