Student Leader Selection

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Thank you for your interest in applying for a Student Leader position at the University Village Apartments, Foundation Housing Service for the 2020-2021 academic year and Summer 2021. We have consolidated our student selection processes and are using one online application for students interested in applying to be a Resident Advisor, Managerial Assistant, Sustainability Advisor, Health and Wellness Advisor, Inclusion and Outreach Advisor, and Marketing/Communication Advisor.

To help answer any questions about our staff positions or the process, we will be hosting informational sessions before the application becomes available. We will also be setting up a table across from the CPP Library to answer questions on Oct 31st, Nov. 5th, 7th, and 12th from 12-1pm on campus. Additionally, we will be holding more formal informational presentations at the University Village Community Center on Nov 1st (3-4pm), Nov 3rd (8-9pm), Nov 4th (8-9pm), Nov 7th (8-9pm), and Nov. 12th (7:30-8:30pm). The formal presentations will cover in-depth information about all of the positions as well as the application/selection process.. The information sessions are not mandatory (but are encouraged) and are meant to give you the opportunity to come and ask any questions you may have..

The online application will open around 12pm on Wednesday, November 6th. Completed applications are due no later than 5pm on Thursday, November 14th. No late applications will be accepted. In order to be considered as one of our applicants, you need to have submitted a complete application which consists of:

    • Completed online application
    • The application will include short-answer writing prompts
    • Resume (will be attached to your online application)

As part of your application, you will choose which of our student staff position(s) you will like to apply for. You can apply for as many as you’d like to be considered for. For each position you apply for, you will be asked to respond to a position-specific writing prompt. Additionally, if you apply for multiple positions, you will be asked to rank the positions you applied for in the order of your preference.

Not all candidates will be invited to move forward in the process. After the application closes, our supervisor team will be reviewing all applications. Additionally, we will be completing a conduct check (to make sure you are in good conduct standing with the university), a grade check (to make sure you meet the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement), and a check to see if candidates have any outstanding financial charges with the University Village. Lastly, the candidate’s full application will be reviewed to determine if they will be invited to the next step (more information in FAQ’s below).

Decisions on application cuts will be sent out on January 8th, 2020. Candidates moving forward in the process will then participate in a three-week leadership training workshop starting in January before going through the interview process.

Below you will find the Job Descriptions for each position. You will be signing up for the positions you want to interview for on the application. Job Descriptions should be fully read prior to completing the following application. Please note that the contract dates for the positions are still tentative. Also, as the University Village grows and adapts to our ever-changing student population, this sometimes warrants making changes to the student job descriptions. Final position descriptions will be available by the time offer letters go out.

Also, note that the positions are compensated differently. The Resident Advisor position does get free housing as well as $300 a month in meal points. All other positions are compensated at $14 an hour in cash as well as a 20% off monthly rent. Summer Resident Assistants will receive housing and $600 in meal points. Additional responsibilities/duties may be added or taken away from the position descriptions as deemed necessary.

You will also find a list of frequently asked questions regarding applying to be a Student Leader at the Village as well as responses. Should you have any additional questions or need clarification about a position or the process, please email Kyle Sirowy, Assistant Director for Leadership Development, at kjsirowy@cpp.edu.

Good luck!

Kyle Sirowy
Assistant Director for Leadership Development
Student Staff Selection Chair

Student Leader Online Application!

Student Leader Online Application- Available starting approximately 12 pm on Wednesday, November 6th.

Please click the link below to complete your online application. A complete application is due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 14th (with no exceptions). As part of your online application, you will be attaching your current resume so have it ready when you apply. Additionally, you will be asked to decide which position(s) you want to apply for and will be expected to complete a short answer response for each position you apply for.

