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Leadership Positions Available

Spring 2022

Resident Assistant (RA)
  • Responsibilities:
    • Create a safe and welcoming community environment on the floor
    • Be available for residents when they need assistance with academic, social, and personal items
    • Become a knowledgeable resource for residents regarding what is going on on-campus and what services are at their disposal
    • Be a positive support and mediator for residents with an emphasis on social interactions
    • Work a weekly 2 hour Front Desk shift
    • Be on duty and go on nightly rounds when assigned
    • Attend all weekly staff meetings
    • Attend fall training and in-service sessions throughout the year
  • Pay:
    • Housing in assigned area
    • Full meal plan ($3,322 yearly)
    • $1,100 academic year stipend
    • All meals during fall training
  • Requirements:
    • Be a full time student (minimally enrolled in 12 credits)
    • Minimum Semester & Cumulative GPA of 2.00
    • Be in good standings with the BSU Conduct System
  • Full Resident Assistant (RA) Position Description
Peer Academic Assistant (PAA)
  • Responsibilities:
    • Assist first year (FYRE) students in their transition to college
    • Act as an academic role model on the floor for residents
    • Be a positive support for residents with the emphasis in academics
    • Facilitate academic progress meetings with residents
    • Work closely with RA(s) on the floor to help create a safe and welcoming community environment
    • Help maintain a balanced sleep/study atmosphere on the floor
    • Work a weekly 2 hour Academic Resource Center (ARC) shift
    • Attend all weekly staff meetings
    • Attend fall training and in-service sessions throughout the year
  • Pay:
    • Housing in assigned area
    • Partial meal plan ($928 yearly)
    • $1,200 academic year stipend
    • All meals during fall training
  • Requirements:
    • Be a full time student (minimally enrolled in 12 credits)
    • Minimum Semester & Cumulative GPA of 2.50
    • Be in good standings with the BSU Conduct System
  • Full Peer Academic Assistant (PAA) Position Description


Spring 2022 Resident Assistant (RA) and Peer Academic Assistant (PAA) Selection Timeline
October 15, 2021 Application Opens
November 12, 2021 Application Closes @ 11:59 PM
November 1-24, 2021 Interviews
December 6, 2021 Notification of Interview Results
January 4, 2022 New Spring Staff Training Begins

Information Sessions

Learn more about the Spring 2022 RA & PAA Positons and get your questions answered

            • Connect with one of our residence hall Area Directors

Adam Berg
Area Director: Birch Hall, Cedar Hall, Linden Hall, and University Heights
Linden Phone: 218-755-2077

Brandon Schutz
Area Director: Tamarack Hall
Tamarack Phone: 218-755-3400

Sean VanEvery
Area Director: Oak Hall
Oak Phone: 218-755-2292

An Opportunity to Learn more about the Various positions via Zoom

            • TBD

If you need an accommodation for this program/event, please contact the Accessibility Services Office (Decker Hall 202) at (218) 755-3883. If an interpreter is needed, two weeks’ notice is requested. 

   Application Checklist

          1. Apply for the leadership positions you are interested in
            • Applications are online by clicking on the “Apply” button at the top right on this page
            • You can apply for 1 or multiple leadership positions
            • Online applications are due November 12, 2021 @ 11:59 PM for Spring 2022 RA & PAA positions
          2. Have someone complete the Reference Form
            • The reference form can be accessed by clicking on the “Reference Form” button at the top right of the page
            • Reference Forms can be completed by current or former employers, teachers/professors, coaches, BSU/NTC professional staff members, Housing & Residential Life student staff members, or other individuals who know you well
            • You only need 1 person to complete a Reference Form for you
            • Reference Forms are due November 12, 2021 @ 11:59 PM for Spring 2022 RA & PAA positions
          3. Check your student BSU email for when you can sign up for an interview & other updates
            • Interview Sign-Up link will be emailed to your student BSU email
            • The best way we will communicate with you regarding any updates or reminders is through your student BSU email

    Interview Information


            • Interviews will take place between November 1-24

Interview Format

            • Interviews will be conducted in person or via Zoom
            • Interviews will be scheduled to for about 1 hour

