Application Timeline & FAQs

Residence Life Application Timeline

February 22, 2021  |  Applications Due by 11:59pm (will be submitted online)

February 2, 4, 5, 2021  |  Group Process (5:30-7:00pm) you will only attend one

February 8-26, 2021  |  Individual Interviews will be held at virtually via Zoom

April 2  |  Final Offers will be emailed

Important Dates to Remember

Below are training dates you need to be aware of when you consider applying for the student leader position.  Due to the importance of these training periods, all student leaders must arrange their travel plans and activities around these dates.  Attendance to all training is a REQUIRED part of the leadership agreement for all Residence Life positions.

Fall 2021


Fall Training

Fall Training is rigorous. Training typically runs from 8am-6pm, with responsibilities extending through the new student orientation week. Leaders should prepare to keep all these dates free of outside commitments.

  • Return to campus on August 11, 2021
  • Begin Training on August 12, 2021

Fall Closing

Leaders play a pivotal role in assisting with close-down procedures.

  • Leaders are asked to stay and assist with closing until December 18 at 5pm

Spring 2022


January Training

Student leaders are brought back early for spring term for additional training.

  • Return to campus on January 12, 2022
  • Train on January 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2022
Spring Closing

Like Fall Closing, we ask our leaders to help us close-down the halls for Spring!

  • Leaders stay until 5pm on May 16th 

  

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 thinking about studying abroad at some point during the 2020-21 academic year. Should I still apply for a position in Residence Life?

What is the difference between the Residence Life Information Sessions and Q&A Sessions? 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 leader 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, Thomas, Smith, and Oppenheimer)
  • GHC—Greek House Coordinator
  • RHA Executive Board—Resident Hall Association for all on-campus students (not hired, appointed by current RHA board)
  • RHA—Residence Hall Association

To learn more about the differences between each position, we highly encourage you to attend the Residence Life Info Nights and Q&A sessions.

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, RCC, or GHC talk to a current staff member! In addition, we strongly urge all candidates to attend the Residence Life Info Sessions and Q&A Sessions.

What is Fall Training like?
Residence Life training is a fast-past, information-filled, two-and-a-half week marathon of learning the ins and outs of Residence Life. Students often describe training as long, impacting, and full of making memories with new friends and team members. Our training is extensive and will challenge you to learn more about yourself and others. Training is required for all student leaders, 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 thinking about studying abroad at some point during the 2021-2022 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, you would more likely than not make the decision to accept. Students who are still finalizing involvement plans for the 2021-2022 academic year may go through our application process. Students are expected to keep Residence Life updated about their study abroad status as plans are confirmed. 

What are the Residence Life Info Sessions and Q&A Sessions? Do I have to attend these events?
The Info Sessions are more structured evenings where professional staff members and Residence Life student leaders will share their experiences and answer any questions about the position and the application process. More information explaining the various Residence Life positions (RA, RCC, RPA, GHC, RPA) will also be presented. The Info Sessions are being offered on Tuesday, January 28th at 5pm and Sunday, February 9th at 6pm. All Info Sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom. A specific link to each session is forthcoming!

Q&A Session are a more casual venue for gaining more specific information you may have questions about. These sessions are informal and do not follow an agenda, so any and all questions are welcomed! It will be a fun, friendly, and informative environment. They will be held on Monday, February 3rd, at 12:30pm and Saturday, February 15th, at 12:30pm. All Q&A Sessions will be conducted virtually via Zoom. A specific link to each session is forthcoming!

Attendance at Info Sessions and Q&A Sessions 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 and cover letter guide to help get you started on preparing your application.

How will interviews be structured? 
Candidates will sign up for a half hour interview at the conclusion of their Group Process. You will be asked several questions during that time, trying to gauge your experiences, values, and qualifications for the role. Taking a look at the position description and talking with current leaders will help in the process. 

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