Leadership and Employment

Living in a Saint Louis University residence hall is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You can become a member of the Residence Hall Association (you'll call it the RHA), your Hall Council or through student employment opportunities available in the residence halls and apartments.

Apply for a 2018-19 Student Staff Position

  • Applicants for desk manager positions must have either two years of experience  as a Housing and Residence Life desk worker or one year of resident advisor experience by August 2018 to be eligible for the position.
  • Dates in the attached Grant in Aid documents reflect 2017-18 dates. That information will be updated in Spring 2018.
  • Applications will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20,  2017 until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. 

Apply Now for a Student Staff Position 

Current and former resident advisors, lead resident advisors and desk managers may apply to all of the positions above as well as that of lead resident advisor.

Candidates with current or previous RA, LRA, and DM experience, please use the link below. Applications will be accepted beginning 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

Application for Returning Student Staff

Informational Sessions for Resident Advisors and LC Peer Mentors

Date Time Location
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 7 p.m. Grand 145
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 5 p.m. Grand Dining Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 7 p.m. Spring 136
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 6 p.m. Reinert Classroom
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 1 p.m. Griesedieck 212
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 3 p.m. DeMattias MPR
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 12 p.m. BSC 253C
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 6 p.m. Grand 145
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 7 p.m. Reinert Classroom
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 6 p.m. Spring 136
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017* 3 p.m. Griesedieck 212
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2017 1 p.m. BSC 253A
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017 12 p.m. Grand Dining Hall
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017 8 p.m. Spring 136
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017 5 p.m. Griesedieck 212

Attendance at an informational session is required for both the resident advisor and learning community peer mentor positions.

* The Dec. 8 session is open to all, but will especially focus on information for desk managers and lead resident advisors.

Working in Residence

Resident Advisors

Resident advisors, also known as RAs, are peer educators and student staff members. Their role is to create a sense of community on the floor, resolve roommate problems and facilitate community experiences. RAs are trained to handle emergencies and to maintain health and safety standards. RAs also assist with move in and outs. Finally, the RAs ensure that SLU’s Code of Conduct is upheld.

Learning Community Peer Mentor

Each learning community at SLU has two mentors — sophomore, junior and senior students who return to the learning community as role models for incoming students. Learning community mentors work one-on-one with students to foster a sense of commitment to academics, service and their individual learning community.

Desk Managers

Desk managers are junior or senior student staff members who work closely with residence hall coordinators to run the front desks and maintain an accurate audit of resident room keys, including lockouts and lock changes.

Desk Workers

Students are expected to swipe their SLU ID at the front desk to gain entry to all residence halls. These desks are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by desk workers or RAs who ensure safety, security and visitation protocols are followed. Desk workers provide residents with information about the campus, checkout equipment and issue replacement keys. Federal Work Study status is required for this position.

Furniture Crew

SLU’s furniture crew is a student staff team that performs minor furniture repairs or coordinates replacement, and assists with furniture moves on campus.

Office Assistants

Office assistants work in the Housing and Residence Life central office. Duties include typing, duplicating, filing, processing forms, completing inventories, fielding phone calls and delivering materials on campus. Federal Work Study status is required for this position.

Summer Housing and Conferences
The department offers many opportunities for employment and leadership over the summer months. Positions include: Lead Conference Assistant, Conference Assistant, Conference Assistant for Key Management, Laundry Workers, Summer Furniture Repair Crew - Lead Worker, Summer Furniture Repair Crew, Summer Desk Manager, Resident Advisor for Summer Housing, Summer Desk Worker, Summer Housing Office Assistants.


Residential Leadership Positions

There also several volunteer opportunities. Stay connected by participating in the Residence Hall Association (you'll call it the RHA), your building hall council or the Learning Community Advisory Board.

Residence Hall Association

SLU’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the second largest student organization on campus, after the Student Government Association (SGA). In fact, if you live on campus, you are automatically a member. The RHA is the voice of all resident students and expresses concerns to the University administration. It also coordinates educational, cultural and social programs.

Hall and Apartment Council

Each SLU residence hall, apartment building or complex has its own council comprised of an executive board and representatives from its floors or buildings. Each council sends representatives to the RHA’s General Assembly — generally the council president and one liaison for every 200 residents. An SGA senator is also part of each council.

National Residence Hall Honorary

SLU’s National Residence Hall Honorary is comprised of the top one percent of student leaders living on campus. Rooted in scholastics, leadership, recognition and service, it provides recognition for outstanding individuals who work to improve life within the residence halls.

Learning Community Advisory Board

The Learning Community Student Advisory Board is made up of representatives from each of SLU’s learning communities. This group creates programming and ideas to bring the learning communities together and plays a vital role in the continued development of the learning communities.