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Joining the Office of Residence Life

We are often looking for new student or professional staff interested in joining our team, so thank you for your interest!  The information below should help provide you with a better idea of how our various positions are filled.


Welcome Desk Attendants
The Desk Attendant staff typically have a higher application period in August as incoming and returning students begin looking to secure campus employment related to their federal work study awards.  The Operations Manager collects applications from new candidates and also typically has a number of staff from the previous year looking to return.  Hiring decisions are based on a combination of the application, an interview with the Operations Manager, and then the candidate's available hours.  It is not unusual for the desk to need coverage during certain hours of the day, or different days of the week, and if a candidate is simply not available to work when shifts are available we may not be able to extend an offer of employment.  Given the 8:30am-9pm daily operation, though, there are a variety of needs every year.

Resident Assistant
Our search process for the Resident Assistant positions starts as early as October each academic year when our office begins reaching out to faculty, coaches, and other staff on campus to solicit nominations for the RA positions.  Applications become available in early November, which is also the month when we host 3-4 Information Sessions for prospective candidates to help answer questions they might have about the job.  Applications and reference letters are then due before students depart in December for Winter Break.  Candidates extended interviews are contacted during January and we then host a selection/interview process day on a Saturday, typically in early February.  Decision letters go out roughly a week after that interview day.  The Head RA search is conducted internally through a separate process where returning RAs are able to apply for the chance to take on the higher level position.  We then host a "pre-staff meeting" in late April or early May to bring together all the future staff to meet each other before everyone leaves for the summer.  The RAs move back to campus in mid-August to start their training, typically a week and a half prior to the move in day for incoming first year students.

  • 10-31-17 UPDATE: The application process for the 2018-2019 Resident Assistant staff will soon begin!  You can access the application and reference forms here, but we strongly suggest that you attend one of our Information Sessions this November to talk to professional staff and current student staff in the RA role to learn more and have a chance to ask questions.  The RA position is a great opportunity to take on a leadership role at McDaniel College, but it can also be a challenging job, and we want to make sure you are informed.  
  • RA Applications are available: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Information Session One: November 3, 7:00 - 8:30pm in Hill Hall 104
  • Information Session Two: November 6, 7:00 - 8:30pm in Whiteford Hall 
  • Information Session Three: November 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm in Rouzer Hall
  • Information Session Four: November 14, 7:00 - 8:30pm in Klitzberg (Gill Athletic Complex)
  • RA Application Materials: Resources
  • IMPORTANT: Applications and References are due by December 15th, 2017
  • IMPORTANT: Interviews will take place Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Info on Department/RA Position: Residential_Living_Philosophy_Learning_Outcomes
  • Have any questions about applying for the position?  Please contact Assistant Director of Residence Life Nyambi Shannon at nshannon@mcdaniel.edu

Program Assistant
The Program Assistant is an internship opportunity that will assist with advertising, planning, and facilitating a variety of projects connected to large scale programs or major administrative processes.  This will involve posting information on social media, updating the departmental website, helping to make flyers/posters, drafting emails to the campus population, creating/distributing follow up surveys, researching vendor prices, drafting budget proposals for events/programs, attending/helping to run actual events, and other elements.  Potential projects might include any of the following depending upon interests/skills:

  • Fall Fest, Room Change Days, Housing Lottery, Inclusive Language Campaign, Late Nights@McDaniel, Poverty Simulation, First Year Council, First Year Fridays, RA Training, Welcome Week Open House, RA Selection, Affinity Housing Events, LIFE Series, Family Weekend, Break Housing Closings, Parent Preview, RA Appreciation Week, RA In-Services

Area Coordinators
Our Area Coordinator staff are a Bachelors required, Masters preferred, full time, 12-month position.  Each Area Coordinator oversees multiple buildings, ranging from 300-400 residents, and with a staff of 8-9 Resident Assistants.  One of those RAs would be serving as a Head Resident Assistant, to work with the Area Coordinators for administrative tasks such as scheduling RA on call duty for the semesters, tracking RA programming, and managing the housing check-in and check-out paperwork.  Depending on the timing of a vacancy, we often search at the ACPA or NASPA national conferences, as well as posting on www.higheredjobs.com.