Thank you for your interest in applying for a student leadership position within the Department of Commuter Life. We love serving Biola's 1,500+ Off-Campus Community and are glad that you would like join us! We have two different teams that we create each year:
Off-Campus Community Assistants (OCCAs) support and serve undergraduate Off-Campus Students by providing connection through events, assisting in the development of the OCC, gaining knowledge about the current OCC through research, collaborating wth SGA Senators, developing the Collegium community, and overseeing general Collegium functions.
An ideal candidate will be passionate about service, enjoy people, and is hospitable, proactive, and dependable. They must have a love for Christ-centered community, and facilitating it. We need team members who live with integrity and serve diligently—with humility and wholeheartedly—as to the Lord. More details here.
Collegium Leadership Staff need excellent customer service skills, and the ability to listen well and serve as resources for peers--often functioning in the role of peer counselor and advisor. More details here.
We want to give you a little peek into the many and varied factors that go into this prayerfully considered decision making process—because we not only look at hiring from an individual perspective (i.e. your work experience and resume) but from a global/team perspective.
We look for a balance of personalities on our team. It is important that our team includes individuals who are global thinkers, who take into consideration the big picture, as well as thinkers who are acutely attuned to specific detail. We strive for a balance of introverts and extroverts, looking for individuals who get their energy from being around lots of people, as well as individuals who get their energy primarily from one-to-one conversations and behind the scenes support-type work. We need “let’s get it done now” people as well as those who tend to like to carefully consider all the angles before moving into action. A balanced team helps us to function more productively and serve our community more comprehensively.
As we consider balancing personalities, we also consider overall team needs based upon our departments vision, mission, and goals. Asking how individuals we are considering work well together as a team in pursuit of these goals? Will they complement one another? Will this team dynamic create a positive and productive experience for each other and our members?
As with any administrator/supervisor, it is important that our team need also work well with our own unique personalities and work styles as leaders. Please know that this is a reality of any job position for which you may apply. If you are not hired, this in no way reflects a lack of appreciation for you or your unique skills, God-given talents, and gifting. We have previously foregone hiring certain students that we know quite well, and who we remain close to to this day, because we want people in positions that are a good fit for them—where they will excel.
Sometimes we're looking for a graphic designer. Sometimes we are looking for someone who is excellent with organization and admin. Other times we're looking for event planners and community-builders. The needs vary each year.
Diverse Cultural Background
Because we serve a diverse community, we're also interested in hiring a group of people that reflect the greater Body of Christ, and who can bring perspectives from many life experiences and cultural backgrounds. We can't always do this perfectly, because we're also trying to balance all the other factors (as mentioned above and below,) but it is a consideration that's on the forefront of our minds.
Work Experience / Skill Level
What do you bring to the team? What do you bring from past jobs, work experiences, volunteer experiences, leadership positions, etc.? What new ideas could you potentially infuse into our community and programs? What behind-the-scenes support can you offer?
Experience with Commuter Life
It varies! 1) Sometimes we hire within the community. –Having someone who knows and loves Commuter Life, who 'gets' the needs of commuters from their personal experience, and who understands how things generally within Commuter Life is very valuable to us! 2) However, other times we hire someone who has never volunteered as a Collegium Leadership Staff (CLS), but has been a part of the community. They may fit the skill-set we're specifically looking for (ex: graphic design!) 3) And, at other times, we're specifically looking to bring new perspectives to our team and community—to infuse it with new life and enthusiasm—so we look to hire someone who has never been a part of Commuter Life.
Each are extremely valuable in their own way, and we often look for a balance of this, as we make team decisions.
Your Schedule and Our Community Needs
Unlike some other student-leadership positions on campus, hiring for the Commuter Life Assistant and Collegium Leadership Staff positions must also take into account your availability for Collegium shifts and staff meetings (weekly meetings as well as our All-Staff Meetings held once a month on Fridays from 3-5 p.m.). We need the front desk of the Collegium staffed at all times, making this a priority over many other factors. Sometimes we have to turn away qualified applicants because they don’t have adequate availability. (Please be super accurate when filling out your availability, taking into account school, work, and ministry schedules/obligations—and let us know right away if anything changes. Thank you!)