May 26th, 2017

The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services is currently accepting applications for the position of Residence Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year (Starting date is Sunday August 20th, 2017.)

A Residence Fellow is looked upon as a role model, resource person, helper, community developer and leader for the students on their floor.  Under the direction of their Residence Manager, the Residence Fellow must have a commitment to creating a community that is conducive to learning, academic success, and personal growth and development. The Residence Fellow achieves this community in part through interaction with students on an informal and formal basis in groups and by creating one-on-one connections. These connections and interactions with each individual community member is the primary principle of developing a community based on respect for personal safety, the well-being of oneself, the community and Residence Standards.

The position of Residence Fellow is challenging because they work with students and administrators, learn to articulate rights and responsibilities for both the individual and the University, and balance their own academic and personal responsibilities.  Please review the full Residence Fellow Position Description 2017-2018.

Eligibility:

  • 2nd year standing and up for 2017-2018 academic year;
  • 6.0 GPA over four full credits or equivalent during 2016-2017 academic year; and
  • Enrolled in full time studies (four full credits or equivalent) for 2017-2018 academic year.

The deadline to apply is 12 noon Thursday, June 8th. Applications are to be submitted via eRezLife (go to Residence Fellow 2017-2018 and click on the green box “apply now”).   Interviews for selected candidates will be held mid- to late June.

A completed application includes a cover letter, a resume and answers to three posted questions. Each question response must be approximately 250 words. Essays will be reviewed based on thoroughness of your responses, self-awareness, specific examples you provide, and overall content.

Please read the following  information carefully to help you decide if this position is right for you:

What does it mean when we say the Residence Fellow role is a lifestyle?

Being a Residence Fellow is not your typical job, it is a live in position. You are living the role of a Residence Fellow all the time; it is not a job you can punch the clock for. As there are no set hours in this role, some weeks you will work more than others, but we are always focused on supporting our students.

The Residence Fellow role includes a variety of different responsibilities. We ask our Residence Fellows to build community on their floors and in their buildings, have one-on-one conversations with their students, provide peer support, and help students find information or connect students to resources. Residence Fellows help support students through transitions, they uphold the Residence Standards, and work on call shifts.

Essentially the role of a Residence Fellow is designed to meet the needs of their students and their communities. This is why there are no set hours and it is referred to as a lifestyle.

What kind of leaders are we looking for?

The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services is looking for candidates with different leadership styles. We know that student leaders come in with a variety of experiences and leadership styles. Our ideal Residence Fellows are open-minded, have a positive attitude, are strong role models, are resilient, and have some leadership experience. We hire Residence Fellows for their attitude, and we train them for skill.

In training you will be taught active listening skills, how to have peer-to-peer conversations, conflict resolution and mediation skills,  as well as many other relevant and transferable skills. We don’t expect candidates to have all of the skills to be a Residence Fellow, but we do expect them to have an open-mind and a positive outlook.

How do we support Residence Fellows?

There is a very large support network for any student who becomes a Residence Fellow. There are five Residence Managers who are on call and available to support the Residence Fellows 24/7.  All Residence Fellows are required to attend two weeks of intensive training during August  (arrival August 20th).   During this training,

Residence Fellows are taught all of the skills necessary to be successful in this role.  The Department of Housing and Residence Life Services also provides ongoing training and professional development for Residence Fellows in order to improve their skills and answer any questions. Lastly, Residence Fellows are required to meet with their assigned Residence Manager every two weeks for one-on-one conversations, as well as attend and participate in weekly team meetings. Residence Fellows always have someone to turn to for support, whether it be their teammates or Residence Manager.

Please contact Blanka_vallillee@carleton.ca should you require any further information/assistance.