Student Employment

The Housing & Residence Life Office is one of the largest employers of students on campus.

Through various positions in our department, students have the opportunity to gain leadership skills and professional development.

All student staff positions within the department are student-help positions, not work-study.


Student Jobs in Housing and Residence Life

  • Alumni House Assistant
  • Assistant Hall Director
  • Community Mentor
  • Central Housing Office Desk Assistant
  • Residence Halls Front Desk Assistant
  • Fitness Center Assistant
  • Graphic Design Assistant
  • Mugshots Coordinator
  • Resident Assistant
  • Senior Fitness Center Assistant
  • Summer Assistant
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Tour Guide

General Requirements for Student Workers

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Live on campus
  • Be in good conduct standing

Overview of the Position

Housing and Residence Life promotes a welcoming, inclusive, safe and engaging living and learning environment that contributes to student success.

RAs serve as peer advisors to students and assist the Hall Director (HD) with administrative duties.

Our ideal Resident Assistant staff is made up of individuals with a wide-range of experiences, backgrounds and academic majors.

Successful RAs:

  • Are open-minded
  • Enjoy working with diverse groups of people
  • Are organized
  • Are ethical decision makers
  • Demonstrates leadership
  • Have interpersonal skills
  • Are committed to diversity
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are good students

RA Position Description (PDF)


Application Process

Applications are open from Dec. 7, 2020 - Jan. 25, 2021.

The application will consist of information, resume, cover letter and reference sections.

Submit your application and send your references today!

Individual and group interviews will be held in February.

The process consists of the application, including 2 references, resume and cover letter, as well as an individual interview and group interview process.

2020-2021 Timeline

Dec. 7, 2020 RA/CM Application Opens
Dec. 14-16, 2020 New Applicant Information Session (via Zoom)
Jan. 15-19, 2021
Hall Socials - Meet current staff and learn each hall (Zoom)
Jan. 25, 2021 Applications Due
Feb. 3-5, 2021
Individual Interviews
Feb. 10-11, 2021
Group Interview process (via Zoom)
Mar. 5, 2021
RA/CM Decision Letters Out by e-mail

Group Process

You will likely be grouped with individuals you have never met before and will be asked to participate, as a group, in some activities so that our staff has the opportunity to see your skills, abilities, and tendencies when immersed in a collaborative atmosphere in a virtual setting.

Here are some things that will help you be successful in group process:

  • Group Process is not a competition. We are evaluating you based on your participation in the group. We are not picking a winner at the end.
  • Some of the activities require group discussion, and/or opportunities for leadership. As you prepare for your group process day, be mindful of your own personality and/or leadership style and remember that you are being evaluated on your role/participation in the activities.
  • Most importantly, be yourself. We want to hire the authentic “you” because, ultimately, that is the person we are going to work with for the year.
  • Have fun! Being relaxed will allow you to stay focused.

Community Mentors (CM) serve as mentors for students in the Residential Learning Communities and event planners in the Residence Halls. They assist the Hall Director (HD) with community development in the RLCs, academic programming, and late-night events or house competitions.

See the CM Position Description (PDF)


Application Process

Applications are open from Dec. 7, 2020 - Jan. 25, 2021.

The application will consist of information, resume, cover letter and reference sections.

Submit your application and send your references today!

Individual and group interviews will be held in February. The process consists of the application, including 2 references, resume and cover letter, as well as an individual interview and group interview process.

2020-2021 Timeline

Dec. 7, 2020
RA/CM Application Opens
Dec. 14-16, 2020
New Applicant Information Session (via Zoom)
Jan. 15-19, 2021
Hall Socials - Meet current staff and learn each hall (Zoom)
Jan. 25, 2021 Applications Due
Feb. 3-5, 2021
Individual Interviews
Feb. 10-11, 2021
Group Interview Process (via Zoom)
Mar. 5, 2021
RA/CM Decision Letters Out by e-mail

Group Process

You will likely be grouped with individuals you have never met before and will be asked to participate, as a group, in some activities so that our staff has the opportunity to see your skills, abilities, and tendencies when immersed in a collaborative atmosphere in a virtual setting.

