Thank you for your interest in the Senior Staff position (Assistant Resident Director/Assistant Area Coordinator) with the Office of Residence Life.
The application for the 2019-2020 selection process will be available on Monday, November 12, 2018, and is due on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 1:00 PM.
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 one of the Senior Staff Information Sessions.
- Wednesday, November 28th from 4:30 PM to 5:20 PM in Guadalupe Hall, Room 203
- This session is specifically for Graduate Students.
- Wednesday, November 28th from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM in the Swig Sky Lounge (11th Floor)
- This session is specifically for current Undergraduate Students.
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 2019-2020 Senior Staff selection process include:
- Monday, November 12: Application Opens
- Wednesday, November 28: Optional Info Session from 4:30 PM-5:20 PM, Guadalupe Hall, Room 203 - for Graduate Students
- Wednesday, November 28: Optional Info Session from 8:00 PM-9:30 PM, Swig Sky Lounge - for current Undergraduate Students
- Monday, January 7: Application Due at 1:00 PM
- Thursday, January 10 & Friday, January 11: Required Centralized Interviews
- January 11-January 21: Individual Interviews by Invitation
- Tuesday, January 22: Final Notifications Sent by 5:00 PM
- Thursday, January 24: Candidate Acceptance materials due to the Office of Housing and Residence Life by 12:00 PM
Senior Staff Position Description
Senior Staff members consist of two distinct positions, Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs) and Assistant Area Coordinators (AACs). 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 contributes 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 2019-2020 for more information.
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 mentor? How would you serve as a mentor for the student staff on your 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.
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 is the centralized interviews, which will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019, and Friday, January 11, 2019. At the end of the Senior Staff application, you will be asked to provide your availability for these two days. All candidates should hold these dates on their calendars.
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 8, 2019.
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 11-January 21 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 22, 2019, by 5:00 PM.