Community Advisors

The Office of Residential Life employs 75 community advisors across our residence halls. The Community Advisor (CA) represents the Department of Residential Life as a key staff member in its operations. The CA serves on a team under the direct supervision of a Senior Community Advisor & Area Coordinator. Together, these staff members work with students to create and maintain an atmosphere that fosters a welcoming, inclusive and friendly community. The CA performs diverse responsibilities; acting as a role model, peer counselor, event planner, resource person, administrator, and crisis responder.  For more information check out the CA job description. If you have questions about being an CA please feel free to e-mail

Apply to be part of the Residential Life Team!

Important Dates & Deadlines 

  • January 24, 2020 - Application Available
  • February 5, 2020 - CA/ OL Info Session
  • February 9, 2020 at 11:59pm - Application Due
  • February 22, 2020 - Group Process & Interviews
  • February 23, 2020 - Group Process & Interviews if inclement weather on February 22,2020
  • Spring Break(March 14, 2020- March 22,2020) - CA Notifications via Email

Position Requirements

Student Staff members must meet the following terms of employment: 
  • Must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be enrolled as full-time student. 
  • Be available to attend all scheduled trainings and departmental meetings.
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing with Mount Holyoke College 

Group Process 

Group Process is Saturday, February 22,2020. Should we experience inclement weather on February 22, 2020 Group Process will be held on Sunday February 23,2020. If you cannot attend Group Process on Saturday, February 22, 2020 please contact Caroline Horne or Ivonne Ramirez by February 17, 2020. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does a Community Advisor do?

In general, CAs work to build a positive community within the residence halls by being available and accessible to students, planning educational and social programs, responding to student needs and enforcing policy. CAs are role models for the entire campus community and have a unique opportunity to develop lots of skills that will help them to become well rounded leaders on campus. For the more specific details, please review the Community Advisor Job Description.

How much time will it take to serve as a CA?

On average, the CA position will likely consume about 10 hours per week serving on duty, attending and facilitating meetings, planning and executing events and responding to the needs of residents. CAs cannot have additional on-campus employment. CAs involved with other campus employment or leadership opportunities are expected to speak to their CA before accepting the position. CAs are also expected to spend adequate time within their sections and residence halls to be visible, available and accessible to students in the community.

What is the compensation for a CA?

Standard CA compensation includes meals during training and staff attire. CAs receive additional compensation for attending all of training. CAs receive an increase in bi-weekly paycheck stipend that reflects years of staff experience. The table below reflects 2018-2019 pay rates*.

Position  Yearly Compensation*
New Community Advisor  $3,500.00
2nd Year Community Advisor  $3,700.00
3rd Year Community Advisor  $3,900.00

How many CAs do you plan to hire?

Our intent is to hire 75 CAs to staff our residential areas. There will be 8 spaces in the first-year residence hall, 24 spaces in traditional halls, and 19 spaces in Living Learning Communities. There will be a number of special living unit placements available including quiet living sections. We will also offer a number of alternate spots to qualified candidates that we cannot immediately hire due to space limitations. Alternate staff members are permitted to move onto campus two weeks early to participate in mandatory staff training and will be the first considered for positions that open over the summer or during the fall semester.

How often will I be on duty?

Duty requirements will depend on building placement. Most CAs cover about 4-6 weekend nights per semester. Duty is served in a rotation that is designed to meet the needs of the residential area.

Do I get to pick what building I live in?

No. We design each staff to be a cohesive team and build them around the nature and personality and needs of each building. If you have a compelling reason that you feel you would best fit a certain population, you will have a chance to share this during the application process.

Do I get a single room? Do I have to live in a single room?

All staff are given a single room so that you can have a private place for residents to approach you with any potential concerns. All staff must live in their assigned single room.

Do CAs come back early?

Yes! All CAs get to return to campus early to start training on August 24, 2020. This is a required aspect of the CA position.

2020-2021 Academic Year

CAs are provided with approximately two weeks training and preparation time. In addition to ongoing training Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm.  For the 2019-2020 academic year, CA training will occur from tentatively August 18-29, 2019. CA training occurs every day for the entirety of the day within this period. This mandatory training period will include training on topics including position basics, emergency response procedure, program development, community building, Residential Life expectations and much more. The training period also includes opportunities for hands-on experience in the residence hall working to prepare the CA’s section and the building for residence hall opening and the 2019-2020 academic year. CAs are also required to be present and working in their assigned halls for new and returning student move-in from August 28-September 1, 2019. Winter training sessions will be held the week of January 12, 2020.

Can I apply if I will be abroad for Spring or Fall?

Yes, you may still apply, just be sure to indicate your study abroad plans on your application.