Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

New HA Application Information

Before you begin, we urge you to read the following information carefully before the submission of your application. Thank you for your interest in the House Adviser position! Please read our FAQ about HA Applications and Positions.

Application Checklist:

The following items must be submitted no later than noon on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Applications will not be accepted after this time.
  • Resume (submit through Handshake)
  • Cover letter (submit through Handshake and address the cover letter questions below)
  • Recommendation Form (Staff, Faculty, HA, or a outside community reference)
  • Placement Form
  • Release of Information Form

Application Process

  1. Written Application through Handshake
  2. Individual Interview
  3. Group Interview


  • Decide if this position is right for you by reading the position description carefully and checking all the mandatory training dates with your schedule.
  • Consider speaking with Financial Aid to discuss the position or financial considerations associated with accepting a House Adviser position.
  • Prepare your application materials
    • Resume 
    • Cover letter (please address the prompts below):
      1. Tell us about a community that has been important to you and how you were involved in it
      2. How would being an HA contribute to your experience at Reed?
    • Recommendation Form
    • HA Placement Form
    • Release of Information Form
  • Consider attending a resume workshop, contacting a PCA, or setting up an appointment with The Center for Life Beyond Reed for resume writing tips and critique.
    • Resume Workshops
      • Trillium MPR, December 9 from 4:00 to 5:30PM
      • Trillium MPR, January 31 from 4:00 to 5:30PM
  • Submit application materials through Handshake by noon on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Applications received on time will be given preference for interviews.


  • Sign up for an individual interview

You will receive an e-mail by end of day Friday, February 7 indicating whether your application has continued on to Phase Two. If your application has continued on, you will need to sign up for an individual interview time. If you are abroad for the interview, please notify Res Life and review the Abroad section for the candidate process.

Individual interviews will take place between Wednesday, February 19 through Friday, February 21 and will last approximately 45 minutes. You must participate during one of these times to be considered.

You will need to sign up online for an interview between Friday, February 7, through Tuesday, February 11. Only individuals signed up for an interview by Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00 PM will be given an interview slot.


  • Attend the Group Interview 

You will receive an email by the end of the day on Friday, February 28 indicating whether your application has continued on to Phase Three. If it has continued, you will be required to attend a Group Interview on Sunday, March 8. You will be assigned an interview time that lasts at least 90 minutes. You must be available for this interview in order to continue in the HA selection process.

  • Check your email!  HA decision letters will be sent out on Friday, March 13.