Join the Residential Life Staff

Updated for 2018-2019

CONNECT | LEAD | INSPIRE | EMPOWER

At Middlebury, our residential community connects students. The Residential Life staff work hard to advise, assist and support students to take full advantage of a truly unique living environment.

If you are an energetic, upbeat, and caring individual interested in a great leadership opportunity, you should apply to be on the Residential Life staff. A position in ResLife is one of great responsibility and also great fulfillment. It requires hard work but is very rewarding and will help to develop and hone skills that will serve you throughout your life. It is one of the most influential positions you can have on campus. 

ResLife staff members are selected for their ability to facilitate a sense of community within the residence halls, resolve group or individual conflicts that might arise, know and enforce the policies of the College, and serve as an information resource within the residence hall. 

The link to the right will take you to the online application for all positions. You may apply for any position, in any Commons, using this single application. Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Applicants may be contacted by multiple Commons Teams depending on their responses to the application.

If you have questions about any of the positions or the hiring process, please reach out the Commons teams or Residential Life.

Student Staff Positions

First Year Counselor (FYC)

First Year Counselors (FYC) at Middlebury College serve as mentors to the First-Year students in their Commons. Specifically, they are expected to foster the intellectual and personal development of first-year students and serve as the bridge that connects these first-year students to other support services on campus.

FYCs are expected to forge personal connections with the residents on their hall, be in regular contact with their CRD, and communicate with the Commons team about student issues. FYCs must have a concrete understanding of the network of available resources on campus and a willingness to channel students to those resources.

PDF iconFYC Job Description 2018-19

 

February First Year Counselor (FebYC)

February First Year Counselors (FebYC) at Middlebury College serve as mentors to newly arrived February First-Year students who have been assigned to their Commons. Specifically, they are expected to foster the intellectual and personal development of first-year feb students and serve as the bridge that connects these first-year Feb students to other support services on campus.

As new Febs may be spread out in different residential areas, a proactive approach to working within a residential community is of foremost and critical importance.

PDF iconFebYC Job Description 2018-19

Resident Assistant (RA)

Resident Assistants (RA) at Middlebury College serve as community leaders in their Commons, cultivating a culture of personal responsibility and community engagement among their peers.

RAs are expected to forge personal connections with the residents on their hall, be in regular contact with their CRD, and communicate with the Commons team about student issues. RAs must have a concrete understanding of the network of available resources on campus and a willingness to channel students to those resources.

PDF iconRA Job Description 2018-19

Community Assistant (CA)

Community Assistants (CA) at Middlebury College serve as community leaders in upper-class halls and houses, cultivating a culture of personal responsibility and community engagement among their peers.

CAs must have a concrete understanding of the network of available resources on campus and a willingness to channel students to those resources.

PDF iconCA Job Description 2018-19

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits / compensation of the position?

Excellent leadership and programming training

An annual housing credit (credit is prorated for partial year appointments).

FYCs:$3,150
FebYCs:$1,500
RAs:  $3,150
CAs:$2,250

Special housing accommodations

  • FYC and RAs - Single room in their residence
  • CAs - Specific group housing or single room in residence
Who can apply?

Any current, Middlebury College undergraduate student in good standing may apply. 

Traditionally, rising Juniors and Seniors have received priority for First Year Counselor positions but all classes may apply.  

Generally, only rising Sophomores apply for Resident Assistant positions but all classes may apply.

Only rising Juniors and Seniors may apply to be Community Assistants.  

Can athletes be on ResLife?

Absolutely! Residential Life tries to build a diverse and dynamic team of students - including athletes. 

For fall season athletes, please note that ResLife training sessions take place the week before Orientation. All training sessions are required and may necessitate missing aspects of your pre-season athletic practice, team meetings or competitions.

Before applying, please talk to your coach and Commons staff to see if any conflicts might exist. 

What is the interview process like?

Applications are reviewed by all five Commons Teams.  Students will be selected for interviews based on the quality and content of their application.  Interviews are designed to learn more about the applicant and to determine the type of position for which they might be the right fit.

Interviews will take place with all members of the Commons Teams.  Interviews vary in length depending on the Commons and position.

Please remember that there are a large number of applicants so please be patient with the scheduling process.

What is Weekend Coverage / "Duty" like?

What is being “on duty” like?

When FYCs or RAs are on duty, they are considered to be on-call, available to residents and to respond to things that may occur in the building. This could include assisting a student concern, crisis situations or potential policy violations. Additionally, duty tours or building rounds are a great opportunity to get to know the residents of the building as you tour the building. Duty logs are kept to document issues for appropriate follow up and support.

How often are you on duty?

It depends on the Commons and the size of the staff. Typically, there is always one or more RAs on duty each weekend. On average an FYC or RA should expect to be on duty three weekends each semester and one in Winter Term, depending on the Commons. If you have specific questions about a Commons, please contact the appropriate CRD or Dean. FYCs and RAs both share in weekend coverage for their Commons.

Can I be an Res Life staff member for just one semester?

Yes.  Ideally FYC, RAs and CA positions will be filled for a full year.  This allows for better continuity for student residents. However, as Middlebury College has multiple opportunities for students to come and go from campus it is possible to serve as a staff member for a portion of the year.

FebYCs serve only for the Spring Semester but are invited to attend the Fall ResLife training program.

Fall 2018 Training Dates and Info

All ResLife Staff return to campus in late August to begin training. Training for all Res Life staff then continues through the next two weeks overlapping new student orientation - MiddView. All training programs during this period are required.

Tentative Dates: August 23 - September 9, 2018 

Please ensure that your travel arrangements for the fall are made with this date in mind.  A big part of training is building a cohesive team which mean everyone needs to be there!