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Undergraduate Positions

University Housing employs undergraduate students in virtually every capacity, helping to develop and refine leadership and decision-making skills. Work hours are planned around your schedule, so you get on-the-job experience without sacrificing class or study time.

You can read more about specific positions and their hiring timelines below, and may also search for open University Housing positions through OU Career Link.

Academic Peer Mentors
Academic Peer Mentors work with other departments across campus to coordinate advising resources and support programs for students facing challenges. They help students develop time management, reading and note-taking skills, and refer them to OU’s academic support professionals.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • possess a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • be a full-time sophomore by the fall semester and lived on campus for at least one semester not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times 
  • provide two letters (at least one from a faculty member) of recommendation attesting to your reliability and responsibility
  • possess a working knowledge of campus resources and support services
  • have strong communication and organizational skills
Job duties include:
  • contacting designated students weekly to refine study skills and discuss academic concerns
  • reaching out to “high risk” students to encourage contact with the Student Success Assistant, academic advisers, faculty, etc. 
  • organizing and promoting building-wide study groups/programs/events
  • becoming a certified tutor through The Tutoring Center 
  • attending all training sessions and meetings, including floor meetings to promote APMs, residential life staff meetings to give updates, APM meetings to plan events and discuss trends, supervisor meetings to give updates and discuss concerns, etc. 
  • developing academic success bulletin boards
  • acting in accordance with all Housing staff policies as outlined in the staff manual

University Housing is not currently hiring for this position. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in December, 2015.


Housing Ambassadors
Housing Ambassadors interact with prospective and incoming students during Undergraduate Admissions and orientation events, or other events designed to recruit prospective students. Students are trained to perform housing presentations and tours that accurately and enthusiastically represent the housing department.

This is a summer-only position. To qualify, applicants must:
  • live on campus and be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • act as a positive representative for University Housing
  • be on time to all Housing Ambassador events
  • engage prospective students and parents 
Job duties include:
  • giving student and parent presentations on the benefits of living on campus
  • working informational tables at resource fairs
  • providing tours of University Housing facilities
  • planning and participating in Housing Overnight Experiences
  • providing supplemental support to the University Housing Office staff

University Housing is not currently hiring for this position. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.

Bear Bus Driver

Bear Bus Drivers are responsible for driving the Bear Bus shuttles, logging ridership, and reporting maintenance issues as they arise.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • be in good academic standing, possessing a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • be in good disciplinary standing with the University and University Housing
  • have a chauffeur's license, and be able to attain a Commercial Driver's License C (CDL-C) with Passenger endorsement and be cleared by Risk Management to drive
Job duties include:
  • driving both/either on-campus or off-campus route(s)
  • take out trash at end of shift
  • fill gas tank when below ½ tank at end of shift
  • logging number of riders
  • attend mandatory driver training, including Special Drives
  • other duties as assigned
  • act in accordance with the Clery Act and carry out your responsibility to report crime on campus as a University Housing Staff member. The Clery Act can be found in detail in the Housing Staff Manual.
  • act in accordance with all Housing Staff Policies as outlined in the Housing Staff Manual.
University Housing is not currently hiring for this position. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.

NightWatch
NightWatch desk workers help maintain safety by checking and scanning IDs of students and guests entering Hamlin and Vandenberg Halls between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • be a full-time sophomore by the fall semester 
  • not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times
Job duties include:
  • working one early shift (8 p.m. - 1 a.m.) and one late shift (1 - 5 a.m.) every week (Sunday-Thursday), along with two shifts every other weekend (Friday-Saturday).
  • arriving promptly at 7:45/9:45 p.m. to set up the NightWatch station (late shift may begin breaking down their station no earlier than 5 a.m.)
  • checking the validity of residence hall students by swiping their student ID and checking their picture, and signing in all students/guests who do not live in the residence halls community with the proper ID
  • attending one NightWatch meeting per month, and any other scheduled training/meetings 
  • respecting the rights of other students and staff, as well as providing the kind of living environment that is conducive to successful academic achievement and personal development
  • wearing NightWatch t-shirts or sweatshirts while on duty (review the Housing Staff Attire Policy in the staff manual) 
  • keeping NightWatch stations/office tidy, free from food and trash, and stocked with appropriate documentation forms
  • abiding by the Clery Act and reporting crime on campus 
  • acting in accordance with all Housing staff policies as outlined in the staff manual


University Housing is not currently hiring for this position
. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in December, 2015.


