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Letter to the Applicant

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Residential Education and Housing and our student staff positions for 2024-25 academic year. Our staff positions provide an excellent opportunity to gain leadership skills, enhanced communication and interpersonal skills, and experience in building community. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions regarding your application and the selection process.

Positions Available:

Community Advisor: Community Advisors (CAs) are sophomore and upper class students. These undergraduate student staff members serve as leaders in developing community within their area of responsibility, help to resolve student and community conflicts, and organizing community events for residents.

View the CA Job Description

Desk Assistants: Desk Assistants (DAs) are sophomore and upper class students who monitor the Residence Halls and maintains important records for the department. Desk Assistant work in every residential building in a night desk or service area capacity.

Desk Assistant Job Description

What are the requirements to become a student staff member (CA, DA)?

  • All applicants should have completed at least one semester at TCNJ and be a full time undergraduate.
  • Newly hired staff will need to have the ability to accept full academic year appointment.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, a semester GPA of 2.0, and good disciplinary standing with the college. New hires will not be able to begin the position with a GPA below 2.5.
  • Upon accepting a position, all staff members are required to review and sign a Student Employment Agreement outlining expected behavior as a staff member. If you have any questions regarding these documents, please contact your supervising Residence Director.

What are the requirements to become a Community Advisor (CA)?

CAs must be of at least sophomore status (min 7.75 TCNJ units) by the Fall of 2024.
Not participating in full-time student teaching or internship, and able to attend the weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays from 1PM-3PM.

What are the requirements to become a Desk Assistant (DA)?

DAs must be of at least sophomore status (min 7.75 TCNJ units) by the Fall of 2024.

What do I need to know about the application and reference forms?

  1. Visit to complete an online application (open October 16 – November 20, 2023). You can submit one application to apply for all offered positions: Community Advisor, SMRO, and Desk Assistant.
    1. Note: if you intend to apply to a Desk Assistant position only, please refer to the Student Employment website for the appropriate application.
  2. Upload your resume as a PDF to the online application. Your resume must include your name, address, educational history, work history, co-curricular involvement, and any other special skills you would like us to know about.
  3. Provide contact information for two references in your online application. Res Ed Staff will contact your references after your application is submitted to fill out a reference form on your behalf. It is strongly recommended that one of your references be completed by a member of the TCNJ community (staff, faculty, current Res Ed student staff, advisor, etc). You should select references who can provide an objective and critical analysis of your skills and experiences. Family and friends are not recommended. It is in your best interest to explain the position(s) for which you are applying to your reference. At least one reference form must be submitted on your behalf for your application to be considered complete.

Student Staff Selection Process Timeline

  • October 16, 2023 | Online applications become available at
  • October 18th through November 1st  | All applicants must attend an information session
  • November 20th, 2023 | Online applications due
  • Interviews are anticipated to take place during the first two weeks of the Spring 2025 Semester 1/24 to 1/26.

What about compensation and financial aid?

  • CAs receive a room credit and a stipend of $1,115 per semester.
  • SMROs receive a room credit and a stipend of $1,440 per semester.
  • DAs will be required to work a certain number of hours in our service areas, and will receive an hourly wage for this work as determined by Human Resources.
  • Staff compensation for those hired after the August start date will be prorated accordingly.
  • Anyone receiving financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine the effect this position may have on your package.

Are there mandatory meetings and training?

  • All staff members will be required to attend trainings in August and January. Staff should not make plans up to 2 weeks before classes begin, as all staff will be required to participate in training and residence hall opening procedures.
  • Other training and meetings are referenced in job descriptions.

If you have any questions, please attend any of our information sessions or contact us via email at


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