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University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
M, T, Th, F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
M, T, Th, F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Work For Housing

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 Handshake. If you have any questions about the positions, please email housingjobs@oakland.edu.

Apply for a position

Recruitment Schedule

Round One
Academic Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants: call for applications begins Tuesday, October 29, and ends Monday, December 16, with offer letters going out in March.

Attend a mandatory info session on one of the dates below:

  • October 31, 4-5 p.m. | Ambassador Room A & B, Oakland Center
  • November 4, 1-2 p.m. | Ballroom C, Oakland Center
  • November 21, 7-8 p.m. | 302 Hillcrest Hall Classroom
  • December 11, 1-2 p.m. | 208 Oak View Hall, Laidlaw Classroom

Round Two
Conference Assistants, Housing Ambassadors, Maintenance Assistants, and Student Cleaning Crew: call for applications begins Thursday, January 2, and ends Friday, January 31, with offer letters going out at the end of March.

Round Three
Bear Bus Drivers, Desk Workers, Helpdesk Technicians, Nightwatch Desk Workers, Residence Life Association Executive Board Members, Sustaining Our Planet Earth Ambassadors, Student Office Assistants, and Undergraduate Marketing Specialists: call for applications begins Friday, February 7 and ends Friday, March 6, with offer letters going out in April.

Mandatory info session dates and times coming soon.

Available Positions
Academic Peer Mentor

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 accepting applications for this position from October 29, 2019 through December 16, 2019. 

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
  • not have any student conduct sanctions and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times

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 accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.
 

Conference Assistant

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. 

Job duties include:

  • Conference Assistants assist in the preparation of conference housing facilities including inventorying supplies, set up at reception desks, key preparation, and decorating bulletin boards.
  • Conference Assistants will attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Conference Assistants work assigned desk shifts for approximately 10 or more hours per week. 
  • Conference Assistants serve in a duty rotation including weeknights, weekends, and summer holidays.
  • Conference Assistants complete tasks, programs, and paperwork by the assigned deadlines.
  • Conference Assistants perform check-in and check-out procedures as assigned for conference guests and summer residents.
  • Conference Assistants responding to all situations involving conference guests and summer residents and notify supervisor for follow-up and emergency assistance as part of serving on duty.

This is a summer-only position. To qualify, applicants must meet and maintain the following standards:

  • The student's cumulative and most recent semester GPA must be 2.75 or higher.
  • The student must be free of conduct violations at Oakland University and within University Housing.
  • The student must be enrolled full-time at Oakland University unless otherwise approved by the supervisor.
  • The student must complete the most recent University Housing training.
  • The student must live in University Housing for the duration of employment.
  • Previous Housing Staff experience preferred.
  • Taking classes and/or additional part-time employment, not interfering with CA work schedule, must be approved by the Assistant Director for Assignments and Summer Conferences. Full-time employment/internships are not allowed. Must commit to work both summer sessions with no extended vacations.
  • Applicant must submit resume with application.

University Housing is accepting applications for this position from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.

Desk Attendant

Service 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
  • 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 accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.

Housing Ambassador

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.

Job duties include:

  • Housing Ambassadors are responsible for active participation in, and engagement with, the marketing and recruitment plan for the Department of University Housing.
  • Housing Ambassadors interact with prospective and incoming students during admissions and orientation events, or other events designed to recruit prospective students.
  • Housing Ambassadors will be trained to perform housing presentations and tours that accurately and enthusiastically represent the Department of University Housing.
  • Required events will include New Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, Transfer Open House, and daily housing tours.
  • Housing Ambassadors will also provide office assistant support in the Hillcrest Hall Housing Office as needed.

This is a summer-only position. To qualify, applicants must meet and maintain the following standards:

  • The student's cumulative and most recent semester GPA must be 2.75 or higher.
  • The student must be free of conduct violations at Oakland University and within University Housing.
  • The student must be enrolled full-time at Oakland University unless otherwise approved by the supervisor.
  • The student must complete the most recent University Housing training.
  • Due to the formal and informal demands of the position, involvement in other activities that require a sizeable time commitment (i.e., volunteer work, additional employment, or academic courses or labs), must be communicated to, and approved by, the Housing Recruitment Manager.
  • The student must have sophomore, junior, or senior class standing at Oakland University by fall 2020.
  • The student must have a minimum of one year’s experience of on-campus living.
  • Applicant must submit resume with application.

University Housing is accepting applications for this position from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.

Housing Helpdesk Technician

The Helpdesk 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 Helpdesks located in Hamlin and Hillcrest Halls. 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 & directions to customers face-to-face, over the phone and via 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 Helpdesk
  • 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 accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.

Maintenance Assistant

Maintenance Assistants are responsible for assisting the Maintenance Manager in facility operations, including trash disposal, after hours on-call coverage response, and projects that relate to facility maintenance and enhancement.