Reception Desk
Reception desks create a welcoming environment and acts as the central location for the exchange of information for residence hall students and guests.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times
Job duties include:
  • providing campus information and good customer service
  • sorting and delivering mail to residents as well as forwarding mail 
  • selling stamps, making change, providing vending machine refunds and distributing cleaning equipment 
  • attending bi-weekly staff meetings and participating in all staff trainings
  • working Friday night shifts along with weekend shifts (and being at least five minutes early for each shift)
  • abiding by the Clery Act and reporting crime on campus 
  • acting in accordance with all Housing staff policies as outlined in the staff manual

University Housing is not currently hiring for the Reception Desk. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.


Residence Hall Association
The Residence Halls Association (RHA) is the governing body of housing at OU. RHA members vote on important issues about the living communities and policies, host programs, and discuss any concerns of the students.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times
Job duties will vary, based on chosen position. RHA positions include:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Executive Secretary
  • Treasurer 
  • Entertainment Coordinator
  • National Communications Coordinator
  • Programming Chair
  • Philanthropy Chair
  • Multicultural and Diversity Chair

University Housing is not currently hiring for Residence Hall Association. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.

Resident Assistants
Resident Assistants (RAs) live in the residence halls where they advise and counsel students living on their assigned floor and actively encourage a positive residential environment. They offer students advice and guidance in academic, social and financial matters and handle several administrative duties. They also help residents become acquainted with the university and residence halls community.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • be a full-time sophomore by the fall semester and lived on campus for at least one semester 
  • work for the academic year and leave the building at the end of their contracted period of employment
  • not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times
Job duties include:
  • attending monthly in-service training sessions during the academic year and participating in training prior to the fall and winter semesters
  • building rapport with every resident on the floor and helping new residents adapt to change
  • acting as a mentor for residents with academic, personal, social, financial or other concerns
  • spending a maximum amount of time on the floor, including each night in RAs own room (unless prior approval is obtained by the hall director) 
  • fostering a community that is supportive to all residents by promoting acceptance and understanding of diverse backgrounds
  • responding to situations at any time of the day and night 
  • planning and implementing programs to foster community and to educate residents on issues pertinent to their development
  • working with the Senior Resident Assistant to develop a program plan for the semester in accordance with the Residence Life program model
  • attending weekly staff meetings and scheduled one-on-one supervision meetings 
  • participating in duty rotation as determined within individual staff
  • completing all assigned paperwork (Weekly Reports, Duty Logs, Program Forms, etc.)
  • participating in opening and closing the residence halls during all recesses
  • holding regular floor meetings and assist with getting residents to building meetings
  • supporting and enforcing all university and residence halls policies
  • participating in an ancillary committee as assigned and assist with committee projects
  • reporting all building maintenance concerns, including public area damage and follow-up to ensure completion
  • abiding by the Clery Act and reporting crime on campus 
  • acting in accordance with all Housing staff policies as outlined in the staff manual

University Housing is not currently hiring for this position . The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in December, 2015.

SOPE
SOPE Ambassadors help implement campus-wide programs to promote sustainability and to educate students, faculty and staff about environmental practices. Ambassadors also serve as the conduit between faculty, staff, students and SOPE.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • live on campus, possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times
Job duties include:
  • working on at least one project per semester that actively implements change on campus (i.e., lobbying to “green” buildings on campus or begin recycling programs in new locations
  • assisting the SOPE supervisor with tasks like monitoring employees, verifying that time cards are turned in promptly and filled out correctly, attending various SOPE programs, and hosting meetings if the supervisor is unavailable
  • attending bi-weekly group meetings, and weekly one-on-one meetings 
  • acting in accordance with all Housing staff policies as outlined in the staff manual

University Housing is not currently hiring for this position. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.


Hamlin Hall Lab Monitor

Lab monitors are responsible for ensuring a peaceful work environment in the lab as well as serve as a liaison with the Residence Halls Network Help Desk in regards to any technical concerns. They are also responsible for maintaining the paper supply for the two printers that are located in the lab and troubleshooting minor problems with the system.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • be trustworthy and responsible individuals who have strong people skills and are not afraid of confrontation.
  • possess minor technical skills relating to computer hard ware and software.
  • have the ability to work unsupervised during non-standard business hours.
  • have the ability to work late nights and/or various weekend shifts.
  • adhere to the department’s code of conduct for student employees including maintaining a GPA of 2.75 or higher.

