Student Employment

Desk Staff

The Desk Staff is highly valued by the Department of Housing and Residential Life at FAU. We count on our Desk Staff to provide outstanding quality customer service to the students, staff, faculty, and visitors of FAU. As a Desk Staff member, your primary role is that of a resource person. You serve as the primary contact person for visitors, students, and most importantly to our residents. As a resource person, you help your customer find the information they seek.

Housing and Residential Life employs two Desk Staff positions, Desk Assistants (DA) and Night Staff. These positions are separate and cannot be held concurrently. Although their responsibilities and roles are primarily the same they differentiate in their work hours and compensation.

Desk Assistant Position works primarily during the day between the hours of 6am and 1am. This position is compensated $10.00 per hour.

Night Staff Position works during the night between the hours of 1am and 6am. This position is compensated $10.75 per hour.

Desk Staff Application Process Timeline

Friday, March 3 at midnight Application opens on HR website (jobs.fau.edu)
Friday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. Applications close on HR website
Thursday, March 23 Interviews (Nations MPR) from 1 - 5 p.m. – you must be available on this day
Monday, April 3 Desk Staff hiring decisions sent out

I am interested in becoming a Desk Staff Member.

Desk Staff Application Qualifications and Expectations The minimum qualifications in order to apply are below. Should you not meet the following qualifications, you will NOT be eligible to apply. Should you be considered for the position, please note the following. Read this section carefully.

  • Enrolled as a full-time, FAU degree-seeking student for each semester of employment.
    • Undergraduate student status: registered for 12 (not to exceed 17) credit hours per semester.
    • Graduate student status: registered for a 9 (not to exceed 12) credit hours per semester.
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.25 or a 3.0 (Graduate GPA) at the time of application.
  • Available to attend Student Staff Training and other training sessions deemed necessary by the Department of Housing and Residential Life staff throughout the contract period, approximately 1 week prior to the start of the fall semester, and three to five days prior to the start of the spring semester.
  • Be in good standing with Florida Atlantic University and the Department of Housing and Residential Life (i.e. no disciplinary probation, outstanding financial obligations, etc.).
  • A respect for, and appreciation of, the diversity of the University Housing population.
  • Willing to work between the hours of 12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. on weekdays, weekends as scheduled, during holidays (i.e. winter, spring, and holiday breaks) and between academic terms.
  • A commitment to personal and professional development while in the role.

For more information about the Desk Staff Selection Process, e-mail DASAselection@fau.edu.


Resident Assistant

Click Here to Access the RA Application Online Module

Resident Assistants is now closed and will open again in Spring 2018.

The role of the RA (Resident Assistant) is to enable student success through the development of enhanced learning opportunities and enriching educational experiences within a supportive campus and residential environment.

Through targeted one-on-one conversations, and relationship/community building, the RA will help our residential students experience a holistic and seamless living learning environment. Through the Residential Education Model they will ENGAGE, EXPLORE, DEVELOP, and STRENGTHEN their skills and experiences in the community with their peers, staff and faculty, while creating a diverse, safe, and inclusive living environment.

Date Process Item
Tuesday, Jan. 10 -
Friday, Jan. 20
Attend a Mandatory Information Session in either Nations Multipurpose Room or Innovation Village Apartments SOUTH Multipurpose Room or complete the Online Module
Friday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 p.m. RA Applications available via the HR website, Reference Form link and Interview Preference Form link available (will be sent links via e-mail)
Friday, Feb. 10 at 11:59 p.m. Application, 2 Completed References, and Interview Preferences DUE
Friday, Feb. 13 - Wednesday, Feb. 15 Interviews will be extended to eligible candidates
Friday, Feb. 17 RA Interviews (Must be available during this day to interview.)
Friday, Mar. 3 RA Job offers extended

In order to apply you must either attend an Information Session OR successfully complete the online module (module will close by 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017) link will be on the www.fau.edu/housing/employment page

Date Time Location
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 5 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 5 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 5 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 5 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 7 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room OR
IVA SOUTH Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 7 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room OR
IVA SOUTH Multipurpose Room
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 7 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room OR
IVA SOUTH Multipurpose Room
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 7 p.m. Nations Multipurpose Room OR
IVA SOUTH Multipurpose Room

The minimum qualifications in order to apply are below. Should you not meet the following qualifications, you will NOT be eligible to apply. Please read carefully.

  • Enrolled as a full-time, FAU degree-seeking student for each semester of employment.
  • Undergraduate student status: registered for 12 (not to exceed 17) credit hours per semester.
  • Graduate student status: registered for a 9 (not to exceed 12) credit hours per semester.
  • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 (Graduate GPA) at the time of application.
  • Two (2) semesters of post-high school, College, or University enrollment by the first day of employment. One of these semesters must be completed at FAU.
  • One (1) semester of on-campus living or relevant group campus living environment prior to employment for the RA position. Be sure to specify your experience on the application.
  • Be in good standing with Florida Atlantic University and the Department of Housing and Residential Life (i.e. no disciplinary probation, outstanding financial obligations, etc.).

