Apply to Join the Campus Housing and Community Living Team
Making a Difference
Becoming a Community Advocate (CA) or a Community Director (CD) is a game changer. Leadership, friendship and growth - you'll get them all.
Our Residence Halls are staffed with a fun-loving group of students and professional staff. Our goal is to make the Halls a safe and welcoming environment. Joining the team will give you real-world skills and you will be trained to help deal with conflict, build community and be a resource to residents in your Residence Halls.
Overview of Community Living Positions
What is an CA (Community Advocate)?
Each Residence Hall on campus has at least one CA per floor. CAs are full-time students who act as a liaison between the students living on their floor and the campus community. They help build community by doing a wide range of programming, holding floor meetings and by assisting in keeping the Residence Halls safe and secure. Many of the students who apply to be CAs are typically leaders and role models on our campus who personify what it means to be a good leader on a college campus and in the surrounding community.
What is an CD (Community Director or Hall Director)?
CDs are a mix of full time professional staff and graduate assistants. The CD role on campus is to oversee the day-to-day functions of the Residence Halls. This includes supervising the CAs, acting as liaison for their hall and other campus offices, and help solve community conflicts. CDs also are the acting advisers to Community Governments. Unlike our CAs, CDs are either full time graduate students (Graduate Assistants) or full-time professional staff in our First Year Student buildings. CDs are also seen as leaders and role models on our campus and surrounding community.
Joining the Team: Becoming a CA
If you would like to apply to be an CA here is what you need to know:
- Applications for the following fall typically open in mid November and close in early February
- All qualified students (see requirements below) must attend two group sessions that typically happen in mid February.
- If you are selected to move on from the group process, you will complete an interview (typically happening at the end of February, or early March)
- All Applicants will then be notified on their status by the end of March or early April.
Required and Recommended qualifications for CA positions.
- GPA of 2.75 or Higher (Required)
- Application submitted by the due date (Required)
- No major college rule violations (Required)
- Successful Completion of the CA Application Process (Required)
- Involvement in your Residence Hall and/or Campus Community (Recommended)
- Leadership/Teamwork Experience (Recommended)
Applying to be a Community Director
All candidates for Graduate CD positions, must apply to or be matriculated into a full time Graduate program at SUNY Plattsburgh and apply to be a Graduate Assistant. Professional Community Directors are hired when needed through the College’s Search Process.