Selection Process

Selection Process Overview

The Selection Process consists of the following steps:

  • RA/MA Information and Panel Session - Join us at one of four scheduled RA/MA Information and Panel Sessions to learn more about our positions and receive bonus points when you apply!
  • RA/MA Online Application (required for all candidates)
  • MA Group Process (required for MA only and RA/MA Both candidates)
  • Interview - An invitation for selected candidates to interview with our Residential Life full time and paraprofessional staff on Friday, November 3, 2017

Information and Panel Session

Join us at one of four scheduled RA/MA Information and Panel Sessions to learn more about our positions and receive bonus points when you apply! Just select a session that works with your schedule and arrive by 7:15pm:

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 7:15–8:15 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue Residence Hall (LAR) Main Lounge
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7:15–8:15 p.m. at Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) 2009
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 7:15–8:15 p.m. at Florida Avenue Residence Halls (FAR) Trelease Lounge 102
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 7:15–8:15 p.m. at Student Dining and Residential Programs (SDRP) 2009

Current RAs and MAs will be on hand to tell you about the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE) and their roles as RAs and MAs in our residence halls implementing IRE. 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 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted beginning Monday October 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. through Monday, October 16, 2017 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, current and past campus involvements, and the quality of the essay response.

All application materials are submitted via the online application. There are no paper applications to turn in. This includes having your reference submit the online reference form on your behalf (directions will be given within the application).

For 2018-2019 there will be 191 RA positions and 19 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.

2018    How many will apply this year? Stay tuned to see. 

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 more than 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 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 23, 2017 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. or Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6:45-9:00 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 3, 2017 is RA/MA Interview Day.

Each candidate invited to interview will be spend 25 minutes with a two person team of Residential Life Professional and Paraprofessional Staff members. Candidates will be notified by email by Friday, October 27, 2017 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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