Student Employment

Most students can make their college education more affordable by participating in Dordt’s student employment program. Approximately 90 percent of students are offered work as part of their financial aid package.

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Student Employment Goals

  1. Help students develop life skills: Student Employment will teach valuable life skills including accountability, responsibility, discipline, initiative, and an overall value of work and vocation.
  2. Make a Dordt education more affordable: Student Employment will work as a tool within the Financial Aid program to make a Dordt education more affordable for students and their families. Students will have the option of earning resources that will enable them to complete their education with less debt.
  3. Allow Dordt to steward its resources: Student Employment will help the costs of operating the university by lowering the employment costs and providing essential services across campus.
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Application Process

Current Students

If you are a current student at Dordt University and interested in on-campus employment, apply online through the Student Employment page on u.dordt.edu. Contact Kyle Achterhoff, Director of Student Employment, or Sandy De Groot, Student Employment Assistant, for additional information.

New Students

New students to Dordt University planning to enroll in the Fall semester of the academic year, will be eligible to apply for on-campus student employment the Spring before their anticipated enrollment date. When notified of eligibility to apply, students can apply online through the Student Employment page on u.dordt.edu.

Once you have been offered and accepted a position on campus, you will be prompted to fill out payroll forms for the Business Office. Please email Becky Visser or Laura Grasman in the Business Office for information about payroll forms.

Employment Position Types

Work for Institution (WIN)

This program provides work on campus for students who do not qualify for the federal work-study program yet need employment to assist them in paying for college expenses.

Pay for WIN varies. All full-time students, if eligible, can participate in WIN.

College Work-Study (WST)

Students must be U. S. citizens and enrolled full-time to qualify for this program. Eligibility is based on financial need as reported on the FAFSA. Pay varies, and only U.S. citizens are eligible for WST.

Off-Campus Employment

Pay varies for off-campus employment, and only U.S. citizens are eligible.

Student Employment Position Examples

Sioux Center Christian School / Sioux Center Intermediate School

Job Description:

Help students with homework after school and possibly help students in their classrooms during the school day.

Job Functions:

  • Plan activities for students to do during after school hours
  • Help with homework
  • Reading support
  • Actively engage with students
  • Communicate with parents, Team Leader, and teachers as needed to help program run smoothly
  • Provide a safe environment for students to be after school hours

Requirements:

  • Education major is preferred but not required
  • Must be willing to work with 4th and 5th grade students
  • Must be patient with students. Must help students meet After School Program expectations

ATHLETIC EVENT STAFF

Job Description:

Complete a variety of tasks and work most home athletic events throughout the school year

Job Functions:

  • Work at home athletic events
  • Host visiting teams at home events
  • Ball retrieving
  • Take tickets
  • Line judging

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Assist Athletic Communication Staff in promotion of Dordt Athletics

Job Functions:

  • Film athletic events
  • In game stat keeping
  • Sports photography
  • Play by play announcing
  • Social media management

Job Description:

Assist an Academic Department staff and complete basic office duties

Job Functions:

  • Grade papers and lab reports
  • File various materials
  • Copy handouts
  • Assist with lab/class setup and cleanup
  • Assist with rehearsal room and stage setup for rehearsals/performances
  • Take attendance
  • Complete general tasks and errands assigned by department supervisors

Commons / Grille

Job Description:

Work in the Commons or Grille in a variety of different areas

Job Functions:

  • Help with food preparation when needed
  • Restock menu items as needed
  • Make sure beverages are full and in working order
  • Restock trays, silverware, plates, and glasses in the dining hall
  • Take food orders from students
  • Serve menu items for the meals in different engaging areas
  • Scan meal cards when students arrive at the commons
  • Wash dishes in the dish machine

FACILITIES ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Assist in the cleaning and maintaining of buildings

Job Functions:

  • Clean windows
  • Vacuum
  • Mop floors
  • Dust
  • Complete any other general cleaning duties

GROUNDS CREW

Job Description:

Help maintain the grounds and keep the campus looking nice

Job Functions:

  • Remove snow from the sidewalks
  • Water and weed landscapes and flower beds
  • Work to maintain athletic fields and sidewalks
  • Mow and trim the lawns and sidewalk edges along the campus
  • Trim hedges and prune trees around campus
  • Assist in general clean up and maintenance of the campus


DORDT MEDIA NETWORK ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Produces livestream broadcasts of Defender Athletics and Community Events

Job Functions:

  • Camera operation
  • Instant replay
  • Graphics
  • Directing
  • Technical directing & production setup and tear down

PRODUCTION ARTS ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Provide technical support to public areas of campus including sound, video, recording, and lighting

Job Functions:

  • Perform basic audio, visual, and lighting duties for events around campus
  • Perform stage set-up and tear-down duties of light, sound, and video equipment for events around campus
  • Use computer skills for recording: exporting and burning for both audio and video

Job Description:

Assist with basic office work for departments on campus

Job Functions:

  • Filing, data entry, mailings
  • Answer phones in the office and greet customers
  • Conduct communication via email
  • Keep organized records
  • Provide back-up assistance to department’s secretary

MAIL ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Help in the process of sending, receiving, and distributing mail on campus.

Job Functions:

  • Pick up mail from post office
  • Sort mail received on campus
  • Distribute mail around campus
  • Assist in preparation of outgoing mail and mailings

PRINT ASSISTANT

Job Description:

Help in the process of printing material for Dordt University and surrounding businesses

Job Functions:

  • Print jobs on a Digital Production Machine
  • Accurately understand instructions from customers
  • Distribute print jobs accurately
  • Record print jobs properly
  • Perform other duties as required

COSTUME SHOP

Job Description:

Sewing costumes for the Theatre Department in addition to assisting in other costume shop-related duties

Job Functions:

  • Sewing and altering costumes
  • Maintaining the shop and costume storage
  • Maintaining theatre equipment

SCENE SHOP

Job Description:

Work in the scene shop to construct sets for Theatre Department

Job Functions:

  • Construct sets for theater productions
  • Set-up and move sets to various theater venues
  • Paint sets and props
  • Set up lighting and sound equipment for theater productions

Job Description:

Plan and coordinate worship gatherings in collaboration with staff and faculty

Job Functions:

  • Arrange and prepare music for rehearsals and worship gatherings
  • Rehearse worship ensembles for Dordt gatherings, external events, and recordings
  • Serve as musical director or lead vocalists for a Dordt worship ensemble
  • Participate in worship arts and campus ministries meetings and department operations
  • Set up and tear down equipment for events and rehearsals