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Student Employment

You Can Be a Part of It

Get work experience, widen your social circle, and, perhaps most important, collect a steady paycheck.

Apply for a position with Housing and Residence Life, which employs more than 200 students each year in graduate assistantships and part-time positions.

We want you if you're a motivated leader with such skills as dependability, initiative, integrity, and discretion. If you're also a natural organizer and communicator, all the better. Working for us offers:

  • Competitive pay
  • Locations across campus
  • Hours to fit busy schedules
  • Convenience
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Skill development
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Résumé-building experience
  • The chance to develop lifelong friendships.

Some positions are open every year; others come open periodically.

Positions in Housing and Residence Life include:

Assistant Community Director

An Assistant Community Director (ACD) is an academic-year student employee with Housing and Residence Life (HRL) who helps create and support a community of students within the residence halls at George Mason University. Assistant Community Directors dedicate their time and energy to the residential community by ensuring that students have a healthy, safe, and supportive environment in which to learn and develop. ACDs are expected to assist with residence hall management, provide student staff support, and collaborate with their direct supervisor and Assistant Director of Residential Communities through administrative work, residential education initiatives, staff training and development, etc. All Assistant Community Directors are supervised by a Community Director or Graduate Community Director. The deadline to apply is November 15th at 11:59 PM.

Qualifications

To hold an Assistant Community Director position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • ACDs must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. Therefore, an undergraduate ACD should be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and no more than 18 credit hours per semester. ACDs seeking more credits than the maximum must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor. Students in an accelerated master’s program are permitted to hold this position so long as they are eligible to live in undergraduate housing as defined by HRL policies.
  • At a minimum, ACDs are required to maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 semester GPA throughout employment.
  • ACDs must have completed at least two semesters of postsecondary academic work, not including summer sessions or high school dual enrollment courses.
  • ACDs must have worked with Housing & Residence Life in a live-in student staff position (CA, LLC RA, or RA) for at least two full semesters by the time they begin their role in August 2020.
  • All ACDs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position. 
  • All Housing and Residence Life student staff are required to uphold all polices and pieces of the Residential Handbook, the Code of Student Conduct, and the Honor Code. 

To hold the Assistant Community Director position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year.
  • ACDs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life.
  • ACDs must be eligible to live on the respective campus for which they are hired.
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment.
Application and Interview Process


***Please note that this is a separate process from the CA/LLC RA/RA process. If you are interested in working in one of those positions next year as well as the ACD position, please follow both application processes to be considered for both. If you are only interested in the ACD position, you only need to follow the ACD application process listed below.

  1. Read through the position description for this role. If you have specific questions about the ACD role, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu. There will be an optional ACD info session on October  23rd from 6pm til 7pm in the Hanover Multipurpose Room. Professional staff and current ACDs will be there share more information about the role and answer questions.
  2. Through Handshake, submit a current resume, a cover letter, and the contact information for 3 professional references. References do not need to complete a letter of recommendation. You may include contact information for HRL employees, but please do not include information for your current supervisor. 
  3. Applications will be reviewed and candidates will receive a case study in which they will prepare a response. Presentations of the case study response, followed by a question and answer period, will occur in January. More detailed information will be sent to candidates in January. 
  4. All candidates will be updated in late February on their employment status. Candidates that are not selected for an ACD position will still be considered for a CA, LLC RA, or RA position if they completed both application processes. 

If you have any questions about this process, the roles, or anything else, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu.
 

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Living Learning Community Resident Assistants (LLC RAs) are academic-year student employees within the Housing and Residence Life (HRL) department who help build, guide, and support a community of residents within the residence halls at George Mason University. LLC RAs serve a special population of students who live in an LLC and collaborates with the LLC partner on the development of the LLC. RAs and LLC RAs dedicate their time and energy to the residents of their community, ensuring that students have a healthy, safe, and supportive environment in which to learn and develop. Both positions are expected to be visible in their communities and serve as available resources within their residence hall through peer to peer communication, residential curriculum initiatives and programming. Please see the position descriptions below for more information about the Resident Assistant roles. Deadline to apply is November 15th at 11:59 PM. 

Qualifications

To hold a Resident Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • RAs must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students. Therefore, an undergraduate RA should be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and no more than 18 credit hours per semester. RAs seeking more credits than the maximum must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor.
  • At a minimum, RAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout the duration of their employment.
  • RAs must have reached sophomore standing by the start of employment.
  • All RAs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position.
  • All Housing and Residence Life student-staff are required to uphold and execute all Housing and Residence Life Policies.

