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student staff members

Welcome to the Student Staff Recruitment & Selection page for the Georgia Tech Department of Housing. We have hired our team for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. We are glad you are interested in serving the Georgia Tech community as a Student Staff Member.  Check back on September 2, 2019 for the latest information. Applications for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 open on October 1, 2019!

What's a Student Staff Member?

Student Staff Members (SSMs) are selected students who serve in the residence halls as Peer Leaders, Resident Advisors & Graduate Housing Assistants. The main function of a student staff member is to build relationships with residents in an effort to provide individualized support, campus resource information, and academic encouragement.  

They are available to provide general information and support, to make appropriate referrals as needed. SSMs also have responsibility for security, fire protection, and general safety within the residence halls. SSMs also function as liaisons between residents and the administration. There are six primary areas of responsibility for the SSM position:

  • Promote and Support the Health and Safety of Residents
  • Facilitate the Development of a Sense of Community
  • Develop Individual Relationships with Residents
  • Be a Productive Member of the Staff Team
  • Foster Intentional Learning & Development of Residents
  • Develop and Demonstrate Ethical Leadership and Professional Skills

2020-2021 Student Staff Selection

Male student with the abreviations RA and PL behind him.

Consider Building Tech's Story as a Peer Leader or Resident Advisor! Start by watching our video above to learn more about the process.  Apply starting October 1, 2019 through the MyHousing Login located on the upper right of the website to complete a 2020-2021 New Candidate Application.  Facebook: @buildingtechsstory

SSM Application Resources

Thanks for your interest in the process of becoming a Student Staff Member. Review the following documents for information pertinent to the selection process. If you have any additional questions please contact the Student Staff Selection Committee at

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General/New Applicant Selection Process

Interested candidates (current GT and anticipated transfers) will need to do the following to be considered for the SSM Position:

Information Session: All students who are interested in becoming a student staff member are required to attend one (1) informational session, in which candidates can learn more about the position entailments, ask specific questions regarding the process, and speak to current student staff about their experience in the position. 

The 2019 information sessions will be listed as of September 2, 2019, but will follow a similar pattern of evenings and locations as the 2018 sessions below:  

2018 SSM Information Sessions Schedule
Day, Date, Time of Info session Location
Tuesday, September 18, 2018,  6 pm - 7 pm CULC 423 
Monday, September 24, 2018,  6 pm - 7 pm  Brittain Recreation Room (off of Williams street, behind dining hall)
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm  Center Street Activity Room (near GTPolice Station on Hemphill Avenue)
Monday, October 1, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm North Avenue Apartments, West Centennial Rooms Combined 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm CULC 423 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7 pm - 8 pm  Tenth and Home Activity Room (near Holly Street and Tenth Street)
Monday, October 22, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm 8th Street Activity Room (across from West Village)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm  GT Connector Upper Level (near Bobby Dodd and Techwood)
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm  Student Success Center - President's Suite B 
Monday, October 29, 2018, 7 pm - 8 pm  Tenth and Home Activity Room  (near Holly Street and Tenth Street)
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7 pm - 8 pm North Avenue Apartments, West Centennial Rooms Combined 
Monday, November 5, 2018,  6 pm - 7 pm  Student Success Center - President's Suite B 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm  West Villages Ensemble Room
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm Center Street Activity Room
Monday, November 12, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm  GT Connector Upper Level (near Bobby Dodd and Techwood)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7 pm - 8 pm  Tenth and Home Activity Room  (near Holly Street and Tenth Street)
Monday, November 19, 2018, 7 pm - 8 pm  North Avenue Apartments, West Centennial Rooms Combined 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm  CULC 423 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6 pm - 7 pm CULC 423


Remember to bring your GTID when you attend as you will need to sign in!


  1. Application Completion:  Applications will become available on Tuesday,October 1, 2019, 8:00 am EST.  They are due  Monday, December 5, 2019 11:59 pm EST.  Please do not wait until the last minute to view and submit your application.  Late applications will not be reviewed. Being proactive is key.
  2. By applying you are authorizing us to do a grade and conduct check with Georgia Tech through Banner and the Office of Student Integrity.
  3. Recommendation Forms:  Identify 2 people that can complete a recommendation on your behalf.  The recommendations should be from people that can speak to your leadership potential for the position.  You need to have a total of 2 recommendations. Recommendations cannot be from a family member.
    • If you are a current on-campus resident then one of the recommendations needs to from your current student staff, and the other needs to be from a Non-Student Staff Member who can best speak to your potential of serving in the position. 
    • If you live off-campus then you should have 2 general recommendations completed.  General recommendations can be from anyone that is not a family member.  A current student staff member can be used as a recommender for an off-campus resident. 
    • **It is YOUR duty to make sure that your recommenders complete your recommendation and submit by the deadline.
  4. Individual Interview:  After submission of a completed application, successful grade and conduct checks, successful candidates will be cleared to participate in a 30-45 minute in-person individual interview.  Interview Time information will be emailed to candidates beginning January 2020, once they have completed their application.*
    1. ​​​*We utilize an on line sign up program that allows for flexibility up until 5 pm the day before your interview.
    2. Be sure to input an email into the system so it will send you a reminder directly. The committee will not send reminders.
    3. Note not all who submit applications are offered an interview. Please spell check and revise your application essays.
  5. Candidate Offers:  Candidates will receive their offers late February 2020.  Offers are for primary placement, alternate, or no offer.  Students that receive the primary position will not learn of their community placement in their offer letter.  SSMs will learn about their specific placement at a later date.


Students Currently in our Alternate Pool

If you are currently in our alternate pool it is possible we will still be hiring a few candidate for the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 semesters.If you wish to be considered for a student staff position for the 2020-2021 year however, you will still need to apply for the position by the deadline of December 5, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.  You will need to follow all of the requirements of the application for General/New Applicants.

If You Are Abroad, Out-of-Town, Co-op

If you are currently abroad or co-oping during the summer or fall and wish to be a student staff member, you will still need to apply for the position by the deadline of Monday, December 5, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.  Candidates who are abroad in Spring will be invited to a 30-45 minute Skype interview contingent on the strength of their application.


Request to Return - CURRENT SSMs ONLY

Any current SSMs (RA, PL, GHA) who wishes to return to the position for the 2020-2021 academic year will need to complete the "Request to Return" Application.  Completing an application and having positive job performance reviews are both necessary for you to be offered a position for the 2020-2021 year. 

Applications will become available on Tuesday, October 1, 8:00 am EST and are due on December 5, 2019 , 11:59 pm EST.  Late applications wil NOT be accepted.

Completed applications will be processed and information regarding presentations for any transfer will be shared.  If you are currently taking the staff training class and this is your first semester on our residence life team, you only need to do the application and have successful evaluations to be considered.  

Email with any questions you may have.


Returning to the Position (PREVIOUS EMPLOYED SSMs ONLY)

If a student has previously served as a student staff member (prior to this current year) and had to leave due to a co-op, study abroad, or other purpose yet had a satisfactory job performance then applying through this process is recommended.  This application is open on a continual basis. Please email to have an application opened for you.

Students will be added to the alternate pool pending a satisfactory performance evaluation as well as completed application.