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In addition to six professional staff members, our staff is predominantly comprised of undergraduate UCLA students; it is this staff that is the heart of UCLA New Student Academic Programs (NSAP). During the school year, New Student Advisors (NSAs) assist with many different events to help ease students with their transition to UCLA. During New Student Sessions, their roles distinctly become Blue Team and Gold Team.

The Blue Team works within the NSAP office, helping to run the administrative aspects of the department and also serve as advisors for family members at New Parent & Family Sessions. The Gold Team are the peer advisors who provide both academic counseling and a firsthand knowledge of the campus to students during first year and transfer New Student Sessions.

Being a part of the UCLA New Student Academic Programs staff is a big commitment with great rewards! Whether you are on the Blue team or the Gold team, you have the potential to help new students make a successful transition to UCLA. As a new student’s first impression of UCLA, you can instill Bruin pride, motivate for the road ahead, and help them to succeed at UCLA. In addition, you will build fantastic leadership skills, including counseling, teaching, and leading presentations. Working within this close-knit staff often develops lasting, memorable friendships as well!

Each position has a separate interview process. You can apply for both positions, but be prepared to go through two interviews – if you are chosen for both, you will need to decide which position you wish to take.

Please be sure to read through each section thoroughly so you understand the differences between the two positions, the time commitment, the application process, and other pertinent dates and deadlines.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

As one of the units that comprises the Division of Undergraduate Education, UCLA New Student Academic Programs is designed to serve the educational planning, academic advising, matriculation, and adjustment needs of all entering UCLA undergraduates.

Program Goals
Each New Student Session is an educational planning process designed to promote students’:

I. Academic achievement,

II. Persistence to graduation, and

III. Intellectual and personal development.

Program Objectives
I. To help students clarify their intellectual curiosities and identify courses of study and other University opportunities which address their interests.

II. To facilitate students’ understanding of the University in terms of its mission, value, and intent regarding undergraduate education.

III. To acquaint entering students with relevant resources, opportunities, policies and procedures.

IV. To provide a contextual understanding of the nature of a liberal arts education, how it is reflected in General Education course offerings, and how desires for intellectual growth, personal development, graduate and professional school preparation, and career entry are accommodated therein.

V. To increase students’ awareness towards UCLA’s values concerning intellectual and personal diversity.

VI. To assist students in formulating academic and personal goals for their first year at the University and in planning for their adjustment to the college experience.

VII. To help each student establish a Fall Quarter class schedule based upon 1) an assessment of preparation, skills and background knowledge; 2) intellectual interests and curiosities; 3) desired outcomes of their college experience; 4) an understanding of academic policies and graduation requirements; and 5) personal commitments and responsibilities.

VIII. To teach a course selection process which can be used throughout the undergraduate experience.

IX. To facilitate the formation of friendships among entering students and help them to identify means of meeting continuing students.

X. To encourage students to approach their college experience in a balanced manner emphasizing academic achievement, personal development, and involvement in programs and opportunities available at the University.

XI. To increase student awareness and stimulate their timely use of support services and resources.

XII. To inform students about University expectations and goals for undergraduate education.

XIII. To acquaint students with the importance of personal involvement and quality of effort and their relationship to academic achievement and persistence.

Please note: all employment with UCLA New Student Academic Programs is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation. See the job description packet for details.

BLUE TEAM

Before you begin filling out the application, please read this section thoroughly for training, time commitments, and other important aspects about the position. If you are invited to an interview, you will be expected to be familiar with the expectations of the position.

The New Student Advisor – Blue position is a blend of administrative and counseling duties. During the school year, the NSA – Blues work in the office on general departmental administration, and during the summer the NSA- Blues work in the office, lead workshops, counsel new students, counsel new family members during New Parent & Family Sessions, and staff the Young Bruins Program. Specifically:

I. Act as an advisor to an assigned group of participants during New Student sessions.

II. Act as a trained listener to help students clarify educational goals and objectives, personal concerns, and alternative solutions to possible dilemmas.

