Student Staff Positions

RA / AAC student staff positions at George Fox University

Informational Meetings

RA informational night for candidates will be held Monday, November 23rd at 9:00 p.m. in Hoover 105.

AAC informational night for candidates will be held Monday, November 30th at 9:00 p.m. in Kelsey House (AC residence).  *Note: The AAC position requires at least one year of RA experience.*


Job Descriptions:


Applications

Applications are due by 5 p.m. January 20, 2016

All of the applications and supplemental questions require Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here.) These forms are writable, so download the PDF and save a copy to your desktop. Please type your application in 10 point font. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Applications are to be turned in to the Student Life Office.

To submit a complete application, all of the following components are required.  Items #1-#3 must be stapled and turned in together.

  1. Student Life Leadership Application (Required for all applicants, regardless of position)
  2. Supplemental Questions (choose based on position applying for):
  3. Typed Resume (If you need help creating your resume, connect with the Idea Center)
  4. References ((Please note: You are responsible for ensuring your references are submitted on time.  If you need to check the status of your references, please e-mail jzaganiacz@georgefox.edu)
    • Confidential Reference Form (in the form of an online survey)
    • Reference Requirements +

      RA

      • 1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      • 1 Your Current RA
      • 1 Current Roommate
      • 5 Living Area Peers (from your floor, house, apartment area). *If you are a commuter or a recent transfer, please see FAQ page for reference instructions.

      Reapplying RA

      • 1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      • 1 Current Fellow RA (on your staff)
      • 1 Current Roommate
      • 1 Your Current AAC
      • 4 Living Area Peers (from your floor, house, apartment area)

      AAC

      • 1 Faculty/Staff (non-student)
      • 1 Current Fellow RA (on your staff)
      • 1 Current Roommate
      • 1 Your Current AAC (or fellow AAC if you are currently an AAC)
      • 4 Living Area Peers (from your floor, house, apartment area, could be additional RAs on your staff)

Frequently Asked Questions: Res Life Application Process

Yes! If you are a commuter, you can adjust the reference requirement as follows:

  • 1 Current RA: If possible, use any current (or past) RA or AAC who knows you well.  If you do not have a current (or past) RA, please submit another Faculty/Staff reference.  
  • 1 Current Roommate: If you do not have a current roommate, use another peer (see living area references below).
  • 1 Faculty/Staff: Use GFU faculty or staff person (non-student)
  • 5 Living Area references - (i.e. peers from your floor, house, etc.): Ask 5 peers who know you well: could be from friend group, classes, activities, etc. If you recently transferred, you may ask peers from your former institution.

Applications are available online and due January 20. If you are abroad this fall, this should not be an issue. If you will be abroad in the spring, you can still access and submit the application materials, and then you can contact Student Life to set-up a Skype interview.

Yes, athletes can serve in the RA role. This depends on the sport and season, other commitments, coach’s approval, and the discernment of those making RA decisions.

Due to increased interest in the RA position over the years, some cuts may need to be made prior to group and individual interviews in order to keep the number of applicants at a manageable number.  Notification of candidacy will be made after applications have been submitted. 

There is a wide variety of qualities and personalities, strengths and gifts, levels of introversion and extroversion, found in RAs. We are not looking for a cookie-cutter RA candidate. That said, there are some qualities that we are looking for consistently:

  • Good judgment
  • Energy
  • Commitment
  • Care
  • Self-discipline
  • Knowledge of campus resources
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Common sense

Here are some time components all RAs can expect per week:

  • 2 hour area staff meeting
  • 1 hour individual 1-on-1 with AC
  • 1 evening of on-duty hours, plus occasional weekend responsibilities
  • Expected to be with residents on floor/in house/suite/apartments several nights a week
  • Regular gatherings/events with residents/area
  • 2 hour leadership class (fall semester only)

You can make note of your preferences on the RA application.  The ACs and Associate Dean of Students make final placement decisions.

Depending on where you are placed, you will be asked to select the appropriate number of roommates. If you are the RA of multiple houses, you have the opportunity to select students to fill the houses, with the exception of a pre-determined number of spaces left open for transfers and/or international students.  If you are unable to find a roommate or fill your spots, the housing department will fill the remaining spaces. The RA is not required to pay the housing deposit, but all roommates will need to pay the deposit.

There are four evening training sessions, each about 1 ½ - 2 hours, spread out in the spring. There may also be additional time with your new staff team, as well as a handing-down ceremony from the current staff.

Part of the RA Application process is a general Student Life Leadership Application. You have the ability to select other areas of interest on the application in the case that you are not hired as an RA.   Other leadership opportunities include: Peer Advising, Orientation Coordinator, Associate Student Community (ASC),and other  leadership positions within the Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life (SPiL). There are many wonderful leadership opportunities on campus, and we would love to help you discern what might be a good fit for you.  

  • RA: Your current RA. If you are a commuter, use any current (or past) RA or AAC who knows you well.  If you do not have a current (or past) RA, please submit another Faculty/Staff reference (non-student)
  • Current Roommate: If you do not have a current roommate, use another peer (see living area references below).
  • Faculty/Staff: Use GFU faculty or staff person (non-student).
  • Living Area references: These should be peers from your floor, apartment area, house, etc.). If you commute, ask 5 peers who know you well: could be from friend group, classes, activities, etc. If you recently transferred, you may ask peers from your former institution.

If you have more questions, please contact your Area Coordinator or the Student Life office.  

RA Forms:

RA Roommate Form

Sample RA Contract

*RAs and AACs will need to have current CPR certification prior to August 2016.