Residence Life & Student Housing

Student Staff Recruitment: WORK 4 RLSH!

Thank you for your interest in Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) and the Resident Assistant (RA) position.  Applications will be available November 1.  Please take a look at the link to the right to view the full RA job description.


Information sessions


Information sessions will be offered in every Residential Commons November 1-14. We highly encourage you to attend an information session to learn more about the application process and the RA position. If you are not able to attend the information session scheduled for your community, please feel free to attend any of the other sessions. Specific dates and times will be posted in the individual communities.



Applicants must have a 2.5 semester and cumulative SMU GPA and be in good standing with the University. If you are currently on conduct probation, deferred suspension, or suspension with the university, you will not be eligible for an interview. Further, any other conduct violation including a Call for Help, Conduct Warning, or Informal Warning will be considered on a case by case basis. If you have been found responsible for violating any University policy or RLSH community standard, you may be asked to write a letter explaining the situation and what you have learned since the incident. Those candidates will be considered for interview eligibility on a case by case basis. Recent violations may also preclude you from the interview process.

Incoming RAs must be at least sophomores (2nd year students), enrolled in SMU as a full-time student, and having completed at least one semester at SMU by the time they begin the position.  For a full job description and a list of requirements, please view the link on the right.


Application Process

Candidates for the RA Position must complete the following in order to be considered:

  1. Submit completed application – Due at 4:00 PM CST on Friday, January 5

    • This includes a one-page resume in a PDF format and several short essay questions.

    • Please note that this date is before you return to campus. Late applications will not be acceptable, so check that you will have a good internet connection in advance or complete the application before you leave campus.

  2. Interview – January 27 – February 4

    • Eligible candidates will be contacted with interview times.

Beginning November 1, you can access the online application. The application link will not allow you to save information and continue it later.  For this reason, we suggest that you take a look at the form to determine what information you'll need, then prepare that information (i.e., your resume, your references’ contact information, and your short answers) in advance, and finally fill out the link when everything is ready to go.


We believe that a Residential Commons should be a home base for students. For that reason, our priority is to keep students in their Residential Commons as much as possible.

Additionally, we have several Upper Division Housing options that are also seeking qualified candidates. If you are wanting to work in one of those areas, please indicate that on your application when asked.


Completed applications are due 4:00 PM CST on Friday, January 5. Late applications will not be accepted.

Frequently asked questions

What if I am not a member of a Residential Commons?

If you are not a member of a Residential Commons, you are still very eligible and encouraged to apply. You will be considered to work in Upper Division Housing.


What is Upper Division Housing?

Upper Division Housing includes houses and apartment-style living that house sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students. Upper Division Housing includes Daniel House, Hawk House, Martin House, Moore House, the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) House, the SMU Service House (SMUSH), Perkins House and Smith House.


Can I be an RA and an Orientation Leader?

Because AARO and RA training dates overlap, you cannot serve as both an RA and an Orientation Leader at the same time.  If you have been accepted as an Orientation Leader and signed an agreement for that position, you will not be eligible for an RA position. However, you can apply to be an RA alternate.  If selected as an alternate, you would then be eligible for hire after you have completed all of your orientation responsibilities.


Contact US

For any questions about the RA recruitment and selection process, please e-mail

Updated 11/01/17