Student Staff Application for 2018-19

The application for 2018-19 is closed.

The Student Staff Selection Committee is proud to bring you the application for 2018-2019 Office of Residence Life student staff selection. Please take a look at all the important information below (application questions, timeline, contracts, position descriptions, etc.). We encourage you to reflect on what you want to get out of your next year at UWL and hope applying to be an RA or DC is included in that vision!

We will host two Student Staff Information Nights to inform candidates about the position and to share details for applying to be an RA or DC. Please check the timeline for more specific information. If you are unable to attend, we will post a video recording of the session.

Our Mission and guiding principles are very important in our daily work with students. We encourage you to review these so that you understand some of our expectations that guide the work of our student staff members. You can view information about our Residence Life department.

If you have further questions or need further details, please contact Allyson Plattner or Theresa Luensmann.

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November 13: Student Staff Information Night at 6:30 p.m. in 2305 Centennial Hall

November 14: Student Staff Information Night at 8 p.m. in Eagle Hall basement

November 22: Priority deadline for students who are studying abroad during Spring 2018 and 2017-2018 mid-year hire applicants.

January 5 at 9 a.m. - All new and returning applications are due

Mid-January: Sign up for interview time slots coordinated via email
February 4: New Applicant Interview Preparation Night - Eagle Basement - Attendance Optional
February 5: New Applicant Interview Preparation Night - The U 3310 - Attendance Optional
February 6-8: New Applicant Interviews - Eagle Basement
February 22: Staff Selection Decisions communicated
March 19-30: Candidate Feedback Days

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The application for 2018-19 is closed.

This application is designed for new applicants only. If you have not held a student staff position (RA or DC) in the past, then this application is for you!

New Applicant Application Questions:

(These are to help you prepare before you fill out the application.)

Please describe why you decided to apply to be a Resident Assistant (RA).
Please describe why you decided to apply to be a Desk Coordinator (DC).

The Office of Residence Life values employees who know about their university and local community, so that student staff can act as a resource to students in need. Please describe your experience and knowledge of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the surrounding community, AND how this may impact your ability to act as a resource for residents, in terms of the following:
1. Campus or community involvement (clubs, organizations, memberships, etc.)
2. Extracurricular activities (sport clubs, intramurals, hobbies)
3. Leadership experiences, employment, internships
4. Volunteer opportunities 

NOTE:  There is no minimum length BUT there is a maximum length of 2,000 characters (including spaces) for responses.  

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The application for 2018-19 is closed.

This application is designed for returning applicants only. If you are currently or have ever been a UWL student staff member (RA, DC, SS), then this application is for you!

Returning Applicant Questions:

(These questions are for you to include in your cover letter.)

  • Why you are interested in your selected positions
  • What you will bring to the department as a returning staff member
  • What do you hope to gain from another year of employment as a student staff member
  • How you have utilized and how you will utilize the Office of Residence Life's Mission Statement and Guiding Principles in your work as a student staff member
  • Any preferences you have towards particular communities or student populations
  • Any relevant information that would impact the selection process

You will also need to include your updated Resume!

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Timeline for Senior Staff Interviews

The Senior Staff Interview Process will be conducted on December 6, 7, 13 and 14.
            December 6: 10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 11:40 a.m.
            December 7: 10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m.
            December 13: 10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 11:40 a.m.
            December 14: 10 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:40 a.m.
On the day of the interview, and during their timeslot, SS candidates will have 10-12 minutes to give a presentation in front of the eight Hall Directors who supervise Senior Staff, followed by a 3-5 minute time period in which Pro Staff will ask questions. If you need any special accommodations, or technology requests, please email Theresa Luensmann 3 days prior to your interview.

The Senior Staff presentation is meant to be a time when returning staff members can feature their knowledge, skills, and abilities that would be beneficial to the Senior Staff position. The format in which you present is up to your discretion – take the time to showcase your personality and the information in a way that feels comfortable and authentic to you.
Below are the prompts we want you to include in your presentation. Be sure to include all of the bolded prompts below.  The additional questions under the prompts are there to give more context and inspiration.

  • Introduce yourself!
    • Who are you?  What is your identity, what drives you, what are your values? What is your leadership style? How does your identity and values impact your leadership of others?
  • Why you are interested in the position?
    • You can explain better in person than you can on paper.
  • What roles come naturally for you in a team setting?
    • How do you operate in a team? Are you a focus person? Do you bring the fun? Let us know how you interact as a teammate, and how you want to grow in your roles.
  • What is your vision for the position?
    • Take some time to think forward. How do you want to carry out the SS role? What are your goals for the position? What do you want to accomplish? How are you going to help the HD? How are you going to help your RA/DA/Core team? What experience do you have with Core team? What approach do you want to take as an advisor? If you are going to be a SSDC, how are you going to supervise others?
  • What challenges do you need to overcome/take on?
    • Talk about your weaknesses, or areas for growth
  • What are you going to bring to the SS role that is unique?
    • We know you have what it takes to be an RA/DC.  What are you going to bring to the job that is unique?  What helps us say YES to you?
  • Wrap it all up!
    • What thoughts do you want to leave us with?  How do you want to wrap this all up and leave us with a good impression?

Good luck with your interview!