Upperclass Community Living Advisers

Building Residential Communities

Each year, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Housing Department hire approximately 25 Community Living Advisers (CLAs), typically assigning one or two in each of the upperclass dormitories. These positions requires a commitment averaging 10 to 15 hours per week.


Applicants must be upperclass students (rising juniors or seniors) and should possess excellent communication, administrative and interpersonal skills.


  • Serving as a liaison to the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Housing Offices' staff with respect to communicating with residents of their dormitory regarding living conditions, maintenance concerns, and other issues as they arise.
  • Building community in their area by hosting activities and through informal interactions with residents.
  • Upperclass CLAs will act as liaisons to Assistant Deans for Student Life as needed, and meet with some HRES and facilities staff.
  • Promoting safety, citizenship, health and wellness.
  • Assigned to upper-class students in unaffiliated housing, CLAs will help foster relationships among their residents.
  • Establishing a good working relationship with the custodian(s) in the building in which the CLA serves.
  • Reporting damage, unsafe conditions, violations of code and other residential concerns to the appropriate administrative office (Housing, Building Services, Maintenance, Facilities Customer Service Center, Public Safety, Dean of Undergraduate Students Offices).
  • Ensuring proper use of common areas throughout the building, including resolving usage disputes, and scheduling and monitoring of activities held therein.
  • Disseminating information from various administrative offices to residents, including holding informational meetings, posting paper, and sending e-mail notices, etc.
  • Filing regular written reports and attending monthly meetings.
  • Develop personal connections and foster a sense of community by hosting at least monthly study breaks with residents.
  • Will address any concerns returning students may have with other residents (i.e. roommate conflicts) and act as an initial mediator to resolve any concerns.
  • Become familiar with University resources and be able to refer residents to appropriate campus resources or staff when needs arise.
  • Maintaining a presence in the building and being regularly available (in-person or virtually) for residents to discuss their concerns.
  • Monitoring OIT dorm printer functionality and help with inventory of consumables.
  • Assisting with check-in and check-out of residents during the academic year. For check-in students must be on campus prior to the first early arrival upperclass students. For check-out, students must remain on campus through Commencement to assist in this process.
  • Other duties as assigned or as needed, such as assisting housing staff with tasks or distribution of information during room draw and/or move-out.

Fall Check-In & Training

There will be mandatory training for all dormitory assistants before move-in for returning students.  All advisers must be back on campus by 9am, Wednesday, August 30, 2023, to begin training.

Additional Trainings During the Year

Training is ongoing during the course of the academic year. CLAs are required to attend monthly staff meetings at which issues are discussed and problems and challenging situations can be informally workshopped.  There will also be a selection of in-service training sessions throughout the year.  CLAs must choose two sessions during the year.


Community Living Advisers are eligible for an estimated annual salary of $8,000 payable in bi-weekly installments (pay is taxable income, subject to wage withholding and reporting on the W-2.  Note that international students should consult with the Davis International Center regarding on-campus employment). Students selected for this position will not participate in room draw, but will be assigned a single room in one of the upperclass dormitories. Students selected as alternate CLAs will be required to attend training, but will not be compensated unless they are asked to step into the full CLA position.

Application Process

The application process includes completing an on-line form that contains some essay questions. In addition, CLA candidates must also provide one recommendation. This recommendation must be completed through the on-line system.

The 2023-24 academic year applications will open during the fall semester.  Successful applicants will be notified before room draw begins, as they are assigned to designated spaces within upperclass dormitories.