Application Timeline & FAQs

Residence Life Application Timeline

January 30 Applications Due by 5pm at the Residence Life office (3209 N. 15)

February 3 & 4 Group Process (Thompson Hall – 6-9pm) you will only attend one

February 6 Candidates Notified if selected to participate in the individual interview process

February 12 & 13 Individual Interviews will be held at the Residence Life office (3209 N. 15th)

February 20 Final Offers will be emailed

Below are training dates you need to be aware of when you consider applying for the student staff position.  Due to the importance of these training periods, all staff members must arrange their travel plans and activities around these dates.  Attending all trainings is a REQUIRED part of the staff contract for all Residence Life positions.

August 13-30, 2015...... Fall Training. Fall training is rigorous. Training typically runs from 8a-10p, with responsibilities extending through the new student orientation week. Leaders should prepare to keep all these dates free of outside commitments.

January 14-15, 2016.... January training. Student leaders are brought back early for spring term for additional training.

  

Residence Life Application FAQs

Help! All these acronyms! What are the different student leader positions in Residence Life?

Are there separate qualifications or desirable skill-sets preferred for particular positions?

What is fall training like?

If I am studying abroad Spring 2014, will I still be able to apply?

If I am thinking about studying abroad at some point during the 2015-16 academic year. Should I still apply for a position in Residence Life?

What is the difference between the Residence Life Mixer and the Info Night? Do I have to attend these events?

Where can I go for resumé and cover letter help? 

How will interviews be structured? 

What if I have a conflict with the individual and/or group interview times?

What does compensation look like for each Residence Life staff position? 

Help! All these acronyms! What are the different student leader positions in Residence Life?

  • RA—Resident Assistant
  • RCC—Resident Community Coordinator (applies to Houses, Trimble, and Commencement)
  • GHC—Greek House Coordinator
  • RSA Executive Board—Resident Student Association for all on-campus students (not hired, appointed by current RSA board)
  • RHA—Residence Hall Association

To learn more about the differences between each position, we highly encourage you to attend the Residence Life Mixer or one of the two Info Nights.

Are there separate qualifications or desirable skill-sets preferred for particular positions?
Successful student staff in Residence Life all display strong communication skills, ethical decision making, creativity, flexibility and initiative. These skills are important regardless of specific role. To learn more about specific skills we are looking for in an RA, RPA, Trimble or Commencement RCC, or House RCC, attend the info session on November 20th from 7-9 in the Tahoma Room, or the Residence Life Mixer Wednesday, January 28, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. in the University 1st Floor Lounge.

What is fall training like?
Staff training is a fast-past, information filled, two and half week marathon of learning the ins and outs of Residence Life. Students often describe training as long, impactful, and full of making memories with new friends and staff members. Our training is extensive and will challenge you to learn more about yourself and others. Training is required for all student staff, and so you should plan accordingly when making plans for the summer. If you are not available during training times, you should not submit an application.

Training covers:

  • Effective communication strategies
  • Multicultural competence
  • Conflict coaching and conflict management skills
  • Time management
  • Leadership development
  • Ethical decision making and problem solving
  • Community building around our Engagement Model

If I am studying abroad Spring 2015, will I still be able to apply?
Yes! Please contact reslife@pugetsound.edu as soon as possible so that we are aware of your situation and can work with you in receiving all necessary information for your application. Read more about applying from abroad

If I am thinking about studying abroad at some point during the 2015-16 academic year. Should I still apply for a position in Residence Life?
Although we understand the challenges with various deadlines for applications and decisions regarding summer plans and study abroad opportunities, we ask that all candidates apply in good faith that if offered a position, would more likely than not make the decision to accept. Students who are still finalizing involvement plans for the 2015-16 academic year may go through our application process: however, once offers have been made and contracts have been signed, students must commit to being on staff for the full 2015-16 academic year. 

What is the difference between the Residence Life Mixer and the Info Night? Do I have to attend these events?
The Residence Life Mixer is an evening event where candidates will have the opportunity to get to know current Residence Life student staff and full-time staff members in a casual setting. As much as we are excited to see if you are a great fit for us, we want to make sure that Residence Life is a great fit for you! We encourage you to utilize the Mixer to meet several people in order to get a better feel for whether you can see yourself working for Residence Life. We will include interview prep tips and a Q+A, so come with your questions!

The Info Night is a more structured evening where a panel of Residence Life staff will share their experiences and answer any questions about the position and the application process. More information explaining the various Residence Life positions (RA, Trimble RCC, House RCC, RSA) will also be presented. The Info Night is being offered on November 20th from 7-9pm, in the Tahoma Room. 

Attendance for the Mixer and the Info Nights is highly encouraged, but not mandatory in order to apply.

Where can I go for résumé and cover letter help? 
Career and Employment Services (CES) is an excellent on-campus resource. We have also created a resume cover letter guide to help get you started on preparing your application.

How will interviews be structured? 
Candidates who are invited to the individual interview process will be notified via email February 6, and asked to sign up for a half hour interview. You will have already signed up for the group process upon turning in your application to the Residence Life office (3209 N. 15th).

This individual interview and group process is a unique interviewing experienced designed for our current staff to evaluate each candidates preparedness for the challenges of a unique and dynamic leadership role on campus. This process can be nerve racking; however, we encourage you to have fun with it! Often, the individual and group interviews are our way of assessing who will work well together on a team so be yourself. For the group interview, prepare to interact with others, show your own leadership style as well as how well you can support others and participate as a member of a team. 

What if I have a conflict with the individual and/or group interview times?
Due to the timeline of our recruitment process, interview concerns will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please send an email to reslife@pugetsound.edu as soon as possible with the reason for your conflict. The sooner we are aware of your situation, the more likely we will be able to accommodate you.

What does compensation look like for each Residence Life staff position? 
Please see the position description for details regarding compensation for each Residence Life student leader position. Details are provided in the application materials, and in the staff position description.

For other inquires please send an email message to reslife@pugetsound.edu