Should you be considered for the position, please note the following:

  • Remain in good academic standing during their term of employment. In order to do so, an RA must obtain:
    • A Semester GPA of 2.50 and above, and a Cumulative GPA of 2.75 and above, for undergraduate students and a Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above, for graduate students.
  • RAs failing to meet any of these academic requirements during any one semester will be terminated.
    • If an undergraduate RAs semester GPA is between a 2.00 and 2.50 they will be placed on academic probation
    • If an RA is currently on academic probation and fails to meet the minimum semester GPA or cumulative GPA requirement, they will be terminated.
  • Completion of course LDR2010: Introduction to Leadership during the first semester of employment with a passing grade.
  • Availability to attend Resident Assistant Training and other training sessions deemed necessary by the Residential Life staff.
    • Attendance of all mandated staff trainings throughout the contract period, approximately two (2) weeks prior to Opening Day for the Fall semester and three to five (3-5) days prior to the start of the Spring semester.
  • Availability to attend RA staff meetings, scheduled by Supervisors as they determine the time which best fits all schedules, including at various times of the week or weekend.
    • RAs must have flexibility in their course schedule to accommodate these staff meetings. Tuesday nights are “Res Life Nights” and all RAs are not to have class past 5:00pm. Should you need a class to graduate that semester you muse request approval from your Supervisor and Assistant Director.
  • First year RAs are not permitted to student teach, go through an intake process, work at an internship, study abroad, or be dually employed by Housing and Residential Life and/or another employer.
  • A respect for, and appreciation of, the diversity of the University Housing population.
  • A willingness to work daytime, evening, and weekend hours as scheduled, plus hours during holidays and between academic terms.
  • Remaining on campus until all closing duties have been completed and until the Residential Life Leadership Team gives authorization to leave.
  • During Winter, Spring, and holiday breaks, RAs are required to continue a duty rotation.
  • A commitment to personal and professional development while in the role, including but not limited to:
    • Exploring Self and Ideas
    • Engaging in the Community
    • Developing Culture and Competency
    • Strengthening Academic Success

Room

Housing will provide a single bedroom (may have suitemates) Student will be responsible for 50% of the lowest double rate per semester.

Stipend

Based on $10.50 hr. (15hours/week)

Meal Plan

85 or 110 meal plan block a semester – based on location

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to go to more than one information session? Will it better my chances?
You only need to attend one (1) information session or complete the online module. Going to multiple sessions will not better your chances.

My friend can’t come to a session, can I take information for them?
Every student who wants to apply for the RA position, MUST attend an information session themselves or complete the online module as there is a Form each student must complete themselves.

If I live off campus can I still apply to be an RA?
Yes, however applicants do need to have at least one (1) semester of relevant group-living experiences

How strict are you with the GPA guideline?
The GPA guideline is a Divisional expectation. If you do not have above a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of application to the position, you will NOT be deemed eligible to apply

Who should I get to write my references?
One reference must be from a staff member or leader from the Florida Atlantic University community. It can be your RA, building staff, supervisor, professor, advisor, and president or organization officer of a student group. The second can also be from that group of people listed, however it could also be a work reference or someone that can comment on your potential as an employee and leader. References from a friend, boy/girlfriend, relative, fiancé, husband/wife, roommate, or someone else going through the Resident Assistant process will not be accepted.

What if I can’t make it to my interview?
Unfortunately, that will make you ineligible for hire, all candidates must attend the entire interview in order to be considered for hire. This cannot be rescheduled due to time constraints.

Can I choose the building/student demographic I work with?
No. We will take your Residential Learning Community and housing option preferences (available on your application) into consideration; however, we determine your placement based on the information gathered during our interview process. Ultimately we are building a team to meet the needs of the building and the residents that live there.

I am going to student teach full-time or have a full-time internship in the fall/spring – can I apply?
No. First year RAs are not permitted to student teach, go through an intake process, work at an internship, study abroad, or be dually employed by Housing and Residential Life and another employer.

I am graduating in December or Studying Abroad in Spring 2018 – can I apply?
No. The RA position is a full academic year commitment.

How many positions do you have available? What are my chances of getting a job?
There are a total of 85 RA positions available on our campus. Our number of returning staff each year fluctuates, making it hard to determine an exact number of how many new staff we need until right around the time we interview. However, those who were successful in the process, who we aren’t able to offer a position to immediately, will be placed in our Alternate Pool.

What is the Alternate Pool?
The Alternate Pool means that our staff deemed eligible and desirable to hire, however we may not have had the space or right “fit” for you to join the team at this time. We pull students from the Alternate Pool throughout the entire school year, your chances of being hired before the school year is over are high.

When will I find out when I’m hired?
Letters will be e-mailed on Friday, March 3 rd . If hired, you will also find out your building/staff placement, with the understanding that this assignment could change should the need arise within the department.

As a part of the application process you must submit two (2) references. The Reference form is an online form that your references must fill out by the date Applications are due. Those that attend an information session and fill out an Intent to Apply form will be e-mailed the link for references to fill out.

At least one reference must be from a Florida Atlantic University faculty or professional or student staff member. The other may come from someone who knows you well (current/former employer, faculty, staff or officer of club organization).

Interview Preference Form:
Those that attend an information session and fill out an Intent to Apply form will be e-mailed the link for the Interview preference Form. Interviews will be taking place on Friday, February 17 th . Time preferences for your interview will be given on a first come-first serve basis.


For more information about the RA Selection Process, e-mail RASelection@fau.edu.


If you have never worked for or been employed by FAU, in addition to completing a Student Assistant Application form for the Department of Housing and Residential Life, you are required to complete the on-line Student Application through PeopleAdmin (FAU on-line database) before you are eligible for FAU employment. You can access it through the FAU Employment site and "Create Application". Select Student Application. Please do this as soon as possible. Also if you have never worked for or been employed by FAU, go to the FAU Student Employment site and click on "Just Hired" to see what steps you must follow and forms you need to complete to be employed.

If you are interested in a long term career with Florida Atlantic University please visit FAU Employment for the current FAU career opportunities.

 Last Modified 3/6/17