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Leadership Positions Available

Academic Year 2022-2023

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 ($3,422 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 ($1,014 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
Apartment Building Manager (ABM)
  • Responsibilities: 
    • Create a safe and welcoming community environment within the apartment building
    • 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
    • Facilitate monthly apartment walk-throughs of each apartment to assist residents with any facility concerns, ensure apartment upkeep, and discuss any needs the residents may have
    • Attend all weekly staff meetings
    • Work a weekly 2 hour office hour shift within a designated area
    • Attend fall training and in-service sessions throughout the year
  • Pay:
    • Housing in assigned area
    • All meals during fall training
    • $2,500 academic year stipend
  • 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 Apartment Building Manager (ABM) Position Description
Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD)
  • Responsibilities:
    • Assist RAs, PAAs, and Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) in fostering an inclusive community within the hall
    • Oversee the building's front desk operations which includes hiring, training, and evaluating Desk Assistants
    • Be available for staff members and residents when they need assistance with academic, social, and personal items
    • Assist with advising Hall Council with RHD
    • Be a positive support and mediator for staff members and residents
    • Co-facilitate the opening and closing of the residence hall for fall and spring semesters
    • Participate in a weekly ARHD on-duty rotation schedule
    • Maintain a minimum of 10 weekly office hours
    • Attend all weekly staff meetings
    • Attend fall training and in-service sessions throughout the year
  • Pay:
    • Housing in assigned area
    • All meals during fall training
    • Beaver Buck meal plan ($2,378 yearly)
    • $2,600 academic year stipend
  • Requirements:
    • Be a full time student (minimally enrolled in 12 credits)
    • Minimum Semester & Cumulative GPA of 2.50
    • Be in good standing with the BSU Conduct System
    • Should have previous Housing & Residential Life staff experience
  • Full Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD) Position Description

Summer 2022

Summer Host (SH)
  • Responsibilities:
    • Help prepare and organize our residence halls for various camps and conferences (make beds, door decs, bulletin boards, etc.)
    • Assist with the checking in and out process of our camp and conference guests
    • Provide friendly customer service to groups of all ages (depends on the type of conference, camp, etc.)
    • Partake in working front desk shifts, mail delivery, and a daily rotating on-duty schedule
    • Assist with hosting various events for summer residents
    • Attend all summer staff meetings
    • Attend spring training
  • Pay:
    • Housing in assigned area
    • Paid by the hour for duties assigned
  • Requirements:
    • Enrolled in a summer and/or fall semester course that counts towards a degree
    • Minimum Semester & Cumulative GPA of 2.00
    • Available all summer (those with internships and 2nd jobs are still welcomed to apply)
    • Be in good standings with the BSU Conduct System
  • Full Summer Host (SH) Position Description
Summer Assistant Residence Hall Director (SARHD)
  • Responsibilities:
    • Assist Residence Hall Director (RHD) in planning and organizing conference and camp services
    • Coordinate key pulling, bed-making, and conference/camp check in and out assignments
    • Train Summer Hosts (SH) in all aspects of front desk operations with an emphasis on providing good customer service
    • Assist with hosting various events for summer residents
    • Serve as a positive resource for summer staff, residents, and camp/conference guests
    • Maintain a minimum of 5 weekly office hours
    • Participate in a weekly on-duty rotation schedule
    • Attend all weekly Housing & Residential Life central staff and summer staff meetings
    • Attend spring training
  • Pay:
    • Housing in assigned area
    • $2,500 summer term stipend
  • Requirements:
    • Enrolled in a summer and/or fall semester course that counts towards a degree
    • Minimum Semester & Cumulative GPA of 2.50
    • Available all summer
    • Be in good standings with the BSU Conduct System
  • Full Summer Assistant Residence Hall Director (SARHD) Position Description

Timeline

2022-2023 Resident Assistant (RA), Peer Academic Assistant (PAA), & Apartment Building Manager (ABM) Selection Timeline
December 6, 2021 Application Opens
January 28, 2022 Application Closes @ 11:59 PM
February 5-6, 2022 Carousel Interviews
March 4, 2022 (latest) Notification of Interview Results
Mid-April, 2022 Spring Training
2022 Summer Host (SH) & Summer Assistant Residence Hall Director (SARHD) Selection Timeline
January 19, 2022 SARHD & SH Applications Open
January 25, 2022 SARHD Application Closes @ 11:59 PM
January 26-28, 2022 SARHD Interviews
March 7, 2022 SH Application Closes @ 11:59 PM
March 14-21, 2022 SH Interviews
End of March (latest) Notification of Interview Results
End-April, 2022 Summer Staff Training

Information Sessions

Learn more about the Positons and get your questions answered

        • Tuesday, December 7 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Upper Deck in Walnut Hall
        • Thursday, January 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Tamarack Hall 12th Floor Lounge
        • Wednesday, January 19 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Birch Hall Lobby
        • Tuesday, January 25 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Oak Hall 2nd Floor Classroom

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.

You can also 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
adam.berg@bemidjistate.edu

Joscelin Eischens
Area Director: Tamarack Hall
Tamarack Phone: 218-755-3400
joscelin.eischens@bemidjistate.edu

Sean VanEvery
Area Director: Oak Hall
Oak Phone: 218-755-2292
sean.vanevery@bemidjistate.edu


   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
            • Be sure to submit your application before the deadline
              • Online applications are due January 1, 2022 @ 11:59 PM for 2022-2023 the ARHD position
              • Online applications are due January 25, 2022 @ 11:59 PM for 2022 SARHD position
              • Online applications are due January 28, 2022 @ 11:59 PM for 2022-2023 RA, PAA, & ABM positions
              • Online applications are due March 7, 2022 @ 11:59 PM for 2022 SH position
          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 BSU/NTC professional staff members, Housing & Residential Life student staff members, current or former employers, or other individuals who know you well
            • You only need 1 person to complete a Reference Form for you
          3. Check your student BSU/NTC email for when you can sign up for an interview & other updates
            • Interview information will be emailed to your student BSU/NTC email
            • The best way we will communicate with you regarding any updates or reminders is through your student BSU/NTC email

    Interview Information

Dates

            • Interviews will take place during the following dates depending on the position(s) you apply for:
              • ARHD Interviews = January 11-19, 2022
              • SARHD Interviews = January 26-28, 2022
              • RA/PAA/ABM Interviews = February 5-6, 2022
              • SH Interviews = March 14-21, 2022

Interview Format

            • Interviews will be conducted in person or via Zoom
            • Interviews will be scheduled to for about 1 hour. RA/PAA/ABM Interviews maybe longer than 1 hour (more information to come)

Interview Sign-Up Process

            • Signing up for an interview date and time will come to your student BSU/NTC email
            • Information about your specific interview date, time, & location/Zoom link will be sent to your student BSU/NTC email

Interview Preparation

            • Make sure you get plenty of rest the night before your interview
            • Plan on wearing a nicer clothes to your interview
            • If you are on Zoom, 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

  FAQ

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 2022-2023, 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 the upcoming 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), local Beltrami County Public Health, and the MinnState System Office recommend. BSU/NTC and Housing & Residential Life will communicate to students any important information and updates to your BSU/NTC 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. 

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 218-755-3750.

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 along with another training at the beginning of January. 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?

We will communicate the results of your interview via your student BSU/NTC email account. Please refer to the above Selection Timeline chart of the position(s) you applied for regarding the date range of the latest you should hear back. If you do not receive an email with your interview results after the latest date, first check your 'Junk' folder. If there is no email in your 'Junk' folder then email us at ResLife@bemidjistate.edu. 

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 Area Director first. 


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