Job duties may include:

  • Maintenance Assistants pick up the trash on a daily basis from the curbs of Hamlin Hall, Hill House, Van Wagoner House, and Fitzgerald House.
  • Maintenance Assistants transport trash to the Vandenberg Hall trash compactor and compact the trash.
  • Maintenance Assistants respond to after-hour emergencies such as floods, minor lock problems, minor plumbing problems, broken windows, potential health and safety problems due to blood or vomit, etc. during the hours of 3:30 pm - 7 a.m.
  • On the weekends, Maintenance Assistants supervise weekend student cleaning crew members.
  • Maintenance Assistants will work on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Maintenance Assistants can expect other related duties, such as; supply delivery, meeting room, and furniture set-ups, student room furniture set-up, painting, cleaning of Residence Halls in absence of full-time employees, cleaning of vacant apartments, carpet shampooing, refilling/recharging of fire extinguishers, bathroom cleaning, etc.

To qualify, applicants must meet and maintain the following standards:

  • The student's cumulative and most recent semester GPA must be 2.75 or higher.
  • The student must be free of conduct violations at Oakland University and within University Housing.
  • The student must be enrolled full-time at Oakland University unless otherwise approved by the supervisor.
  • The student must complete the most recent University Housing training.
  • Applicant must have a valid Michigan driver's license and driving record acceptable to Oakland University.
  • Previous custodial experience is desired.
  • Applicant must submit resume with application.

University Housing is accepting applications for this position from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.

Nightwatch Desk Worker

Nightwatch Desk Workers help maintain safety by checking and scanning IDs of students and guests entering the residence 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 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 approved attire 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 accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.

Resident Assistant

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 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
  • 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
  • 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 assisting 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 accepting applications for this position from October 29, 2019 through December 16, 2019. 

Residence Life Association Executive Board Member

The Residence Life Association (RLA) is the governing body of housing at OU. RLA 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. RLA positions include:

  • President
  • Vice President 
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Leadership Coordinator
  • Programming Chair
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming Chair
  • Financial Coordinator
  • National Communications Coordinator

University Housing is accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.

Student Cleaning Crew

Student Cleaning Crew members are responsible for assisting in facility operations, including projects that relate to facility maintenance and enhancement.

Job duties may include:
  • Staff members manage supply delivery within residence halls and apartments.
  • Staff members assist in meeting room and furniture set-ups.
  • Staff members assist with student room furniture set-up.
  • Staff members clean vacant residence hall rooms.
  • Staff members shampoo carpet within the facilities.
  • Staff members clean public bathrooms within University Housing.
  • Staff members maintain hard floors within the facilities.

To qualify applicants must meet and maintain the following standards:

  • The student's cumulative and most recent semester GPA must be 2.75 or higher.
  • The student must be free of conduct violations at Oakland University and within University Housing.
  • The student must be enrolled full-time at Oakland University unless otherwise approved by the supervisor.
  • The student must complete the most recent University Housing training.
  • Applicant must have a valid Michigan driver's license and driving record acceptable to Oakland University.
  • Previous custodial experience is desired.
  • Applicant must submit resume with application.

University Housing is accepting applications for this position from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.

Sustaining Our Planet Earth Ambassador

S.O.P.E. 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 S.O.P.E.

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 S.O.P.E. supervisor with tasks like monitoring employees, verifying that time cards are turned in promptly and filled out correctly, attending various S.O.P.E. 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 accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.

Student Office Assistant

The Student Office Assistant (SOA) will play a significant role in the support of the front office operations within University Housing.

To quality, applicants must: 

  • possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • be in good disciplinary standing and uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times
  • attend mandatory training
  • work between 10-25 hours per week; hours worked may fluctuate and extend past normal hours of operation (after 5 p.m.)

Job duties include:

  • Greet in-person guests and answer phones
  • Assist with residential check-ins/outs and room change process
  • Support the key distribution and collection process
  • File paper documents and prepare mailings
  • Schedule and reschedule Student Success meetings
  • Complete campus delivery runs as needed
  • Provide Housing tours to prospective residents
  • Connect students to relevant university resources
  • Complete special projects and other tasks as needed

Note: Responsibilities vary between the Hamlin Hall office and the Hillcrest Hall office.

Undergraduate Marketing Specialist

The Undergraduate Marketing Specialists (UMS) team supports the internal and external marketing of University Housing through creative and engaging design and communication efforts. They work during the fall and winter semesters, and not only externally promote University Housing to potential residents through various social media platforms, but also internally promote residential events and programs to students already living on campus.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • possess a minimum 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing with the university
  • be in good disciplinary standing
  • be able to work 15 hours per week, seven of which must be completed on campus in the University Housing Communications and Marketing Office
  • act as a positive representative for University Housing
  • uphold OU’s Student Code of Conduct at all times

Job duties will vary, based on chosen position. UMS positions include:

  • Undergraduate Marketing Specialist for Graphic Design
  • Undergraduate Marketing Specialist for Photography
  • Undergraduate Marketing Specialist for Social Media
  • Undergraduate Marketing Specialist for Videography

University Housing is accepting applications for this position from February 7, 2020 through March 6, 2020.