Oakes 2018-2019 Student Leader Recruitment is Open

Oakes NAs and CAs

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.

An updated job description is coming soon. To reference our current job description, 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 2018, 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. 
*All dates are tentative and subject to changes.
  • Information Sessions - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (at 7 PM in the Oakes Learning Center), Thursday, January 11, 2018 (at 7 PM in the Oakes Learning Center), and Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (at 7 PM in the Oakes Learning Center).
    • Presentations about both student staff positions will be given by professional staff and student staff representatives to anybody who is interested in both the NA and CA positions. Attendance at an info session is highly recommended for anybody who is considering applying for either position. The sessions will provide student an opportunity to ask any questions they may have about either position.
  • 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.  
  • Applications Due - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (by 4:00 pm)
    • All application materials, including reference forms, are due online by 4:00 pm
  • Group Interview Process - Saturday, January 27, 2018 (9 AM - Noon)
    • Invited applicants are required to participate in a group interview process. The group interview is scheduled for several hours in the morning. If a second session is needed, some applicants may be scheduled in the afternoon. You will be notified of the schedule in your group process invitation.
  • Individual Interview Dates - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to Friday, February 2, 2018
    • Invited applicants are required to participate in an individual interview. Interviews are scheduled to last between 20 and 30 minutes.
  • Offer Letters Sent - Friday, March 9, 2018 (at 4 PM)
    • Offer Letters will be placed in your on-campus Oakes mailboxes. If you do not have an on-campus box, you will be able to pick up your letters at the Oakes Student Life Office. Regardless of whether or not you are offered a position, you will receive a letter.

      * All dates are tentative and subject to change


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 Wedneday, January 24th, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

  • Apply online at the Career Center's Employee Request System
    • There is no need to duplicate information provided on resume. It's OK to type "see resume for additional information." 
      • For the NA position, search for ER# 4611. Complete application there.
      • For the CA position, search for ER# 0439. Complete the application there.

  • Complete the Oakes Student Leader Online Application - THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING TO BE AN NA OR CA FOR 2018-2019 is Wednesday, January 24th at 4:00pm.
  • The online application includes:
    • 2 short essays that all applicants must complete
    • additional essay for all Community Assistant applicants
Your essay responses should total about 500 words (2 pages) plus an additional 250 words if applying for the Community Assistant position. 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:
  1. What personal experience(s) have contributed to the leader you are today?
  2. 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?
  3. COMMUNITY ASSISTANT APPLICANTS ONLY: What are some community needs that you would address through program planning? Give an example of one program you would put on and how it would address a specific community need.
  • 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 have 2 refrences complete the online reference form. Please share this link with your references. If you are a current resident of Oakes or anywhere else on compus, 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?

Thank you for your interest in the Oakes College Student Life Program. Should you have any questions regarding the application and/or selection process, please feel free to contact Mandie Caroll at mandiec@ucsc.edu.