Frequently Asked Questions

For Adjunct & Full-Time Faculty and Staff:
To whom should I address my cover letter?

How should I apply?
How do I make changes to my already submitted application?
I did not find a position that fit my qualifications.  Can I still send you my resume?
How soon will I be contacted after applying?
How does the recruiting process work?
I am not a local candidate, is there an option to interview remotely?
What are the educational requirements for teaching at VIU?
Does VIU conduct background checks as part of the hiring process?
I require sponsorship to work in the United States; will VIU sponsor me?
I still have questions.  May I talk with someone?

For Student Staff:
Where can I find open positions?
What is the eligibility criteria to work on campus?

Am I eligible to work on campus and CPT/Internship outside campus?
Am I eligible to work my first semester?
How can I get my Social Security Number?
What is the hiring process for student staff?
When can I expect to hear about my application?
Will I be contacted if I was not selected for the position?


 1. To whom should I address my cover letter?

You may use "Dear Recruiter" or "To Whom It May Concern." Chances are, you don't personally know anyone on the recruitment team, so having a name won't make any difference.

2. How should I apply?

Apply directly for the position in which you are interested from our current openings on this site.  Please make sure you qualify for the role before applying.  Pay particular attention to education requirements if you are applying for a Faculty position.  Include a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts when you are uploading documents to your profile.  Attachments must be in either Word (.doc) or Adobe (.pdf) format.

3. How do I make changes to my already submitted application?

You will need to log in to this site to Update Your Profile.

4. After reviewing the open positions, I did not find a position that fit my qualifications.  Can I still send you my resume?

If you have not found a current opening that matches your skill set, but you would like to be considered for future openings, you may Submit Your Resume or Create a Job Agent to let you know when new positions open up.

5. How soon will I be contacted after applying?

All candidates will receive an automatic reply to verify that we have received the application. If a candidate's qualifications meet our needs, we will contact him/her within four weeks to schedule an interview.  Every effort will be made to contact candidates who are not selected for an interview, but if you do not hear from us within six weeks, please assume that we do not have an appropriate opportunity for you, but we will keep your resume on file for future opportunities.

6. How does the recruiting process work?

The recruiting process for staff and faculty differ a little.  For all applicants, if your qualifications meet the position requirements, you may be asked to come in for an interview.  For faculty applicants, you will also be asked to conduct a teching demo.  You may meet with multiple people during your interview or you may be asked to come in for a second interview depending on the position for which you are being considered.

7. I am not a local candidate, is there an option to interview remotely?

Yes, we will allow for phone and Skype interviews on a case-by-case basis.  However, FaceTime and other methods will not be considered.

8. What are the educational requirements for teaching at VIU?

Educational requirements for teaching vary by position, but a PhD (or terminal degree) is required for most faculty positions.  All instructors must have at least 18 graduate credit hours in the field of study in which they wish to teach.

9. Does VIU conduct background checks as part of the hiring process?

Yes, VIU conducts background checks on all applicants who have received an offer of employment.  During th eroutine background investitgation, we will obtain information (a "Consumer Report") about your criminal records.

VIU may also elect to obtain information about your previous employment from former employers.  If you have specific concerns regarding your background and would like further information, please contact jobs@viu.edu.

10. I require sponsorship to work in the United States; will VIU sponsor me?

VIU will not sponsor for an H-1B visa a candidate who is not eligible to work in the United States. 

11. I still have questions.  May I talk with someone?

If you have a specific question that isn't answered above, please send an email to jobs@viu.edu. Please do not e-mail other people for job inquiries. 


1. Where can I find open positions?

You can find open positions on our Job Openings page by searching for Student Staff opportunities.  The VIU Career Center will also email all students when new positions open up.  

2. What is the eligibility criteria to work on campus?

In order to be eligible for on-campus employment, students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and they must not have any outstanding financial obligations with VIU.

3. Am I eligible to work on campus and CPT/Internship outside campus?

Yes, students can work on-campus and work on CPT off-campus at the same time, but it will be the student's responsibility to comply with USCIS regulations and make sure that he/she does not exceed more than 20 combined hours per week.

4. Am I eligible to work my first semester?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for on-campus employment during your first semester.  Priority, however, will be given to those students who have been enrolled at VIU for at least one semester.

5. How can I get my Social Security Number?

If you are hired by the University, Human Resources will issue you a work verification letter and you will be able to use this to apply for a Social Security Number with the Social Security Administration office.

6. What is the hiring process for student staff?

Students must apply for open positions through this website with all of the required documents.  Applications are then forwarded to the hiring manager for review, and the hiring department will select final candidates for the interview process.

7. When can I expect to hear about my application?

Expect to receive a status update no more than 2-4 weeks after the expiration date of the position.

8. Will I be contacted if I was not selected for the position?

Every effort will be made to contact candidates who are not selected for an interview, but if you do not hear from us within six weeks, please assume that we do not have an appropriate opportunity for you at this time.

    Still Have Questions?

    Contact jobs@viu.edu if you have any additional questions regarding the recruiting process or employment at VIU.