Community Advisor

Crawford A Staff (2023)

Residential Life is one of the largest employers of students on campus. The leadership opportunities we provide through our Student Staff positions go beyond just a convenient way to earn a paycheck, staff members develop and polish skills that are helpful in careers and in life.

Hiring Timeline and Application

August 2024 Start


Application opens at 9:00 a.m. in the Housing & Dining Portal

JAN 24

Application Closes at 11:59 p.m.


Group Workshops


Individual Interviews


Employment Offers Extended

AUG 11

CA Training Begins


Applications for positions that begin in August 2024 will be open December 4 - January 24 in the Housing & Dining Portal.


Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may be invited to participate in group workshops and individual interviews, which will occur in February 2024.

Identified candidates will be emailed instructions on how to select from available time slots for both of these steps in the interview process.

We encourage candidates to dress professionally (business casual attire is suggested).

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are starting as a CA in August of 2024, training begins on Sunday, August 11 and continues through opening day on Thursday, August 22. There is no training on Saturday, August 17.

Minnesota Statute Sections 299C.66 to 299C.71 (a.k.a. the Kari Koskinen Manager Background Check Act…herein referred to as “the Act”), enacted in 1995, require background checks on managers of apartment buildings and other dwellings. 

The term manager includes any individual “who has or would have the means, within the scope of the individual’s duties, to enter tenants’ dwelling units.”  In keeping with the spirit of the Act, this process is used on Minnesota State campuses with residence halls or other dwelling units.  It is applied to any person with a key or other means of access to a student room.  Community Advisors have access to student room keys.

Felony offenses that preclude employment/reassignment include all convictions for attempts to commit, or commission, the following: first, second, and third degree homicide; first and second degree manslaughter; criminal vehicular homicide and injury; first, second, third, fourth, and fifth degree sexual assault; kidnapping; first, second, third and fourth degree criminal sexual conduct; simple robbery; aggravated robbery; false imprisonment; theft; burglary; terroristic threats; first degree arson, and any violation of any level of the harassment and stalking statute.

Yes, as long as you are not on University disciplinary when the position begins.

Please note that candidates who are placed on University disciplinary probation for an incident occurring after any part of the CA application was submitted will become ineligible for the current process.  Conduct checks will take place throughout the selection process.

One responsibility of being a CA is to be accessible and visible to residents.  Outside employment and co-curricular activities can, at times, have an adverse effect on fulfilling this responsibility.  In addition, newly hired CAs often find it challenging to balance numerous responsibilities, and balance them well, during their first semester of employment. 

Hence, CAs may request approval from their Hall Director to seek additional employment opportunities.  The additional employment opportunities must not exceed 10 hours per week.

A student cannot be a CA and a student teacher at the same time.

Community Advisors who want to participate in co-curricular activities need to discuss their plans and obtain written approval from their Hall Director.  Hall Directors will assist CAs in examining how co-curricular activities might have an impact on their personal and work-related responsibilities.

Yes. Because some time has passed since you previously applied, it is important to gather updated information and, at times, our position descriptions are updated.

Yes, as long as you meet all qualifications for the position.  Since you will not have any grades posted on the University records system, you may need to submit a copy of your transcript from the college or university you previously attended.  Please submit this document to Peter Hausladen, Assistant Director for Residential Education, by the application deadline.

August 2024 Start

Applications for positions that begin in August 2024 will be open December 4 - January 24 in the Housing & Dining Portal.

If you experience technical difficulties with the application, contact Peter Hausladen via email or phone (507-389-1011).