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POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Residence Don

Open to upper year students, preference given to those who have lived in a post-secondary residence (one or two Don(s) per house/hall/court/block; 58 dons in total). Job description revised December 2019

Don of Activities

Open to upper year students, preference given to those who have lived in a post-secondary residence (approximately one Don of Activities per staff team; 8 in total). Job description revised December 2019

Residence Education Dons

Open to upper year students, preference given to those who have lived in a post-secondary residence (approximately one Residence Education Don per staff team; 8 in total). Job description revised December 2019

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for the 2020-21 Residence Life Staff have opened.  New candidates should apply by Friday, January 17th at midnight (Best practice is 11:59pm on Thursday, January 16th).  Applicants must be upper year students; transfer students may be considered.

Please note: Successful applicants must be full-time Brock students who have an academic average of 65 per cent or more in their top four credits at the end of the 2019 Winter term. If selected, you will be required to have Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification, More Feet on the Ground training, the University’s AODA training tutorial and any other mandated Brock University training prior to RLS Training in August (begins Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020).

All applicants must apply online (http://brock.erezlife.com). Applicants will be asked to complete the following:

  • Job profile
  • Application form
  • Submit three references
  • Submit a resume and cover letter

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at reslife@brocku.ca

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I applied to create a better environment for my students, to help them through first year and ensure they had all the resources they needed.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? I love meeting new students and hearing about their backgrounds, engaging in conversations with them and making even the slightest difference in their day.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? Be patient, take charge of your self care and remember to breathe.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I applied to join Residence Life Staff so that I would have the opportunity to build a welcoming environment for students to live in. I wanted to create an environment where students would feel comfortable and be able to grow.  I wanted students to learn the importance of community and building relationships in residence.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? I really enjoy building connections with my students through intentional conversations, crews, challenges, and socials.  I love the various communities that I am apart of, I feel welcomed and appreciated in each.  Another thing that I enjoy about being a member of Residence Life Staff is that I am able to implement curriculum in my community and receive opportunities professional development and training.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? Stay organized and plan ahead. Listen to your students needs, and preferences in order to engage with them and support them properly.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I wanted to take a more involved leadership role in university, during high school I was very involved and I wanted to continue that engagement in post-secondary. Personally, I feel that the Residence Life Staff is a community of people who not only guide and better their students but also each other.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? The thing I enjoy the most is the connections and relationships I have made.  Being able to watch as my students grow and find who they are now that they are away from home. These relationships are ones that you cannot get anywhere else and that you truly don’t fully understand unless you are in the role, and that I would have to say is the part I have enjoyed the most.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? A piece of advice that I would give to new applicants would be just be yourself and not be afraid of anything. RLS is full of very different and unique personalities and that is what makes it so amazing. There will be some things that they won’t know but that its okay because this job will teach them everything they need to know and it is full of learning experiences.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? I wanted be part of a group on campus, and be part of something that helped others. Residence life staff gave an opportunity live on campus, meet new people and help incoming students in their transition to university life.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? Personally the camaraderie among the RLS staff has been an unexpected perk to the job. The group not only provides support for the students which they oversee but to each other on staff as well. In respect to the position in of itself, the opportunity to talk in front of a group of students about events I run with confidence and purpose has provided me with an understanding of the value I can bring to others.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? I would advise a new applicant to remain true to themselves but allow this experience to take them on a journey. The new things they will do and experience may be something they have never done before and be hesitant to do, but the learning outcomes and life skills learned through pushing themselves to try will benefit them in the long run RLS related or not.

Why did you apply to join the Residence Life Staff? The reason I applied to be a Don was because of the impact my Don had for me in my first year. Throughout my first year, my Don had always supported me and was a key factor in why it was such a great and memorable year.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Residence Life Staff? If I were to narrow down the parts of being a Don I enjoy the most, my favourite would be seeing my community grow throughout the year and form bonds that will carry on after first year. When students enter university, they may feel nervous or alone, but watching them grow together and learn more about themselves and others is one of the best feelings in the world.

What piece of advice would you give to a new applicant? The biggest piece of advice I would give to a new applicant would be to be open to whatever life may throw at you. Being a Don may be unpredictable and busy, but embracing change, taking opportunities you wouldn’t normally take, and living outside your comfort zone is one of the best ways you can grow.