Position Descriptions/Terms of Appointment

    • Resident Advisor
    • Summer Resident Advisor
    • IMPACT Advisor
    • Academic Managerial Assistant
    • Sustainability Advisor
    • Community and Student Life Advocate
    • Health and Wellness Advisor

FAQ's

    • What positions are available?
    • Can I apply for more than one position?
    • What impact will the quarter to semester conversion have on positions if any?
    • Do I have to be a Cal Poly student to apply?
    • How can I find out more information about any of the positions?
    • What do I need to do to apply?
    • When are applications due?
    • What happens during the selection process?
    • Is the Leadership Workshop required? What is it all about?
    • Will receiving a Student Leader position affect my financial aid?
    • Do I need to have lived on campus (either in the dorms, Suites, or the Village) before, in order to get a position?
    • If I am a Resident Advisor on campus with UHS, do I still need to go through the Leadership Workshop process?
    • If I am a student leader at the Village, can I hold another campus job?
    • How will becoming a Student Leader at the Village benefit me?

What positions are available?

We have consolidated all our student position selection processes into one process. Through our online Student Leader application, applicants can apply for several options:

Compensation- Free housing and $600 in CPP Meal Points
Summer 2020 Resident Assistant (filling approximately 6-12 positions)

Compensation- Free housing and $300 a month in CPP Meal Points
2020-2021 Resident Advisor (filling 23 positions)

Compensation- $14 an hour in cash and 20% off rent (*subject to change)
2020-2021 Managerial Assistant (filling up to 4 positions)
2020-2021 Sustainability Advisor (filling 2 positions)
2020-2021 Health and Wellness Advisor (filling 2 positions)
2020-2021 Inclusion and Outreach Advisor (filling 2 positions)
2020-2021 Marketing and Communication Advisor (filling 1 position)

*Subject to change

Can I apply for more than one position?

Yes. Eligible applicants can apply for as many positions as they are interested in. In your application, you won’t be selecting which position(s) you want to apply for. This will happen in January/February during the selection process. Students can only hold one position within the Foundation at a given time. If the Selection Committee feels a student is qualified for more than one position, that student will receive an offer for both positions and will be asked to choose which they’d prefer. At that time, the position they do not select will get filled from an applicant in the alternate pool

What impact will the quarter to semester conversion have on positions if any?

Yes. Eligible applicants can apply for as many positions as they are interested in. In your application, you won’t be selecting which position(s) you want to apply for. This will happen in January/February during the selection process. Students can only hold one position within the Foundation at a given time. If the Selection Committee feels a student is qualified for more than one position, that student will receive an offer for both positions and will be asked to choose which they’d prefer. At that time, the position they do not select will get filled from an applicant in the alternate pool

Do I have to be a Cal Poly student to apply?

No. Students at local colleges (Mt. Sac, DeVry, etc) are eligible to apply for any of our student leader positions. Students attending other colleges will need to provide a copy of their unofficial transcript with their application to very they meet the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement.

How can I find out more information about any of the positions?

You will find on this page a position description for each of the positions available as well as YouTube links will basics on each position. Our staff will also be hosting several information sessions throughout the first two weeks of November to answer any questions you may have. The information sessions are not mandatory and are not set up to be in a presentation format. Our staff will be available in-person to answer any questions you may have. The days/times are listed below:

    • Thursday, November 2nd, 12-1pm, across from CPP Library
    • Tuesday, November 7th, 12-1pm, across from CPP Library
    • Tuesday, November 7th, 7:30-8:30 pm- University Village Community Center
    • Thursday, November 9th, 12-1pm, across from CPP Library
    • Thursday, November 9th, 7-8:00pm- University Village Community Center
    • Monday, November 13th, 7-8:00pm- University Village Community Center
    • Tuesday, November 14th, 12-1pm, near Marketplace
    • Thursday, November 16th, 12-1pm, across from CPP Library
    • Thursday, November 8th, 6-9:00 pm- University Village Recreation Center (at the Community Night event)

You can also email Kyle at kjsirowy@cpp.edu anytime to ask questions you may have about the positions or selection process.

