Join the 2014-15 Residential Life Staff

At Middlebury, our residential community connects students.  The residential life staff work hard to advise, assist and afford you the opportunity to take full advantage of a living environment that is truly unique. Our programs  build community that you can feel a part of, contribute to, express yourself and feel safe.

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 Res Life 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 jobs you can have on campus. 

Res Life staff members are selected for their ability to facilitate a sense of community within the residence halls, resolving any group or individual conflicts that might arise, knowing and enforcing the policies of the College, and serving as an information resource within the residence hall.

to be an FYC or RA

First-Year Counselors (FYC)

At Middlebury College, FYCs 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 to 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, to be in regular contact with the CRA, who coordinates the routine work of FYCs, and to communicate with the Head and Dean about student issues. FYCs should be prepared to direct students to either the Head or the Dean for specific support as needed. To be successful, each FYC must have a concrete understanding of the network of available resources on campus and a willingness to channel students to those resources.

First Year Counselor (FYC) Job DescriptionFirst Year Counselor (FYC) Job Description

Resident Assistants (RA)

Drawn exclusively from the Sophomore class, RAs serve as community leaders in our sophomore halls by being accessible to other students, by getting to know residents, by maintaining residential standards, by facilitating community formation, and by working directly with Commons Heads, Deans, CRAs and other staff.  In addition, Commons RAs serve as a liaison to facilities management and other offices on campus.

Resident Assistant (RA) Job DescriptionResident Assistant (RA) Job Description


Community Assistants (CA)

Over the last semester, Residential Life has been working to redefine the CA program.  We are currently recruiting students for this new and exciting opportunity.  

Community Assistants work within upper-class buildings and houses to actively promote and maintain the positive residential experiences of our upper-class students. CAs offer a variety of residence-specific programming for the students in their building or area.   CAs receive specific training on issues facing upper-class students and develop programming for their specific class year areas. 

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Community Assistants

If you have questions about a Res Life position please contact or stop by your Commons Office.

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.  Only Sophomores may apply for Resident Assistant positions.

Application Information and Deadlines

The link above will take you to the online application for the academic year 2014-15 positions for First Year Counselor (FYC) and Resident Assistant (RA) 
You may apply for either position in any Commons using this single application form. Interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. Applicants may be contacted by multiple Commons Teams depending on their responses to the application.

Important note about MiddView 
Prospective Residential Life applicants (FYCs, RAs, CAs and Commons Council members) are sadly unable to lead MiddView Trips due to the demands of each individual role.  Please keep this in mind as you apply for fall opportunities.  If you have questions regarding this conflict please direct questions dadams@middlebury.edu

 If you have any questions about the positions please contact Residential Life or your Commons Office.

Res Life Hiring Schedule Spring 2014
Thursday, January 9
Online application process opens. Interviews begin immediately and run concurrent to the application process.

Wednesday, February 12
Final day that applications will accepted be due by 5:00pm.

Friday, February 21
Interviews will be completed for all positions.

Tuesday, February 25
Students will be notified by Commons if you are offered a position.

Friday, February 28
Student responses of acceptance due to Commons offices due by noon.  

Fall 2014 Dates and Info

All accepted staff must be able to return to campus on Sunday, August 24 to begin their fall training.  Training for all Res Life staff then continues through the next two weeks overlapping New Student Orientation. All training programs during this period are required.

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!  

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 members of the Commons Teams - Head, Dean, Coordinator and CRA all take part in the process.  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 are the benefits of the position?

Res Life staff all receive excellent leadership and programming training.  

FYCs and RAs receive a single room as well as an annual stipend for their position. Stipends are treated as taxable income.

  • First Year Counselor -  $2,350
  • Resident Assistant - $1,650
  • Community Assistant - $2,000

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

Yes.  Ideally 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.