Community and Leadership Assistant 2018-2019



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The 2017-2018 Community Leadership Assistant Application Process has closed.

Below is the the 2017-2018 Job Description. Please check back periodically for an updated description of the 2018-2019 CLA position. The 2018-2019 CLA Application will go live in late October 2017. Stay tuned!




The Mission of Residential Education is to create safe and inclusive living-learning communities that foster holistic education and global citizenship. Residential Education’s vision reflects a commitment to the intentional creation of effective and innovative programs aimed to empower students with the skills to become engaged campus and global citizens, and active agents of social change. The Resident Directors and the Live-In Student Staff will accomplish this mission through a combination of community building activities, student empowerment programs, and personal conversations.


The Community and Leadership Assistant (CLA) is responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that promotes residential communities through excellence in academic integration and personal development opportunities for students.  As an employee of Residential and Housing Services, each RA will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the Residential Education Student Staff Manual, the Residential Code of Conduct, the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Conduct University of California Personnel Policies and Procedures, and the University of California Policies applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students.


The CLA’s role is to promote and support the student leaders in the community, as directed by the Residential Curriculum (RC). The RC outlines the framework used by  the residential staff that will engage students through one-on-one conversations, community meetings, and strategies that target the needs of the community. The CLA serves as an advisor to the leadership programs of the Unit, including, but not limited to Hall Association, Theme Programs, as well as promoting and supporting the program efforts of the Resident Assistants, Theme Program Assistants, and Apartment Assistants. All responsibilities listed will be carried out under the supervision of the Resident Director (RD).



Ethics Statement:

As a representative of the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Residential Education staff, the Community and Leadership Assistant is expected to respect the personal integrity of all community members and assure they be treated in a manner that is fundamentally fair. Staff should refrain from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that:

  • Would be considered harassment on the basis of gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, citizenship, age, and/or ability.

  • Would impinge on a resident's or another staff member's dignity, moral code, privacy, self‐worth, and academic, physical, psychological, and/or emotional well‐being.

  • Would seek unjustified personal gains, unfair advantage, unearned goods or services.


Essential Duties:


Hall Association Advising (40%)

  • Support and encourage student leaders in the development of an effective Hall Association. Attend both Executive Committee and general body meetings as directed.

  • Facilitate Hall Association Elections under the guidelines set forth by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA). This includes, but is not limited to, publicizing elections, soliciting candidates, coordinating informational meetings and speeches night, staffing the election table, and tabulating ballots.

  • Provide intentional-comprehensive orientation training and leadership development to the Hall Association Executive Committee at the beginning of Fall and Spring semester and when a new executive member joins Hall Association.

  • Support and promote system-wide strategies/initiatives from the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA).

  • Serve as a co-advisor with the Resident Director to the Executive Committee with regards to fiscal responsibilities and strategy execution.

  • Under the supervision of the Resident Director, develop, implement, and assess on-going intentional-comprehensive leadership development for the hall association executive committee and individual executive members.

  • Meet regularly with Hall Association members to provide support and guidance.

  • Serve as a resource for the Hall Association in the planning and implementation of strategies and events for the residential community. Regularly attend such strategies/events.

  • Co-advise and support the Hall Association in aligning their efforts with the Residential Curriculum.

  • Provide regular Hall Association updates to the live-in student staff

  • Attend regular advisor meetings facilitated by the ALC for Leadership Development


Residential Curriculum Implementation & Support Responsibilities (25%)

  • Serve as a resource for Resident Assistants, Theme Program Assistants, and/or Apartment Assistants in their development and implementation of the Residential Curriculum under the direction of the Resident Director.

  • Coordinate and support unit-wide strategies in alignment with the Residential Curriculum, under the supervision of the Resident Director. These may include, but are not limited to, Move-In/Move-Out, Golden Bear Orientation, Homecoming, and other unit wide strategies.

  • Support, promote, and attend, System-wide, and Campus Strategies as required by the Residential Curriculum under the supervision of the Resident Director.  

