What is a Community Assistant?
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.
How to Apply
Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 Consideration
Apply Now! Attend one mandatory information session to receive the application! *See dates below*
- All Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 1st.
- 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
- Contact [email protected] with any questions
Must Attend a Mandatory Info Session - Info Sessions in Fall 2022
- 9/20 - Info Session Z/M Hall at 9 p.m.
- 9/28 - Info Session at Wright Hall Lounge at 9:30 p.m.
- 10/3 - Info Session at Mercer at 8 p.m.
- 10/5 - Launch Party CA Application Opens - Daly's
- 10/6 - Info Session at Mercer at 12 p.m.
- 10/11 - info session at Switlik Hall B Lounge at 9 p.m.
- 10/19 - info session Olson Hall Lounge B at 9:30 p.m.
- 10/24 - info session at Mercer 8 p.m.
Through these contacts, we hope to provide the opportunity for you to express your skills and abilities.
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.
Community Assistant Interviews
- CA Group Process
- Saturday, November 5th 2022 9 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
- CA Individual Interviews
- Monday November 7th - Thursday morning November 10th by appointment.
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.
Yes! 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 Assistant candidates must complete a group process and individual interview process to be considered for the position.
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.
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).
|Annual Stipend Paid Bi-Weekly||$4966|
|Double air-conditioned room at half room rate||Three-quarter of 2022-2023 room rate|
|$200 Housing Fee waived||All hired candidates|
Office Assistant (OA) Positions
Office Assistants staff the hall offices in each residence hall and the area office. Office Assistants distribute mail, packages, and equipment and provide high quality customer service to all residents. Applications are accepted on-line and If you are interested in applying online, please contact [email protected]