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Community Associate Application

Program Information:

Stanford University provides housing to over 60% and over 5,000 of its graduate students in a variety of housing configurations, from studio apartments for singles to family apartment courtyards. Community Associates (CAs) are Stanford University’s graduate residence staff whose mission is to create neighborly, healthy and safe communities in graduate residences. CAs are organized by major graduate housing program areas:  Escondido Village (EV) Singles and Couples, EV Families, Kennedy Residences, Rains, Munger, Lyman, and Off-Campus Subsidized.  CAs are hired by and report to the Graduate Life Office.


Job Description:

 CAs are expected to work both individually and as a team to be visible and approachable leaders in their communities with responsibilities in the following three areas:

1.  Being a helpful resource and service to residents.

  • CAs are available and visible to residents and participate in the life and activities of the residence/neighborhood.
  • CAs listen attentively to student concerns and questions and are the first point of contact for residents problems, issues or conflicts. CAs provide first-line of support and problem-solving or conflict mediation before cases are referred to the Graduate Life Deans.
  • CAs work closely with Graduate Life Deans to reach out to, provide support to, or to check on the welfare of concerning residents in their neighborhood. CAs work closely with Graduate Life Deans and other University personnel (CAPS, police, etc.) to provide comprehensive response to resident or community crises or emergencies.
  • CAs treat conversations with students with respect and discretion, and bring questions or concerns to the Graduate Life Deans.
  • CAs are knowledgeable about, and refer students to University resources and departments, particularly the Graduate Life Office, Vaden/CAPS, etc., and serve as liaisons between these offices and their residents for information affecting student health and well-being.
  • CAs provide emergency response information, resources and leadership to residents.
  • CAs, working with GLO, Housing, and other partner offices, inform residents of relevant University policies and promote compliance.
  • CAs consult with and make referrals to GLO as appropriate and needed regarding resident issues.


2.   Connect with residents and build healthy community through information and programming.

  • CAs plan and provide local residential welcome and orientation programs to new     students. They also participate and assist in campus-wide orientation programs   
  • (NGSO).
  • CAs initiate and maintain positive relationships with students living in their residence hall or neighborhood.
  • CAs participate and assist in the assessment of the needs and interests of students within their house, and to attend to the general well-being of residents.
  • CAs create, plan, and implement social events on and off-campus for their residents to promote socialization, relaxation, fun, and sense of community.
  • CAs work in collaboration with, or provide assistance and support to partner offices and organizations such as VPGE, R&DE, and the GSC to improve academic and life experiences of graduate students living on campus.
  • CAs use programming as a way to market themselves as a resource (this includes advertising, neighborhood emails and connecting with residents at events.)


3.  Perform administrative responsibilities and tasks defined and assigned by GLO and CA area.

  • CAs attend and participate in all training programs and activities to become familiar with and informed of graduate student issues, resources, relevant policies, and basic student services skills.
  • CAs attend all required staff meetings with GLO staff and CA area.
  • CAs inform and work with Head CAs and GLO about any absences.
  • CAs complete all necessary paperwork and documentation as required and assigned by GLO and CA area such event and expenses record-keeping. 


Interested in participating?

The Graduate Life Office invites you to apply to become a Community Associate for the academic year 2016-2017!

Please note, only matriculated Stanford University graduate students or their partners are eligible for participation. 


Important Dates:

  • Application opens: February 5, 2016 at 5:00pm
  • Application closes: February 18, 2016 at 5:00pm
  • If chosen for an interview, interview dates are: March 5, 7, and 8
  • Required training dates: April 4-9, 2016, May 9-14, 2016, September 16-18, 2016


Application Instructions and Notes:

  • This application does not allow you to start or stop. Please make sure to block out about an hour to finish the application in its entirety.
  • Note on openings in Escondido Village Singles and Couples --- In Escondido Village, there are only openings in the Studios and Efficiencies.
  • Note for Couples applicants --- There are very few openings.




If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 650-736-7078 or