Community Advisors (CAs) are a select group of upperclassmen students who have demonstrated an interest in developing and assisting their fellow students. The Community Advisor lives and oversees a floor of students in the residence halls. Community Advisors are trained in a number of different areas including crisi management, conflict resolution, and event planning.

Currently we are accepting applications for the Community Advisor position for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please use the link below to begin the application process. Additional application materials may be submitted to doanehousing@doane.edu.

Application Link

Reference Sheet

Community Advisor interviews are tentatively scheduled for March 18th and will include both a formal interview as well as a group interview process.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Residential Life and Education with any questions.

Community Advisor Position Description

General Description

As a Community Advisor, you would be facilitating, cultivating, and building a healthy, inclusive, safe, fun community of diverse individuals who treat themselves and one another with respect.

A Community Advisor’s primary responsibility is to serve as a knowledgeable, welcoming resource to their peers. To accomplish this, CAs help to keep campus safe, assist with departmental needs, serve on a duty rotation, and meet regularly with supervisory and peer staff members. There may be times when CAs are entrusted to be a first responder to crisis situations, which may vary from noise complaints to medical emergencies. Overall, CAs serve as positive role models to residents and peer staff members.

Please be aware that the Community Advisor position is a substantial time commitment. It is necessary to utilize strong time management and flexibility skills to ensure good academic and job standing are met. Part of this includes night and weekend duty shifts in the residence halls. On a majority of nights, including all duty nights, CAs are expected to sleep in their assigned residence hall room.

Summary of Job Expectations

  • Strive to build an ideal community that reflects Boyer's Six Community Principles: Educationally Purposeful, Open, Just, Disciplined, Caring, and Celebrative
  • Program, interact, and work with the CA Community Objectives in mind:
    • You know your residents.
    • Residents know each other.
    • Your hall has an identity.
    • Residents engage in community spaces.
    • The environment is welcoming & safe.
    • You are a role model.
  • Assist students with orienting to the residential community and its amenities and staff
  • Encourage a positive living environment that is supportive of academic achievement and healthy social interaction
  • Articulate the importance of safety precautions and procedures
  • Enforce campus policy and local, state, and federal laws
  • Host monthly programs that meet the needs and interests of your community.
  • Assist with university retention efforts by having a thorough knowledge of residents and their well-being
  • Maintain confidentiality of students involved in any incidents or crises
  • Prepare appropriate documentation, including, but not limited to: weekly reports, incident reports, program proposal forms, and assessments.
  • Communicate clearly and efficiently with professional staff (Community Director on Duty and Public Safety Office) when appropriate or necessary

Required Qualifications

  • Hold and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise good judgment in sensitive situations and crises.
  • Sense of maturity and responsibility for community and individual safety, security, and inclusiveness.
  • Ability to live on campus and engage with their assigned residential community.
  • Schedule allows for attendance at all required institutional and departmental events, including, but not limited to:
    • Fall and Winter training dates (in August and January, respectively)
    • Building closings and openings
    • Room checks during break periods
    • Weekly and monthly staff meetings
    • Weekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor
    • Duty coverage in the residence halls
    • Large-scale departmental programs (Midnight Munchies, CA and Housing selection, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal integrity (such as modeling good judgment, ethical behavior, and adherence to laws and policies)
  • An understanding of and appreciation for diversity (including the ability to demonstrate responsibility and respect for others' rights, feelings, diverse backgrounds, and property)
  • Prior experience in a servant leadership role on a college campus


  • A guaranteed single room in the residence hall to which the CA is assigned
  • A stipend for the academic year, paid on a monthly basis
  • Parking pass and designated parking spot
  • Opportunities for professional development

Additional Application Materials

All applicants must turn in a résumé, cover letter and three (3) professional references to the Office of Residential Life and Education. Please note that at least one of these references must be from a Doane University professional.

Application materials may be submitted via email, doanehousing@doane.edu, or in person at the Office of Residential Life and Education. The reference form, as well as the full Community Advisor Job Description, is available for download on the Residential Life and Education website.


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