Student Employment

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, they give students experiences that help lay the groundwork for career and for life.

Selection Process Timeline

  JAN 11                     
  application opens
  FEB 1 
  Application closes
  FEB 8-19
  interviews with candidates
  MAR 8-12 
  employment offers extended
  ca kickoff


the application is now closed.


Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria could be invited to interview for the position. Eligible candidates will receive their interview date and time via email.  We encourage candidates to dress professionally (business casual attire is suggested). You will be contacted to schedule your interview.

Training begins on Sunday, August 8 and continues through opening day on Thursday, August 19. There is no training on Saturday, August 14.

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 probation after May 7, 2021.  Please note that candidates who are placed on University disciplinary probation for Spring Semester 2021 for an incident occurring after any part of the CA application was submitted will become ineligible.  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.

Community Advisors who want to participate in co-curricular activities (e.g. assistantships, internships, student organizations, student teaching, and clinicals) 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 Emily Ender, Area Director, by the application deadline.

You will be able to complete the CA application in the Housing & Dining Portal. Details will be provided here when the application opens.

If you experience technical difficulties with the application, contact Emily Ender via email or phone (507-389-2987).