Become A Community Advisor – Make A Difference!

As a residential campus, Colby College’s 26 residence halls are what students call home while achieving their academic pursuits. The Office of Campus Life and its Hall Staff team plays an integral part in this residential experience. As a team, we provide a safe, inclusive, and supportive living environment that integrates the academic, creative, and cultural dimensions of college life. We promote an engaging residential community that fosters connections, personal growth, civility, and student success. The Community Advisor position is an important student leadership and employment position that is dedicated to helping accomplish this goal.


About Our Team

Residential Education and Housing are part of the larger Office of Campus Life team dedicated to creating co-curricular opportunities that foster student development and inspire purposeful engagement between students and within the community.


The mission of Residential Education at Colby College is to promote safe, inclusive, and engaging communities where opportunities for personal growth, civility, and success are seamlessly woven into the student experience. We provide engaging co-curricular experiences and student-centered support opportunities dedicated to the changing needs and holistic development of our residents as they learn and grow as active members of a global community.

As a Community Advisor (CA), you will work directly with your Area Residence Director (ARD) supervisor and the Director of Residential Education to create cohesive living and learning environments within the residence halls. Together, we make up the Hall Staff Team and are supported by the Assistant Director of Housing Operations and the Associate Dean of Students for Student Leadership and Residential Education.

Director of Residential Education

The Director of Residential Education is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Colby’s residential program. This includes leadership for residential education and campus housing. The Director supports all aspects of residential community life, including supervision of approximately 60 undergraduates who serve as Community Advisors and Area Resident Directors (student hall staff) in the residence halls, building community, offering individual student support, and enhancing the residential experience of all Colby students.

Assistant Director of Housing Operations

The Assistant Director of Housing Operations is responsible for overseeing, facilitating, and coordinating housing operations for all 2,000 undergraduates, including room selection and placement, waiting lists, housing changes, lockouts, etc. The assistant director is also responsible for the opening and closing of the halls throughout the year (fall, winter, and spring breaks) as well as the end of the year hall closing process. Together with the Director of Residential Education, the Assistant Director supports the campus community and seeks opportunities to enhance the overall residential experience.

Area Residence Director (ARD)

The Area Residence Director (ARD) position is an important student leadership and employment position that is geared toward assisting the Director of Residential Education and members of the Campus Life team in leading the student hall staff team. Area Residence Directors are supervised by the Director of Residential Education. They lead and serve as a direct supervisor to individual teams of Community Advisors. Area Residence Directors plan and host team meetings, conduct one-on-one meetings with Community Advisors, assist with training and selecting Community Advisors each year, and coordinate programming efforts in their respective residential communities.

Community Advisor (CA)

The Community Advisor (CA) an essential leader within the residential community. A Community Advisor is a person who genuinely cares about others, inspires respect, role models positive behaviors, and communicates well with others while helping to create an inclusive community environment within their floor/building.

About the Community Advisor Position

  • An environment for all. Diversity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords. We value it and seek students from all backgrounds and identities for this important leadership role.
  • Quality is key. Campus Life has high expectations, and it shows in our work. We’ll hold you to those same expectations because of your role in helping to lead Hall Staff.
  • Leaders in the making. Regardless of where you fall on the leadership spectrum, we offer countless opportunities for our team to develop the necessary skills to be successful as student leaders and in future careers.
  • A flexible approach. Your week will largely be unstructured and certain times of the academic year will require more than others. A large part of your job is non-scheduled, spontaneous, and will be determined by the needs of your Community Advisor team and neighborhood community.
  • It’s all about our residents. You will be responsible for a residential area of approximately 25-60 residents. As a member of our team, what we do and why we do it is to provide the very best to our 2,000 total residents on campus.

A Community Advisor (CA) is an essential leader within the residential community. A CA is a person who genuinely cares about others, inspires respect, role models positive behaviors, and communicates well with others while helping to create an inclusive community environment within their building.

