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ACES 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 ACES House is a Living-Learning Community residential option for first and second year students who are exploring career paths and academic opportunities at NIU. The objective is to offer a year-long experience that fosters a sense of belonging and connects students to campus resources; explores academic opportunities, career paths, and major options; and supports students' interests in opportunities for research, internships, and study abroad. The ACES House is located in Stevenson C Tower on the third and fourth floors.

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 ACES 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

  • Coordinate and develop Learning Experiences specifically designed to assist students with career opportunities, major selection, and declaration process.
  • Create and post monthly informational flyer highlighting deadlines, events, and relevant resources.
  • Answer students’ questions and make referrals to appropriate offices on campus.
  • Work closely with Graduate Assistant and House Coordinator by attending weekly meetings with Graduate Assistant.
  • Attend and actively participate in all ACES House Events and Leadership Council Meetings.
  • Submit weekly activity report to the AAC Graduate Assistant.
  • House Leader must maintain a 2.5 GPA, be in judicial good standing with Housing and the University, and take at least 12 credit hours per semester during the academic year as a House Leader.

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

  • Minimum of 12 credit hours completed by the application deadline and 24 credit hours completed by the end of the spring term of applying year.
  • Cumulative NIU GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Commitment to diversity and community development
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of student organization involvement and leadership development
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently

Housing and Remuneration Details

Single room (at the discretion of the House Coordinator), cable TV and internet connection. This is a live-in position in Stevenson Hall and a room waiver in Stevenson Tower C for the academic year will be provided. This is ONLY a room waiver, not a room and board waiver. Meal plans and other fees are not covered by the waiver.


House Leader will be report to and be supervised by Academic Advising Center’s Graduate Assistant.  Overall, supervision will be provided by House Coordinator Beverly McCall.


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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 about this position, please contact the House Coordinator, Beverly McCall.

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