As a current Resident Assistant, the Office of Residence Life has a different process than that of a new applicant for you to be considered for a position.

In addition, only available to returning staff members is the Residential Coordinator (RC) position. The two Residential Coordinators will assist each of the Assistant Directors of Residence Life with duties within their area, help create campus wide or area wide programming opportunities assist with staff selection, placement, and training, and a wide variety of other roles. The complete job description for the Residential Coordinator position can be found online.

Returning Resident Assistant Reapplication Timeline

As a returner, you will be expected to be a leader amongst your fellow staff members.  Your experience and abilities will be utilized to assist in training and the general running of your areas on campus.  Keeping this in mind, the process to re-apply to be an Resident Assistant is as follows:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to dchou@cornellcollege.edu by Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8:00am. Your cover letter should address why you are interested in returning, what you can bring to the position, and mention our living learning communities if you interested in them. It is suggested that you meet with the Berry Career Institute or Writing Studio and have them critique your cover letter and resume.
  • Attend a short interview between Monday, February 5 and Friday, February 16, 2018. We will contact you about scheduling it.
    • We will have prepared questions.
    • Create and present an 10 minute outline based on a RA Training topic that you will be assigned via email prior to your interview. If re-hired, you will be asked to present this topic at actual RA training the following fall.

If you have any questions, please ask your Assistant Director of Residence Life.  We are free to answer any questions you have.

Resume Guidelines

  • You may submit a resume you have prepared for another application, such as an internship or fellowship.
  • Be sure to include all activities, including those outside of the Office of Residence Life.
  • Be sure to check for spelling and formatting errors, this is a job application.

Cover Letter Guidelines 

  • Would you like to be considered for the RA position, the RC position, or both positions?
  • Why you would like to be considered for an RA position for the 2017-2018 school year?
  • Are you interested in working with our Living and Learning Communities? And why?
  • What experiences have you had that have been influential in your position as an RA?
  • What kinds of skills and abilities will you bring to the RA position as a returning staff member?
  • What topic would you like to present for your interview.
    • The Assistant Directors will approve this once your Cover Letter is submitted.
    • If you need ideas, look back through the RA Training schedule or contact Jill Hopper.

 Presentation Guidelines

  • Your presentation outline to the scenario should be 8 – 12 minutes.
  • You may be asked questions about your presentation by the professional staff members.
  • Reflect on your experiences and your training.
  • Your presentation should be well organized and thought out.
  • Be creative in how you would want to present on your topic. For example, would you do a power point, have handouts, create a game, create a song or rap, etc.? You would not need to create this for the interview but you would need to be able to describe in detail exactly what your presentation would entail.

Things to keep in mind

When visiting with a member of the Berry Career Institute or the Writing Studio, please be sure to have a draft of your resume and cover letter prepared for the meeting.  You must schedule a meeting in advance to get assistance with either of these offices.

Optional Resume and Cover Letter Help

We encourage you to visit the Berry Career Institute’s  website for help in creating your resume  or help in writing your cover letter .

 Optional Interview Skills Help

We encourage you to visit the Berry Career Center’s website for help in preparing for your individual interview.

Optional Review of Financial Assistance

The resident assistant position can impact a student's financial assistance. The impact, if any, of this position depends on several factors. Students interested in the RA position are encouraged to contact the Financial Assistance staff to discuss their specific situation. It is important to note that the Financial Assistance staff can only offer projections about likely impact, if any, on the student's financial assistance but cannot provide definitive information until the student has reapplied for financial aid. As such, students interested in the RA position are encouraged to reapply for financial aid as soon as possible. Refer to the Financial Assistance website to learn about the process to reapply for financial aid .