Join Our Student Staff Team

Join Our Student Staff Team

DRL Student Staff

The Department of Residential Life welcomes students of all backgrounds, skills, and talents to apply for their positions. We strive to provide a welcoming community for not only our residents, but also our student staff. There is a constant focus on leadership, diversity and inclusion, community development and safety in our residence halls. We encourage you to read through the information provided on this page to understand the parameters of the application for the Resident Advisor (RA) and Assistant Resident Director (ARD) positions, and what the process will look like from October through February.

**Campus Health Aide position: If you are interested in learning more about the Campus Health Aide position, please contact Angela Maynard in the Student Health Education and Compliance Office, AngelaMaynard [at] creighton [dot] edu.
 
**Academic Success Peer Mentor position: If you are interested in learning more about the Academic Success Peer Mentor position, please contact Randi Bibins-Clark in The Creighton EDGE, RandiBibins-Clark [at] creighton [dot] edu

Resident Advisor Position

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The Resident Advisor (RA) is a live-in, residence hall staff member employed by the Department of Residential Life. Our RAs are juniors or seniors on campus, and are responsible for assisting the Resident Directors (RD) with the successful provision of services and programs in Creighton’s first year and sophomore residence halls. Our Resident Advisor (RA) staff serve as mentors, role models, resources, and conflict management experts in the residence halls. They build community through personal interactions, programs, promoting diversity and inclusion in the community, and crisis response. They are also representatives of the Division of Student Life and the greater Creighton University community. This position is the embodiment of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and our obligation to be people for, and with, others.

Benefits and Opportunities in the RA Role:

  • Stipend of $900 for the first year, and $1050 for the second year
  • Private, single room
  • Full meal plan
  • Leadership skills and teamwork experience
  • Programming and events management skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Opportunity to role model for your fellow Bluejays
  • Represent the Department and University as a leader
     

PDF iconView the full position description for Resident Advisor (RA) here.

PDF iconView the full position description for Lead Resident Advisor (Lead RA) here.

Assistant Resident Director Position

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The Assistant Resident Director (ARD) is a live-in, residence hall staff member employed by the Department of Residential Life. Our ARD’s are juniors or seniors on campus, and are responsible for assisting the Resident Directors (RD) with the successful provision of services and programs in Creighton’s first year and sophomore residence halls. They are also responsible for managing the reception desk in their community, as well as advising the Residence Hall Council (RHC). The ARD also serves as a mentor, role model, resource, and conflict management expert in the residence halls. They build community through personal interactions, programs, promoting diversity and inclusion in the community, and managing emergencies. They are also representatives of the Division of Student Life and the greater Creighton University community. This position is the embodiment of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and our obligation to be people for, and with, others.

Benefits and Opportunities in the ARD Role:

  • Stipend of $1900 per year
  • Private, single room
  • Full meal plan
  • Management skills and teamwork experience
  • Conflict management skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Opportunity to role model for your fellow Bluejays
  • Represent the Department and University as a leader
     

PDF iconView the full position description here.

Application Timeline

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Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 22, 6-7pm, CIC (Lower Brandeis)
  • Friday, October 25, 12-1pm, SSS (Old Gym)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-6:30pm, How to Interview for ResLife Positions, Harper 3040

Friday, November 15, 2019
All applications are due by 8:00am CST.

Friday, November 15, 2019
All applicants will receive an email with next steps in the process.

Friday, November 22 or Saturday November 23, 2019
All applicants will participate in a four-hour Group Process Interview.  Those studying abroad in Spring 2020 will also complete and individual interview.

January 22-24, 2020
Applicants moving forward beyond Group Process will participate in a 20-minute individual interview.

Friday February 7, 2020
Applicants will be notified of their status.

Application Process

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Online Application Step 1

  • Click here to fill out step one of the application.
  • This will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, but we recommend that you have the following information ready and pre-typed out to expedite your application:
  • You will be asked to complete demographic information for contact purposes. There are also several optional fields for you to select if you choose, and these are merely for tracking purposes.
  • You will be asked to provide previous employment history, as well as any co-curricular involvement at Creighton University.
  • You will be asked to provide the name, title, and contact information for a reference.
  • You will be asked to agree to allow us to review your academic and student behavior records to ensure you meet qualifications.
  • There will be essay questions, limited to 200 words each. The questions are as follows:
    • Why do you want to become an RA/ARD?
    • What characteristics best describe the ideal RA/ARD? Please explain.
    • RAs ONLY – Specifically, how would you go about building community on your floor with your residents?
    • ARDs ONLY – What is your experience leading a team?  Please give us specific examples demonstrating your leadership style.
       

