Become a Community Advisor!!!

Community Advisor Position Description
Community Advisors are responsible for building a safe and inclusive learning community with a core objective of facilitating residential education. Successful Community Advisors will be engaged, team-oriented students who have a passion for learning, strong interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude.
Required Qualifications
To apply for the position, candidates must have:
› One completed, post-high school full time semester (a full time semester is
defined as 13 or more completed credits in a single fall or spring semester,
incompletes and withdrawals do not count towards the 13 minimum credits for full
time standing)
› Achieved a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
› Willingness and openness to engage with:
¡ Strengths Philosophy
¡ All populations, including those outlined in the University of Minnesota’s Equal Opportunity Statement (race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression)
To start the Community Advisor position, candidates must have:
› Two completed, post-high school full time semesters (a full time semester is
defined as 13 or more completed credits in a single fall or spring semester,
incompletes and withdrawals do not count towards the 13 minimum credits for full
time standing)
› Achieved a 2.5 cumulative GPA
Core Purposes and Responsibilities
– Relationship Development
› To establish and maintain robust, positive, individual connections with others
› To be available for and invested in your residents
– Community Development
› To create a safe and inclusive environment
› To maintain a learning environment through duty coverage and policy
enforcement
– Development & Empowerment of Others
› To facilitate education and coaching with residents
› To help residents discover and foster their passions and interests
› To help residents understand and develop their talents
› To assist residents in learning to overcome challenges and meet goals
– Team
› To positively collaborate with, support and guide colleagues
– Operational Tasks
› To support functions associated with the mission, vision and values of Housing &
Residential Life and the University of Minnesota
› To complete all administrative tasks and responsibilities, and other duties as
assigned.
› To provide exceptional customer service
– Resourcing
› To familiarize oneself with and make referrals to the services, offices and support
systems at the university
– Leadership
› To serve as a positive role model to individuals and the community
› To establish trust, demonstrate compassion, promote stability and create hope
for residents
Additional Critical Elements
– A background check must be passed prior to starting the position.
– Non-academic commitments (employment, student involvement) are limited to 10 hours
per week and require supervisor permission.
– Must attend a weekly 2-hour staff meeting that can start as early as 6 AM or as late as
11 PM.
– Must attend 3 in-service training sessions per semester.
– Must follow all local, state, federal laws in addition to all university, departmental and
supervisory policies.
– Each Community Advisor is allowed 10 nights away each semester (a night away is any
night when you have not returned to your room by 2 AM).
Dates of Appointment
The 2013-2014 Community Advisor appointment period is August 15, 2013 until May 18,
2014 for Bailey Hall, Centennial Hall, Comstock Hall, Frontier Hall, Middlebrook Hall, Pioneer Hall, Sanford Hall, Territorial Hall, and Wilkins Hall and August 12, 2013 until June 1, 2014 for University Village and Yudof Hall. Training in August will last full days and some weekend days and evenings. Attendance is a condition of the position.
Compensation
Community Advisors receive full board, a $250 per semester tuition credit, and a 14-meal per week (or equivalent) meal plan in exchange for their appointment.
APPLICATION LINK: http://miniurl.org/UofM_CA_App
Selection Timelines
These are the current application deadlines and workshop offerings over the next year. This document will be updated from time to time to reflect the addition of new application time periods. These appointment processes are for positions during the academic year only. In your application, you will be able to indicate when you will be qualified and interested in starting a Community Advisor position.
Spring 2013 Selection Process
January 16 (Early Application Deadline) – In order to be considered for weekend workshop #1 or Thursday night workshop (see below), you must apply by noon on this date. Applying by this dates does not guarantee you are assigned to weekend workshop #1.
January 18 – Candidates who applied by the early application deadline will be notified by 4 PM to their U of M email account if they have been assigned to Weekend Workshop #1 or the Thursday night workshop.
January 23 (Application Deadline) – Your online application must be completed by noon on this day. Late applications will not be accepted.
January 24 – This is the 1st night of the Thursday night workshop. This workshop runs three Thursdays in a row (January 24, 31, and February 7) from 6-10 PM each night.
January 25 – Candidates will be notified by 4 PM to their U of M email account about whether they meet qualifications for taking the workshop and the location of the workshop. Some people will not keep their first choice as we try to even out workshop sizes.
January 26-27 – Weekend workshop #1. This workshop meets for 6 hours on this Saturday and 6 hours on this Sunday (9 AM to Noon, 1 PM to 4 PM each day).
February 2-3 – Weekend workshop #2. This workshop meets for 6 hours on this Saturday and 6 hours on this Sunday (9 AM to Noon, 1 PM to 4 PM each day).
February 9-10 – Weekend workshop #3. This workshop meets for 6 hours on this Saturday and 6 hours on this Sunday (9 AM to Noon, 1 PM to 4 PM each day).
February 15 – Candidates will complete a 30-minute exit interview prior to this date. Someone will contact you prior to this date to schedule your interview.
March 1 – Candidates will be informed by email to their U of M account if they are offered a position for the 2013-2014 academic year. Those not offered positions are informed as to whether they have either been placed in our alternate pool or are considered unqualified for the position and removed from the
process. For people placed in the alternate pool, we will usually have approximately 15 more openings each year prior to August and another 10 opening each year between August and January. Qualified candidates will be considered for all available positions until their status ends in January 2014.
Summer 2013
May 29 (Application Deadline) – Your online application must be completed by noon on this day. Late applications will not be accepted.
May 31 – Candidates will be notified by their U of M email account about whether they meet qualifications for taking the workshop and the location of the workshop.
June 8 – Weekend Workshop Day #1. This workshop will meet from 9 AM to Noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM in a location to be assigned later. You must be able attend both Day #1 and Day #2.
June 9 – Weekend Workshop Day #2. This workshop will meet from 9 AM to Noon and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM in a location to be assigned later. You must be able attend both Day #1 and Day #2.
June 18 – Candidates will complete a 30-minute exit interview prior to this date. Someone will contact you prior to this date to schedule your interview.
June 25 – Candidates will be informed of their application status. We will fill any open positions available due to summer resignations and place all remaining qualified candidates in our alternate pool. Candidates not deemed qualified will be removed from the process. Qualified candidates will be considered for all available position until their status ends on June 2014.
Please review the position description and minimum qualifications to see if you believe this position will be a good fit for you. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact any of our professional Residential Life staff. You may also contact me by calling 612-626-5490 or by email at and e4174@umn.edu. Or you may contact Vicky Bayerl at 612-625-2121 or reslife@umn.edu.
Sincerely,
Grant Anderson
Coordinator of Residential Life
Housing & Residential Life
APPLICATION LINK: http://miniurl.org/UofM_CA_App