Oakes Student Leader Recruitment

Oakes NAs and CAs

Are you interested in getting involved in College Student Life (CSL) or Affiliated Residential Community Housing (ARCH)? Here's your chance: Student Leader Applications are opening this Winter for the upcoming academic year. Applications for the Resident Assistant/Neighborhood Assistant and Programs Assistant and Community Assistant positions can be found  here.
For any and all questions please reach out to our Student Leader Selection Committee at lead@ucsc.edu.


Thank you for your interest in being a student leader at Oakes College. Our student leaders play a critical role in the community at Oakes College. We select our Neighborhood Assistants (NAs) and Community Assistants (CAs) for their ability to be positive role models and outstanding leaders for our Oakes community. We are looking for student leaders who are team players, comfortable with a flexible and dynamic schedule, and committed to building a healthy and diverse community.

Our team of student leaders are comprised of 18 NAs and 4 CAs. 

Neighborhood Assistant

NAs are responsible for

  • developing, maintaining, and supporting the residential community at Oakes                              
  • developing and running inclusive, educational, and social programming in their living communities
  • upholding the UCSC Student Code of Conduct and maintaining residential safety
  • serving as a peer advisor and a positive role model

The NA position is a live-in, peer advising student leadership role. NAs are compensated with a single room and a 7-day unlimited meal plan.

For a more detailed job description of the NA position, click here.

Community Assistant

CAs are responsible for

  • planning programs and activities that engage the Oakes community and provide opportunities for meaningful interactions and/or educational enrichment
  • programmatic support of the Oakes Programs Office for college-wide and campus-wide programming, including Commencement and Welcome Week
  • providing positive peer leadership for the Oakes community

The CA position is a paid student employment position. Beginning in 2019, CAs will be paid a wage of $11.50/hour. CAs are expected to work an average of 8 to 10 hours a week. Work study is preferred.

For a more detailed job description of the CA position, click here.

IMPORTANT: These positions have a good academic standing requirement. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA from the time of application and, if offered a position, throughout employment. 

  • Resume Writing Assistance
    • You can use Career Center drop-in hours which are M-F 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm to have your resume reviewed and get suggestions for edits or updates. You can also refer to the following link for assistance with crafting your resume: http://careers.ucsc.edu/student/resumecoverltr/index.html.  

Application Checklist:

These webpages contain essential information needed to apply for the NA and CA position. Please read all the information on the application pages carefully before completing and submitting the application. To receive full consideration for employment, all application materials are due online by Sunday, February 28, at 11:59pm.

  • THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING TO BE AN NA OR CA FOR 2019-2020 is Sunday, February 28, at 11:59pm.
  • The online application includes:
    • 2 short essays that all applicants must complete

Your essay responses should total about 500 words (2 pages). We recommend you write your answers on a separate document first, which will allow you the opportunity to re-read your answers and edit accordingly. The questions are:

What personal experience(s) have contributed to the leader you are today?

Oakes College is built upon values of social justice, community, and advocacy. As a student leader, how will you demonstrate these values in your work? How will you use them to enhance the student experience at Oakes?

Resume: You are required to upload a resume to your online application. Instructions on how to do so are on the online application.

2 Reference Forms
You must upload a sheet with a minimum of two references. If you are a current resident of Oakes or anywhere else on campus, one of your recommendations must be a current NA/RA, or CA/PA. If you are living off-campus, your references can come from anyone who can speak to your work skills and leadership abilities.

Competency Considerations:

As you consider your interest in this position, we want to share the competencies that we will be evaluating throughout the process: 

  • Awareness of the NA/CA Position: Do you possess a general knowledge of the position’s responsibilities?
  • Communication: Can you communicate your ideas clearly and concisely? Do you know when to speak up and when to listen?
  • Team Work: Can you balance the need to accomplish tasks within a group of team members?
  • Leadership & Maturity: Do you take initiative?  Are you a strong peer role model?
  • Critical Thinking: Are you able to see issues from multiple perspectives? Can you confidently deal with unclear or changing situations?
  • Cultural Competency: Are you encouraging and supportive toward others’ cultures, identities, and beliefs? Are you able to question or challenge discriminatory or biased attitudes or actions?
  • Time Management: Can you appropriately balance task accomplishments with time restrictions? Do you know how to realistically manage your time for your academic, work, and personal commitments?

For any and all questions please reach out to our Student Leader Selection Committee at lead@ucsc.edu.