Thank you for your interest in working at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. As one of the largest part-time employers for students on campus, the O’Connell Center provides the opportunity to work in an exciting and dynamic environment that allows you to create a schedule around your classes. Part-time employment takes place in three departments: Event Staff, Changeover, and Technical. Staff is hired for all positions rather than a particular department. The O’Connell Center offers a convenient workplace, with great opportunities for advancement, and an exciting atmosphere of teamwork and dedication. In return, we ask you to be a responsible and friendly team player who takes your job responsibilities seriously.
The O’Connell Center provides an exciting and dynamic environment that makes us unlike anything else. Being a crew member requires teamwork, dedication, and a friendly, positive attitude to contribute to the many events held at the facility. The O’Connell Center offers flexible scheduling by allowing crew members to self-schedule from a list of shifts based on our event schedule. Shifts range from before, during, and/or after events held inside and outside of the building.
Shifts are categorized by three major divisions: Event Staff, Changeover, and Technical. Crew members can work shifts within all divisions. For Event Staff shifts, you will be working inside or outside the building upholding the policies of the building, the university, and the event for which you are working. You will also be assisting patrons by answering questions or helping them to their seats, scanning tickets, and maintaining a friendly and positive attitude throughout the crew. For Changeover shifts, you will assist the facilitation of the setup and breakdown of events, as well as helping maintain cleanliness during events. For Technical shifts, you will be assisting with the stage, electrical, and audio aspects of the event.
You will be trained before you can work any of these shifts, so no prior knowledge or experience is necessary but is always welcomed.
You must be available to work weeknights and weekends, especially home football game days in the fall.
Applications are accepted through September 25. For more information and how to apply, please visit: jobs.ufl.edu
PRE-INTERVIEW SLIDE SHOW
The O’Connell Center part-time student employment position offers one of the most flexible job opportunities for students on campus. You have the ability to schedule yourself around your class and exam schedule. We are an employer who understands that your classes and school come first; simply put, you sign yourself up for the events and shifts that you are available to work. We just ask that you take your position with us seriously and understand that your consistent hard work is what keeps our events running smoothly, so while scheduling is flexible, you must work consistently. We do ask for a few non-negotiable commitments so please make sure you are able to fulfill the following requirements prior to applying:
- It is our expectation that you are working at least 25 hours per month during our busy season (September-March)
- You must work a minimum of one holiday event shift per semester. Events such as basketball, commencement and concerts happen even over holidays and school breaks. A holiday is considered any day that classes are cancelled. We need your help during these times!
- You must work a homecoming-related shift during Homecoming Week. From the parade to Gator Growl to the Football Game, there is a lot that takes place during this week.
- You must work one Fall Commencement and two Spring Commencement shifts. There are many ceremonies and we need all of our staff in order to meet the requirements of these high-profile events.
- PLEASE NOTE: You cannot “double dip”. Example: if you work a commencement shift that occurs during winter break, it does not count as your holiday shift as well, you would still need to fulfill that requirement with a separate shift.
The Hiring Process:
Part 1: Application Procedures
The O’Connell Center hires periodically throughout the year. Your first step in becoming a member of our team is to complete the application process. This process consists of submitting an online application via jobs.ufl.edu with a set of preliminary questions, watching a pre-interview slide show, AND attaching your resume to your jobs.ufl.edu application. When we have an active job posting on Careers at UF, a link to the application posting will be under the “Hire Cycle Dates” section and the PowerPoint is located below the application links. Future correspondence will be done electronically so it is critical that on your application you include an accurate email address that you check frequently. Please make sure your application is complete before submitting it. This includes providing an accurate email address AND attaching your resume.
Part 2: Interviews
Once applications have been received, they will be reviewed and interviews will be set up with potential candidates via email AFTER the closing date listed in the job posting on the GatorJobs website. Please be patient as we sometimes have hundreds of applications to review. Notice of hire will be sent at the conclusion of all interviews via email.
Part 3: Required Paperwork IF Hired
If you are offered a position, detailed instructions on how to complete your new hire paperwork will be included in your hire email. In addition to completing some paperwork online, there will be some items that you must turn in to the O’Connell Center, please print these items in a one-sided format only (no double-sided printing, please). The checklist with those items is located at the bottom of this page. International Students hired by the O’Connell Center are required to turn in all of their paperwork to the O’Connell Center directly; a complete checklist for those students is also located below. PLEASE NOTE: An original copy of your social security card will be required as part of your hire paperwork, if your card is not currently with you, you should arrange to have it in town prior to interviews to expedite the hire paperwork if you are offered a position. If you do not have your card, this can delay your ability to work for several weeks as we cannot allow you to work until your paperwork is completely processed.
Part 4: Orientation
Orientation takes place following each hire cycle and must be completed before beginning work. Once orientation is complete, you may begin signing up for work and the real fun begins!
SPECIAL NOTES FOR PAPERWORK COMPLETION:
You must have a social security card. If you do not have one, please go by the social security office (4562 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609; 352-375-4178). The only two items that will be accepted is the card itself or the receipt with your social security number on it. You must have a valid driver’s license, or an equivalent form of photo identification. Federal Work Study students must have a work permit which can be obtained through your ISIS account, under awards and distributions. Please contact us for clarification on any of these items. If you have another on-campus job, you must obtain an hours extension form from Criser Hall.
SPECIAL NOTES REGARDING EMPLOYMENT:
Unfortunately, transportation and parking is the responsibility of the employee. All employees are expected to follow the standards set forth by the University of Florida. For more information about parking passes and the requirements to obtain one, please visit: http://www.parking.ufl.edu/.
Current University of Florida students should note their status as a student supersedes that of an employee when obtaining a parking permit. While working at the O’Connell Center there are ways to earn raises through promotions into our Supervisor Program and through awards such as Employee of the Month.