Community Assistant Positions
What's in this section:
- What is a Community Assistant?
- What are the responsibilities of a Community Assistant?
- How will the position benefit my personal growth?
- Is this position eligible for Engaged Learning Credits?
- Staff Training
- Selection Process
- How to Apply
A Community Assistant is an undergraduate student who is responsible for a number of students who live in the residence halls and greek houses.
He/she assists in the social, educational, cultural and community development of students in the residence halls and greek houses. The CA serves as a communicator, listener, and initiator of activities, resource person, limit-setter, administrator and friend. The CA is an extension of Residence Life, and is an integral part of its success by receiving suggestions and feedback from students.
The Community Assistant is a representative of Rider University, and acts as a positive role model for others both on and off campus.
The CA takes on many different responsibilities.
- organize activities for the residents in his/her community;
- be available to assist students in many different capacities;
- be knowledgeable of the condition of the floor/house and maintain an environment conducive to both academic endeavors and community interaction;
- be "on duty" on a rotating basis with other staff in their community in the evening to maintain an appropriate atmosphere and deal with emergencies;
- assist with the opening and closing of the halls/houses;
- maintain all room inventory forms and do periodic room checks to ensure the safety of the residents;
- and above all act as a responsible leader and as a positive role model for all students.
Through training and interaction with other staff, administration, faculty and students, there will be many opportunities for personal growth. The opportunity to develop skills through participation in workshops on communication skills, time management, stress management, assertiveness training, community building, programming, leadership development, etc. enable you to take a closer look at yourself and provide you with the skills to help others in the process.
Some of the topics covered in training sessions include:
- Community Building,
- Mediation Skills,
- Connecting Student to the Rider Community,
- Community Values,
- Housing Policies and Procedures,
- Crisis and Emergency Preparedness,
- Fire Safety and Simulation,
- Sexual Assault Response,
- Confrontation and Crisis Management Skills
Mandatory CA Class
CA CLASS (Required-Newly Hired/Mid-Year Staff)
This 1 credit pass/fail class is taken during the fall semester and helps to strengthen skills learned during fall training. This class also serves as one of the ways to support staff throughout their first semester on the job. The class meets weekly during open periods on Tuesdays at 4:30pm or Fridays at 2:30pm for the full academic semester.
Community Assistants will be paid a salary on a biweekly basis and receive a scholarship to be applied to their tuition bill. 2019-2020 CAs will reside in their own double room at half the room rate. Community Assistants are generally hired for an academic year (August-Training through May-Senior Week).
|CA Compensation||1st Year CA||2nd & 3rd Year|
|Annual Stipend Paid Bi-Weekly||$4966||$4966|
|Annual Room and Board Scholarship||$925 per semester||$950 per semester|
|Single room at a double room rate||TBD||TBD|
To become a Community Assistant you must meet several criteria:
- Attend a MANDATORY information session.
- Be a current full time undergraduate student.
- Should have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher.
- Be in good standing with the University.
- Must be financially cleared by Financial Aid in order to be hired as a CA.
For Fall 2019
Apply Now! Attend one mandatory information session to receive the application! *See dates below*
Please apply by December 18, 2018 at midnight for a Community Assistant position.
Resumes are required for full consideration and must be attached when completing the online application.
Completed Reference Forms must be completed on-line, please send the following Recommendation Form to references and contact Assistant Director, Christina Eugene [email protected] with any questions..
For Spring 2019
Applicants who want to be considered for any available mid-year positions, must submit their entire application by Midnight, Monday, November 5, 2018.
Must Attend a Mandatory Info Session
Dates for Info Sessions in Fall 2018
CA Group Process
Saturday, February 2, 2019 9am-12:30pm
CA Individual Interviews
Friday, February 8, 2019 and February 15, 2019 by appointment
Notification of Hire
March 15, 2019 (may be subject to change)
Residence Life Mandatory Transition Day (In-Service)
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Through these contacts, we hope to provide the opportunity for you to express your skills and abilities.
Interested students should contact Assistant Director Christina Eugene at 609 896 5057 or via email at [email protected]
As you consider this position, speak with your CA or any Residence Life or Greek Life staff member about the job. You will find that the current staff has found it to be a truly valuable and challenging experience. As a CA, you will assist other students and in the process you will develop skills that can be applicable in your future career.