Senior Staff: Assistant Resident Director (ARD) & Assistant Area Coordinator (AAC)
Senior Staff members assist the Professional Staff (Resident Director/Area Coordinator) and serve as a member of a community Leadership Team. Senior Staff help to implement a student development program that reflects the Jesuit mission of the University, namely development of the whole person. Senior Staff contribute to the overall development of the community by assisting with the academic and personal growth of residents and student staff members by promoting and supporting an inclusive environment in which differences are thoughtfully explored.
Additionally, Senior Staff members are expected to know and uphold University policies, procedures, and community standards, effectively respond to and manage emergency/crisis situations via participation in a campus-wide duty rotation, work collaboratively to build community, mentor student staff, and role model responsible citizenship, on and off campus.
Please review the Senior Staff Position Description 2018-2019 for more information.
Thank you for your interest in the Senior Staff position (Assistant Resident Director/Assistant Area Coordinator) with the Cffice of Residence Life.
The application for the 2018-2019 selection process will be available on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and is due on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12 noon.
Senior Staff Selection Process
Applicants for Senior Staff positions will go through the Senior Staff selection process, which includes 3 main parts: the application, centralized interviews, and individual community interviews.
For more information about the process, we highly recommend attending the Senior Staff Information Session on Wednesday, November 29 from 8:00-9:30PM in the Graham Commons. The information session will provide the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the position responsibilities, selection criteria, and interview process.
Please refer to the sections below for more information about each area.
Key dates in the Senior Staff selection process include:
- Tuesday, November 28: Application Opens
- Wednesday, November 29: Optional Information Session from 8:00-9:30PM, Graham Commons
- Tuesday, January 9: Application Due at 12:00PM
- Thursday, January 11 & Friday, January 12: Required Centralized Interviews
- January 13-January 22: Individual Interviews by Invitation
- Tuesday, January 23: Final Notifications Sent by 5:00PM
- Thursday, January 25: Candidate Acceptance materials due to Housing by 12:00PM
The application is the first step in the process of becoming a Senior Staff member, and includes biographic information, a cover letter, a resume, and references.
A professional cover letter and resume, in PDF format, is required as a part of the application. The Career Center provides guidance on cover letter and resume writing via their website and through individual appointments. We recommend that you utilize their online and/or in person support.
As part of your cover letter, we encourage you to reflect on the following questions:
- Reflecting on previous leadership experiences, how do you feel they have prepared you to serve in the Senior Staff position.
- What skills do you hope to further develop in the Senior Staff role?
- What does it mean to you to be a role model? How would you serve as a role model on your staff team?
You will be asked to provide contact information for two references. These references may be contacted at any time during the selection process. We encourage you to notify your references in advance and ask them if they are willing to be listed.
Each reference should be someone who can speak to your potential as a candidate whether they are a current or former faculty or staff member, teacher, mentor, supervisor, employer, or a peer. If you are a current staff member in the Office of Residence Life at SCU, we ask that you please select a reference outside of your current Professional Staff supervisor or other members of the Professional Staff team.
After completing the centralized interviews, candidates will be asked to preference up to four communities where they would most like to be considered. There will also be an option to indicate that you are “Open to All” communities. While preferences provide valuable information in the hiring process, being “Open to All” can increase your opportunity of becoming a Senior Staff member.
For more information about each of the individual communities, we recommend you explore their websites, or take the time to read the Community Information Packet.
The second step in the Senior Staff selection process are the centralized interviews, which will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 and Friday, January 12, 2018. At the end of the Senior Staff application, you will be asked to provide your availability for these two days. All candidates should mark their calendar for these dates.
After reviewing applications, candidates will be notified if they have been selected for a centralized interview. If selected, candidates will be assigned a one hour interview time slot based on the availability provided on the application. All notifications will be made on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
The format of the centralized interview will be three 15 minute panel interviews with professional staff from the Offices of Housing and Residence Life.
After completing the Preference Form, each candidate may be offered interviews with community teams. Individual interviews run from January 13-January 22 and candidates may be offered interviews at any point during that window. Candidates who participate in centralized interviews are not guaranteed individual community interviews.
Final notification letters will be sent, via email, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by 5:00PM.