What do I need to do to apply?

In order to apply, you need to first complete the online application through the link listed on this website. The application will be made available starting at 10 am on Monday, November 20th. Once you submit your application, you need to submit a cover letter and a resume via email to kjsirowy@cpp.edu. Cover letters and resumes will not be accepted before 10 am on Monday, November 20th. If you need any assistance in creating your cover letter or resume, the Career Center on campus can help you.

In addition to providing basic information about yourself, the online application asks for information about a professional reference. Your professional reference should be someone who can speak to your abilities to perform well within any of the student leader positions. You will be asked to provide a contact email for your reference. Your professional reference cannot be a family member, friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, or relative. Your professional reference will be emailed a form to complete. While a completed reference form is not required to be counted in the initial 100 applicants, it is required to move forward to the next step of the process. A completed reference form is due no later than Friday, December 8th by 5:00 pm. Your reference will receive the initial email and only one reminder email. It is your responsibility to connect with your reference to make sure it gets completed on time.

When are applications due?

There is not an official due date. The application will remain open until we have received 100 complete applications (complete application means: online application, cover letter, and resume). Last year, we received 100 applications within 3 hours of the application opening. We highly recommend preparing your documents ahead of time so they’ll be ready to submit starting at 10 am on November 20th. No exceptions will be made for receiving additional applications once we have received the 100 complete applications.

What happens during the selection process?

As part of the online application, you will sign up for a time to participate in a four-week Leadership Workshop, which will start the second week in January. All applicants will attend four two-hour-long sessions and an individual interview with our Student Leader Selection Committee. If an applicant applies for more than one position, they will be expected to sign up for an individual interview for each position.

Is the Leadership Workshop required? What is it all about?

Yes, the Leadership Workshop is a required part of the selection process. The Leadership Workshop is a process we developed to give our Selection Committee the opportunity to get a more authentic and honest look at the applicants for the Student Leader position. We have six different times for Leadership Workshops available a week:

    • Mondays, 10am-12pm - Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5
      (*Note there is not a session on Jan 15 due to the holiday)
    • Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm - Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30
    • Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm - Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31
    • Thursdays, 10am-12pm - Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1
    • Fridays, 9:30am-11:30 am - Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2
    • Fridays, 2pm-4pm - Jan. 12, Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2

While the topics for the Leadership Workshop have not been finalized yet, they will be designed in a way to allow all applicants (whether they eventually get offered a position or not) to receive leadership training in areas such as finding one’s leadership style, student development theory, etc.

Will receiving a Student Leader position affect my financial aid?

Possibly. Each individual may be in a different position so it is best to go and speak with the Financial Aid Office about your situation.

Do I need to have lived on campus (either in the dorms, Suites, or the Village) before, in order to get a position?

No. We are looking for students who are excited to grow and develop as a leader, work with our residents to build community, and have an impact on the lives of students. It is not a requirement to have experience living in student housing.

If I am a Resident Advisor on campus with UHS, do I still need to go through the Leadership Workshop process?

Yes. All applicants interested in becoming a Student Leader with the University Village are required to go through the Leadership Workshop.

If I am a student leader at the Village, can I hold another campus job?

It depends. If you are offered a position that is paid hourly (CSLA, SA, HWA, MA, or IMPACT Advisor), you cannot hold another campus position that is also run by Foundation (bookstore, dining, etc.). If you are offered an RA position, you can work another Foundation position since, as an RA, you are not being paid hourly.

How will becoming a Student Leader at the Village benefit me?

Serving as a Student Leader at the Village provides tremendous personal and professional growth opportunities. Whether you have aspirations to work in Student Affairs in the future or not, you will find that many of the skills you develop as a Student Leader (teamwork, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, planning/organization, etc.) are transferrable skills and can be used in any and all future professions. Regardless of the position, students will get the opportunity to work in a dynamic team environment and impact the lives of other students.

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