III. Assess student readiness to pursue certain academic directions and particular courses.

IV. Familiarize students with academic requirements, college rules and regulations, scholarship requirements, and degree requirements.

V. Suggest courses and class sequences to balance academic loads and to enhance learning.

VI. Counsel students about classes and majors including prerequisite and/or preparation requirements, course/major content, and performance expectations.

VII. Advise students on graduate and professional schools goals.

VIII. Introduce and instruct students on various online resources, including registration and enrollment, degree information, and on-campus resources.

IX. Describe the classroom experience for a UCLA student (e.g., the professor’s role, lecture and discussion section activities, etc.).

X. Share methods of maintaining motivation and interest necessary for achievement and for resolving potential conflicts between course requirements and other aspects of the student experience that consume time and energy.

XI. Discuss the need to balance academic demands with social and recreational interests, personal responsibilities, and family obligations.

XII. Describe opportunities for service and personal involvement within the campus community, and how to use student services on campus.

XIII. Plan and present workshops to address new students’ needs and interests.

XIV. Discuss the idea of a liberal arts education and how the degree and post-graduate plans can be met within realistic student expectations.

XV. Increase student confidence and help them overcome possible feelings of doubt.

XVI. Describe pressures and sources of anxieties in the college experience and discuss personal experiences in resolving those conflicts (e.g., parental pressures, performance anxiety, career and major indecision, etc.).

XVII. Act as a responsible member of the program; express opinions for improvements as appropriate and follow through with the administration’s goals and programmatic decisions. Work professionally and responsibly as part of a team as well as on individual projects.

XVIII. Act as an ambassador for the University and answer inquiries at yield events such as UCLA Bruin Day.

XIX. When available, assist in transition programs such as True Bruin Welcome Week, Orientation Part 2, Bruin Next Steps, and New Student Mentoring Program (Fall and Winter quarter events)

XX. Call incoming students to congratulate then on their admission to UCLA, address any of their initial concerns, answer questions regarding dates and deadlines, and provide general information about campus services. Required: a minimum of 15 hours during Spring Quarter.

XXI. Conduct tours of the campus.

XXII. Interact professionally among students, co-workers, campus partners, and visitors to the UCLA New Student Academic Programs office and refer them to the appropriate people or places.

XXIII. Answer questions pertaining to New Student Sessions and New Parent & Family Sessions, academic policies, and students’ and/or parents’ concerns. Assist in this manner in the office, during walk-up counseling, at workshops, during transition programs such as Bruin Day and True Bruin Welcome Week, and in small group discussions.

XXIV. Act as a New Parent & Family Session counselor with an assigned group of family members and guests of new students at New Parent & Family Orientation. Answer questions from parents and/or other family members about the campus and being a UCLA student. Strong communication skills, patience and professionalism are essential. As a Young Bruins Program counselor, coordinate and participate in children’s activities separate of the adult programming.

XXV. General administrative duties include fielding phone inquiries regarding departmental programs and general campus information, data input of counseling and program evaluations, confirming session reservations, typing and/or editing correspondence and publications, and filing. Basic knowledge of word processing software and computers required.

Eligibility Requirements

1. AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION (Winter 2022), you must be in good academic standing at UCLA (no probation or STD) and be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UCLA.

2. You must be able to complete all commitments to Spring Quarter training, including Blue Training Day (Saturday, April 23rd), training week, retreat and all sessions during the summer (see the summer calendar).

3. You must be able to work during the summer (you should expect to work at least 25 hours per week in the summer)

Salary

2022 pay rates are still being finalized, but we anticipate that New Student Advisors will be paid an hourly rate of $18.00 per hour.  Housing IS NOT provided during the summer (see FAQs for more information).

