Res Hall Staff Information

RA and staff applications for MSA 2021 will open on November 1, 2020


All inquiries about positions should be addressed to Interviews are required for all positions with the Academy. Selected applicants will be interviewed the weekend of January 9-10, 2021, through our online Zoom application.

RA Scope of Responsibility

Each RA will work closely with 15-20 “rising high school juniors,” assisting and advising them. Resident assistants will help create an atmosphere that encourages students to take advantage of all that the Academy has to offer. They insure that rules and regulations of the Academy are followed. The RAs also assist with the academic and/or extracurricular programs, under the supervision of the coordinator of residential life and according to their own talents and interests. For one hour each weekday, RAs will help lead small group discussion sessions that are part of the Academy’s personal and social dynamics curriculum; discussion topics are selected by special coordinators. Candidates for the position should have experience working with high school students (especially those who are academically gifted). Experience as a resident assistant at a college or university would be helpful. Applicants must have completed their freshman year of college by the start of the Academy to apply for this position.

Time Table

Faculty/Staff Workshop TBA
RA Preparations June 2 – 5, 2021
Academy Faculty/Staff Orientation June 2 – 5, 2021
Academy June 6 – 26, 2021
Post-Academy Activities June 26 – 27, 2021

RA Salary, Housing, and Meals

Resident assistants will receive $1,800. Room and board at the Academy will be provided; some meals before and after the Academy will not be provided. Transportation to and from Columbia will not be reimbursed.


Duties, in addition to regular RA responsibilities, include:

  • Plan MSA’s Day of Service on the first Saturday of the Academy
  • Organize community 2-3 service events per week for scholars from 4:15-5:15 on weekday afternoons
  • Accompany scholars to all service events
  • Document hours for each scholar and print certificates for them at the conclusion of the Academy
  • Coordinate the awarding of the Kevin Heisinger Memorial Community Service Award:  accept and read applications, consult with the RAs and faculty to choose a recipient, present award at the Closing Ceremony
  • Write blurb for the website on the winner

RA/Community service liaison Salary

The Community Service Liaison will receive an additional $500 for their work during the Academy bringing their total salary to $2,300.

Office staff

Duties include:

  • Assist in retrieving and sorting the mail/packages
  • Sort and distribute daily schedules to all staff mailboxes
  • Help decorate Mark Twain Hall and prepare it for the Academy, prior to the arrival of scholars
  • Assist with nightly “lights out” checks
  • Create and post birthday signs for scholars
  • Post the daily schedule
  • Coordinate attendance of scholars who may be missing from class
  • Keep an organized desk log
  • Work the front desk (includes talking to Mark Twain visitors and interacting with parents/staff via phone call)
  • Assist in making and distributing copies for staff members
  • Keep the office neat and organized
  • Post daily sign-up sheets for activities and determine which scholars attend the activity
  • Drive scholars to and from activities that are off-campus
  • Provide general assistance to the head of the office
  • Help check-in/out scholars from the Academy and collect paperwork
  • Transport supplies via golf cart for staff members
  • Pack up the Academy once the scholars leave
  • Other duties as needed

office staff Salary, Housing, and Meals

Office staff will receive $1,000 for their work during the Academy. Room and board at the Academy will be provided; some meals before and after the Academy will not be provided. Transportation to and from Columbia will not be reimbursed.


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