The Community Adviser Position

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Community Adviser (CA) at Iowa State University. You can view position descriptions for the various CA positions at left.

CAs have extremely important jobs and are critical to the DOR mission. Because the CA experience is one of great responsibility, it also will deliver great rewards both personally and professionally! Each house has one live-in CA who provides leadership to the development of programs and activities in the house and hall, serving as a resource to residents, and enforcing regulations and policies to ensure the safety of residents.

CAs come from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of skills and talents. However, there are some qualities that we look for in every student we work with:

  • The ability to problem solve
  • Strong commitment to academics
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Willingness to learn with, from, and about others
  • Commitment to create and participate in an inclusive community

The CA selection process begins with the application. Applications are reviewed and offers for interviews are extended to candidates. There is no “perfect” application – we look for the qualities mentioned above and the other unique strengths you can bring to the position.

There are two minimum requirements that must be met in order to be eligible to apply:

  1. You must have an established ISU or transfer GPA of at least 2.50; and,
  2. You must have completed one full semester of community living experience (residence hall, campus apartment community, boarding school, military barracks, etc.).

Graduate students may apply. Those who have a 20 hour per week, or less, assistantship, are eligible for employment as a Community Adviser. Those with an assistantship above 20 hours will not be eligible. 

In order to be offered an interview, you also must attend a required information sessionIf you are abroad or away this semester, or if you are unable to attend any of the sessions, please email to make alternative arrangements.

Complete applications will consist of the following online components:

  • Personal information section
  • Submit a Cover Letter (Two Page Maximum)
  • Submit a Resume (Two Page Maximum)
    • Both the Cover Letter and Resume must be submitted together as ONE PDF file.
  • Recommendation from current CA (preferred), other DOR staff member, or someone not affiliated with the DoR who can speak to your ability to fulfill the duties of the CA position. Please explain this choice where indicated on the Personal Information Section.
  • Recommendation from a former or current employer, adviser, faculty member, group leader, etc.

Cover Letter & Resume

Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as ONE PDF file. Your Cover Letter should expand upon your resume and should briefly highlight your experiences in the following areas as it relates to the Community Adviser position. Your cover letter should be no more than two pages.

  • What interests you in becoming a Community Adviser?
  • Work/Volunteer Experience
  • Extracurricular Activity Involvement
  • Leadership Experience
  • Community Involvement
  • Experience with diverse student populations


When you submit your application, you will enter your reference's contact information. An email will then be sent to them automatically with the recommendation request. Please do not have references send letters to us. They should complete the form that is emailed to them after you submit your application. 


Applications are due Friday, January 16, 2015 by 11:59 pm.


Thank you again for your interest and Good Luck! If you have other questions please contact the Selection Committee at

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