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Fine Arts House Leader Application

The goals of the Academic Learning Communities are to provide an engaging environment residential students where they can (1) build strong relationships with students with common interests; (2) connect with outstanding NIU faculty and staff; and (3) engage in high quality programs.

The Fine Arts House is a Living-Learning Community located in Neptune North Floor 1.

House Leaders serve as undergraduate program coordinators working directly with the House Coordinator. The House Leaders will play an integral role in nurturing a residential learning community among residents and to connect students to the college or student service unit. House Leaders will have an opportunity to build their own interpersonal communication and leadership skills through their role as program planners and as mentors/role-models for residents. This is a live-in position that requires approximately 15 hours/each week. Room is also provided, but House Leaders will still be responsible for their meal plan.

Primary Responsibilities/Expectations

  • Coordinate House activities.
  • Plan programs in collaboration with other Ambassadors or with the Community Advisors (CA) in the House. All programs and activities must be approved by the faculty coordinator.
  • Participate in programs associated with the College or student service unit associated with the house.
  • Represent the House at all University Open House programs.
  • Plan service and community outreach actives.
  • Attend residence hall meetings and meet regularly with House Coordinator.
  • Other activities or responsibilities as assigned
  • Abide by the policies and procedures of Housing and Residential Services and serve as a general role model for House residents.
  • Assist with marketing efforts.
  • Lead or participate in regular meetings with other House Leaders and/or advisors
  • Be active participant in floor activities and work in cooperation and collaboration with the CA on the floor to build community among residents.

House Specific Responsibilities/Expectations

Applicants must:

  • Display exemplary time management skills including:
    • Effective Planning
    • Setting goals and objectives
    • Setting deadlines
    • Delegation of responsibilities
    • Spending the right time on the right activity
  • Be aware of all on campus CVPA (College of Visual and Performing Arts) activities
  • Be aware of the art scene in Chicago Land area.
  • Act as a conduit for information between the House Coordinator and Residents
  • Display exemplary professionalism
  • Offer flexible availability
  • Periodically check and monitor the Art Room, Music Room and Dance Studio to make sure that they are being used properly to their full capacity.
  • Check in the Guest artists in to the guest apartments.
  • Periodically check with the guest artists staying in the fine arts house apartment to make sure that their needs are being met within what the apartment offers.
  • Make sure that the guest artists engage in activities with our students as it is outlined in their contract.
  • Be present or make necessary arrangements to get the key from the guest artist at the time of check out.
  • Be prepared to have weekly meetings with the House coordinator
  • Work closely with the house coordinator to establish an agenda for the council meetings
  • Work closely with the house coordinator to establish a calendar
  • Be prepared to conduct the council meetings

General Qualifications

  • Full-Time NIU Student
  • Organizational and time management skills.
  • Prior leadership experience is preferred.
  • Resume required.
  • Must be in judicial good standing with Housing and the University.

House Specific Qualifications

  1. Applicant must be a music, theater and dance, or art major.

Housing and Remuneration Details

Room is provided. House Leaders will be responsible for their meal plans. There is no salary.


House Leaders are supervised by the Fine Arts House Coordinator, Sahin Sahinoglu.


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The deadline to apply is January 31. Interviews will occur between February 1 and March 16. House Leader selections will be made by March 16. House Leader training will occur on Friday, March 23 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

For more information, please contact the House Coordinator, Sahin Sahinoglu.

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