Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are live!

Although the priority deadline for applications has passed, we continue to take applications! We will process applications quickly and will "fast track" candidates through the application process as we are able to.

Application and selection timeline expanding section

December 7: Applications open

January 9: Priority deadline* for applications

January 11: Phase 2 of application process communicated to qualified applicants

February 3: Phase 2 application materials due

February 15-19: Interviews

March 4: Decision letters shared

We are currently working through the unknowns of occupancy and staffing needs as we plan for what the longevity of COVID isolation housing might be, as well as any future residence hall renovations. At the end of the selection process, candidates will know if they have been offered a job or not.  However, we are going to make decisions about where Student Staff will be placed later in the semester when we are more certain about where our residence hall needs will be. We hope to share residence hall placement before June 2021.

March 12: Contracts due for those offered positions

*Applications received on or before January 9 will be fully considered for the next step of the application process. Applications received after January 9 will be considered as there are additional needs for staffing. Those who apply after January 9 may be contacted about future vacancies and the opportunity to complete the application/interview process.

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The updated 2021-22 position descriptions are listed below. They may be subject to change prior to the beginning of the academic year, although changes will be minor. You can use this information to decide which positions you are applying for:

Resident Assistant (RA) Position Description

SEED Resident Assistant Position Description

Senior Staff Position Description

Also, it is important to read the Student Staff Employment Expectations so that you are aware of what is expected if you are a Residence Life employee.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at UWL are intentional living environments offered by the Office of Residence Life in partnership with academic departments and other campus offices. LLCs provide students with the opportunity to thrive both in and out of the classroom. We work to create environments that allow students to make social connections by engaging with peers around shared educational experiences and to improve students’ academic success through intentional programming, co-curricular learning experiences and faculty engagement.

As part of the application (both new and returning), you will be asked if you are interested in serving in an LLC as a Student Staff member. For more information on the community descriptions, please check out the Living Learning Communities website.

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This process is for anyone who has not previously been hired as a Resident Assistant, Desk Coordinator, or Senior Staff in the Office of Residence Life at UWL. If you have applied in the past, but were not selected to be hired, you will be asked to apply through this process.

Step One: Complete the General Application.  

There is one essay question as part of the application. You are encouraged to draft your response in a separate word document prior to completing the application. This will allow you to cut and paste your response into the application. In the instance that the application times out or there are other technical difficulties, you have your essay response saved in a different location. The question in the application reads:

After reviewing the position descriptions, please share what excites you about fulfilling the role(s) for which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one position, you can clarify what excites you about each position.

Responses should be 300-500 words in length. Although we encourage you to edit and review for spelling and grammar, errors will not remove you from the application process.

Step Two: Phase 2 of the application process

After initial review of the applications, those selected to move onto Phase 2 will be contacted via their UWL email address. Specific instructions regarding the next step will be provided at this time. Applicants will be asked to provide additional application materials pertinent to the position(s) they have applied for. This may include any of the following: written submission of essay question responses, project-based submissions, brief question-answer form, etc.

Step Three: Interview

After review of materials submitted during Phase 2, continuing candidates will be asked to sign up for an interview time slot of approximately 1 hour.  This process involves short interviews with multiple people in a virtual setting. Specific information to prepare candidates for the interviews will be provided.

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This process is for anyone who has served as a Resident Assistant, Desk Coordinator, or Senior Staff in the Office of Residence Life at UWL for any period of time.

Step One: Complete the General Application.  

There is one essay question as part of the application. You are encouraged to draft your response in a separate word document prior to completing the application. This will allow you to cut and paste your response into the application. In the instance that the application times out or there are other technical difficulties, you have your essay response saved in a different location. The question in the application reads:

After reviewing the position descriptions, please share what excites you about fulfilling the role(s) for which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one position, you can clarify what excites you about each position.

Responses should be 300-500 words in length. Although we encourage you to edit and review for spelling and grammar, errors will not remove you from the application process.

Step Two: Reference form

Your current Hall Director/Assistant Hall Director will complete a short reference form indicating your strengths and goals. This will be facilitated by the Assistant Directors of Residence Life. There is nothing you need to do as a candidate.

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Applicants who have served at least 1 semester as a Resident Assistant, Desk Coordinator, or Senior Staff may be considered for a Senior Staff position. Those applying for this role are asked to participate in this application process.  If an applicant completes the Senior Staff application process and is not selected to fill a Senior Staff role, they remain in the applicant pool for returning Student Staff without any additional application requirements.

Step One: Complete the General Application.  

There is one essay question as part of the application. You are encouraged to draft your response in a separate word document prior to completing the application. This will allow you to cut and paste your response into the application. In the instance that the application times out or there are other technical difficulties, you have your essay response saved in a different location. The question in the application reads:

After reviewing the position descriptions, please share what excites you about fulfilling the role(s) for which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one position, you can clarify what excites you about each position.

Responses should be 300-500 words in length. Although we encourage you to edit and review for spelling and grammar, errors will not remove you from the application process.

Step Two:  Reference form

Your current Hall Director/Assistant Hall Director will complete a short reference form indicating your strengths and goals. This will be facilitated by the Assistant Directors of Residence Life. There is nothing you need to do as a candidate.

Step Three: Submission of additional materials/interview

Those considered for the Senior Staff position will be contacted about next steps. This may include any of the following: written submission of essay question responses, project-based submissions, brief question-answer form, interview, etc.

Check out the Student Staff alumni profiles by visiting our UWL Office of Residence Life Facebook for examples of how 
being a Student Staff member can help your future career.