Here are some things that will help you be successful in group process:

  • Group Process is not a competition. We are evaluating you based on your participation in the group. We are not picking a winner at the end.
  • Some of the activities require group discussion, and/or opportunities for leadership. As you prepare for your group process day, be mindful of your own personality and/or leadership style and remember that you are being evaluated on your role/participation in the activities.
  • Most importantly, be yourself. We want to hire the authentic “you” because, ultimately, that is the person we are going to work with for the year.
  • Have fun! Being relaxed will allow you to stay focused.

The Alumni House Assistants are members of the Residence Life staff who oversee the daily operations and maintenance of the Alumni House and report to the Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life (ADRL).

Alumni House Position Description (PDF)

Application Process

The application process is outlined below:

Applications link will be posted here Dec. 7, 2020 and be open until Jan. 25, 2021. Individual and group interviews will be held in February. The process consists of the application, including 2 references, resume and cover letter, as well as an individual interview and group interview process.

The application will consist of information, resume, cover letter and reference sections. The application can be found on here Dec. 7, 2020.  

2020-2021 Timeline

Dec. 7, 2020
Application Opens
Dec. 14-16, 2020
New Applicant Information Session (via Zoom) 
Jan. 15-19, 2021
Hall Socials - Meet current staff and learn each hall (Zoom)
Jan. 25, 2021
Applications Due
Feb. 3-5, 2021
Individual Interviews
Feb. 10-11, 2021
Group Interview Process (via Zoom)
Mar. 5, 2021
Decision Letters Out by e-mail

Group Process

You will likely be grouped with individuals you have never met before and will be asked to participate, as a group, in some activities so that our staff has the opportunity to see your skills, abilities, and tendencies when immersed in a collaborative atmosphere in a virtual setting. 
Here are some things that will help you be successful in group process:
  • Group Process is not a competition. We are evaluating you based on your participation in the group. We are not picking a winner at the end.
  • Some of the activities require group discussion, and/or opportunities for leadership. As you prepare for your group process day, be mindful of your own personality and/or leadership style and remember that you are being evaluated on your role/participation in the activities.
  • Most importantly, be yourself. We want to hire the authentic “you” because, ultimately, that is the person we are going to work with for the year.
  • Have fun! Being relaxed will allow you to stay focused.

The Special Events Assistants are members of the Residence Life staff who oversee the daily operations of the Tau Conference Center and report to the Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life (ADRL).

Special Events Assistant PD (PDF)

Application Process

The application process is outlined below:

Applications link will be posted here Dec. 7, 2020 and be open until Jan. 25, 2021. Individual and group interviews will be held in February. The process consists of the application, including 2 references, resume and cover letter, as well as an individual interview and group interview process.

The application will consist of information, resume, cover letter and reference sections. The application can be found on here Dec. 7, 2020. 

2020-2021 Timeline

Dec. 7, 2020
Application Opens
Dec. 14-16, 2020 New Applicant Information Session (via Zoom)
Jan. 15-19, 2021
Hall Socials - Meet current staff and learn each hall (Zoom)
Jan. 25, 2021 Applications Due
Feb. 3-5, 2021
Individual Interviews
Feb. 10-11, 2021
Group Interview Process (via Zoom)
Mar. 5, 2021
Decision Letters Out by e-mail

Group Process

You will likely be grouped with individuals you have never met before and will be asked to participate, as a group, in some activities so that our staff has the opportunity to see your skills, abilities, and tendencies when immersed in a collaborative atmosphere in a virtual setting. 

  • Here are some things that will help you be successful in group process:Group Process is not a competition. We are evaluating you based on your participation in the group. We are not picking a winner at the end.
  • Some of the activities require group discussion, and/or opportunities for leadership. As you prepare for your group process day, be mindful of your own personality and/or leadership style and remember that you are being evaluated on your role/participation in the activities.
  • Most importantly, be yourself. We want to hire the authentic “you” because, ultimately, that is the person we are going to work with for the year.
  • Have fun! Being relaxed will allow you to stay focused.