  • When life hands you lemons, CAs help make lemonade. CAs provide a supportive presence and are there to assist residents with personal and academic concerns, and to help resolve conflicts that may arise in a room or on the floor.
  • Connecting the dots. CAs serve as a resource and help point students experiencing academic, personal, health, and/or challenging concerns in the right direction for support.
  • Expanding awareness. CAs must challenge themselves to achieve higher levels of awareness surrounding their own identities and perceptions, and encourage their community to do the same through engaging in conversations on diversity and multiculturalism to create inclusive communities.
  • Keep on learning. Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. CAs participate in training throughout the year. This training helps CAs to continue to learn and grow in the position.
  • There’s always something to do on campus. In addition to bonding with individual residents, CAs plan and implement programs for residents to learn and engage with one another.
  • Who you gonna call? CAs are part of a duty rotation on weekends to ensure a safe, healthy, and secure residential environment across campus. They partner with CER and Security to accomplish this.
  • Setting the tone. As a CA, you will work towards ensuring the community upholds standards of respect and agreed upon community expectations, as well as encouraging a culture of accountability.

Students that can check the boxes for each of the criteria below represent the qualifications needed to be a Community Advisor.

  • Full Time StudentYou must plan to be a full time student for the 2021-2022 academic year and plan to live on campus (this position cannot be remote).
  • Getting good grades. You must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative and semester grade point average.
  • In good standing. CA candidates must be in good student conduct standing. Any involvement in any conduct or legal investigation process may impact your eligibility and ability to remain on staff.
  • 150%. You are willing to go the extra mile for others and see value in enhancing your own skills to be successful in the position and for the future.

Compensation for the position includes a $3,500 stipend paid bi-weekly throughout the academic year. Important Note: Community Advisors not on campus during Jan Plan will not be paid for that time, thereby decreasing the overall stipend by the total number of Jan Plan weeks.

Outside of monetary compensation, CAs can also expect:

  • Placement in a designated single bedroom
  • To get a leg-up on others and gain the necessary skills for future success. In fact, the skills you’ll develop and enhance are exactly what employers are looking for from college graduates (National Association of Colleges & Employers – NACE)
    • Communication with others
    • Ability to work in a team
    • Ability to make decisions and problem solve
    • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
    • Ability to positively influence others

Important Selection Process Information

Below are dates from our selection process for 2021-2022 positions. Currently (spring 2021), we are seeking students interested in serving as Alternate CAs should positions become available during the summer.

February 1: Applications available online

February 2: Virtual Selection Process Information Session @ 5PM

February 10: Virtual Selection Process Information Session @ 5PM

February 15: Virtual Selection Process Information Session @ 7:30PM

February 21: Applications due by 11:59PM

February 27-28: New CA Interview Days (individual interviews scheduled for these days)

March 24: Hiring and application decisions out to all CA candidates

March 30: Decisions from candidates due

We invite you to attend one of our three information sessions during the month of February.

These sessions are designed to help students learn more about the Community Advisor position, and determine if the role is a great leadership and employment opportunity for them.

Join members of our Hall Staff team as we share important information about the role and dedicate time for questions from potential candidates. These sessions will be hosted via Zoom. Dates and links for each session can be found below.

February 2: Virtual Selection Process Information Session @ 5PM

February 10: Virtual Selection Process Information Session @ 5PM

February 15: Virtual Selection Process Information Session @ 7:30PM

Applications will be made available online on February 1, 2021. Applications consist of demographic information as well as submission of a current resume.

Applications can be found here.

Position Dates & Training

The Community Advisor is designated as an academic year position. The period of employment may begin as early as Saturday, August 21, 2021 and ends Monday, May 23, 2022. The employment period includes training, break closing/openings and Commencement/Commencement activities.

Employment timeframes are considered flexible and are aligned with the Colby College Academic Calendar. Should circumstances arise that cause a shift in the academic calendar, Community Advisors will be notified as to any impact on the employment dates and time frame as soon as possible and once those shifts are finalized.


Anticipated Training Periods for 2021-2022 are:

  • *Fall 2021 Training—Training may begin as early as Saturday, August 21, 2021 and extends through the conclusion of the day on Monday, August 30, 2021 (start of First-Year Orientation). Additional Hall Staff training sessions may take place after this time depending on scheduling and need.
  • *JanPlan 2022 Training—Training for Hall Staff members participating in JanPlan will be communicated in advance and may be conducted on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
  • *Spring 2022 Training—Training may begin as early Friday, January 28, 2022 and extends through the conclusion of the day on Sunday, January 30, 2022.


*Dates are subject to change based on global, national, and local health concerns. Modifications may be made in accordance with matching the Colby College academic calendar