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Frequently Asked Questions

 

When does the staff selection process start?
Information sessions for staff selection begin in October and applications are due in November. Info Sessions are required and you will need to attend one of the sessions given to be an eligible candidate.

Do I get to pick which building I will live in or which staff I will join?
No. Candidates are asked to share their interest in cohorts on their application (i.e. First Year Experience, Sophomore Year Experience, Upper class Experience).  Positions will be filled based on current vacancies and the staff and community needs.

Do staff members get free room and board?
Not exactly. Compensation packages differ according to positions, and meal plans are not included. Please read the application materials for more details on compensation since this may or may not impact your financial aid package.

Can I have a roommate?
All student staff rooms have been designated as singles. However, depending on which area you are assigned to, you may or may not be eligible for a “pull-in”, person(s) that will live in rooms connected to your own room in a suite, apartment or neighboring you in a townhouse. A “pull-in” is someone you have selected and who has applied for housing and received a lottery number. Please also note that pull ins may be required to be reassigned if staff member leaves position.

If I am a staff member, can I have another job on or off campus?
Yes. However, all students are restricted by the number of hours they can work on- campus each week. Staff members should discuss additional positions with their supervisors prior to beginning the position.

If I choose not to leave my position, am I guaranteed housing?
No. Due to limited spaces available staff members who resign or do not return to staff are not guaranteed a space on campus. For more information about housing options please contact the Housing Assignments area.

Can I go home on weekends?
Yes, you may spend some weekends away. You will need to work with your supervisor to determine approval for days away from campus in order to maintain adequate community and staff support.

How early do I have to come back in the Fall or how late do I have to stay in the Spring semester?
Staff members are required by contract to complete all training, opening and closing events. Fall training usually takes place approximately two weeks before classes begin in August. Winter Training takes place approximately five days before Spring classes begin in January. Staff are also required to stay through the last day of Commencement in May to ensure the residence halls are properly closed. 

Do I really have to go to training?
All staff members are required by contract to attend all training events. Training covers many of the policies and procedures you will need to become a successful staff member.

What GPA do I need?
A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and semester GPA of 2.0 are required to qualify for interviews and be hired for CA/HA/SMRO positions.

How many credits should I have to apply?
In order to serve as a Community Advisor, you should have at least sophomore status (min. 7.75 TCNJ units) by Fall 2018. In order to serve as a House Assistant, you should have junior or senior status (at least 15.75 TCNJ credits) by Fall 2019.

Do I have to be a resident in order to be eligible for a position?
No. Many commuters have successfully joined our residential staff with no previous “resident” experience.

What is the interview process like?
Candidates will have the opportunity to participate in group activities and individual interviews with a professional and student staff members.  You will meet several professional and student staff and have the opportunity to ask questions about the department and student staff positions.

Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?
Reference forms should be completed by an individual who has known you and can comment on the skills and abilities you possess that would make you a successful student staff member. References are very important. We recommend that at least one of your references comes from a current TCNJ faculty or staff member or ResEd student staff member. References from family and friends are not suitable for this process.

I have been involved in a disciplinary documentation and found responsible.  Can I still apply for a student staff position?
Yes. Please note that candidates with sanctions of pending termination of housing or higher may not be invited to interview. If you have any concerns about your conduct history, please contact Tricia Torley Krajunus at tricia.torley@tcnj.edu.

Can I apply to more than one position during the process?
Yes – you are welcome to apply for the CA and HA positions.  Students who are currently employed as DAs with Residential Education are also welcome to apply for the SMRO position.  Candidates will be evaluated for each position individually and professional staff will determine placement based on staffing needs.

If I was declined last year, can I apply again?
Absolutely! Each year we receive more applications than available vacant positions and we have successfully hired many staff members who re-apply after initially being declined.

Can I apply if I am going to be a 5th year senior?
Yes. All full-time undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Please note that you must have a full-time credit status to live in residence and must be able to make a full year commitment to a student staff position.

Can I be a student teacher and be a staff member?
Due to staff meetings and other required staff events, student teachers are not able to be CAs but are welcome to apply for the HA position.

Who should I speak to if I have more questions about my application?
You may ask any current ResEd staff member about their experience going through the process. However, for updates on this year’s process and your application status, please visit our website at http://resedstaff.pages.tcnj.edu or email us at resedstaff@tcnj.edu.

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