Working for Residence Life

Each year the Residence Life Office hires a number of Maryville College students to help in facilitating the campus residential communities. We hire students to be Resident Assistants during the academic year through and extensive application and interview process. We also hire Summer Resident Assistants who help the students who live on campus during the summer months. Information about each position can be found in the following information.

Resident Assistant Job Description

Each floor or wing is staffed with one Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are upper-class students who plan activities and programs for the floor, serve as a resource for the residents on the floor, and assist residents with getting involved in campus life. Each RA is trained in helping skills, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, and other areas to help residents cope with the any issues they might experience.

Resident Assistant Job Description

Resident Assistants 2017 - 2018

The application process for the 2017 - 2018 is here! Applications will be available beginning Monday, January 16th and will be due back in the Residence Life Office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6th. We are looking to hire 35 amazing student leaders to serve as Resident Assistants in one of our eight residence halls. 

For further information, contact Ben Wicker, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at 865-981-8193 or

New Applicants for Resident Assistant Positions

Please print off and complete or save the following documents:

Resident Assistant Selection Timeline

  • January 16th - Applications available
  • January 31st - Interest Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Bartlett 101
  • February 1st - Interest Meeting, 12:00 p.m., Lawson Auditorium
  • February 6th - Applications & reference forms are due to Residence Life (Bartlett 306)
  • February 9th - Group process for new applicants, 6 - 9 p.m., Bartlett Hall
  • February 13th - 17th - Individual interviews for new applicants, as scheduled

Resident Assistant Compensation

  • $1950 stipend for the year
  • Single room at the double-occupancy room rate
  • Grant for half of the cost of the RA's room
  • Free parking permit
  • Development of marketable, resume-building skills
  • It's fun!

Returning Applicants for Resident Assistant

If you are a current Resident Assistant and are planning on re-applying for an RA position, you will need to print off and complete the following document:

Summer 2017 Resident Assistants

Keep a look out for the application period for the 2017 Summer RA positions. The period of application usually begins after spring break. The Summer RA is a part-time, live-in position that provides free room for the term of employment. 

Summer RA Job Description & Responsibilities

  • Share evening hall coverage duties with other staff members, approximately one night per week and one weekend per month.
  • Prepare necessary reports and records as directed by the Summer Resident Director and/or Senior Summer RA.
  • Assist with check-in/check-out of residents.
  • Establish and maintain a good rapport with students. Create and execute one social program for residents.
  • Be alert to problems or potential problems of residents; be able to confront and counsel (through active listening, empathy and support) these individuals and refer to a professional staff member when necessary. Respect confidentiality of personal information shared by another student or staff member.
  • Know and comply with Maryville College policies and procedures, explain and implement them in the hall.
  • Stress to residents the importance of cooperation and concern for others and actively confront those students who fail to comply with residence hall policies or who violate other resident's rights.
  • Serve as a campus resource for residents. Be aware of services provided by various offices on campus.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Residence Life Office, as well as additional expectations requested by the Summer Resident Director, to ensure proper functioning of the residence hall.