Leadership positions open across campus for students

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Photo by Scott Woodward -- Bachelor of applied theology students Matthew and Tyler Perry read the application requirements for on-campus leadership positions.
Photo by Scott Woodward —
Bachelor of applied theology students Matthew and Tyler Perry read the application requirements for on-campus leadership positions.

With student leadership applications turned in Jan. 24, students await their opportunity to impress California Baptist University staff through group activities and individual interviews.

Positions are open in several departments including Campus Life, Residence Life, Community Life and Associated Students of California Baptist University.

Bethany Scott, assistant director of Residence Life, explained what goes into picking a resident advisor.

“We don’t look for a cookie-cutter student-leader,” Scott said. “We really like to have a diverse staff.”

Scott added that a strong devotion to God, CBU and serving its students are also qualities the Residence Life office looks for in a potential campus housing student leader.

There are several steps to the interview process after students initially apply for the resident advisor position. Two group gatherings — the RA Applicant Dessert Jan. 24, and Group Process Night Jan. 29 — allow Residence Life staff to observe how applicants interact with one another and handle certain situations.

Interviews conducted in group and individual settings are held from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15.

Other open positions include FOCUS leader, admissions host, ASCBU executive council and senare, as well as various on-campus internships.

Melissa Bellinger, junior early childhood studies major, applied for the resident advisor and FOCUS leader positions as well as several internships.

Students are encouraged to apply to several jobs to increase their likelihood of attaining a leadership position.

Kelli Welzel, director of New Student Programs, is involved in every step of the hiring process for new FOCUS leaders.

After the applications are reviewed, students who meet the requirements are invited to a group interview where they share testimonies and answer questions about situations they might face as FOCUS leaders.

“Our big thing is we really want to see the character of the students,” Welzel said. “The No. 1 thing is that they have a growing relationship with Christ.”

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