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Residential Life Employment Opportunities

The Office of Residential Life offers two part-time employment opportunities for student residents: Community Advisor (CA) and Desk Assistant (DA) positions.

Community Advisor

The Community Advisor (CA) is a student staff member who lives on a residence hall floor or designated Transitional Living Area (TLA) under the direct supervision of an Area Coordinator (AC). The CA's primary role is to encourage and inspire each resident's development while promoting a safe, secure and welcoming community. The CA is the key representative of the Office of Residential Life and is employed to facilitate the campus wide learning outcomes specifically; Collaborative Leadership, Intercultural Competency and Ethical Citizenship.


  • Enrollment at Augustana College as a full-time student
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.25 is required at the time of hire
  • Students serving as Peer Mentors or Student Teachers are not eligible to be CAs
  • At time of employment CA must be of sophomore year standing or higher. CA must have completed one full year as a full time Augustana student. 
  • CA must be in good judicial standing
  • CA position is a year-long commitment and extended time away from campus may limit eligibility of employment
  • CAs are not eligible for additional on-campu employment


  • Assisting residents with personal and academic concerns
  • Encouraging, and when necessary enforcing, mature behavior among residents
  • Coordinating programs and events to promote community development
  • Disseminating information and serving as a campus referral resource
  • Maintaining an environment that promotes academic success

Selection process:

The CA selection process takes place during the latter part of winter term. Information meetings are scheduled during Week 8 of Winter Term and will be advertised via e-mail. If you are interested in becoming a CA, we encourage you to approach our student and/or professional staff for their personal perspectives. You are also welcome to contact the Office of Residential Life at (309) 794-2686.


CAs assigned to residence halls will earn a stipend of $3966.00 and in Transitional Living Areas $3769.00 for the academic year. In addition, the single room assigned will be billed at the reduced room rate of $937.00 per term. Surpassing the tangible compensation is the quality, hands-on leadership training that you will receive. This is one of a very few campus opportunities where students can learn essential leadership skills in such a comprehensive manner and in such a supportive environment.

For more information:

Contact your Community Advisor, Residence Director, Area Coordinator, or the Office of Residential Life (309-794-2686). Or you can directly apply on the Augie Hub by searching Community Advisor.

Desk Assistant

Our residence halls service desks are staffed from 5 p.m. to midnight daily by student Desk Assistants (DAs). The DAs play an essential receptionist-type role that includes a number of services to assist residents and building guests.


  • Dependability
  • Great customer service skills
  • Ability to remain until hall closing for at least one break period


  • Answering the desk phone and taking messages
  • Updating computerized logs as needed and informing residents of deliveries
  • Maintaining the security of the building by monitoring the entrance area and assisting staff as needed
  • Providing hall and campus information/referral assistance
  • Checking out desk equipment
  • Providing change and vending refunds

Selection process:

The DA selection process commences after the housing selection process has been completed each spring. It is coordinated by the professional staff and announced to the campus community via e-mail. The process itself consists of an interview and requires a recommendation from a current Office of Residential Life staff member.

If openings are still available early in the fall term, CAs and RDs will advertise them to their hall communities at that time.


DAs receive the minimum hourly wage ($8.25/hour). Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

For more information:

Contact the Office of Residential Life at (309) 794-2686.