FAQs about the position

SUGGESTIONS FOR APPLICATION

  • To make the New Student Advisor application easier, you should gather some information ahead of time:
    • Your academic information (number of units completed and approximate GPA)
    • Name and contact information of a reference
    • A PDF of a resume to upload or names and descriptions of employment or leadership involvement
    • PDF responses to the essay prompts (see below)
    • For Blue NSA applicants: approximate units/time off needed during Spring Quarter
  • Write your essay responses ahead of time and have them ready to upload (see below).
  • You will be able to edit your responses after you submit, up until the deadline.
  • The application will shut off at midnight at the end of January 12.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Please answer the following questions and submit with your New Student Advisor application.  Your responses will help determine whether or not you receive an interview.  Keep answers to 1 page or less per question (double spaced).

We suggest submitting your responses as a PDF.  Please name the file with your first initial and last name. Example: JBruin.pdf

  • All applicants need to answer questions 1 and 2.
  • NSA Blue Applicants are required to answer questions 3 and 4 in addition to 1 and 2.
  • NSA Gold Applicants are required to answer questions 5 and 6 in addition to 1 and 2.
  • Those applying to Blue and Gold should submit one file with all questions included; please keep the responses
    numbered the same as the questions below.

All Applicants

1. What 3 characteristics do you believe students and their families are looking for in a New Student Advisor?  Which one of these characteristics do you think you embody most and why?

2. Describe a stressful situation that you experienced and how you dealt with it.  What did you learn, and how does it relate to this position?

NSA Blue Applicants

3. What do you believe is the top concern for parents and guardians of incoming students and why?

4. What aspect of counseling parents and families makes you nervous?

NSA Gold Applicants

5. Have you experience a situation where your personal beliefs were challenged?  How did you respond?

6. What aspect of counseling new students makes you nervous?

Complete packet of job description and application details

BLUE FAQS

Can I apply if I graduate in Spring 2022?
Yes. You can be a part of staff if your date of graduation is June 2022.  Just remember that you must be able to attend every training day during Spring Quarter 2022.

This will be the last year that will allow graduating seniors to apply.  Beginning in 2023, students that graduate in Spring 2023 will not be eligible to apply (with the exception of graduating transfer students).

Is my housing provided for during the summer?
No, as an Blue Team Member you must find your own housing for the summer. You are paid on an hourly basis, for the shifts you work – no housing is provided.

Can I miss working any Sessions?
Yes, as a Blue Team Member you can request days off during the summer if you have other commitments. This position is more flexible if you need to take summer school, have another job, or are planning a vacation. The average NSA – Blue typically works around 25-40 hours per week during the summer. During Spring Quarter, you will submit a request for hours and shifts for the summer. The shifts range throughout the day from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm depending on what’s going on during the orientation session that day. Shifts can also be arranged around summer school courses.

Can I miss any of training?
No, you may not miss any training days, whether they are during Spring Quarter or the summer. Think of training as another class – you cannot schedule another class that overlaps with training, even by 10 minutes. We are expecting that Spring Training will be held in person.

How much work is involved?
Working on the New Student Academic Programs staff requires dedication. The NSA position typically has flexible hours, and the shifts range from 4 hours to a maximum of 8 hours a day. There are shifts in the early mornings, mid-day, and late afternoon-to-evenings and can work around your other summer commitments. There may be some times where you may be asked to work on a Saturday or Sunday.

The training during Spring Quarter and the summer is extensive, but it’s designed to prepare you for all the administrative and counseling situations that you will be exposed to during the sessions. You will be counseling parents and students one-on-one, facilitating group discussions with parents, and giving presentations, so you will need to have solid knowledge of all the academic rules and regulations at the University, as well as a strong foundational knowledge of UCLA student services.

What are the benefits of being an NSA – Blue?
There are many benefits of being an NSA that go beyond the salary!

As an NSA:

  • You are part of a large, close-knit staff that works hard but has fun in the process.
  • You gain tremendous work experience that can be advantageous to you for graduate school or future employment, including:
    • Working as part of a team
    • Developing strong administrative skills
    • Developing strong communication skills
    • Creating and presenting workshops
    • Leading discussions
    • Providing academic counseling on technical information
    • Making great friendships
    • Learning about the University, from an academic, extracurricular, and student service perspective
    • Learning how to mediate complex and often stressful situations

GOOD LUCK and we look forward to receiving your application!

