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Residence Hall Senior Staff Assistant


The Senior Staff Assistant is an integral part of the University Housing and Dining Services within the Residences Halls of Southquad. As staff members of University Housing & Dining Services, their primary responsibility is to provide support to the director(s) of their building(s) and to ensure residents’ needs (academic, social, etc) in the best possible manner.  

Five basic roles of SSAs are:

  1. Desk Management
  2. Academic/PSI Initiatives
  3. Team Member
  4. Administrator
  5. University Representative. 

Furthermore, SSAs are responsible to the Complex Director the Associate Resident Director. 

Senior Staff Assistants serve as liaisons and resources to residents. They promote integration of all aspects of campus life and assist with establishing an environment in the residence halls that is supportive of the educational objectives of Eastern Illinois University.  

Senior Staff Assistants are expected to display sensitivity to individual differences, acceptance of all students, and the ability to listen. Senior Staff Assistants are expected to serve as a positive role model and to exhibit consistency in performing their duties.

For more information about the Senior Staff Assistant position, please see the Job Description.


Qualifications for the position

  • Junior or Senior student standing during the period of appointment.
  • Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained throughout the appointment.
  • Previous experience in managing a group living environment is preferred (i.e., Resident Assistant or Summer Conference Assistant).
  • Available to serve and live in the Residence Hall for the entire academic year.
  • In good behavioral and academic standing with the University.

Timeline for the Senior Staff Assistant Hiring Process

Date Event Location
Nov. 17 SSA Applications Due  
Nov. 28-Dec. 1 SSA Round 1 Interviews                      TBD
Dec. 5-8 SSA Round 2 Interviews TBD
Jan. 4-5           Applicants Notified             


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