Interview Sign-Up Process

            • Signing up for an interview date and time will come to your student BSU email
            • Zoom links will be sent to your student BSU email once your interview date gets closer

Interview Preparation

            • Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before your interview
            • Plan on wearing a nicer top to your interview
              • Hint: make sure you also wear pants/bottoms to your interview even though it is on Zoom. This will help prevent any awkward situations if your camera angle is shifted or you happen to stand up during your interview.
            • Make sure you are somewhere with a good internet connection
            • Practice interviewing beforehand, either with someone else or by using common interviewing questions found online
            • Be yourself! We hire all types of personalities for our positions
            • Bring copies of your resume to your interview to give to the interviewers


Are we able to apply for multiple positions?

Yes, you are able to apply for as many positions as you are interested in, even if they are positions that fall within the same time frame. For example, in Academic Year 2021-2022, you can apply for both the Resident Assistant (RA) and Peer Academic Assistant (PAA) positions if you wanted.

Are we able to take time off if we get a position?

Yes, you are able to take time off if you are hired for a position. There may be some times we will need everyone to work (i.e. Move-In Weekend, Closing Weekend, Carousel Weekend, etc.). A couple of positions have a maximum number of nights they can have off. For example, RAs have a maximum of 10 nights off per semester and SHs have around 12 nights off per summer. The other positions are required to be around the residence halls more than they are away.

Do I get a say in what type of community I would like to work with?

Yes, after your interview each candidate will receive a preference form where you can rank your various community preferences (i.e. First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) or Upperclass Community, Academics, and Networking (CAN) communities). Please understand that we try our best to grant candidates their top community preference, but sometimes we may not have enough openings in that area at the moment.

Do PAAs only work in the FYRE communities?

Peer Academic Assistants (PAAs) only work in the FYRE community since their main focus is to help first-year students adjust from high school to college courses. In rare occasions, we may have a PAA work in the CAN community if one is needed. 

Do you know what on-campus housing looks like for next year due to COVID-19?

Unfortunately, we do not know what next summer or academic year will look like for our residence halls due to COVID-19. A lot of the decisions still needing to be made will rely heavily on what the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local Beltrami County Public Health recommend during that time. That is why we are asking everyone now to wear a face mask, wash your hands often, and physical distance from each other so we can bring more people to campus in the future if it is safe to do so. Housing & Residential Life will communicate to students our plans mainly through your student email accounts. Make sure you continue to check your emails often for any updates. 

How many people do you end up hiring?

The number of positions we hire each year varies. It depends on how many current staff members want to return for the following year and the number of projected students that will be living in our residence halls. We usually do not know this number until we are conducting interviews.

I have not lived on campus yet, can I still apply?

Absolutely! Please apply if you are interested in any of these positions even though you may have never lived on campus before. We also encourage those that have lived on campus before to apply. The only position that we prefer to have candidates with on campus living experience is our Assistant Residence Hall Directors (ARHDs).

If I get a position, do I get a room to myself or do I have to share with a roommate?

Our student staff members receive a bedroom to themselves in a particular building and/or floor that they will help oversee. The University Heights ABM will have to share an apartment with other residents but they still have their own bedroom within the apartment.

Should I apply to live on campus next year before I know the results of my interview?

Yes! It is easier for our office to switch your housing assignment if you get a position when you have already applied to live on campus. If you do not get a position or are an alternate, you will still have housing all arranged and do not have to worry about not getting the on-campus room you wanted because they are all picked over. Also, it is easier for you to get out of our housing contract than breaking an off-campus lease. 

What are the different buildings & floor types that we could possibly be working on?

We hire staff for all of our residence hall buildings: Birch, Cedar, Linden, Oak, Pine, Tamarack, and University Heights.

Community Breakdown by Buildings:

  • Our first year (FYRE) communities are located in Oak and Tamarack Halls
  • The upperclass (CAN) communities are located in Birch, Cedar, Linden, Pine, Oak, and University Heights

Position Breakdown by Buildings:

  • RAs work in Birch, Linden, Oak, Pine, and Tamarack Halls
  • PAAs work in Oak and Tamarack Halls
  • ABMs work in Cedar Hall (single parent apartments) and University Heights (upperclass apartments)
  • ARHDs work in Birch, Cedar, Linden, Oak, Pine, Tamarack, and University Heights
  • SHs & SARHDs work in Birch, Cedar, Linden, Oak, Pine, Tamarack, and University Heights
What are the different interview results?