GOLD TEAM

Before you begin filling out the application, please read this section thoroughly for eligibility requirements, training, time commitments, and other important points about the position. If you are given an interview, you will be expected to be familiar with the commitments of the position.

The New Student Advisor – Gold position works directly with incoming first-year and transfer students during new student sessions, providing individual counseling, facilitating discussions, and making workshop presentations. The Golds are assigned student groups for each session, and are responsible for introducing new students to the services and academic opportunities available at UCLA. Specifically:

I. Act as an advisor to an assigned group of new students during New Student Sessions.

II. Act as a trained listener to help students clarify educational goals and objectives, personal concerns, and alternative solutions to possible dilemmas.

III. Assess student readiness to pursue certain academic directions and particular courses.

IV. Familiarize students with academic requirements, college rules and regulations, scholarship requirements and degree requirements.

V. Suggest courses and class sequences to balance academic loads and to enhance learning.

VI. Counsel students about classes and majors including prerequisite and/or preparation requirements, course/major content, and performance expectations.

VII. Advise students on graduate and professional schools goals.

VIII. Introduce and instruct students on various online resources, including registration and enrollment, degree information, and on-campus resources.

IX. Describe the classroom experience for a UCLA student (e.g., the professor’s role, lecture and discussion section activities, etc.).

X. Share methods of maintaining motivation and interest necessary for achievement and for resolving potential conflicts between course requirements and other aspects of the student experience that consume time and energy.

XI. Discuss the need to balance academic demands with social and recreational interests, personal responsibilities, and family obligations.

XII. Describe opportunities for service and personal involvement within the campus community, and how to use student services on campus.

XIII. Plan and present workshops to address new students’ needs and interests.

XIV. Discuss the idea of a liberal arts education and how the degree and post-graduate plans can be met within realistic student expectations.

XV. Increase student confidence and help them overcome possible feelings of doubt.

XVI. Describe pressures and sources of anxieties in the college experience and discuss personal experiences in resolving those conflicts (e.g., parental pressures, performance anxiety, career and major indecision, etc.).

XVII. Act as a responsible member of the program; express opinions for improvements as appropriate and follow through with the administration’s goals and programmatic decisions. Work professionally and responsibly as part of a team as well as on individual projects.

XVIII. Act as an ambassador for the University and answer inquiries at yield events such as UCLA Bruin Day.

XIX. When available, assist in transition programs such as True Bruin Welcome Week, Winter Quarter Advising/Bruin Next Steps, and New Student Mentoring Program (Fall and Winter quarter events)

XX. Call incoming students to congratulate then on their admission to UCLA, address any of their initial concerns, answer questions regarding dates and deadlines, and provide general information about campus services. Required: a minimum of 15 hours during Spring Quarter.

XXI. Conduct tours of the campus.

Eligibility Requirements

1. AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION (Winter 2022), it is preferred that you have:

  • Sophomore standing (45 units – not including AP work) or higher
  • Good academic standing at UCLA (no probation or STD) and be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UCLA
  • A preferred cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher

2. You must be able to complete all commitments to Spring Quarter training, training week, retreat and all sessions during the summer (see the summer calendar).

3. If summer programming is offered in-person and on campus: 

  • This will be a live-in position in the residence halls from June 29th – September 12th. Housing will be provided to NSA Golds.  Meals will only be provided during sessions that are worked. 
  • You must be willing to live in the program’s designated residence hall during the New Student Sessions. 

4. You must be willing to work long, irregular hours (including weekends and evenings).

Salary
2022 pay rates are still being finalized, but we anticipate that New Student Advisors will be paid an hourly rate of $18.00 You will be paid for all your time in Spring Training (part-time) and summer counseling (close to full-time).

During the summer NSA Golds will work close to full time.  We would anticipate that NSA Golds would work 30-40 hours per week during summer programming based on activities and meetings during the sessions.  New Student Advisor golds will be required to live on campus and meals (while working during sessions) will be provided.  this added fringe benefit is valued around $6,000.

This position requires a firm commitment and involves a great deal of responsibility.