University Housing is not currently hiring lab monitors.

Conference Assistants

The Conference Assistant (CA) is an Oakland University student who is hired to assist in all facets of the Residence Halls Conference Program. Duties include administrative, clerical, and physical operations assigned in connection with the general management of the conference program. A major portion of the CA’s job is working at the reception desk, assisting conference and hostel guests, social programming and duty nights/weekends. The starting date is approximately April 28 and the ending date is approximately August 21.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • be an Oakland University student with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • be in good disciplinary standing.
  • must live in University Housing.

    Previous Residence Halls staff experience is preferred. Taking classes and/or additional part-time employment (20 hours or less), not interfering with CA work schedule, must be approved by the Associate Director of University Housing. Full-time employment/internships are not allowed. Must commit to work both Summer sessions with no extended vacations.

Job duties include:
  • attending CA training (held last week in April and first week of May).
  • assisting in the preparation of conference housing facilities (inventory supplies, set up reception desk area and key cabinets, decorate bulletin boards, etc.).
  • attending weekly staff meetings.
  • working assigned desk shifts (10-15 hours per week) and completing assigned duties at the reception desk.
  • working assigned duty nights (approximately one per week) and duty weekends (three per session) and holidays (one).
  • completing all tasks, programs (two per session) and paperwork by the assigned deadlines.
  • performing check-in and check-out procedures as assigned for conference guests and hostel residents (approximately 2-3 extra shifts per week, mostly during Summer II semester).
  • accepting and recording payment of hostel students' rent and balancing cash banks.
  • responding to all situations as requested by conference guests and hostel residents; notify supervisor/RD for follow-up and emergency assistance.

University Housing is not currently hiring for this position. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.


Network Help Desk Technicians (Wireless Technician)

The Wireless Technician role in the Department of Housing is a student employee hourly position. The employee reports to the acting Information Systems Specialist that resides in the department and works out of the University Housing Network Help Desk located in Hamlin Hall. This is a technical support position serving both students and University Housing employees.

To qualify, applicants must have:
  • networking knowledge including but not limited to:
  • basic WiFi functionality Basic understanding of DHCP/IP.
  • basic understanding of LAN hardware and functionality.
  • knowledge of and ability to troubleshoot modern computer operating systems for both PC and Mac platforms. This includes but is not limited to:
  • OS installation, updates and troubleshooting.
  • effective software installation.
  • device drivers installation and update.
  • knowledge of how to properly secure an OS.
  • extensive knowledge of virus and malware removal.
  • excellent communications and customer service skills. This includes but is not limited to:
  • ability to effectively relay information and directions to customers both face-to-face, over the phone and through email
  • effective conflict management skills in customer service and inter-office situations
  • high proficiency in the use of Internet search engines for problem solving
  • ability to work with limited supervision and maintain trustworthiness
  • ability to adhere to the department’s code of conduct for student employees including maintaining a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Job duties include:
  • serving as a help desk representative at the University Housing Network Help Desk.
  • assisting in maintaining workstations, printers and scanners in the Hamlin Hall Computer Lab
  • assisting in installations and basic desktop support of University Housing workstations and peripherals
  • assisting Information Systems Specialist with special projects when necessary

University Housing is not currently hiring for Help Desk Technicians.


Maintenance Worker

Maintenance workers are responsible for assisting the Maintenance Manager in facility operations, including trash disposal and projects that relate to facility maintenance and enhancement.

To qualify, applicants must:
  • be in good academic standing, with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
  • be in good disciplinary standing with the university and University Housing. 
  • possess a valid Michigan driver's license, and a driving record deemed acceptable to Oakland University.

    Previous custodial experience is preferred, but not required.
Job duties may include:
  • trash disposal (picking up trash from residence halls, and transporting it to the Vandenberg trash compactor.
  • compacting trash.
  • supply delivery
  • meeting room and furniture set-up
  • student room furniture set-up
  • painting
  • cleaning residence halls in absence of full-time employees
  • carpet shampooing
  • bathroom cleaning
  • hard floor maintenance
University Housing is not currently hiring for this position. The next recruitment cycle for this position will begin in Spring, 2016.