Nyack’s leadership positions provide students with a great opportunity to build leadership, communication, and advocacy skills, develop your ability to work within a team, foster confidence, serve others, create community, and form relationships with your peers across the Nyack College campus. We are pleased that you have taken the time to consider one of these leadership positions. Whether you become an Orientation Leader, Student Activities Team Member, Worship Leader, or Resident Assistant, we believe these important leadership positions will supplement your academic, employment, and relational pursuits by providing you with challenges, successes, group interaction skills and personal growth opportunities.

Before you apply below, check out this video from our current student leaders to see why they chose to apply!

Those who are interested in becoming Orientation Leaders, keep an eye out for information coming your way Spring 2018! You will have a separate application process.

To be considered for a student leadership position as a Resident Assistant, Student Activities Team Member, or Worship Leader, you must do the following:

  • Complete the online application by Friday, January 26, 2018
    • This includes a resume, short essay (200 to 500 words), and the mandatory recommendations from a non-family member and employer/supervisor.
  • Group Interviews occurring Monday, February 5- Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Individual Interviews occurring Monday, February 12- Wednesday, February 15, 2018
  • Attend Group Process with other applicants and managers on Saturday, February 24, 2018. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session that you can choose from in the application.
  • Final interview (if necessary) with your assigned staff member(s) occurring Monday February 19- Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Additional Worship Leader specific audition/interview dates information:

  • Open Mic Auditions- Monday, February 5th from 9-11:30 p.m. in Pardington Auditorium
  • Worship Leader Group Interviews with Office of Spiritual Formation Staff- Monday, February 19, 2018 from 9:15-11:30 p.m. in Lookout Building
  • All New Worship Leaders and Apprentices for 2018-2019 will begin shadowing the week of March 12, 2018. Specific assignments will be given.
  • Worship Leader/Apprentice/Coach Training and Team Building- Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in Lookout Building ** Same date as RA & SA training

** The goal behind doing the Open Mic Auditions is to catch those hidden students that come out last minute. Anyone who attends and gets a call back will be expected to continue on with the Student Leader Application/Interview Process.

We expect to send out offer letters during the first week of March 2018 and all selected student leaders will need to attend the spring training workshop on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Please read through the application carefully and be sure to meet all deadlines and criteria. The application is your first step in the selection process and is representative of your skills and qualities.

Please click the button below to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Development by phone: (845) 675- 4790 or email:  studentdevelopement@nyack.edu

Learn more about each position by clicking the dropdown sections below:

Orientation Leaders

General Description

Orientation Leaders (OL) mentor first-year students during the New Student Orientation. The OL is a student leader who helps new students and their families become acclimated to Nyack College Rockland Campus. Orientation Leaders for the Fall 2018 Orientation Program will go through training from the Office of Student Activities in order to gain skills necessary to serve as a resource for students and family members. OLs will work with new students and family members to provide them with a clear understanding of life at Nyack and opportunities to become involved in the community. OLs are role models, advisors, friends, but most of all, they are students themselves who care about the growth and development of incoming students.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Attend all training programs.
  • Act as a representative of Nyack College at all orientation sessions.
  • Work as a member of a larger team of students and staff in order to enhance the experience for new students and their families.
  • Fully prepare for the arrival of students and families by working with the RA’s to coordinate a check-in area and help move the new students into the residence hall.
  • Acquaint new students and family members with available student and school services.
  • Facilitate and lead small group sessions on tours of Nyack College and answer any questions they may have.
  • Help facilitate social events during Orientation.
  • Promote a positive image of themselves, the Orientation program, and the School.
  • Assist with creating a sense of belonging/community within Nyack College.
  • Assist new students in their transition to college life in a new city.
  • Provide leadership/mentorship to new students.
  • Introduce the resources and activities available at Nyack College.
  • Assist students to develop familiarity with their physical surroundings.
  • Provide insight on personal safety and security.
  • Provide accurate information and referrals.
  • Assist the Office of Student Activities staff in coordinating events and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Time Commitment

  • OL Training: (Date TBA)
  • New Student Move In: (Date TBA)
  • New Student Orientation: (Date TBA)


  • Full-time enrolled Nyack College student in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.


