Current RA/HD Application 2014-15

Please read the job description and complete the application online. Note the deadlines below. The application has many parts you must answer, so please plan on using your time wisely. Your application must be received on time or you will be unable to continue in the selection process.

Applications from returning staff are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2014

After you submit this application, please make sure to send a current resume via email to


Please list activities, positions held, and years of participation in campus organizations at Bluffton.
How have your personal beliefs and identities (e.g. spirituality, gender identity, racial identity, etc.) developed or changed over the past year? Reflect upon how these changes impact the way that you live your life on campus and in your community.
Men and women living in the residence halls have various backgrounds and experiences that are unique to them and their culture. Describe your perspective and/or experience with multicultural communities and mutual respect of others. How do you feel your perspective will enhance your performance as a Residence Life staff member?
What contributions have you made to your individual hall staff and the Residence Life department as a whole?
Based on your current position as an RA/HD, how are your leadership abilities being effectively utilized and challenged to improve? What have you learned from your experience? What would you do differently next year?
Please describe a situation you were involved with in your residence hall that required you to employ critical thinking skills. What did you learn or gain from your involvement in that situation?
From your experience, what do you believe is the biggest challenge or problem facing students who reside in the resident halls at Bluffton? As a returning RA/HD, how would you assist students facing this challenge?
Please share your vision for the Residence Life department. What things do you feel are going well? What would you choose to change or improve? How will you make a difference?
Describe the hopes and goals you had for yourself as an RA this year. Include ways in which you were able to achieve them and/or why you were unable to achieve them.
What motivates you to continue learning and performing to the best of your ability in your RA position currently? What will motivate you in a position next year?
For HD applicants
If you are applying to be an HD, please complete the following questions. If you are not, just place N/A in the boxes.
Describe your perception of the role of a hall director. What do you anticipate to be the challenges and celebrations of the position?
Describe the qualities of an effective supervisor. How does your approach to leadership reflect these qualities?
Hall directors serve as the direct supervisor of RAs who are often both their peers and friends in the campus community. Please describe ways that you may work to juggle the roles of supervisor, peer, and friend within your staff group.
Please describe the campus involvement and other major responsibilities you are planning to have this upcoming year outside of your RA or HD position. If selected for the HD position, how might you plan to balance each of your campus involvement responsibilities?
Please describe your organizational style. How do you currently manage your time to assure that all responsibilities are fulfilled?
How have you seen your ability to respond to and confront situations evolve throughout your time as an RA/HD? How might you apply what you?ve learned to respond to situations as the HD on duty?
How have you demonstrated a commitment to Bluffton?s four enduring values: community, respect, discovery and service?
How can a residential living experience impact a student?s life at college? Why is a residential living experience so important? Why do you think Bluffton requires students to live on campus?
What makes you stand out as an HD candidate over others?
In what ways have your past experiences shaped you for the future? How have you grown personally throughout your time in Residence Life? How do you plan to help other students grow in their identity?
How do you envision Bluffton?s Residence Life department contributing to the broader purposes of a Christian liberal arts university?

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