Housing Tour Guides serve as ambassadors of Winona State and specifically the residence life experience. Tour Guides take perspective students and their families on tours of the residence halls during their campus visit.

The hiring process for Fall 2019 will take place in the Spring. Check back for more details!

Desk Assistants (DA) serve as customer service specialists to students and visitors in the halls/apartments and assist with administrative duties.

Fitness Center Assistants (FCA) serve as customer service specialists to students in the Lourdes Fitness Center and assist with administrative duties.

Lifeguards serve as lifeguards at the Lourdes pool. Must have certification.

To Apply, Please go to the Career Services website and apply on Handshake Jobs Portal.

Application Timeline

  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
  • Interview Offers: August 9-19, 2019
  • Notify Student of Decisions: August 23, 2019
  • Training: August 25, 2019
To Apply, Please go to the Career Services website and apply on Handshake Jobs Portal.

Overview of the position:

Summer Assistants provide quality front-line customer service to Winona State University summer students and Camp & Conference Services guests. They assist the department with student housing in East Lake and Kirkland/Haake Hall and also work with youth camps, conference guests, and special events in Tau and Lourdes.

Position Description (PDF)

Summer Employment is from May 11 to Aug. 14, 2020

Compensation

  • A single room in either East Lake or Kirkland/Haake
  • A stipend to be paid on a bi-weekly rotation in conjunction with the student payroll system (2019 stipend was $3,700/gross)

2020 Application Timeline

Find out more about the position by attending an information session:
  • Monday, Feb. 3 - 5pm - Kryzsko Commons Dining Rooms C and D
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 5pm - Tau Center 215 (West Campus)

Apply on Handshake by Friday, Feb. 28. Interviews will take place Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, March 6. Offers will be sent via email on Friday, March 6.

    Questions? email camps@winona.edu or call 507.474.3900

    Leadership - RAs are responsible for providing leadership to a floor of peers and directing them toward behaviors that contribute to their success. They also display leadership and teamwork working in their staff groups.

    Crisis Response - RAs are trained to respond to any emergency that happens in the halls. They uphold all University policies and procedures as well as coach students with personal and life issues.

    Networking - RAs have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with student organizations, faculty, university administration officials, and organizations in the Winona community.

    Communication - RAs are responsible for disseminating lots of information. They manage lots of resident inquiries and act as a representative for Housing and Residence Life. The teamwork nature of this position requires good communication skills.

    Professional Development - RAs undergo comprehensive training, help to organize departmental processes, respond to crisis situations. They receive direct supervision and feedback from a professional Hall Director who is committed to their development and success.

    Confidence - RAs are faced with a variety of tasks, challenges, and obstacles throughout the year. This could range from a difficult situation with a resident, staff conflict, time management, or other personal issues. Being a part of their RA team and working through those situations will help them build skills and confidence in their abilities.

    Given the requirements of the job, estimates of the regularly scheduled time commitments for the RA position are described below. The RA position requires an average of 15-20 hours per week. Please note that many commitments occur on nights, weekends, some holidays, and that RAs have a commitment to uphold the duties of their positions at all times, whether they are “on call” or not. Please be aware that this will vary:

    Weekly

    • Interacting with your residents
    • Open Door Hours (10 Hours)
    • Hall Staff Meeting (1-1.5 Hours)
    • Hall Council Meeting (.5 Hours)

    Bi-Weekly

    • One-to-One Meeting with Hall Director (.5-1 Hours)
    • Duty (varies by building)

    Monthly

    • Planning & implementing hall programming (5-10 hours)
    • Health and Safety Checks

    Semester

    • Break on call responsibilities (varies by building)
    • Hall staff retreat/development activities
    • Weekend on Call (varies by building)
    • Bulletin Boards (3 sets per semester)
    • Door Decorations (2 sets per semester)
    • Training (Fall, Spring and In-services)