Questions about applying

What if I'm not in Berkeley right now?

You can apply for BSC jobs remotely. Just email in your application. You will have the same opportunity as other applicants. If an interview is necessary, we'll interview you by Skye, Facetime, or phone.

When will I hear back?

It varies, but you should hear back within the next few weeks. Depending on the position, you may be selected based on your application, or emailed/called in for an interview. Interviews are generally held within two weeks of the application deadline; dates and times for interviews are arranged over the phone or by email, so be sure to include current contact information.

What if I turn in my application late?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept late applications.

What if I prefer to fill out the application on paper?

If it isn't possible for you to email the application, you can turn in a printed copy at Central Office (2424 Ridge Road).  Please see the specific job posting for the relevant application for the position and optional equal opportunity form.

Can I fax in my application?

Yes. Our fax number is (510) 848-2114.

What if I can't make the interview?

If you have a scheduling conflict, please inform the Hiring Committee Chair (hicom@bsc.coop) as soon as possible. You always have the option of setting up a Skype, Facetime, and/or phone interview during your timeslot if you can't make it to Central Office.

Can I apply for a BSC Central level job if I have a boarding contract, but not a housing contract?

Members holding central level boarding contracts are eligible for jobs restricted to members, provided that they also meet BSC student eligibility requirements.

Can I hold an additional BSC Central Level job if I already have a BSC Central Level job?

A member may have only one central and/or house-level compensated position at one time unless the combined hours per week total 20 hours or less and they are the only qualified applicant. 

Can I hold a BSC Central Level job if I am a house-level manager?

A member may have only one central and/or house-level compensated position at one time unless the combined hours per week total 20 hours or less and they are the only qualified applicant. 

I'm an international student with a Visa that limits the amount of hours the I can work in the United States. Can I take a BSC job if the hours would exceed the limitation on the number of hours I can work under my Visa?

The BSC offers several positions that provide only five or fewer hours of central level workshift. For these five hour/week work positions, we do not verify the member's ability to work in the United States because workshift is an unpaid duty required of all co-op members. However, the case of a job with compensated hours that exceed the basic 5 hour/week workshift expected of all members, the BSC is required to verify the member's ability to work in the United States by collecting an I-9 with supporting documentation-- in this case a copy of your Visa. So, if the Visa limits your ability to work, we have to comply with the limitations. For specific information on what your Visa actually allows, you should seek your own legal advice. 

I want to apply for a central-level job which is compensated partly in workshift hours and partly in rent credit (or compensation) at the workshift rate. However, I do not want to give up my house-level workshift assignment. Instead, I prefer to be paid for my central level job entirely in rent credit (or compensation) for all of the posted hours, while keeping my house-level workshift. Is this an option?

No. Because of how we budge for workshift and member jobs, it is not an option to convert the workshift component of the central level job to rent credit (or compensation) at the workshift rate UNLESS you live in the apartments or you have the job during the summer semester. If you want to keep your house-level workshift AND take a central level job, you must ask your house council if the house will compensate you at the workshift rate for the house-level workshift. The house council may be willing to do this because, by taking a central level job the workshift hours you perform as part of your central level job contribute to the house's ability to meet its contribution to the central level workshift pool. 

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