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Residence Life

Community Advisor

Application Available November 18, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Community Advisors (CAs) are paraprofessional staff members for the Department of Residence Life. A CA is the closest and the most vital link with the residents of the buildings, who serves as a liaison between the Department of Residence Life and the students. The Community Advisor serves under the supervision of the Residence Life Coordinator.

This position is one that requires flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment, as well as building a strong sense of community. The basic task of the CA position involves community building, serving as a resource for the residents, and working as a team. Additional responsibilities are provided in the CA conditions of employment, CA training manual, and expectations set by your residential area, and individual supervisor. (Full job description is linked below.)


  • Must be registered as an undergraduate student at Columbus State University.
  • Maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Maintain good financial and judicial standing within the University.
  • CAs are required to live in the residence halls. All room assignments will be the decision of the RLC for each area.
  • Role Model a standard of personal conduct commensurate with Residence Life standards.
  • CA's are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws; abide by the rules and regulations of Columbus State University, Residence Life, including, but not limited to, those outlined in the Community Guide and CSU Handbook.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop relationships with residents.
  • Provide leadership for the development of a positive community.
  • Create a culture of academic success.
  • Serve as a resource and referral agent for Columbus State University.
  • Act as a Staff Member of the Residence Life Team.

* View full job description for the complete outline and details of the above duties and responsibilities.


  • Housing Waiver equivalent to the cost of a private bedroom bed space.
  • Stipend of $750, made in 3 payments.
  • Priority registration for Fall 2020.
  • CAs will also have many intangible benefits which include, but not limited to developing improved communication skills, becoming a leader, and learning to resolve conflicts and helping others work through their differences. Being a CA strengthens an individual's character on a daily basis. A CA will be able to build personal and professional relationships, and meet people one normally would not have, and get invaluable experience from helping people from all walks of life.

Time Requirements

  • Fulfill Residence Life programming requirements.
  • Prioritize the CA position as your primary out-of-class activity. CAs are allowed to hold additional on campus only employment, but CA position must be primary responsibility.
  • A two semester commitment (Fall and Spring) is preferred.
  • Attend all trainings and meetings throughout the semester, scheduled in advance, that will be mandatory.

*Community Advisor Full Job Description (PDF)


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