We have 3 different interview results:

  1. Hired - we are offering you a position you applied to
  2. Alternate - we want to hire you but we do not have an opening at this time. If one becomes available we will consider you when filling it
  3. Not At This Time - we do not have a position for you
What are you looking for in a candidate?

We are looking to hire a diverse group of individuals and personalities since our communities within the residence halls are diverse in many ways. Because of this, we ask that you be yourself in the interview. There is not a certain "type" of person we are looking for in a candidate.

What does it mean to be in good standings with the BSU Conduct System?

To be in good standings with the BSU Conduct System means that you are not on Conduct Probation or Conduct Suspension status. If you were ever written up and placed on Conduct Warning status, you can still apply.

What does it mean to be on a duty rotation?

Being on duty means that you carry a duty cell phone and go on rounds throughout the building(s) at certain times for a duration of time (i.e. overnight, 24 hours, or more depending on your position). If a resident needs to contact someone, they can contact the duty phone to help get their questions answered or the assistance they need (i.e. if they are locked out of their room). For rounds, this means that you walk the building(s) and floors to make sure no policies are being broken and no major facilities issues are occurring.

What if I do not have a great internet connection for the online interview?

If you have internet connection issues, we will work to see if we can either schedule for a different date/time or have a phone interview instead. You will not be penalized if your internet connection is having issues during your interview. If you do have questions about this ahead of time, please email reslife@bemidjistate.edu or call 218-755-2292.

What if I get a position but I have already signed up for a room on campus?

We will make the adjustments on our end such as getting you placed in the room where your position is for and removing you from the room you signed up for earlier. If you already made the $150 prepayment, we will work on reimbursing you since our student staff members do not have to pay the $150 prepayment for their staff room.

What is a stipend?

A stipend is similar to a paycheck. The total stipend amount is spread throughout the term into smaller biweekly paycheck amounts.

What is the difference between FYRE & CAN communities?

FYRE stands for First Year Residential Experience. Staff members that work in the FYRE communities work with first-year or freshmen level students.

CAN stands for Community, Academics, and Networking. The CAN community staff members work with upperclass or sophomore-graduate level students.

Since each student is in a different level of their collegiate journey, the staff members in these communities focus on different areas to help their residents be successful both in the classroom and within the community. For example, FYRE communities focus on the transition of living on your own and adjusting to college level courses. Whereas, CAN communities focus on skills to help you work towards your career and being a positive community member.

What is the difference between RAs & PAAs?

RAs focus more on the social aspect of the floor whereas PAAs focus more on the academic side. They both go through the same training, so if a resident has a question either the RA or PAA can help. However, the conversations and other initiatives that occur on the floor will be geared towards the RAs helping with social interactions and the PAAs with academics. 

The meal plans and the academic stipends also vary between the RA and PAA positions. 

RAs work a weekly Front Desk shift and the PAAs work a weekly Academic Resource Center (ARC) shift.

RAs work on a duty rotation with other RAs in the building(s). PAAs do not.

RAs receive 10 nights off per semester. PAAs are asked to be in their residence hall more than they are away. 

What type of training would I get?

Before you begin your role, we will provide mandatory training opportunities. For the academic year staff, training occurs at the beginning of August. Those that work with us for the summer have training at the end of April/early May. During these trainings, we cover policies, procedures, and how to handle different situations. Sometimes we ask outside guests to help us with various training topics. Even though these training sessions can be long, afterwards we hope you feel more prepared in your skills and abilities to help others effectively.

When will I find out if I got a position or not?

For sure before Spring Break 2021 you will find out the results of your interview. Communication about your results will come via your student BSU email account. 

Would I be able to go home on breaks?

During the academic year, you are able to either go home or take a break from your job duties during Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks. However, we still have the residence halls open during those breaks so if you are interested in making additional money, we do have break staff shifts you can work. 

Would I be able to work another job?

You are able to work an outside job but only up to 10 hours a week. The Housing & Residential Life job comes first. If you do plan on getting another job, make sure you communicate with your Residence Hall Director first. 

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