Staff Employment

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. 

 

Professional Positions

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.

Click here for more information about the Resident Director position.

Program Coordinator

Many of your residence halls' clerical responsibilities are handled by the Program Coordinator 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, checking-out equipment, facilitating room changes, and supervising the student desk clerks. As a full time staff member, the Program Coordinator is the link between the Residence Life Office and your residence hall.

 

Student Positions

Academic Year Positions

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.

Application process for the upcoming academic year will start in the Spring. 

Resident Advisor

Each floor is served by a Resident Advisor (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. A Resident Advisor is a full time student, live-in staff member, resource and reference, educator, liaison, helper, supporter, hard-worker, neighbor, and someone who likes to have fun.

Application process for the upcoming academic year will start in the Spring. 

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Academic Peer Mentor

Academic Peer Mentors are a student leadership position offered through the Department of Residence Life for sophomore and above students.  This position creates opportunities to help students achieve academic success in the residence halls through programming, tutoring, study groups, and one-on-one conversations.  Academic Peer Mentors are assigned a residence hall to focus their efforts towards, but are have a responsibility towards the success of all Montana State University students.  Academic Peer Mentors are required to live on-campus, but not in the residence hall that they work in. 

Desk Clerks

The Desk Clerks (DCs) are part time student employees who live on campus and work in the residence halls helping residents with anything they may need. 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.

Benefits of the Position

    • Convenient work locations on campus
    • $8.75 per hour
    • Work Study is preferred but not required
    • Meet and interact with many residents
    • Many Desk Clerks go on to be Resident Advisors, Assistant Resident Directors, or campus leaders

Desk Clerk Application

Weekend Student Custodians

The Weekend Student Custodian (WSCs) is an integral member of the residence hall student staff. This student staff member cleans their residence hall on the weekend, serves in an on-call rotation for messes that occur at night, and works with the hall Resident Director to ensure a clean environment for all students. Full-Time Weekend Student Custodians are compensated with a room and board package and work a weekend schedule that never interferes with classes. The Weekend Student Custodian position is perfect for the hardworking student who isn't afraid of getting their hands a little dirty!

Applications become availablas positions become available. 

Summer Positions

Summer Resident Advisor

The Summer Resident Advisor (RA) facilitates and promotes a positive community within the residence halls.  RAs are peer “helpers” and assist in the growth and development of students as well as assisting them in maximizing their college experience. RAs serve as a liaison between the Residence Life and University Food Services administration and students in the residence halls.  Summer RAs have a great deal of administrative responsibilities and deal with an extremely diverse and transitory population. Short-term community development efforts are a focus in the summer due to the nature of the residents. Additionally, summer RAs have the opportunity to work the hall front desk up to 15 paid hours a week and assist with Residence Life Tours.

Applications can be picked up at your front desk or at the Residence Life Central Office located on the first floor of Miller Dining Commons.

Conference Assistant

The Conference Assistant (CAs) are hired full time to manage the summer housing operations and staff. Housing Assistants work closely with the Program Coordinator, Conference and Event Services staff, Residence Life staff, and each other to ensure a high level of customer service is provided. Conference Assistants work full time from May-August, where hours include 8 hour shifts, 5 days a week, for a total of 40 hours per week. There will be additional night/evening hours expected for conference check-ins, on-call duty, etc.

Benefits for Conference Assistants:
    • $9.75 per hour plus room and board
    • Work 40 hrs/week
    • Live on campus
    • Convenient work locations on campus
    • Work Study is accepted but not required
    • Meet and interact with many residents and summer guests
    • Active leadership role and job duties
    • See application for more details about this opportunity

Summer Desk Clerk

The Desk Clerks (DCs) are student employees who work in the residence halls  and summer conferencing halls helping residents and guests with anything they may need. 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. 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.

Benefits for Desk Clerks
    • $8.75 per hour
    • Work up to 40 hrs/week
    • Live on or off campus
    • Convenient work locations on campus
    • Work Study is accepted but not required
    • Meet and interact with many residents and summer guests
    • Many Desk Clerks go on to be Resident Advisors, Assistant Resident Directors, or campus leaders