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Staff and Leadership

Residence Life

The Residence Life staff at Montana State University is composed of both students and professionals who assist residents in academic, social, and personal growth. The goal of each staff member is to provide an atmosphere in the residence hall that is fun, positive, and conducive to academic success. The specific duties of each position are outlined below.

Resident Director

The Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time professional employees who have at least a Bachelors Degree and who have extensive experience in the field of Residence Life. They coordinate the activities of an entire residence hall. They also supervise the Resident Advisor staff, advise the hall government and oversee the hall Front Desk operations. In addition, the RD is responsible for addressing any hall discipline issues.

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Assistant Resident Director

The Assistant Resident Director (ARD) is a full time student and serves as a Resident Advisor who has extra responsibilities within the residence hall and within the Residence Life department. Typically, the ARD advises the hall student government and assumes the building responsibilities in the absence of the Resident Director.

Resident Advisor

What is an RA?

  • A full time student
  • A live-in staff member
  • A resource and a reference
  • An educator
  • A liaison
  • A helper
  • A supporter
  • A hard-worker
  • Your neighbor
  • Someone who likes to have fun

Each floor is served by an RA who is a fellow student employed the Residence Life Office and is knowledgeable about MSU. They are responsible for maintaining a healthy environment, which is conducive to student success and can serve as a resource for any questions and concerns. RAs will help organize the election of floor government representatives and will aid in planning various recreational, social, and educational activities.

Program Assistant

Many of your residence halls' clerical responsibilities are handled by the Program Assistant who works at the hall Front Desk from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. This person deals with many residential services including: handling the mail, processing work requests and paint orders, checking-out equipment, facilitating room changes, and supervising the student desk clerks. As a full time staff member, the Program Assistant is the link between the Residence Life Office and your residence hall.

Student Desk Clerks

Front desks are the hub of services and activity in each residence hall. Desk clerks are the primary customer service agent at the desk, provide administrative support and monitor the safety and security of the building. Desk Clerks are full time students with busy academic and social schedules. Most desk clerks work a consistent 2-3 shifts per week and shifts are generally 4-6 hours long. The front desks are open 24/7 around the academic year. Convenience of working where they live, fun and supportive coworkers and supervisors, and interacting with other students are the top reasons why desk clerks say they enjoy their job.
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