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YouLead Student Leadership Application Process

YouLead is an online application process for several leadership positions on campus including Community Facilitators (CFs), Neighborhood Representatives (NRs), Orientation Leaders (OLs) and Neighborhood Ambassadors (NAs). Students complete one general student leadership application that allows them to apply for multiple positions at one time.

The application for the 2018-2019 selection process will be available on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and is due on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

For questions regarding YouLead positions, please contact the following offices:

  • For questions regarding Community Facilitator (CF) or Neighborhood Representative (NR) positions or selection process, please contact residencelife@scu.edu.
  • For questions regarding the Orientation Leader (OL) position or selection process, please contact orientation@scu.edu.
  • For questions regarding the Neighborhood Ambassador (NA) position or selection process, please contact acionco@scu.edu.

Community Facilitators (CFs) are peer leaders who serve as student members of teams in Residential Learning Communities (RLC). The CF position has been designed to support the University Strategic Plan and the Jesuit philosophy for integrated education. CFs contribute to the development of a community of scholars by assisting the academic and personal development of residents and by promoting and supporting an inclusive environment in which differences are thoughtfully explored. Additionally, CFs are expected to know and uphold University policies, procedures, and community standards, work collaboratively to build community, be available to mentor students, and encourage responsible citizenship on and off the SCU campus.

Explore the CF Position Description.

Neighborhood Representatives (NRs) are peer leaders who serve as student members of teams in Junior and Senior residential communities (University Villas and Nobili Hall). NRs contribute to the development of a community of scholars by assisting the academic and personal development of residents and by promoting and supporting an inclusive environment in which differences are thoughtfully explored. Additionally, NRs are expected to know and uphold University policies, procedures, and community standards, work collaboratively to build community, and encourage responsible citizenship on and off the SCU campus.

Explore the NR Position Description. 

Orientation Leaders (OLs) work with a broad range of students, staff, and faculty on projects and programs related to freshmen and transfer student Orientation and Welcome Weekend to create a cohesive experience for new students and their families. Orientation Leaders act as an ambassador for Santa Clara University by actively promoting and supporting the mission and values at all times; Serve as a guide, mentor, and role model to new students; Welcome and communicate community expectations and values to new students and their families; Assist with all programs associated with Summer Orientation, Transfer Orientation, and Welcome Weekend; Serve as a Community Facilitator during Summer Orientation sessions.

 

Neighborhood Ambassadors (NAs) function under the direction and guidance of the Off-Campus Area Coordinator, through the Office of Student Life. The Ambassadors’ primary responsibilities consist of serving as a liaison between students, Santa Clara University, City of Santa Clara residents and City of Santa Clara officials. This position allows greater transparency between SCU administration, Campus Safety, the Santa Clara Police Department, and students. We work with administrators of Student Life to discuss how this position allows us to make improvements in the community. Additionally, we work to further develop the community by serving off-campus students in larger capacities, which includes engaging in the transition to full adulthood and self-dependence.

 

Residence Life Selection Process

Applicants for positions as Community Facilitators or Neighborhood Representatives will go through the Residence Life selection process, which includes 3 main parts: the application and references, group process interviews, and individual community interviews. 

Please refer to the sections below for more information about each area. 

For more information about the process, we highly recommend attending one of Residence Life's optional information sessions, which will discuss the position responsibilities, selection criteria, and the interview process. Information Sessions will take place on the following dates in Graham Commons:

  • Thursday, November 30th, 8:00-9:00PM
  • Tuesday, January 9th, 8:00-9:00PM
  • Wednesday, January 10th, 8:00-9:00PM

Selection Timeline

  • Tuesday, November 28th: Application Opens
  • Tuesday, January 16th: Application Due at 5:00PM
  • Saturday, January 27th: Required Group Process Interview, 8:30AM-4:00PM
  • February 2nd-21st: Individual Interviews Take Place
  • Wednesday, February 28th: Final Notifications Sent Beginning at 9AM
  • Monday, March 5th: Candidate Acceptance materials due to Housing by 4:00PM 

 

The application is the first step in the process of becoming a student staff member, and includes biographic information, a resume, short answer questions, and references.

A professional resume, in PDF form, is required as a part of the application. The Career Center offers guidance on resume writing, as well as individual appointments. We recommend that you utilize their online and in person support to create a professional resume.

Short Answer Questions should be well-written and thoughtfully considered, and include:

  • Tell us about yourself and why you are uniquely qualified to hold this position(s):
  • Reflecting on previous leadership experience, how do you feel it has prepared you to serve in this particular position(s) and what do you hope to gain from this new leadership experience?
  • What does it mean to you to be a role model? How would you serve as a role model in this particular position(s)?

Three References will be asked for, including:

  • Student Leader
  • Professional
  • Additional Reference (Student Leader or Professional)

We encourage you to contact your references in advance to ask them if they are willing to be listed, to share what positions you are applying for, and to notify them that they will receive an email upon submission of your application. 

The second step in the Residence Life selection process is the mandatory Group Process interview, which will take place Saturday, January 27th from 8:30AM-4:00PM. You will be assigned to one of two Group Process sessions that take place that day. All candidates should mark their calendar for that date. After submitting your application, you will receive more information inlcuding the location and specific time you should arrive.

Activities will provide opportunities for you to share the unique talents, skills, and abilities that you might bring to the student staff role. We encourage you to be your authentic self. 

Dress code for group process is business casual. Wear something that is comfortable and makes you feel your best. Activities may include movement and group work, so please plan accordingly.

 

After completing Group Process, candidates will be asked to preference up to four communities where they would most like to be considered. Each of the four preferences will require a written description of why the community is the best fit for you. 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 Residence Life Student Staff member.

For more information about each of the individual communties, we recommend you explore their websites, or take the time to read the Community Information Packet.

After completing the Preference Form, each candidate may be offered interviews with community Leadership Teams. Individual interviews run from February 2nd-21st, and candidates may be offered interviews at any point during that window. Candidates are not guaranteed individual interviews after Group Process.

Be sure to check your SCU email frequently during this time, as it is the primary method through which you will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Final notification letters will be sent, via SCU email, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 beginning at 9:00am.