To hold a Resident Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year.
  • RAs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life.
  • RAs must be eligible to live on the respective campus for which they are hired.
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment.
Application and Interview Process

All applicants must follow the steps below to be considered for the RA and/or LLC RA positions. 

  1. Read through the position descriptions for the 3 opportunities (RA, LLC RA, and CA) and decide on 1 or 2 roles you are most interested in. If you have specific questions about these positions, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu. 
  2. Fill out an application on Star Rez by visiting the following link: https://gmu.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortal. The application should take approximately 5 minutes to fill out. You are only able to preference up to 2 positions. 
  3. Before or after you apply, attend one of the required information sessions on the Fairfax campus. You must attend and sign in to one of these info sessions or your application will not be considered. If you are having issues with scheduling or are outside of the immediate Northern Virginia area during the fall semester, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu.
    • Info Session #1 - October 16th, 5pm-6pm, Johnson Center George's
    • Info Session #2 - October 23rd, 5pm-6pm, Piedmont 104 Multipurpose Room
    • Info Session #3 - October 24th, 6pm-7pm, Piedmont 104 Multipurpose Room
    • Info Session #4 - October 29th, 4pm-5pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #5 - October 30th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #6 - November 4th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #7 - November 5th, 11:30am-12:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #8 - November 6th, 4pm-5pm, Merten 1204 
    • Info Session #9 - November 6th, 5pm-6pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #10 - November 8th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Hampton Roads 1006
    • Info Session #11 - November 11th, 7pm-8pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #12 - November 13th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Piedmont 104 Multipurpose Room
    • Info Session #13 - November 14th, 11:30am-12:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #14 - November 14th, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Merten 1204
  4. After applying, sign up for 90 minute interview preparation workshop on Friday, November 22nd. These workshops are required and will help candidates prepare for the interview process. Candidates will be removed from the process if they fail to attend one of these workshops.
  5. First round interviews will be conducted via InterviewStream, an online video interview service through GMU Career Services. Instructions on how to complete this will be shared in late November, and candidates will have through January 17th to submit their interview answers on the platform.
  6. Candidates advancing to the second and final round of interviews will meet with two professional or graduate staff members to answer questions relating to the position they are most qualified for. 
  7. All candidates will be updated in late February if they were hired, given a spot on our alternate list, or were not selected this year. Please note that the housing application for next year will close in early February, so any candidate looking to live on campus should still complete an application and follow all of their processes.

If you have any questions about this process, the roles, or anything else, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu.

Community Assistants

A Community Assistant (CA) is an academic-year student employee within Housing and Residence Life (HRL) that helps build, guide, and support a community of residents residing in the residence halls at George Mason University. Community Assistants dedicate their time and energy to the residents of their community by ensuring that residents have a healthy, safe, and supportive environment in which to learn and develop. CAs are expected to assist with overall residential health and safety and provide operational support for the residence halls. Please see the position description below for more information about the Community Assistant role. Deadline to apply is November 15th at 11:59 PM. 

Qualifications

To hold a Community Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • CAs must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. Therefore, an undergraduate CA should be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and no more than 18 credit hours per semester. CAs seeking more credits than the maximum must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor.
  • At a minimum, CAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout employment.
  • CAs must reach sophomore standing by the start of employment.
  • All CAs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position.
  • All Housing and Residence Life student staff are required to uphold and execute all Housing and Residence Life Policies.

To hold a Community Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year.
  • CAs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life.
  • CAs must be eligible to live on the respective campus for which they are hired.
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment.
Application and Interview Process

All applicants must follow the steps below to be considered for the CA position. 

