Leadership Opportunities

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Leadership in the Jesuit Tradition may be defined as the following: Leadership is an overflow of spirit that inspires and influences others to join together to achieve worthy purposes.

We aspire that all members of our Rockhurst community be encouraged and supported to fully grow and mature as individuals and leaders. Our desire is to call each of our students to achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand your uniqueness. Develop your capabilities, your values, and your worldview.
  • Develop lifelong skills in self-examination focused on aligning actions with core values and personal goals.
  • Motivate yourself and others to recognize and pursue worthy aims.
  • Confidently innovate and adapt to lead with integrity in a changing world.
  • Through service to others, learn to engage others with a positive, loving attitude.

At Rockhurst University, leader development is the unifying force of Rockhurst's educational mission. Our mandate is to “achieve national recognition for leader formation through integrative learning experiences that prepare the student for lifelong transformational service."

Leadership Positions

Many opportunities are available to students who have the desire to enhance their leadership skills and experiences. One of those ways is to apply to be an orientation leader and resident assistant. This process begins in early December and applications are due by 12:00 pm., Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Interviews will be held the weeks following and students will be notified shortly thereafter regarding the selection process.

Student Leader Application Checklist

In order to be considered for a student leader position as an orientation leader and/or a resident assistant, you must complete the three-step process, have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and not be on disciplinary probation level 1 or 2. A students application is complete when:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Sign up for an interview for EACH position for which you are applying. Once your online application is complete you will receive an email with links to sign up for interviews for each position. If you are applying for more than one position, you will have more than one interview.

Complete ALL steps by 12:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019



Orientation leader contact Angie Carr Robinett, director of student life

Resident assistants contact Emily Hummel residence life hall director

A description of each position is below.

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders help implement the orientation program by leading a group of new students through the new student orientation process and new students first few days on campus. All current RU students are eligible to apply. Leaders participate in training programs to prepare them for small group leadership, educate them on RU facts and incoming student questions, as well as provide them with an understanding of effective group facilitation. Orientation is a four-day, three-night on-campus program that introduces the new students to academic life, spirit and traditions and allows the opportunity to meet other incoming students, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Students who have a passion and love for RU, want to make a difference to incoming students, are energetic, positive and willing to learn would be great candidates for orientation leader positions. 

Resident Assistant

Resident Assistants (RAs) live on each Residence hall floor and work with other Residence hall and University staff to foster a community environment within the Residence halls that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates the philosophy and policies of the Office of Residence Life and the University to his/her residents, and in turn, represents the needs of the students to the administration. The Resident Assistant position combines many roles: information resource, activities organizer, liaison to the Office of Residence Life, counselor, adviser, and friend. 

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