Leadership and Employment Opportunities

The Department of Residence life strives to attract, select, and develop a diverse community of people that are talented, passionate, and driven. Residence Life provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment where students and staff support each other. Our students are our strongest voice. By joining our staff or being a part of RHA or Community Council, Residence Life will not only provide you with the tools to become a leader, but be the leader who makes a difference for future students.

Student Employment Opportunities

Student Leadership Opportunities


Resident Assistant (RA)

An RA is a student who resides in a court or residence hall wing. The RAs are selected because of their leadership potential, interpersonal skills, positive attitudes, and sense of responsibility and fairness. RAs are experienced residents and students. The RA’s basic role is to provide leadership and support to their community, and monitor and implement the policies and procedures of Residence Life.

RA Application and Selection Process

  • Attend an Info Session – Just want to know more about becoming a Resident Assistant? These info sessions will allow you to come and ask questions from current RAs about the RA positon, qualifications, application, and interview process. We encourage all candidates to attend an info session prior to applying! The info session dates are:
    •  Monday, January 28th from 1:30pm to 2:30pm | LRH Great Room
    • Wednesday, January 30th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm | LRH Great Room
    • Thursday, January 31st from 7:00pm to 8:00pm | LRH Great Room
    • Friday, February 1st from 1:30pm to 2:30pm | LRH Great Room
  • Candidate Resource Packet 2019-2020 (pdf) – Contains important information on qualifications, application & interview timeline.
  • RA Application – All applicants must complete a profile via CareerConnect (requires resume approval from the Career Center) and apply for the “Resident Assistant” position on CareerConnect. Please follow all the necessary steps and pay special attention to the information required int he cover letter section. Applications are due Monday, February 4th by 5:00pm. Failing to follow all required parts of the application will result in an incomplete application.
  • RA Selection Interview ProcessPlease be prepared to block some time off on your calendar for either Thursday, February 21st or Friday, February 22nd. If you are offered an individual interview, more information on how to sign up for a time will be provided via email.

Failure to complete any portion of the application or interview process according to the established deadlines may result in a candidate being withdrawn from consideration.

Should you have questions or concerns about the position or application process, please contact one of your RA Selection Committee Chairs:

Will Kerch, LRH Resident Director | kerch1@uis.edu

Talor MourningSenior Resident Director | tmour2@uis.edu


Desk Attendant

The Department of Residence Life employs students to serve as Desk Attendants at the Front Desks within each Residence Hall, as well as the Homer Butler Housing Commons.

The Desk Attendant (DA) is a student employee of Residence Life, and reports directly to the Resident Directors and/or Customer Service Representative and indirectly to the Assistant Directors and Director of the Department of Residence Life.  The duties of the DAs are specifically set to provide support to the Residence Life Office staff, Housing residents, and the Residence Life Office’s obligations and responsibilities.

Recruitment for the Desk Attendant position occur at various times throughout the year.  Students interested should contact the Department of Residence Life to inquire when the position may be available and apply for the position via Career Connect.


Snow Crew

Residence Life Facilities is regularly looking for dedicated students who are willing to serve on various student teams it employs.

Members of this team are student employees responsible for the pre-treatment, salting, sanding and shoveling of Residence Life areas during inclement snow weather.  Members of this team earn one of the highest wages on campus starting at $11.  Please note this position is seasonal and hours are based solely on weather related conditions. Students interested should contact the Department of Residence Life and/or watch Career Connect during those times when recruitment is active.

Description of Responsibilities: 

  • Shoveling of snow from walkways, stairs, decks, doorways and portions of parking lots
  • Chipping of ice to reduce slippage, sliding, falls and slickness of ground
  • Spreading of salt, sand, ice melt manually and mechanically
  • Operating powered and non-powered snow removal equipment, shovel and spreader

Cleaning Crew

Residence Life Facilities is regularly looking for dedicated students who are willing to serve on various student teams it employs.

Members of this team are student employees responsible for the cleaning, preparation and presentation of Residence Life areas and facilities.  Responsibilities may include various cleaning tasks, handling recyclable materials, pick-up and delivery of items and room inspections. Please note positions are seasonal (summer semester) and we have limited positions available during the academic year. Students interested should contact the Department of Residence Life and/or watch Career Connect during those times when recruitment is active.

Description of Responsibilities:

Student Employees are responsible for the upkeep, cleaning ,preparation and presentation of Residence Life property. This include but is not limited to:

  • Vacant apartment, townhouse or residence hall units/rooms
  • Bedrooms within apartments and townhouses
  • Bathrooms within apartments, townhouses, residence halls and/or housing commons building
  • Trash and recycling removal
  • Pick-up, delivery and storing of university related items
  • Other areas as assigned (i.e. office space, storage areas, etc.)

Resident Housing Association (RHA)

*RHA is currently not offered by Residence Life. Please join your community council if interested in re-implementing RHA on our campus. 

RHA represents the interest and concerns of the residential community. If you are interested in being a part of RHA contact your Resident Director for more information.

Vision Statement:

RHA aims to represent interests and concerns of residents, propose policies consistent with resident interests, provide programming for residents, serve as directed by the Association, attend SGA meetings, provide or assign representation at the meetings of other student associations and campus organizations, submit a proposed yearly budget to UIS Residence Life and, authorize RHA expenditures.

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Resident Housing Association is to enhance the life of residents through programming, leadership opportunities, and by providing a place to voice concerns about campus housing policy, procedure, and facilities.


Community Council

Offered for each area of campus is a Community Council. Each Community Council hosts weekly or bi-weekly meetings for Residents to meet and discuss any concerns they may have in their residential areas. There is a representative from each court or residence hall wing who advocates for their community based on concerns, questions, or ideas fellow residents have brought to their attention. Each Community Council meets with their respective Resident Director, who facilities and advises the council meetings. Additionally, they are provided with a budget to host programs for their communities. Typically, one representative from each Community Council is a part of RHA.

If you are interested in joining your Community Council, please contact your respective Resident Director for more information.