New Candidate Process

New candidates are students applying for a Residence Life position who are not currently on the Residence Life team and have never been an Resident Advisor, Resident Community Coordinator, Resident Programming Assistant, or Greek House Coordinator. 


Thank you for your interest in applying for a position on the Residence Life Student Staff team at the University of Puget Sound. Staff Selection is an extensive and thorough process; applications will be reviewed to assure that everyone continuing through the selection process meets the minimum qualifications.  Final offers for Residence Life will be sent via email. Before applying, please review the Position Description in detail. To be considered, you must complete the New Candidate Application


  • Review the Position Description in detail!
  • Review the Dates to Remember to ensure you can commit 
  • Submit completed New Candidate Application online by 5pm on Sunday, January 27, 2020.
  • Group Process: Group process consists of you and other applicants participating in activities that simulate what it might be like to be a student leader in residence life. You will be able to gain an understanding of the position better, as well as observe important values of residence life. Each exercise will be facilitated by a professional staff member and current student leader. The group process is a two-hour group session held on either Wednesday, February 5 or Thursday, February 6 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. You will receive your interview time, date and location after all applications have been received.  
  • Individual Interviews: Individual interviews will be thirty minutes long, held on Monday, February 10, Tuesday, February 11th, or Thursday February 13th in the Residence Life office. This interview will be conducted by two team members of Residence Life. You will sign up for your interview time at Group Process.
  • Prepare your personal expression project to bring with you and share during your individual interview. (Instructions are included below).
  • Final decisions will be made by Monday, March 2, 2020 via email.

personal expression project

The personal expression project is a part of the application process that allows each candidate to showcase something unique and passionate about themselves. As a residence life leader, a critical component of success is being able to think creatively and connect with others. This project is your chance to showcase how you would relate to a diverse group of residents living on-campus through your personal passions. Bring something (anything!) that is a creative expression of yourself, your history, your interest in the position, or experience living on campus. Prepare to explain in less than five minutes how this expression project relates to both your personality and how it makes you a strong candidate. What about your project demonstrates your ability to be a unique part of the residence life team? Use your imagination and show us your creative side! Not sure what to do? Talk to your current Res Life team member for support, or email Megan FinCannon, Assistant Director of Residence Life at

Important Dates to remember

January 27........................ Applications Due by 5pm

November 7.......................Information Session, 6-7pm, Thomas 271

November 13th ................RA Meet and Greet, 6-7pm, Rotunda

December 10th....................Information Session, 5:30-6:30pm, Library 053

January 22nd......................Residence Life Mixer, 7-8:30pm, Rotunda

February 5 or 6................. Group Process (5:30pm -7:30pm) you will attend one

February 10, 11 or 13........ Individual Interviews (Residence Life office (3206 N. 15th) 

March 2............................. Final Decisions decision letters sent out via email

Tips on Submitting a Well-Prepared Application

  • Talk to current staff about their experience before preparing your application.
  • Make sure you allow enough time to complete all questions and prepare your resume! 
  • Be sure to submit your application on time! 
  • Utilize CES's Resume and Cover Letter Guide for pointers.
  • Attend the Residence Life Mixer and one of the Info Nights.