Student Staff Recruitment Information

Resident Assistant and Apartment Manager Staff hiring for 2021-2022 academic year

We annually recruit for talented students who are passionate about building community and enhancing the residential experience at Elon! As a Residence Life student staff member you will hold a premiere leadership role on campus and have the opportunity to impact your peers where they live and learn.

If you hold a passion for mentoring others, building community, and helping others identify why and how they can make a difference, then a position within Residence Life is right for you!  DEADLINE EXTENDED – Submissions are now due on October 28th by 8:00am via the online application in PhoenixCONNECT.  The student staff positions hired in the fall semester are Resident Assistant (open to all students) and Apartment Manager (only rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply). House Managers in Loy Neighborhood are hired in a separate Spring semester process.

Apply beginning Tuesday, September 29th on PhoenixCONNECT to be considered for a student staff position within Residence Life for J-Term/Spring 2021 and the 2021-2022 academic year. Important dates for the applications and interviews can be found below. Current students studying abroad may also apply and interview via Skype. You can also get more information from our staff who will be tabling at various locations in October.

Positions Descriptions for Winter/Spring 2021 & Fall-Spring 2021-2022:

2021-2022 Apartment Manager Position Description

2021-2022 Resident Assistant Position Description

Event Date Location
Application Available Tuesday, September 29 Online
Informational Sessions (Optional) Thursday, October 1 @ 6:00pm Virtual Meeting Link Click Here
Tuesday, October 6 @ 7:30pm Virtual Meeting Link Click Here
Wed., October 14 @ 8:00pm Virtual Meeting Link Click Here
Thursday, October 22 @ 7:30pm Virtual Meeting Link Click Here
Application Due (Deadline Extended) Wednesday, October 28 by 8:00am Online
Interview Days Thursday, November 5-Saturday, November 7 TBA
Candidate Notification for J-term/Spring 2021 Wednesday, November 18 Via Elon Email
Candidate Notification for Fall 2021 Wednesday, January 20 Via Elon Email

Resume Workshop Drop-In Hours

Hosted by the SPDC

  • Will be hosted prior to two of the Information Sessions dates will be posted by September 29th so check back for more details.

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at or 336-278-7300.


Frequently Asked Questions about being a Residence Life Student Staff member:

  1. If I miss the deadlines listed above how do I apply to be on staff?
    1. While our process does have to adhere to guidelines we are always interested in building up our interest pool for potential student staff candidates so you can email to find out if there is any supplemental or later process in the near future in which you can apply.
  2. What is the time commitment for being on staff?
    1. It can certainly vary based on your number of residents, the specific neighborhood you are in as well as week to week. Some times of the year are just busier than others and some are very slow comparatively. Keeping this in mind we say it averages to about 20 hours a week; knowing that some weeks, like Health and Safety or closing weeks, may be closer to 30 hours while weeks leading up to spring and fall breaks or the end of the first month each semester tend to be quieter and closer to 10 hours or less.
  3. What is the training commitment for being on staff?
    1. All training dates are required for staff to attend so please plan your calendar accordingly if you intend to apply. All staff hired for the Fall 2021 semester must attend:
      1. Spring 2021 Staff Onboarding:  Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (likely 7:30 or 8pm start until 9:30pm)
      2. Fall 2021 Staff Training:  Monday, August 9th, 2021 for SRA/SHMs; Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 for RA/HMs; (AM contracts begin earlier in the summer – see employment dates on AM job descriptions)
    2. In additional all staff hired to start in the Winter/Spring 2021 semester must attend:
      1. Staff Training on Monday, January 4, 2021 (virtual option will be offered for anyone away from campus for J-term)
        1. This group’s training will also require an online component to be completed prior to returning to campus on January 4, 2021 as well.
  4. What does staff training involve?
    1. Our Residence Life Student Staff training provides a knowledge and skill base necessary to act in the successful capacity of a leader within your residential community and beyond at Elon University. Training topics include but are not limited to:
      1. Communication skills
      2. Conflict mediation management
      3. Critical thinking approach to problem solving
      4. Community building and programming
      5. Diverse, inclusive & equitable community creation and development
      6. Ethical decision making
      7. Leadership in action
      8. Mental health concerns and support
      9. On-call crisis response and emergency management
      10. Residential living and learning experience
  5. Do I have to have prior job experience to be a student staff member with Residence Life?
    1. While prior work experience can be a beneficial knowledge base to bring as part of your resume and application it is not a requirement to be hired. Annually, we hire staff members with a diverse amount of work experience from none to some to plentiful.