Selection Process

The Selection Process consists of the following steps:

  • Information Sessions — Join us at one of the scheduled Information Sessions to learn more about both positions.
  • Online Application (required for all candidates) — Available online on October 1 at 8 a.m. Due October 15 at 6:59 p.m.
  • MA Group Process (required for MA-only and RA/MA-both candidates) — Eligible applicants will receive an invitation to one of two sessions.
  • Formal Interview — An invitation for selected candidates to interview with our Residential Life full time and paraprofessional staff on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Information Sessions

Join us at one our scheduled Information Sessions to learn more about our positions. Just select a session that works with your schedule.

Date

Time

Hall

Room Location

Monday, 9/17/18

7 PM

Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR)

Main Lounge

Tuesday, 9/18/18

8:30 PM

Snyder

Main Lobby

Tuesday, 9/18/18

7 PM

Blaisdell/Saunders (PAR)

Multi-purpose Room

Tuesday, 9/18/18

7 PM

Nugent

Room 1111

Tuesday, 9/18/18

6 PM

Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR)

Modular Building Room 103

Wednesday, 9/19/18

5 PM

Scott

Main Lobby

Wednesday, 9/19/18

8 PM

Wassaja

Room 1113

Thursday, 9/20/18

5 PM

Barton-Lundgren

Clark 134

Thursday, 9/20/18

7 PM

Florida Avenue Residence Hall (FAR)

Classroom 9

Tuesday, 9/25/18

7 PM

Florida Avenue Residence Hall (FAR)

Classroom 9

Tuesday, 9/25/18

6 PM

Illinois Street Residence Hall (ISR)

Modular Building Room 103

Tuesday, 9/25/18

8:30 PM

Taft-Van Doren (TVD)

Main Lobby

Wednesday, 9/26/18

8 PM

Busey-Evans

Multi-purpose Room

Wednesday, 9/26/18

8 PM

Babcock-Carr (PAR)

Multi-purpose Room

Wednesday, 9/26/18

8:30 PM

Bousfield

Multi-purpose Room

Wednesday, 9/26/18

7 PM

Weston

Room 6/7/8

Wednesday, 9/26/18

8 PM

Hopkins

Main Lounge

Thursday, 9/27/18

6:30 PM

Allen

South Rec – Room 40

Current RAs and MAs will be on hand to tell you about the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE) and their role in the residence halls implementing IRE. Attending an Information Session is optional, however, it is highly suggested to increase your understanding of the process, the positions, and what it takes to be a successful candidate. Come with your own questions and be prepared to learn a great deal about what applying for our positions could mean for you.

Online Application (Required for all candidates)

Applications for the Paraprofessional Selection Process hiring for the 2019–2020 academic year will be accepted beginning Monday October 1 at 8 a.m. through Monday, October 15 at 6:59 p.m. 

Submitted applications will be evaluated and scored by members of the Residential Life Professional Staff. Applications are scored on the following criteria: accuracy, thoroughness, a well-prepared resume highlighting residence hall involvement and leadership (utilizing the template provided), current and past campus involvements, and the quality of the cover letter essay response (utilizing the template provided).

All application materials are submitted via the online application. There are no paper applications to turn in.

For 2019–2020 there will be 176 RA positions and 18 MA positions in the Undergraduate Residence Halls. Each year, approximately 45% of our paraprofessional staff are returners (2nd or 3rd year paraprofessionals) and approximately 55% are newly hired out of the selection process. We have many more qualified applicants than we have available positions. This is a highly competitive process.

2019    How many will apply this year? Stay tuned to see. 

2018    361 Completed applications received

2017    360 Completed applications received

2016    353 Completed applications received

2015    452 Completed applications received

2014    440 Completed applications received

2013    432 Completed applications received

2012    452 Completed applications received

2011    480 Completed applications received

2010    453 Completed applications received

2009    411 Completed applications received

2008    392 Completed applications received

The number of applicants invited to participate in the Formal Interview day is approximately 300. Generally, we receive 350-400 applications for the Multicultural Advocate and Resident Advisor positions each year; therefore, candidates will be cut from the process based on application scores, judicial/conduct checks, and/or special case situations that warrant release from the applicant pool as determined by the Assistant Director of Residential Life who has responsibility for the process. You will be notified via your Illinois email account if you are released from the pool for any reason. Please make sure you are checking this email account on a regular basis during the selection process as our correspondence will be via your lllinois email account only.

Multicultural Advocate Group Process Experience

(Required for MA applicants and those applying for BOTH the RA & MA positions)

The Multicultural Advocate Group Process Experience is designed to bring those interested applicants together to do a variety of group activities which seek to demonstrate one's ability and knowledge of inclusion, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice issues. You will be assigned to one of two evenings: Monday, October 22 from 6:45–9 p.m. or Wednesday, October 24 from 6:45–9 p.m. (locations TBA). You will be notified directly of which MA Group Process night you have been assigned to.

The current MA staff and Program Directors for Social Justice & Leadership Education will lead a question and answer session as well as a small group process activity. Candidates will be evaluated by the current MA staff based on their interpersonal skills, teamwork, facilitation, and inclusion.

Formal Interview

(All candidates who have qualified)

Friday, November 2 is Interview Day

Each candidate invited to interview will spend 30 minutes with a two-person team of Residential Life Professional and Paraprofessional Staff members. Candidates will be notified by email by Friday, October 26 of their scheduled interview time and check-in time for interview day. The check-in station and all interviews will take place on the 2nd floor of Ikenberry SDRP. More details will be announced to those who are invited to participate in a formal interview. You will choose your preferred time slot for your interview when you complete the online application. Sign up for a time that works best for you. We do occasionally have to reschedule candidates.

Interviews are considered formal, and candidates should wear business or business casual attire. The interview is assessed at 75% of the overall selection process score. We are evaluating the candidate's ability to articulate their experiences and ideas in the areas of community building, leadership, multiculturalism, inclusivity, community standards, involvement in their residence hall community, student academic success, learning, team work, and to show overall maturity as well as a thorough understanding of the MA or RA job.

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