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Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2015-16 Academic Year. 

Community Advisors

We Are DCL

The Department of Community Living is currently completing the Community Advisor (CA) selection process for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Community Living is seeking candidates who are flexible, creative, and enthusiastic about the Brandeis residential community. The CA position requires well-developed interpersonal skills, a genuine interest in working with a wide variety of people, and an ability to perform in an organized and responsible manner under conditions that may be stressful.

Eligibility to Be a CA

All applicants must:

  • Have lived in on-campus housing at Brandeis for a minimum of one semester prior to the time of application.
  • Have completed a minimum of one semester of post-secondary coursework before time of application.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at time of application. GPA must not fall below 2.5 at any point between the time of application and the end of appointment as a CA.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time credit bearing student at Brandeis University and must maintain good academic standing during the entire period of appointment.
  • Carry no more than 5.5 classes per semester and no less than 3 classes without prior approval.
  • CAs may not serve as a member of the University Conduct Board, Roosevelt Fellow, a member of the Campus Center Team, or participate in any club, organization or obligation that will interfere with primary CA trainings or responsibilities.
Applicants must be available to meet the following mandatory requirements:
  • Community Advisor Orientation: Tuesday April 14th, 2015 8:30pm-10pm in Ridgewood Commons. There is a backup date of Tuesday April 21st with the same time as a backup. The exact date will be included in offer letters.

  • Tuesday nights, 7-10:30pm: Candidates with class conflicts up until:30pm may be considered, however any conflicts that go past 8:30pm on Tuesdays will likely disqualify the candidate from consideration.
  • Summer Modules: In an effort to maximize our time together at Fall Training in August, we will have several basic training sessions on Latte that will need to be completed before you arrive on campus for Fall Training.

  • Fall Training: CAs are expected to return to campus in mid-August for training. The exact date and time will be included in offer letters.

  • Winter Closing: CAs are expected to stay until residence halls close for Winter Break. The exact date and time will be included in offer letters.

  • Winter Training: CAs are expected to return to campus approximately one week before residence halls open in January 2016. The exact date and time will be included in offer letters.

  • Spring Closing: CAs are expected to stay until the day after residence halls close for the summer in May, and will also be given the opportunity to stay until the day after Commencement in exchange for assistance with closing. The exact date and time will be included in offer letters.

The Department of Community Living is pleased to announce a few exciting changes to the CA recruitment and selection process for the 2015-2016 academic year:
  • Students studying abroad during either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 are now eligible to apply for a one-semester CA position for the 2015-2016 academic year. Your semester abroad does not affect your candidacy; our department anticipates openings for both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, and vacant CA positions will be filled based on the needs of our residential community.
  • Individuals applying to return to an Orientation Leader (OL) position for the 2015-2016 academic year are also eligible to apply for a CA position for the same year. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must have at least 1 year of experience as an OL. In other words, you cannot be new to both leadership positions simultaneously.
  • Students planning to graduate early are encouraged to apply for CA positions, too. We are committed to employing the strongest candidates available to our students, and early graduation is no longer a barrier to your success in obtaining a CA position.

Application Process

The CA application process begins mid-November and concludes mid-February.  The application process includes a written application, two recommendations, and individual and group interviews.  All portions of the application process must be completed for your candidacy to be considered.

Information Sessions

Information session attendance, although not required, is strongly encouraged.  Sessions will last roughly 1 hour. The following information sessions will be offered for Fall 2014:

  • Tuesday, November 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM in Polaris Lounge (North Quad)
  • Wednesday, November 19th from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in Ridgewood Commons
  • Monday, December 1st from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Village Seminar Room
  • Thursday, December 4th from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Department of Community Living Conference Room (Usdan Student Center, G032)
  • Saturday, December 6th from 12:00-1:00 PM in Airplane Lounge (East Quad)
  • Tuesday, December 9th from 7:00-8:00 PM in Shapiro Lounge (Massell Quad)
  • Wednesday, December 10th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM in Castle Commons

Application Timeline 

Online CA Application Goes Live: November 17, 2014

Information Sessions: November 18-December 10, 2014

Application Materials Due: Friday, January 16 at 12:00 PM 

*All electronic application materials must be submitted online via Qualtrics by this deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Individual Interviews: January 26-28, 2015

Group Process Interviews: February 8-10, 2015
Individuals selected to move forward in the interview process will be asked to attend ONE of the following 2-hour sessions:
  • Sunday, February 8th from 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 8th from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 10th from 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 10th from 8:00-10:00 PM
Candidate Notification: February 20, 2015
Letters of Intent Due: February 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Application Materials

Application processed is closed.

Contact Information

Please feel free to call, email, or stop by the office with any questions or concerns. The Department of Community Living is located in the Usdan Student Center on the ground floor in room G032. We are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Email: CAselection1516@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-5060