There are a number of employment opportunities in the Office of Residential Education available for students and professionals alike.

Village Assistant 

The Village Assistant position is a unique student staff opportunity within the Office of Residential Education and Dining Services. Working in a variety of non-traditional housing settings, Village Assistants not only facilitate the development of a positive learning community, but also play a critical role in assisting students to develop the skills necessary for independent living.

This is accomplished through the thoughtful and intentional implementation of the Senior Year Residential Experience as well as significant administrative and committee work within the Office of Residential Education & Dining Services in accordance with guidelines established by the College and the Office of Residential Education & Dining Services.

The Senior Year Residential Experience is an initiative that seeks to enhance students’ final year at Oberlin through a variety of experiences designed to foster growth, reflection, and preparation for the transition to post-Oberlin life.

Qualifications

Applicants for the Village Assistant (VA) position must be eligible to live in Village Housing before becoming a VA. Applicants must be a student staff member for at least one academic year as a RA, Conference Assistant, or ResEd Office Worker. Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Anyone on disciplinary probation may not hold a student staff position, and students may not start the position while on academic probation. The Office of Residential Education will verify each applicant’s academic and disciplinary standing as part of the application process.

VA Agreement 2017-18

Resident Assistant

The RA role is one of a community facilitator. RAs provide leadership and assist residents in developing a positive learning community environment by building strong, healthy relationships with residents. A positive learning community environment is one where active learning takes place through RAs facilitating opportunities for formal and informal faculty and resident interaction, seeking resident involvement and creating a sense of investment among residents. This is completed within guidelines established by the college and the Office of Residential Education.

Qualifications

Applicants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Anyone on disciplinary probation may not hold a student staff position, and students may not start the position while on academic probation. The Office of Residential Education will verify each applicant’s academic and disciplinary standing as part of the application process.

Each year the Office of Residential Education hires approximately 75 students as RAs, VAs or LRAs for the residence halls and village housing. Above are important dates for these selection processes. Note that the dates for deadlines and interviews are non-negotiable.

RA Agreement 2017-18

Commencement Employment

Commencement jobs offer students many different opportunities to earn money by working to prepare the residence halls for alumni and commencement guests. There are many jobs to choose from and all are outlined on the application form . Many positions allow students to retain housing and dining the week before commencement so that students can attend the Commencement exercises. Below are important dates for these selection processes.

Commencement 2017 Applications Available 3/6/17
Commencement 2017 Priority Deadline 3/17/17

Commencement Dates: Please complete the application to be considered. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.

  • Senior Week Events: Monday-Friday, May 15-19, 2017
  • Commencement & Alumni Weekend: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017
  • Commencement Exercises: Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Conference Employment

We are excited to share the opportunity to work for Conference Services this summer. It's a great time of year to be in Northeast Ohio with concerts in Tappan Square, Fourth of July on the Lake, and many festivals and shows in Cleveland. Consider the summer months an opportunity to explore the area, which can be difficult to accomplish during the academic year.

During the summer we work with many unique groups that bring a different life to our campus. Some of the groups include the Socialist Worker's Party, Ohio Scottish Arts School, and many youth sports camps. Each day brings a different experience to the summer.

  • The applications are now available and will continue on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Priority will be considered to applicants who submit their application by Friday, March 17, 2017.
  • Provide one reference. We prefer that it be from either a former or current supervisor or from a College-affiliated person (i.e., professor, administrative staff; other students do NOT qualify). Please direct the reference you use to the Reference Form . Completed reference forms should be sent to Services@oberlin.edu from the reference.
  • Your interview time will be assigned to you and will be with representatives of conference services staff.
  • Notifications of hire will occur towards the beginning of April. 
  • Commit yourself to the job. All positions typically work 20-40 hours per week with evening and weekend hours. This job must be your first priority in the summer. Often, student employees will be asked to work overtime.

For more information about the summer conference positions offered and how to apply, please contact our office.