Community Assistant FAQs
Q. I’ve never been an RA before. Do I still have a chance of becoming a CA?
A. Absolutely! We have had many outstanding CAs who had never been RAs. Each year our staff is approximately ½ former RAs and ½ students who have not been RAs or CAs before we hired them. CAs come from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
Q. How many positions do you have and how many people usually apply?
A. We have four positions at the Woodside Apartments, ten positions at the Gables, six positions at Adams Tower West and five at Babcock Hall. Each year we have approximate 50-60 applicants. Aside from making offers for the positions we have available we also hire a number of alternate candidates to assume the CA position if a spot becomes available.
Q. Are returning CAs automatically re-hired?
A. No. While we value the experience that returners bring, we look at the overall applicant pool each year and try to build the best team we can.
Q. What’s the compensation for the position?
A. CAs are given a silver or silver-plus meal plan plus free housing in their assigned complex/building.
Q. Do I get a single?
A. Maybe. Because of the physical structure of the apartments and Adams Tower West we are not able to offer singles to all of our CAs. All four CAs at Woodside are assigned to double rooms. All seven CAs at Adams Tower West are assigned to spacious triple rooms. At the Gables nine out of ten CAs are in singles and one Gables CA is in a double. At Babcock Hall all CAs are assigned singles.
Q. Do I get to pick my apartment-mates or roommates?
A. YES! When candidates are offered a position they are given paperwork to select their apartment-mates/roommates. As long as the desired apartment-mates/roommates are eligible to live in on-campus housing they can live with you!
Q.How is placement done?
A. Our goal is to build strong overall teams for Woodside, Gables, Adams Tower West and Babcock Halls. We also try to pair Gables CAs with complementary skills in the same buildings. When we offer a candidate a position, the offer is specific down to the complex, building and apartment/floor.
Q. Do I get to request a certain placement?
A. Yes. In the application we ask candidates if they prefer to live and work at Woodside, Gables, Adams Tower West or Babcock Halls. We try our best to accommodate requests but we cannot make any guarantees.
Q. Do you hire alternates?
A. Each year we have been fortunate to have a highly competitive applicant pool and unfortunately we cannot hire everyone. We make a number of alternate offers each year in case a position becomes available.
Q. Have you ever used the alternate pool?
A. YES! Each year we have gone to the alternate pool for one reason or another. We have had CAs who were originally alternates go on to be very successful 2-year CAs.
Q. When are CAs on rounds?
A. At Woodside and Gables CAs are on rounds Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. At Adams Tower West and Babcock Hall, CAs are on a nightly duty rotation.
Q. How often are CAs on rounds?
A. CAs are on rounds approximately 18 nights per year.
Q. Do CAs have to be here over winter break?
A. Yes & No. Since Woodside, Gables, Adams Tower West and Babcock Halls do not close over Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks we have CAs on duty. If a CAs has signed up for duty over break he.she has to be here during duty shifts. If a CA is not on duty he/she does not have to be on campus. (Since dining halls are not open over these break periods CAs covering these duty shifts are paid a nightly stipend).
Q. I have an internship. Can I still be a CA?
A. Most likely. We encourage CAs not to take on outside commitments that exceed 10 hours per week beyond the CA job. CAs are required to ask their supervisor for approval before taking on additional commitments.
Q. How many hours per week is the CA job?
A. The CA job boils down to approximately 20 hours per week. Some weeks are more. Some weeks are less. It depends on the time of year, the duty schedule and each CA’s program schedule.
Q. I’ve heard that CAs are responsible for running socials in the apartments and halls. What are the requirements?
A. Designing and running hall programs and socials for building residents is one of the most creative and exciting things that CAs get to do. CAs are provided with plenty of guidance and a budget for running their socials.
Q. Do I already need to know how to confront people or deal with emergencies?
A. Prior experience is not a requirement to be a CA. All staff members receive training before the academic year on many situations that might arise. Training will also include time to explore and become familiar with UNH campus resources and other offices which will be helpful to the CA during the year.
Q. Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A. On the main CA job page there is a “contact us” link. Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have.