Returner Candidate Process

Returner candidates are students reapplying for a residence life position, or students who have in the past or are currently serving as an RA, RCC, or GHC at the University of Puget Sound. 

As a returning staff member, you will be a leader within your residential community and also within your staff team. You will have the opportunity to face new challenges and take on greater amounts of responsibility. You will be able to build upon skills you have developed over the past year and increase your levels of proficiency with the Residence Life staff competencies. You will create a new leadership experience while drawing on your experience acquired in previous years.

Residence Life holds returning staff members to higher expectations than new staff members, including taking initiative to develop community and unity within staff teams, accepting leadership roles during staff training opportunities throughout the year, assisting new staff members in understanding university policy and procedures, and working on special projects and committees.

We wish to make the experience of reapplying both educational and beneficial for applicants. Therefore, the reapplication process is designed to help you reflect upon your past experiences and to utilize these reflections as you evaluate your desire to return to staff.

All returning candidates must complete the Returning Candidate Application.

Important Selection Dates

Please note individual interviews and final offers are made on different dates for new candidates

February 1: Applications Due by 5 p.m. at the Residence Life office (3209 N. 15th). Sign-up for individual interviews at the Residence Life office

February 13-15: Individual Interviews conducted by two professional staff members other than current supervisor

February 20-21: Final Offers Made in one-on-one meeting with current supervisor


Important Training Dates

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 training sessions is a REQUIRED part of the staff contract for all Residence Life positions.

  • March 30, 2013: Student Staff spring training date. In conjunction with new orientation staff, this all day training session will be when staff placements are made public, and staff teams meet for the first time.
  • August 14-30, 2013: Fall Training. Fall training is rigorous. Training typically runs from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., with responsibilities extending through the new student orientation week. Staff should prepare to keep all these dates free of outside commitments.
  • January 16-17, 2014: January training. Student staff are brought back early for spring term for additional training.