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 Engagement Team Member, Small Group 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.

Although the hiring process has now closed for the 2022-2023 Academic year, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Development by email if you are interested in learning about opportunities to be an Ignite! Orientation Leader:  studentdevelopement@nyack.edu

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

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.
  • Participate in bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with the supervisor and provide regular weekly updates regarding situations in the hall with the supervisor as needed.
  • Respond to any communication from the Director of Residence Life,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 Student Leadership Training: August 26, 2022
    • New Student Move-in: September 4, 2022
    • Returning Student Move-in: September 5, 2022
    • Winter Student Leadership Training: TBA
  • Assist with the completion of roommate contracts
  • 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 Director of Residence Life, 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 the residence life professional staff. While on duty you are expected to be 100% available inside the Residence Hall from.
  • 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 a member of the Residence Life Professional Staff to be scheduled. These meetings are part of the 20 hour weekly commitment.
  • Mandatory OnDuty Days: Required Time during check-in and check-out periods
    • Thanksgiving Break Checkout November 18, 2022 until 6:00pm
    • Christmas Break Checkout December 21, 2022 until 12:00pm
    • Spring Break Checkout March 10, 2023 until 6:00pm
    • End of Year Checkout April 28, 2023 to May 6, 2023

General Description

Student Engagement members work with the Office of Student Engagement to advocate on behalf of students as well as develop and plan programming to enhance student life for the Nyack community. Through social and educational programs, outings, and larger campus traditions, SE Leaders work to increase community on campus.  SE Leaders will be responsible for both planning small programs and assisting with larger traditional programs.

Various Positions in Student Engagement:

  1. Student Government Association (SGA)
    The Student Government Association (SGA) is a team of students within the Office of Student Engagement who work with the Coordinator of Student Engagement, and who function as the intermediary between the administration and the student body. SGA seeks to promote the general welfare of the College and the basic rights of the students. Students hired to serve on the SGA work on various committees, providing a student voice in academic, spiritual and community life.
  2. Student Activities (SA)
    The Student Activities team (SA) is a team of students within the Office of Student Engagement that works with the Coordinator of Student Engagement. The SA team creates and organizes student events and activities that promote fellowship and unity. It also promotes events and activities happening throughout New York City and the Jersey City communities.
  3. Resident Advisory Committee (RAC)
    The Resident Advisory Committee (RAC) is a team of residential students selected to give feedback and suggestions for areas of improvement within the confines of the residential student experience (Residence Life, Facilities, and the Eatery).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan, design, and implement programs of your choosing that fit within an assigned theme 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.
  • Attend programming led by other Student Engagement members.
  • Perform other duties and projects as developed and assigned by the Office of Student Engagement.

Time Commitment

  • Fall Student Leadership Training: August 26, 2022
  • Winter Student Leadership Training: TBA
  • Average of 5-10 office hours per week for Fall and Spring Semester.
  • Weekly team meetings.
  • Bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with Student Engagement Coordinator.


  • 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, advocate, and plan events for all students.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • GPA of 2.5 or above.

General Description

Orientation Leaders (OL) mentor first-year students during the Ignite! New Student Orientation. The OL is a student leader who helps new students and their families become acclimated to Nyack College. Orientation Leaders for the Fall 2019 Orientation Program will go through training from the Office of Student Development 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.
  • 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 Development staff in coordinating events and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Time Commitment

  • OL Training: (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

General Description:

This position requires a person to devote 10 weeks each semester to lead a weekly one-hour small group of peers on campus.

Job Duties:

  1. The small group leader will choose the area of study for the group. The three areas of choice include Bible Studies, Topical Studies and Discipleship. (See bottom of job description for examples.)
  2. The small group leader will decide if the group is coed or gender specific.
  3. The small group leader can choose an assistant who will also faithfully attend the group each week. Development each week so participants may receive chapel credit.  The assistant will also lead the group in case of the leader’s absence.
  4. The small group leader will choose the day, time and location for the small group and let the Spiritual Formation Office know this information for publicity and accountability.
  5. Working Relationships:
    • Responsible for: Attempting to build relationships within the small group.
    • Responsible to: Small Group Coordinator for the office of Student Development
    • Works closely with: Small Group Coordinator every other week for informal mentoring and troubleshooting concerning small group dynamics.

Skills Required

Love people
Willing to serve
Willing to learn
Willing to prepare material, facilitate discussion and pray out loud with people.

Time Commitment:

  • One semester at a time
  • 1 hour for 10 weeks

Training and development

Leaders will be asked to attend and participate in leadership training before classes begin each semester.