Community Assistants Job Description
Residence Life Office-Community Assistant Role
The Community Assistant (CA) is a part-time, para-professional student staff member of the Office of Residence Life. Being a CA implies both a strong commitment to the residential experience as a community member and a sincere interest in each student as an individual. The function of the CA is to create and facilitate an environment which is conducive to and in line with the academic mission of the university. Each CA is expected to contribute to the educational, cultural, and social development of each of their residents
- Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and a full-time student at St. Lawrence University
- First year students must have completed a full year on campus to be eligible for a CA position. Transfer students need to have completed a full semester on campus.
- Community Assistants must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 and adhere to all stipulations in the University’s Academic Policy. If unable to maintain a 2.50 average, the Community Assistant may be placed on probationary status or face possible removal from the position. Two consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA below 2.50 will result in removal from the position.
- Must be in good academic and judicial standing with the University.
Duties and Responsibilities
Training and Development
Training and development are considered essential elements of the residential program. CAs are require to participate in August and January training and additional scheduled in-service sessions during each semester. CAs are also required to enroll in ND 102 within the first 2 semesters of being a CA if they have not taken it already. The ND 102 class is only offered in the fall semester. Residence Life is committed to providing a variety of learning opportunities for CAs to enhance their knowledge, skills, and to build upon individual strengths. It is our expectation that this education and learning through training sessions will be applied to the CAs personal growth and work with others. Training is mandatory.
A CA is expected to fulfill the administrative responsibilities of the job. These include:
- Being on duty in the building 8pm-8am on a rotating basis. Duty includes conducting building rounds, completion of the CA duty log, carrying the duty phone, completion of Incident Report Forms (IRFs), work orders, and other pertinent paperwork.
- Attending bi-weekly meetings with supervising Residential Coordinator (RC).
- Attending a weekly residential staff meeting with supervising RC on Thursday evenings and other meetings as requested.
- Informing residents of important residential issues. Interpreting and enforcing University policies and procedures.
- Documenting incidents, preparing program evaluations, and submitting reports in timely manner.
- Informing RC on situations such as damage, vandalism, missing residents, unauthorized visitors, theft, and security reports through completion of the CA weekly report submitted each week on Sunday at 6pm.
- Reporting maintenance concerns to the RC and/or building custodial staff on a regular basis.
- Assisting in CA Selection and the Housing Assignment Process.
- Collecting and keeping Room Condition Reports (RCRs) updated for all residents.
- Assisting in fire drills/alarms, and fire watches as required. CAs should also be educating residents on personal safety issues.
- Assisting with openings and closings of residence halls at all vacation times. All CAs are expected to stay until the residence halls close during break times. This includes staying until after Commencement to close all buildings for the summer.
- Maintaining an up-to-date, informative, and interesting bulletin board for their area.
- Completing necessary surveys, evaluation reports, and other administrative reports in a timely manner.
- Other duties as assigned.
CAs are expected to actively plan, participate in, and contribute to a variety of educational and social activities for the resident in their areas. This includes:
- Assisting with the development and implementation of Community Standards in their living area. The emphasis is on fostering and sustaining a community in which all members are active participants in maintaining the civility of group living.
- Facilitating conversations with each of their residents multiple times throughout the semester.
- Supporting the existing co-curricular events on campus.
- Maintaining an atmosphere and environment conducive to academic endeavors.
- Promoting the value and acceptance of diversity, inclusion, and belonging within their residential community.
- Participating in the orientation of new students, transfer students, and/or returning students.
- Being present in community during openings, closings, final’s week, and other times deemed necessary.
- Participating in CA Programming Councils, including attending two out of three council programs throughout the semester.
- Plan and implement at least 6 community builders per semester in accordance with the Residence Life Community Building Model.
A CA is expected to:
- Be a positive role model for other students within their residence hall(s), classrooms, and the university community. CAs must keep in line with the guidelines and policies set in the St. Lawrence University Student Handbook.
- Responsibly uphold university policy and take appropriate steps when faced with irresponsible behavior on campus.
- Be team-centered, innovative, responsible, and aware of multifaceted life at St. Lawrence.
- Provide a supportive, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment for residents while recognizing personal limits.
- Be knowledgeable of campus resources and be able to make appropriate referrals when necessary.
- Maintain appropriate student privacy and notify supervisor(s) and or relevant professional staff members when a situation warrants.
- Attend in-service programs during the semester to enhance leadership skills.
- Be an active member of the staff and be respectful and supportive of each other’s ideas and initiatives.
- Accept responsibilities as a team member to work collaboratively for the good of the residents and the building(s).
- Be an active participant during staff development opportunities and workshops.
- Provide guidance to staff in areas that other staff members may need assistance in.