What is IMPACT Student Leadership?


IMPACT Student Leadership at USF engages a select group of University of Sioux Falls student leaders to grow in servant-oriented, compassionate, and influential leadership.  Through a range of experiences, IMPACT student leaders inspires, challenges, and trains students to be change-agents who cast a vision both for the campus and their areas of influence.

We are here to equip you to be salt and light in the world around you while you’re serving in key leadership roles on our campus.  You’re in the right place if you are looking to serve the campus through being a Resident Assistant, Student Government member, Peer Mentor, Cougar Activities Board member, Orientation Coordinator, or a Ministry Advocate.  You are part of the broader IMPACT Student Leadership group that attends retreats, leadership conferences, and special training events geared at developing you as a leader, a discipler, and a disciple!

Leadership Positions

IMPACT Student Leadership serve the community in many ways.  Below is a list of each of the IMPACT student leader group and a brief description of the aspect of community life the organization addresses.

Please note certain positions have an asterisk, this means a student must have previous experience in that student leader group to hold that position.


Each living area is assigned a student to serve as a Resident Assistant.  The responsibility of the RA is to lead residents in developing an atmosphere that will help students in spiritual, academic, and social growth.  As representatives of the Office of Student Life, they are also entrusted with the responsibility to see that all regulations concerning housing and conduct are maintained.  As mentors, encouragers, counselors, and organizers of living area activities, the RAs are a vital element of the Residence Life program.

Positions Available: Approximately 25-30 Resident Assistants


The student body annually elects three of the five students which comprise the Executive Council for Student Government.  The positions are Student Body President, Vice President, Treasurer, President of Campus Ministries, and President of Cougar Activities Board.  These five students provide leadership to the student body and are key liaisons between students and the administration.  Students also annually elect Student Senators to represent each grade level that acts in cooperation with the administration as the agency to help coordinate campus activities, improve campus conditions for the students, and function as the student voice in communication between the administration, faculty, and students.

Positions Available: Student Body President*, Student Body Vice President*, Treasurer*, Student Senator


The Cougar Activities Board (CAB) is a group of energetic and dedicated students who are committed to developing Christ-honoring activities that bring the campus together.  Eight coordinators lead committees of volunteers in the areas of athletic/recreational events, concerts, fine arts/movies, major/traditional events, off-campus events, and publicity.

Positions Available: President*, Vice President, Treasurer, Service Coordinator, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator, Traditions Coordinator, Intramurals Coordinator (NEW!)


Each living area on campus has a Ministry Advocate (MA) who has the responsibility of encouraging spiritual growth in the lives of students in their living area.  Each MA provides counsel and encouragement while planning and directing the activities that foster the spiritual life in the living area.  In short, the MA is the pastor to each living area.  MAs also provide opportunities for students to become involved in ministry on our campus, in our local community, and around the world.

Positions Available: President*, Ministry Advocate (each hall will have two MAs)


Orientation Coordinators (OC) is a team of students who assist in the transition that new students make from home to university life.  The member becomes involved in individual students' lives, as well as assisting in carrying out group activities and programs.

Positions Available: 6 Orientation Coordinators


Peer Mentors are experienced student leaders who have demonstrated academic and community success.  Their main focus is to develop relationships with new students and to assist them with transitioning to university life.  Peer Mentors connect with new students through the SDV100 course, which is part of the First Year Experience.  SDV100 introduces students to the USF community and encourages a holistic approach to life-long learning.

Positions Available: Approximately 20 Peer Mentors

Selection Timeline


December 8, 2020

Online applications open for new and returning candidates.

January 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Do you need help writing a Resume or Cover Letter or do you need to revamp/update your Resume and Cover Letter?  The Academic Success Center is hosting an online workshop.  We HIGHLY encourage that you take advantage of this opportunity!

Workshop Link: Click here to join the meeting

February 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. & February 5, 2021 at 12 p.m.

New candidates and returning candidates who are interested in other positions are HIGHLY encouraged to attend one of these informational meetings to learn all about our IMPACT positions and how to apply online.

By February 9, 2021, at 5 p.m.

NEW CANDIDATES – Your application, resume, and cover letter must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

NEW RESIDENT ASSISTANT CANDIDATESYour application, resume, and cover letter must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

RETURNING CANDIDATES – Your resume and cover letter must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

  • Submit a Resume and Cover Letter to  
    • In your cover letter, please state which position you are reapplying for and any additional new positions you are interested in.  Please also state why you would like to be in your current position again next year, what you have learned from your experience, and what you hope to do in your position(s) next year.
  • Sign Up for an Interview:
    • You will only need to sign up for TWO interviews if you apply for a Resident Assistant position and any other student leadership position.  Otherwise, you will only need to apply for one.  Please note that all interviews will be held via Zoom.  You will receive a Zoom link once the IMPACT Selection Process gets closer.

RETURNING RESIDENT ASSISTANT CANDIDATESYour cover letter must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

*February 12, 2021 (New Candidates applying for the Resident Assistant position only)

Participate in a group interview process.

February 15-19, 2021 (February 22-26, 2021 will serve as a back up if additional time slots are needed)

Individual interviews will be conducted for the following positions Cougar Activities Board, Ministry Advocates, Orientation Coordinator, and Peer Mentor.

February 15-26, 2021

Individual interviews will be conducted for the Resident Assistant position.

March 1-5, 2021

Student Life staff evaluate interviews and make selections for each student leader group.

March 8-10, 2021

Final offers made via email.

Spring Training, Retreats, and Summer IMPACT Traning dates are to be determined!