Residential Education

Summer Community Advisor Information

Being a Summer Community Advisor (SCA) 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 SCA position is an opportunity to learn essential skills and responsibilities that will be valuable in your education and in your professional career.

Summer Community Advisors are key student leaders who help advance the mission of the Office of Residential Education & Housing, and prepare for the upcoming academic year.

Roles Responsibilities of the Summer Community Advisor include but are not limited to:

  • Develop a sense of community and respectful environment for students living in the residence hall.
  • Complete 15 weekly hours of administrative tasks in the Residential Education & Housing Office
  • Establish and maintain relationships with residents by being available and approachable in the residence hall
  • Create a set of door decorations for each summer resident
  • Respond to emergency and critical incidents involving residents related to health, safety, and security issues
  • Foster communication and community among residents and fellow staff members
  • Communicate regularly with the Community Director and Housing Operations Manager
  • Maintain a positive attitude and support for Residential Ed & Housing and Union College while working as an agent of the College
  • Confront and document College and Housing policy violations in the Residence Hall.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and responsible behavior at all times, both inside and outside designated hall, and follow all policies and procedures set forth by the College.
  • Complete Room Condition Reports (RCRs) for each room in your community
  • Conduct check-in and check-outs as students are moving in and out of their rooms each term
  • Complete all administrative tasks as assigned


The ideal Summer Community Advisor is an undergraduate student who demonstrates an understanding of both the mission of Union College and of Residential Education & Housing. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience in leadership, conflict resolution, teamwork, and working with diverse groups of individuals. Candidates should also demonstrate competency in written and oral communication, as well as use of good judgment in handling sensitive issues.

All offers for the SCA position are conditional, based on academic performance and student conduct standing for the remainder of the academic year. If an SCA new hire drops below the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 or is found responsible for a violation of Union College’s Student Code of Conduct, the SCA position offer may be rescinded by the OREH.

Compensation & Dates of Employment

Compensation for Summer RA

  • Full single room waiver for the Summer 2024 term
  • $1000 salary for the term dispersed in accordance with the Union College pay schedule

Dates of Employment

Start Date: June 14th, 2024

End Date: August 18th, 2024

One week unpaid vacation during summer term of employment

Application Timeline

The 2024 Summer CA application is open from April 30th, 2024 through May 10th, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Students who are invited to interview should plan to be interviewed on May 20th. Offers of employment will be sent out by early June 2024.