FAQs about the position

SUGGESTIONS FOR APPLICATION

  • To make the New Student Advisor application easier, you should gather some information ahead of time:
    • Your academic information (number of units completed and approximate GPA)
    • Name and contact information of a reference
    • A PDF of a resume to upload or names and descriptions of employment or leadership involvement
    • PDF responses to the essay prompts (see below)
    • For Blue NSA applicants: approximate units/time off needed during Spring Quarter
  • Write your essay responses ahead of time and have them ready to upload (see below).
  • You will be able to edit your responses after you submit, up until the deadline.
  • The application will shut off at midnight at the end of January 12.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Please answer the following questions and submit with your New Student Advisor application.  Your responses will help determine whether or not you receive an interview.  Keep answers to 1 page or less per question (double spaced).

We suggest submitting your responses as a PDF.  Please name the file with your first initial and last name. Example: JBruin.pdf

  • All applicants need to answer questions 1 and 2.
  • NSA Blue Applicants are required to answer questions 3 and 4 in addition to 1 and 2.
  • NSA Gold Applicants are required to answer questions 5 and 6 in addition to 1 and 2.
  • Those applying to Blue and Gold should submit one file with all questions included; please keep the responses
    numbered the same as the questions below.

All Applicants

1. What 3 characteristics do you believe students and their families are looking for in a New Student Advisor?  Which one of these characteristics do you think you embody most and why?

2. Describe a stressful situation that you experienced and how you dealt with it.  What did you learn, and how does it relate to this position?

NSA Blue Applicants

3. What do you believe is the top concern for parents and guardians of incoming students and why?

4. What aspect of counseling parents and families makes you nervous?

NSA Gold Applicants

5. Have you experience a situation where your personal beliefs were challenged?  How did you respond?

6. What aspect of counseling new students makes you nervous?

Complete packet of job description and application details

GOLD FAQS

Can I apply if I graduate in Spring 2022?
Yes. You can be a part of staff if your date of graduation is June 2022.  Just remember that you must be able to attend every training day during Spring Quarter 2022.

This will be the last year that will allow graduating seniors to apply.  Beginning in 2023, students that graduate in Spring 2023 will not be eligible to apply (with the exception of graduating transfer students).

Do I have to live on campus all summer?
As part of the position, New Student Advisor Golds will be required to live on campus in the residence hall from June 28 – September 12, 2022, and room and board will be provided. You will move out by September 12.

Can I miss any of training?
No, you may not miss any training days, whether they are during Spring Quarter or the summer. Think of training as another class – you cannot schedule another class that overlaps with training, even by 10 minutes. We are expecting that Spring Training will be in person.

Can I take time off during the summer?
No, you may not miss any days during the summer.  The only exceptions must be discussed during your interview and are restricted to ending the position early due to graduate school, study abroad, or RA training.

I’m not the NSA – Gold “type”…
There is no “type” if you want to be a New Student Advisor. You do not need to have extensive counseling experience, be heavily involved in campus, or “bleed blue and gold”. Past NSAs have possessed a range of experiences and personalities, and come from a diverse range of backgrounds. For some Golds, this was their first job. The most important thing about being an NSA is the passion you demonstrate to make a difference for new UCLA students.

I’ve never had a job before. Will that count against me?
No. Your application will be based primarily on your responses to the essays, and your interview will be the primary focus for your hiring.

What are my chances of getting hired?
There is no formula for being guaranteed a position as a Gold. Many factors are taken into consideration, and your essay and your interview are very important. The final staff selection will be a reflection of the interview performances as well as an attention to keeping the staff academically diverse. The Gold staff will reflect the incoming class’ academic distribution in order to advise students within the area of your major. You will not be hired, for example, to counsel majors in the School of the Arts and Architecture if you are a science major in the College or HSSEAS.

I’m interested in getting a summer internship or taking summer school. Can I do this?
It may be difficult to fit in an internship or summer school while working in the Gold position, however it is possible.  You will need to schedule around the Gold work hours as you will be with your students in person during New Student Sessions.