  1. Read through the position descriptions for the 3 opportunities (RA, LLC RA, and CA) and decide on 1 or 2 roles you are most interested in. If you have specific questions about these positions, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu. 
  2. Fill out an application on Star Rez by visiting the following link: https://gmu.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortal. The application should take approximately 5 minutes to fill out. You are only able to preference up to 2 positions. 
  3. Before or after you apply, attend one of the required information sessions on the Fairfax campus. You must attend and sign in to one of these info sessions or your application will not be considered. If you are having issues with scheduling or are outside of the immediate Northern Virginia area during the fall semester, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu.
    • Info Session #1 - October 16th, 5pm-6pm, Johnson Center George's
    • Info Session #2 - October 23rd, 5pm-6pm, Piedmont 104 Multipurpose Room
    • Info Session #3 - October 24th, 6pm-7pm, Piedmont 104 Multipurpose Room
    • Info Session #4 - October 29th, 4pm-5pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #5 - October 30th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #6 - November 4th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #7 - November 5th, 11:30am-12:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #8 - November 6th, 4pm-5pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #9 - November 6th, 5pm-6pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #10 - November 8th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Hampton Roads 1006
    • Info Session #11 - November 11th, 7pm-8pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #12 - November 13th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Piedmont 104 Multipurpose Room
    • Info Session #13 - November 14th, 11:30am-12:30pm, Merten 1204
    • Info Session #14 - November 14th, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Merten 1204
  4. After applying, sign up for 90 minute interview preparation workshop on Friday, November 22nd. These workshops are required and will help candidates prepare for the interview process. Candidates will be removed from the process if they fail to attend one of these workshops.
  5. First round interviews will be conducted via InterviewStream, an online video interview service through GMU Career Services. Instructions on how to complete this will be shared in late November, and candidates will have through January 17th to submit their interview answers on the platform.
  6. Candidates advancing to the second and final round of interviews will meet with two professional or graduate staff members to answer questions relating to the position they are most qualified for. 
  7. All candidates will be updated in late February if they were hired, given a spot on our alternate list, or were not selected this year. Please note that the housing application for next year will close in early February, so any candidate looking to live on campus should still complete an application and follow all of their processes.

If you have any questions about this process, the roles, or anything else, please reach out to RAinfo@gmu.edu.

Office Assistants

An Office Assistant (OA) is an academic-year student employee within Housing and Residence Life (HRL) who serves as one of the front-line representatives of the department for students, families, and guests. A successful candidate should be able to manage administrative duties, customer service requests, and residence hall security-related tasks. All OAs are supervised by the Administrative Specialist assigned to their respective desk location. Not currently accepting applications. 

Office Assistant (PDF)

Qualifications

To hold an Office Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • OAs must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. OAs enrolled in more than 18 credits per semester must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor
  • At a minimum, OAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout employment
  • OAs must have reached sophomore standing by the start of employment or completed two (2) academic semesters at Mason
  • All OAs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position
  • All Housing and Residence Life student staff are required to uphold and execute all Housing and Residence Life policies

To hold an Office Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year
  • OAs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment
Information Sessions

All applicants must attend one of the following one-hour information sessions that go over the new student staff positions.The complete list of information sessions can be found at the following link: Student Staff Info Session Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

Application Process

All applicants must follow the steps below to be considered for the CA position. The complete list of the application steps can be found at the following link: Student Staff Recruitment Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

  1. Attend a mandatory info session
  2. Apply on Get Connected.  The application can be found in Get Connected on the Housing & Residence Life organization page. You can access the application by visiting https://getconnected.gmu.edu/organization/ohrl, logging in with your Mason e-mail credentials, and selecting the application under the Forms Section.
  3. Fill out a housing application
  4. Interview with staff

Graduate Assistants

These positions are open to full-time graduate students with preference going to graduate students in the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development, or similar fields focusing on counseling, education, and learning. Each position varies in responsibilities and pay. Positions include:

Please note, not all positions will have vacancies during a given academic year.

IT Services Assistants

You’ll work with Housing IT staff to meet Housing’s technology needs. Applications can be submitted through Handshake. Positions will be posted as available.

  • Desktop Support Specialist: Your primary responsibility will be maintaining desktop computers and peripherals for Housing. Other responsibilities includes re-imaging machines, installing local printers, updating software on work stations, and working with the Housing IT team to identify network or system outages.
  • Web Designer/Developer: You'll assist with design and development for Housing web sites and web-based applications. Projects may include developing or updating interactive components, developing new functions, working with staff on content layout, and developing new applications. This position is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Summer Staff

You'll work from May through August supporting the various summer housing programs, including summer school, interns, orientation, and camps and conferences  These positions are open to current Mason students or recent graduates (graduating in May 2019) who have knowledge of Housing and its policies. Current or past Housing student staff will get priority. Review each position description to see the application process. The application will open during the spring semester.