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Student Staff Selection

The application and selection process for student residence life staff—head residents (HRs), house community advisers (HCAs), house coordinators (HCs) and apartment managers (AMs)—usually begins in early January, with an application deadline in February. 

Job Descriptions

Head Resident

Note: Students must have at least one year of residence life student staff experience to be eligible for a head resident position. Please contact residence life at for more information. 

House Coordinator

House Community Adviser 

How to Apply (HCA, HC, AM)

We are glad you are thinking of applying to be a ResLife staff member! Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are due Thursday, February 13, 2020.

To apply for a HCA, HC or AM leadership position, please use this link on the Smith Social Network to submit your application:


You will fill out or upload the following on the Social Network:

  • Application
  • Copy of your unofficial transcript (from BannerWeb)
  • Your essay
  • Résumé
  • Two references. The reference form is on the social network; you just need to send the link to your two references and ask them to fill out the form online.

To apply, you will need to submit everything on the Smith Social Network; we do not accept paper applications. Your reference forms should be filled out online and submitted. More detailed instructions can be found on the Social Network.

EACH candidate will need to schedule an individual interview on either February 20 or 21, 2020. Applicants on campus will interview in person at Clark Hall, while candidates abroad will have Skype interviews.

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Interviews last 45 to 60 minutes and take place at the designated time for which you signed up. Please sign up for ONE time slot (your choice which day).

All candidates who are currently on campus also must participate in the group interview process, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. to noon on the first floor of Seelye.