  • Orientation T-shirt
  • Meals provided during training and Orientation
  • Move in to the Residence Hall early (if you will be living there in the Fall 2018)

Resident Assistant

General Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a paraprofessional staff member who lives on an assigned floor in the Residence Halls and serves as a role model, peer counselor, resources and referral person, advocate, policy enforcer, programmer and leader for residents on the assigned floor. The RA assists with daily emergency coverage rotation. The RA also plans and implements social and educational programs. The primary goal of the RA position is the development of an environment conducive to the academic, spiritual and personal growth of residential students. The RA reports to the Resident Director of the Residence Hall in which they reside and serve.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Participate in weekly staff meetings on Monday nights 9:30PM-11:00 PM
  • Participate in bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor and provide regular weekly updates regarding situations in the hall with supervisor as needed.
  • Respond to any communication from the Area Coordinator, Resident Director, or Dean of Students within 24 hours
  • Serve as an advocate for and a representative of floor residents by communicating concerns to supervisor
  • Understand the needs, goals and objectives and act as a liaison between the Office of Residence Life and residential students
  • Participate in on-going training and staff development sessions throughout the year including:
    • Fall Training and New Student Move-in: (Date TBA)
    • Winter Training: (Date TBA)
  • Assist with the completion of roommate agreements
  • Assist in identifying facilities in need of repair or attention
  • Promote a safe and sanitary living environment by facilitating monthly room inspections.
  • Participate in other School and building activities as assigned
  • Assist in the preparation of hall for opening, closing and transition which requires you to arrive back from summer and winter break early

Community Development

  • Work with residents to create a living and learning environment that promotes academic, spiritual, personal, and community development through activities such as floor meetings, programs and intentional one on one conversations
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful interactions for residents
  • Implement two programs (one social and one educational) each semester
  • Assist residents in academic, social and personal matters through resource referral
  • Provide guidance and support and role model appropriate behaviors as a responsible community member
  • Seek guidance and support from the Area Coordinators, Resident Director, and Dean of Students
  • Support the assessment of program effectiveness and learning outcomes by submitting program proposals (2 weeks before) and evaluations (48 hours after)

Crisis Response & Policy Enforcement

  • Know, communicate, enforce and abide by existing school and Residence Hall policies and procedures
  • Serve as a role model and be in good disciplinary standing with the school and the Residence Hall
  • Know school resources and make appropriate referrals
  • Keep supervisors informed about all problems and concerns on floor
  • Administer emergency well-being checks with residents upon request
  • Understand the difference between confidentiality vs. privacy as it pertains to issues of Title IX
  • Serve as a mandated reporter
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality while working in coordination with school staff
  • Write timely, clear, and concise, but thorough online incident reports to document student conduct
  • Participate in on-duty rotational coverage that requires you to be inside the Residence Hall during scheduled evenings, weekends, breaks and holidays

Time Commitment

  • Availability: RAs are expected to be sufficiently available in the hall to respond to emergency situations that may arise and to maintain regular contact with residents. A staff member who is not on duty and who plans to leave the hall for more than a 48 hour period must notify and/or obtain permission from Area Coordinator. While on duty you are expected to be 100% available inside the Residence Hall from (Time TBA).
  • Employment Period: The standard employment period for the RA position is one academic year, from September (about 4 days prior to Nyack College opening) and May (the day following commencement). Staff members are expected to report for training sessions prior to residence hall check-ins for both fall and spring semesters. The period of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of tasks, assignments and responsibilities and positive performance evaluations by the Resident Director. Upon successful completion of the standard employment period, the RA may be considered to serve for an additional period. The RA position is a full-academic year position.
  • Work Load: RAs can expect on average 20 hours per week in the residence hall, however some weeks (specifically around opening and closing) may require additional hours. These hours will be used in programming, staff meetings, one on one meetings, interactions with residents and duty. Please note that the residence hall work environment does encounter peak times including opening, closing and transition periods.
  • Meetings: RAs can expect to attend hall staff meetings each Monday evening from 9:30 PM- 11:00 PM as well as regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings with the Area Coordinator or Resident Director to be scheduled. These meetings are part of the 20 hour weekly commitment.

Student Activities Member

General Description

Student Activities members work with the Office of Student Activities to develop and plan programming to enhance student life for the Nyack community. Through social and educational programs, outings, and larger campus traditions, SAs work to increase community on campus.  SAs will be responsible for both planning small programs and assisting with larger traditional programs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan, design, and implement four (4) programs of your choosing that fit within an assigned theme; two (2) each semester.
  • Utilize the following categories for programs: Community Development, Health and Wellness, Life Essentials, Community Standards, and Diversity and Civic Engagement. These topics will be discussed at Training.
  • Research and implement social, cultural, and educational events/programs for Nyack students.
  • Support with the set-up, supervision, and clean-up of larger, all-school programs and events –in the fall, and in the spring.
  • Must attend at least two (2) programs in the fall and two (2) programs in the spring led by other Student Activities members.
  • Perform other duties and projects as developed and assigned by the Office of Student Activities.

Time Commitment

  • Training to be held in early September – date TBA.
  • Training to be held in January – date TBA.
  • Average of 2 – 5 hours per week for Fall and Spring Semester.
  • Weekly team meetings and biweekly meetings with Student Activities Coordinator each semester.


  • Full-time enrolled Nyack College student in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Have general knowledge about student services at Nyack.
  • Desire and enthusiasm to organize and plan events for all students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.


  • (TBA)