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 are currently OPEN. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2022.
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. 

NA and CA info

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. 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. 

Application Checklist: APPLICATION IS OPEN 

Application Deadline: February 7, 2022

Individual Interviews: February 10-12, 2022

Decisions sent to candidates: March 2022

All information regarding the NA/RA application can be found HERE including the online application!

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.