Community Advisor Application


Community Advisors (CAs) are student staff members who live on a floor in the residence halls and work under the direct supervision of a Hall Director or Graduate Hall Director. It is the job of the CA to encourage individual growth while promoting a safe, secure, and welcoming community where students can have a positive living and learning experience.

Have questions? Look over some frequently asked questions about Community Advisors and Community Development Assistants.

If you have questions about becoming a Community Advisor or Community Development Assistant, contact:

Lauren Teso


  • Assist residents with personal and academic concerns
  • Encourage the development of mature behavior among residents
  • Maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence
  • Coordinate programs and events that address the academic and personal needs of residents, using the Residential Curriculum model
  • Enforce University policy and regulations as listed in the Residence Hall Handbook



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    Apply Online Deadline has passed

    You will be required to attach a resumé and cover letter at the end of the online application. Before you begin your application, please prepare a cover letter that responds to the following questions.

    1. If you were hired as a Community Advisor, how would you develop community with your residents?
    2. What experiences have you had with conflict resolution?
    3. How do you currently manage your time?
    4. How do you see the CA position fit in with your current academics and involvements?
    5. If you are applying for the CA position in Northern View Community, what types of issues do you think would be different at Northern View Community than in the residence halls?

    As you are putting together your cover letter and resumé, make sure that you highlight experiences that demonstrate your qualifications. Your cover letter and resumé should summarize all of your relevant experiences and express your enthusiasm and interest in the position. Also, make sure you include the following, if possible:

    • Skills you have obtained from your current or previous work experience
    • How you are involved with the NIU community (student organizations, Residence Hall Association, Community Council, Student Conduct Board, etc.)
    • Experience in working with current Community Advisors to plan programs for your community
    • How you define and create community
    • Examples of how you work as part of a team and are a team player

    Visit Career Services for more help with writing a great cover letter and resumé.

    Two Recommendations

    Due February 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

    Recommendation Form

    You must also have two references submit a recommendation for you using the above Recommendation Form. If we do not receive two recommendations by the due date, we may remove you from the selection process.

    Living-Learning Communities

    While applying to be a CA, we will also ask you if you are interested in applying for a position in a Living-Learning Community like the Business Careers House, Honors House, or Transfer House, among others. Learn about other Living-Learning Communities.

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    Attend an Information Session


    In order to become a CA, all prospective candidates must attend one of the following mandatory information sessions.

    • Tuesday, January 16, 7-8 p.m. New Hall Community Center
    • Wednesday, January 17, 7-8 p.m. Neptune NE/SE Classroom
    • Thursday, January 18, 7-8 p.m. Stevenson Multipurpose Room
    • Monday, January 22, 7-8 p.m. Grant D Formal Lounge
    • Tuesday, January 23, 7-8 p.m. Stevenson Multipurpose Room
    • Wednesday, January 24, 7-8 p.m. Northern View Community
    • Monday, January 29, 7-8 p.m. Neptune NE/SE Classroom
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    Applications Due

    January 31 at 11:59 p.m.

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    CA Candidate Interviews

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Friday, February 16, 2018
    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Once your application has been reviewed by the Selection Committee, you will take part in an interview process. During this time you participate in interviews and activities where Housing and Residential Services staff members will assess your ability to interact with others and discuss your skills and abilities to determine if the CA position will be a good fit for you. During this process it is important to make sure you are being your true self. You can stand out by letting your personality come through while being interactive with other participants. Be the real you!

    Interview Process

    You will interview with current staff to talk about leadership experiences and job responsibilities. This will also be a group process activity where your group must work together to solve a problem.

    There are three components to the CA interview process. There are two individual interviews lasting 30 minutes and a group process interview that lasts 30 minutes. After all three components are finished there is a 10 to 15 minute wrap up session at the end. You can expect the overall process to take somewhere between 2 and 2½ hours.

    Appropriate Attire

    This is a formal interview process, so you will want to dress professionally in no less than business casual, meaning no jeans or sweats. Khakis or dress pants are preferred.

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    Letters Out to CA Candidates

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Letters are projected to go out on this date. This letter will outline an offer to a specific complex, an offer to be in the alternate pool, or no offer.

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    Position Acceptance Due

    Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

    If you are offered a Community Advisor/Community Development Assistant position or alternate position, you must return your acceptance on this date, following the instructions outlined in the letter.

    Alternate Pool/No Hires

    Being placed in the alternate pool means that you are eligible for positions that may open up over the summer or throughout the school year. Many candidates are picked up from the alternate pool and go on to become great CA!

    A "no hire" letter means that you are not eligible for the CA position for the coming school year. Check out our additional employment opportunities for ways to continue your student leadership experience.

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    Complete Hiring Paperwork

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    CAs that have accepted their offers will meet on this date to complete the paperwork necessary to become an employee of the university.

The CA recruitment process is fluid and subject to change throughout the process. If such changes are warranted, we will inform all candidates in advance so that they have enough time to prepare/adjust their schedules/commitments.

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