Rachel Carson College Student Life Application Process


Resident Assistants and Programs Assistants are essential members of the Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) Student Life Team that work to establish a safe and inclusive community here at Rachel Carson College. Each position has it’s own unique roles and responsibilities so interested applicants are asked to read the job description of each role before applying to ensure they fully understand what each position requires. It is also highly recommended that applicants attend an information session.

Resident Assistant Job Description
Program Assistant Job Description


Timeline Overview

Applications Available Online - Monday, January 8

Information Sessions - Tuesday, November 28, 6:30-7:30PM, RCC Red Room

Application DUE (New & Returning) - Wednesday, January 24, 4:00PM

Interview Sign-ups -TBD

Group Process - January 27, 2018, 9AM, RCC Red Room

Individual Interviews - TBD

Returner Interviews - TBD

Offer Letters Sent to Candidates - Friday, March 9

Hiring Decision - Wednesday, March 14

Information Sessions
Information sessions will be held on the following dates to provide additional information about the positions and the selection process:

Tuesday, November 28th 2017

6:30-7:30PM | Rachel Carson College, Red Room

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

7:00-8:00PM | Rachel Carson College, Red Room

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

7:00-8:00PM | Rachel Carson College, Red Room 

How to Apply
Applicants must complete the following items in order to be included in the interview process:

Click Here to access the Application (Same Application for Returners)          

  • References
    • On your application you be asked to include the name and email of your reference. The reference should be a staff or faculty member of the university that is willing to provide a short reference for your application. This reference must have a UCSC email, and IS NOT your RA/PA, or other member of the Rachel Carson College Student Life team. A link to the reference form will be emailed direcly to the reference after the application deadline. 
  • Resume
    • Create and submit a resume. Resumes should be emailed to carsonstudentlife@ucsc.edu by the application deadline. PDF format is preferred.
  • ER Application
    • In addition to your application through Rachel Carson, please submit an application to the on-campus employment ER System. The Programs Assistant ER is #1142 and the Resident Assistant ER is #5178

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.


Interview Process
There are two parts to the interview process. Applicants must complete both an individual interview and a group interview to be considered for a Student Life position. 

  • Group Interview | TBD | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    The start and end time will vary depending on the number of applicants so all applicants should block their schedule from 8am-5pm on this day. The group interview process includes completing a number of activities with an assigned group. One of these includes presenting a 5-minute “How To” presentation. Applicants will select their own topic and should bring their own visual aids if applicable. PowerPoint will NOT be available for these presentations.  The observers will be looking for how applicants engage the audience, their level of preparation, and the content of the presentation
    • 5 Minute How To Presentation - Guidelines
      Think of a program that you feel meets the needs of new students transitioning to college. Then create a 5 minute presentation that fits one of the two criteria listed below:
      • Explain what the program is, how it would be structured and how it would meet students' needs
      • Present a portion of the actual program you would put on
  • Individual Interviews | TBD
    Applicants will be asked to sign-up for a time during these dates. The link for this sign-up will be emailed to you on TBD. Sign-ups will be online from: TBD. During the scheduled interview time, applicants should come to BL at least 5 minutes early and take a seat in the lobby outside of the Housing Office. A staff member conducting the interview will come to the lobby to get applicants when they are ready. Applicants should also bring their resume with them to this interview.

Decision Letters and Mandatory Spring Training
Letters regarding the committee’s hiring decisions will go out on Friday, March 9th, 2018. They will come out via email at this time. Those that are offered a position will have until Wednesday, March 14th to accept or decline the offer. Those that are hired for a position will also be asked to apply for the position through the campus’s ER system housed on the career services website.

Offers of employment are conditional and completion of the Spring Training is required for all hires and alternates. Training will take place the first 5 Mondays of the Spring Quarter from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Red Room. Applicants are asked to please hold this time in your calendar and do not schedule class or other things at this time.