Thank you for your interest in the Office of Residential Life & Housing Services' Student Staff selection process. We are excited that you are considering submitting an application! This site is frequently updated, so please bookmark this page and check back. Here is where you will find all the information necessary to be informed about the positions we offer and, if you choose to apply, to create and submit your application.
If, after reading the information on these pages, you have further questions about the positions we offer or the processes by which we select staff, feel welcome to contact us.
We offer Summer Assistant, Summer Program Assistant and Summer Resource Center Assistant positions in our residence halls each summer.
Our process for Summer 2015 will begin in the spring semester.
Applications for 2015-2016 positions will go live on September 15, 2014. Please read below to understand if you should go through RALI in the fall, January term or spring and make note of the timeline below. Each candidate may only go through RALI once per academic year.
September 15, 2014 RA application for 2014-2015 positions will go live
October 15th @11:59PM Applications due for candidates applying for Fall RALI
October 29 - November 2 & November 12 - 16, 2014: Fall RALI sections meet
January 1, 2015 @ 11:59PM Applications due for candidates applying for J-Term or Spring RALI
January 5-8 & 12-15, 2015: J-term RALI sections meet
February 4-8 & 18-22, 2015: Spring RALI sections meet
Mid-March Status notifications emailed to participants
Here is some information and advice about when to go through RALI. Please click below to learn more about application periods for the position you are interested in.
For students who are studying away in the fall semester you may go through RALI in J-term or spring.
For students who are studying away in the spring semester you must go through RALI in the fall.
For students who are not studying away in the fall or spring semester you may go through RALI in fall, J-term or spring.
For students who are applying for a spring 2015 Shanghai RA position you must go through RALI in the fall.
For students who are applying for a Shanghai RA position for fall 2015 and/or spring 2016 you may go through RALI in the fall, J-term or spring.
For students who are applying for a spring 2015 London RA position you must go through RALI in the fall.
For students who are applying for a London RA position for fall 2015 and/or spring 2016 you may go through RALI in the fall, J-term or spring.
For students who are in Global Liberal Studies and will be abroad for the entirety of the 2015-2016 academic year but wish to be considered for a 2016-2017 RA position you may go through RALI in the spring. Please select the "GLS" section when prompted.
So, you are considering the possibility of becoming a Graduate Resident Assistant (RA) or Residential Life Assistant (RLA)?
Graduate Resident Assistant positions are very limited. We have these positions in our Residential Colleges and graduate housing. Applicants for Graduate Resident Assistant positions must go through Spring RALI. RLA positions are very limited as well. We have RLA positions which work in the Residential Life & Housing Services Central Office and work directly with senior members of the department in specific content areas. We also offer RLA positions which work in hall with a Building Leadership Team and help to oversee the operation of the residence hall.
Graduate Resident Assistant
Please note only currently matriculating NYU students are eligible for Graduate Resident Assistant positions. Incoming graduate students may not apply for a position until they've completed a semester at NYU.
Residential Life Assistants
We first recruit candidates from the Steinhardt Higher Education Masters program. Should we not be able to fill all RLA openings with students enrolled in the program we then open the process to currently matriculating graduate students from other programs. If you are interested in being considered for an RLA position please forward your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we will contact applicants if they are being considered.
You will receive a confirmation email.
For New York positions you must be classified by your school and your academic program as a junior, senior or graduate student for the academic year in which you are applying to be an RA. Shanghai and London applicants must be classified as sophomore, junior or senior for the academic year in which you are applying to be an RA. Your cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or above and you must be in good university standing. We only hire RAs for full academic cycles at NYU New York so all candidates should plan to serve the full academic year.
We require that all fields have a response in order to submit the application; if there's a specific field that you're not able to complete at the moment, just enter a place holder (i.e., "respond later" or "XXXX") and you can update it at a later time. You will have the opportunity to update certain aspects of your application at different points throughout the RALI process. You will be able to edit your responses to questions (as well as your RALI section preferences) up until the point that you are assigned to a specific RALI meeting section. The basic demographic information can be updated at any point in the process.
While having lived on campus might give candidates a better perspective on the RA role and responsibilities, we do not require past housing experience. We welcome application from students who are currently commuting to NYU.
It's not formally necessary at this point in the process for us to know this information. If this is something you'd like to informally talk over with your RALI facilitator or your current RHD/RHAD, you are welcome to do so. If you are ultimately offered an RA position, we will ask for this information to assist us in placing you in your staff assignment.
Assignment of candidates to RALI sections will be made one to two weeks before your RALI session. You will receive an e-mail notification after assignments are made listing your RALI section assignment.
You should list references who can write about your work ethic, your ability to work independently and on a team and about your aptitude to fulfill other aspects of the RA role. Examples of references may include a former or current professor, supervisor, coach, civic or religious leader, RA, etc. NYU RHD/RHADs are not eligible to serve as references in the RA selection process. As in all employment situations, it is not advisable to list personal friends or relatives as references; as well, it is proper form to ask a potential reference's permission before submitting their name as a reference. All references must have a valid email address.