How to Apply - Residential Life

How to Apply for Our Posted Positions

Simply submit the following materials (pdfs) to complete your candidate profile at

  • Letter of Application (cover letter for specific position)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact Information
  • Names and current contact information for three professional references (one from a current supervisor)

For full consideration, your candidate profile must be complete with all the above components by the full consideration date for the position you desire. Academic credentials will be required at a later date. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Illinois is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Residence Hall Director position in the Undergraduate Halls requires a Master's degree to be completed at the time employment begins. Please see the job listing for our degree preferences. For our 2018-2019 academic year vacancies, the master's degree must be conferred no later than June 30, 2018 for us to consider a candidate as a campus finalist. We will rescind offers if the degree is not conferred in time to start employment.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact a Housing Human Resources Representative at (217) 244-2977 or write to us at For further information specific to Residential Life, please contact us via or call Melissa McDonald at (217) 333-0770.

Be Sustainable

At Illinois, in an effort to reduce the use of paper, we prefer candidates not to send handwritten thank you notes to their interviewers (this includes at OPE and TPE conferences). You may write us at after your interview and your e-note will be forwarded to those who conducted your interview.

Interview Process

When we launch our searches, competitive candidates, once screened by the screening committee for a particular search, will be extended phone screening interviews or screening interviews at Oshkosh Placement Exchange for Resident Director vacancies and The Placement Exchange (TPE) for all posted positions we have open at that time. Competitive candidates are those who possess many if not all of our listed "preferred qualifications," have outstanding reference checks, and submit resumes and cover letters that match the stated needs of our department in the position announcement and job description.

OPE 2018 Mailbox #2049

TPE 2018 Position #1282

Residential Life positions are security sensitive positions. All those accepting offers in writing will be required to pass a national security screening after the offer is accepted and starting the position will be contingent upon the results of the background check. The University ensures all checks are held in compliance with all federal and state statutes, and campus policy. Information attained from the background check will be kept strictly confidential. Those receiving job offers will have the right to request a copy of the report the University will receive.

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