Engineering students: if you are an engineering major and you are exploring internship opportunities, you may want to consider applying for both the Gold and Blue positions since you will not know about your final internship offers until after the Gold process has begun.

How much work is involved?
Working on the New Student Academic Programs staff requires dedication. The NSA – Gold position has long hours, working early mornings and into the evenings on some days. The training during Spring Quarter and the summer is extensive, but it’s designed to prepare you for the counseling situations that you will be exposed to during the sessions. You will be counseling students one-on-one, facilitating group discussions, and giving presentations, so you will need to have solid knowledge of all the academic rules and regulations at the University, as well as a strong foundational knowledge of UCLA student services.

What are the benefits of being an NSA – Gold?
There are many benefits of being a New Student Advisor that go beyond the salary!

As an NSA – Gold:

  • You are part of a large, close-knit staff that works hard but has fun in the process.
  • You gain tremendous work experience that can be advantageous to you for graduate school or future employment, including:
    • Working as part of a team
    • Developing strong communication skills
    • Creating and presenting workshops
    • Leading discussions
    • Providing academic counseling on technical information
    • Making great friendships
    • Learning about the University, from an academic, extracurricular and student service perspective
    • Learning how to mediate complex and often stressful situations

Good luck!  We look forward to receiving your application.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Q&A Zoom Sessions
(Optional)
Wednesday and Thursday, January 5 and 6
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM PST

https://tinyurl.com/UCLANSA2022

Applications Due Wednesday, January 12 – by midnight (end of the day)
New Student Advisor Application
Interview Notification Email Tuesday, January 18, 3:00 pm

Please contact us if you submitted an application
but did not receive an email at this time.

Interviews January 21 – February 12 (Interviews will take place over Zoom and some interview times may be held on Saturdays)
Notification Email Friday, February 18
You must respond by Tuesday, February 22
Training Dates Spring Training
Training is MANDATORY for all staff members.
First day of training will be longer: Tuesday, March 29, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Weeks 1-10, March 29 – June 2
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Blue Team only – Additional day –  Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Summer Training (including retreat)
June 27-July 8
Blue Team only – Additional training – June 21-23 (3:00 – 7:00 pm)


SUGGESTIONS FOR APPLICATION

  • To make the application easier, you should gather some information ahead of time:
    • Your academic information (number of units completed and approximate GPA)
    • Name and contact information of a reference
    • A PDF of a resume to upload or names and descriptions of employment or leadership involvement
    • PDF responses to the essay prompts (see below)
    • For Blue NSA applicants: approximate units/time off needed during Spring Quarter
  • Write your essay responses ahead of time and have them ready to upload (see below).
  • You will be able to edit your responses after you submit, up until the deadline.
  • The application will shut off at midnight at the end of January 12.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

ESSAY QUESTIONS

Please answer the following questions and submit with your online application.  Your responses will help determine whether or not you receive an interview.  Keep answers to 1 page or less per question (double spaced).

We suggest submitting your responses as a PDF.  Please name the file with your first initial and last name. Example: JBruin.pdf

  • All applicants need to answer questions 1 and 2.
  • NSA Blue Applicants are required to answer questions 3 and 4 in addition to 1 and 2.
  • NSA Gold Applicants are required to answer questions 5 and 6 in addition to 1 and 2.
  • Those applying to Blue and Gold should submit one file with all questions included; please keep the responses
    numbered the same as the questions below.

All Applicants

1. What 3 characteristics do you believe students and their families are looking for in a New Student Advisor?  Which one of these characteristics do you think you embody most and why?

2. Describe a stressful situation that you experienced and how you dealt with it.  What did you learn, and how does it relate to this position?

NSA Blue Applicants

3. What do you believe is the top concern for parents and guardians of incoming students and why?

4. What aspect of counseling parents and families makes you nervous?

NSA Gold Applicants

5. Have you experience a situation where your personal beliefs were challenged?  How did you respond?

6. What aspect of counseling new students makes you nervous?

Complete packet of job description and application details

JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION DETAILS