Residential Education

Community Advisor Job Description

Being a Community Advisor (CA) is not only a fun experience, it’s an opportunity to be a positive role model and a student leader with students living in your residence hall. The CA position is an opportunity to learn essential skills and take on responsibilities that will be valuable in your education and in your professional career.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of the Community Advisor (CAs) are as follows:


• Develop a sense of community and respectful environment for students living in the residential community.

• Establish and maintain relationships with residents by being available and approachable in the residential community.

• Plan and implement multiple programs, events or activities per term in line with the goals of the U Journey.


• Be knowledgeable about resources on campus and refer students appropriately.

• Conduct motivational 1-on-1 meetings with assigned residents and engage in directed dialogues about campus resources.

• Mediate roommate conflicts and respond to resident concerns.

• Demonstrate appropriate and responsible behavior at all times, both inside and outside your designated area, and follow all policies and procedures set forth by the College.


• Confront and document College and Housing policy violations in the residential community.

• Respond to emergency and critical incidents involving residents related to health, safety, and security issues.

• Provide overnight on-call coverage in an assigned residential community (avg. at least 1 night per week), including building tours (1-2 walks during the evening) and available and visible in the community to residents.


• Foster communication and community among fellow staff members.

• Communicate regularly with assigned supervisor -- the Community Director (CD).

• Maintain a positive attitude and support for the Office of Residential Education & Housing and Union College while working as an agent of the College.

• Work and collaborate with other offices on campus, including, but not limited to, Facilities, Campus Safety, Dean of Students Office, Intercultural Affairs, Health Services, Counseling Center, and Career Center.


• Create two bulletin boards per term, and one set of door decorations each term for your residents.

• Attend weekly staff meetings (avg. 1-hour meeting).

• Complete Life Safety Room Inspections each term.

• Complete all administrative paperwork required.

• Assist with and attend Hall Opening and Closing each term.

• Conduct check-ins and check-outs as students are moving in and out of their rooms each term.

• Attend and participate in Fall Training; attend and participate in all In-Service Trainings.

• Balance time and responsibilities of CA position, academics, and extra-curricular activities effectively.

• Maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative and term GPA.