Amber Gilliland, Senior Reporter
The Office of Student Life began accepting applications to fill 15 student leadership positions for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year.
Student leadership is divided into two branches: student government and the activities board. Seven student government positions are available and include president, vice president, executive director of operations and senators. These OSL members will participate on the student council to make sure college decisions are aligning with student needs and input. Eight coordinator positions on the activities board are also available. This group is in charge of increasing student engagement on campus. Each coordinator must plan three to four events per quarter within a budget. Some activities board positions include the stability and wellness coordinator, clubs coordinator, and social issues and service coordinator.
In order to apply, students must complete an application packet in C210. They need to be currently registered at Pierce College Puyallup, have a GPA of at least 2.5, be enrolled in at least 10 credits and have already completed 10 credits.
Along with the application, students must include a resume that shows current work, education and/or volunteer experience, as well as an unofficial transcript. An essay of at least 500 words that answers three questions listed on the application must also be included. The questions center around why the student wants to be an OSL member. The final requirement is to have a program or academic instructor complete a Confidential Reference Form which is attached to the application packet. The instructor must return the form directly to the OSL.
Students who don’t meet all of the requirements but still want to apply may ask for an appeal. A statement should be attached to the application describing the circumstances causing the student to not meet the requirements, and explaining to the Selection Committee why they should be considered despite these circumstances.
The Selection Committee will go through a multi-step process to choose the candidates for the job. After the application deadline, the team will score each application using a rubric and then decide which applicants to interview. From there, individual interviews will be scheduled. The committee then decides who will move on to a group interview. Once this is complete, the committee will deliberate to make their final decision.
Director of Student Life Sean Cooke said he and the Selection Committee don’t look for any specific personality type when making staffing decisions.
“I think the best teams are made up of diverse groups with diverse personalities,” Cooke said.
There are some important traits the committee will look for in a potential student leader, Cooke said. The student must be able to manage time well, have a strong work ethic and a desire to help students.
Executive Director of Operations Cole Webb said that being a student leader requires a certain type of ambition.
“Things are going to get busy and there’s the bad kind of crazy, but there’s also the good kind of crazy where you’re just insane enough to jump for the big things, to not necessarily worry about whether something is feasible, but to go at it anyway,” Webb said.
OSL positions are paid and require a commitment for the entire academic year from summer 2016 to spring 2017. Training for the position will be provided. Work schedules are tailored to the student’s class schedule.
Cooke encourages students of all backgrounds and personality types to apply.
“We’ve had student body presidents who are 16 and student body presidents who are 60 and everything in between,” Cooke said. “Student leadership is for everybody.”
Applications are due to the OSL by 5 p.m. on April 29 in C210.
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