Online Application Step 2

  • This should only take a few minutes, but will require you to upload your resume so we suggest you prepare it ahead of time.
  • Visit Handshake and log in at the “Creighton University Logon” button. Log on using your netid [at] creighton [dot] edu and your Blue password. You will be asked to upload your resume and complete some basic information.
  • NOTE: The Career Center staff will review and either approve or decline your resume. As long as you submit your first application prior to the deadline, having your resume declined will not count against you and you will have the opportunity to make corrections and resubmit it without penalty.
  • Consider visiting the Career Center’s website for some great tips on to build a strong resume. Additionally, the Career Center offers walk-in hours each day from 2:00-4:30 p.m. if you would like a Career Advisor to look over your resume before you upload it.
  • After your resume is approved, you can apply for the RA/ARD interview schedule through Handshake by clicking on “Jobs” in the upper banner and then “On-Campus Interviews.”
    • #3164593 - Resident Advisor
    • #3176044 - Assistant Resident Director

Reminder: Both steps of the Online Application Process are due Monday, November 15 by 11:59 p.m.

In case you missed the information sessions, please review this 7 minute video for some basic information about the position and process.
 

Preparing for the interview process

The RA/ARD Selection Process is competitive, but we would encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources offered on campus to help you prepare for the process and position. Our best advice is to reach out to your current hall staff (RA, ARD, and/or RD) to discuss the process more in-depth, as well as utilize the Career Center to help with resume building and interview skills. Ultimately we are looking for student staff who are open to our mission, to engaging with residents, and being a leader and role model in the Creighton community.

Group Process

This phase of the interview process is designed to help us see how you interact with people in groups. You will be in a group of approximately 10 other applicants, and be given various tasks and activities to complete as a group. The whole process lasts 3-4 hours, and you will be observed by current student and professional staff to see how you interact with others.

Individual Interview

This is more of a “standard” interview where you will sit down in a private space for 30 minutes with two current staff members and be asked a series of questions. Topics to discuss during this phase include community building, diversity and inclusion, Catholic Jesuit mission, teamwork, and more. 
If you have any questions pertaining to the RA or ARD position, the application process, or anything related to this page please feel free to reach out to Kristen Schuling, Assistant Director of Residential Life, at KristenSchuling [at] creighton [dot] edu.

FAQs

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How many hours can I work outside of this position?  

This counts as 20 hours, so you can work up to 8 additional hours. 
(One exception is International Students, you may not work another job at the university.)
(If you have questions about Work Study, contact Student Employment in Harper 1100.)


Will this impact my Scholarship? 

We encourage you to meet with Financial Aid (Harper 1100) to understand if/how this position may impact your financial aid package.
(If you receive housing costs as part of your package, you will not be able to still obtain the housing cost of this position to put towards something else.)


If I’m a student athlete or ROTC, can I still apply? 

Yes, however we strongly encourage you to discuss this with your coach or cadre to talk about possible impacts or date conflicts.


If taking COU390 puts me over 18 credit hours, who pays for that?  

If you go over 18 credits because of COU390, ResLife will pay for it.


What if I have a conflict with the interview dates?  

If you know of a conflict now, reach out to KristenSchuling [at] creighton [dot] edu to discuss possible options.


What is the process if I am studying abroad this semester or next? 

  • If you are currently abroad, please complete both online applications, and we will reach out to you after November 15 to discuss the Group Process and how to make up for being away. You will NOT be penalized for being away.
  • If you are going abroad in the spring, please complete both online applications, and go through the Group Process interview.  If you pass the Group Process, we will conduct your individual interview prior to Winter Break. You will NOT be penalized for being away.
  • If you are abroad all year, please complete both online applications, and then send a separate email to KristenSchuling [at] creighton [dot] edu to discuss options. You will NOT be penalized for being abroad.
     


I am or will be a graduate student next year, can I still apply?  

Yes, grad students are welcome to apply.


What is the dress code for interviews? 

Group process dress code is casual, and the individual interview is more formal.  However, if you lack formal business attire, contact KristenSchuling [at] creighton [dot] edu and we will work out a solution.

Training

Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs), Lead RAs, RAs, Academic Success Peer Mentors (ASPMs), and Campus Health Aids (CHAs) all participate in numerous and extensive trainings throughout the year. This includes, but is not limited to, 10 days in August, weekly staff meetings and monthly in-services, two days at the end of winter break, Green Dot Training, StrengthsQuest, and more. The purpose of these trainings is to prepare our student staff to encounter a wide range of incidents, personalities, and situations so that they can respond as responsibly and accurately as possible. The trainings include topics such as community building, Jesuit education and spirituality, crisis response (medical and mental health), diversity and inclusion, sexual assault and violence prevention, student conduct, wellness, teamwork and team dynamics, and a host of other resources around the university.