  • Meet with Resident Assistants, Theme Program Assistants, and/or Apartment Assistants as needed to advise and assist in strategy implementation.

  • Serve as an advisor for the marketing efforts and materials for the curriculum strategy efforts of the residential staff.

  • Complete all program assessment tools as directed by both the RCI and the RD for the purpose of tracking and assessing all strategies

  • In partnership with the Resident Director, assist with facilitating ongoing Community Needs Assessments

  • Support and promote strategies offered by the Resident Faculty, the Academic & Leadership Coordinators, and the Academic Center Staff.


Orientation & Welcome Responsibilities (15%)

  • Devote significant time during Golden Bear Orientation to work in partnership with Orientation Mentors and Orientation Leaders to ensure the successful execution of the GBO program and aid student in being engaged and connected during their transition to UC Berkeley.  

  • Participate in the opening preparation of the halls prior to Golden Bear Orientation during Fall and Spring semesters including, but not limited to: inspection of rooms, conducting inventories, administrative, logistical, and physical preparation of floors, suites, halls, areas, and/or unit.

  • Facilitate discussions with new students on a variety of topics such as wellness, alcohol, safety and inclusion.

  • Provide new students with a general introduction to UC Berkeley and its functions.

  • Play a significant role in supporting, planning and facilitating welcome meetings and strategies throughout Golden Bear Orientation and in the weeks following assisting students with connecting to resources in-residence and across campus

  • Communicate with supervisor (RD) regarding students in need of additional support during orientation.

  • Foster a sense of belonging and connection to the UC Berkeley community as students transition to campus and throughout the academic year.


Safety & Risk Management Responsibilities (5%)

  • Follow all emergency procedures as outlined by the Hall Staff Manual and directed by Resident Director.

  • Confront and respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and/or is in violation of campus policies and procedures (i.e behavior that endangers the health and safety of residents).

  • Following the situation(s), document incident(s) within 12 hours of an incident while following all protocols and procedures. Demonstrate sound judgement in reporting urgent situations in a timely and appropriate manner.

  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding safety and liability in advising Hall Association and executing strategies. Report all concerns directly the RD.

  • Relate student concerns (i.e. policies, procedures, dining, and maintenance) to the appropriate units of the RSSP.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of campus resources in order to provide academic, social, and personal counseling and/or referral.


Administrative Responsibilities (10%)

  • Attend and participate in all staff training programs for both Fall and Spring Training and any scheduled in-services.

  • Attend weekly hall staff meetings, unit meetings and hall association meeting prepared with weekly updates as required by the RD.  

  • CLAs should be available every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m.

  • Hall staff meetings will be on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  

  • From 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. you are expected to attend Hall Association meetings

  • Ensure that your RD is informed and updated on all aspects of your work. This responsibility will entail being in phone and/or email contact and meeting regularly with your RD to share job-related information, receive feedback and develop job-related skills.

  • Participate in all individual, staff, and group evaluations as planned by Residential & Student Service Programs.

  • Participate in assessment activities as directed by Residential & Student Service Programs.


Additional Duties (5%)

  • Participate in hall staff selection process (i.e., panel and group interviews).

  • Assist with and be present for the implementation of Cal Day as directed.

  • Additional Duties as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the Residential Community




  • Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with the university and possessing a minimum 2.300 cumulative GPA and good standing with the University at the start of position and throughout the period of employment. Please note that GPA does not round up, any GPA below a 2.300 (2.299 or below) will make you ineligible for this position.

  • Full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) during period of employment. .



  • Previous leadership experience in a residential community

  • Previous experience in advising, peer mentoring, and/or supervision

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • The ability to facilitate community among individuals

  • Understanding or willingness to learn about the principles of an inclusive, socially-just community

  • Preferred minimum of one year residence in a college or university residence hall, or a similar group living experience such as a Greek house, co-op, or theme program prior to term of employment.


Terms of Employment:

  • Abide by all Housing and Residential Policies as outlined by the Residential and Campus Code of Conduct. Failure to abide by these policies  may result personnel action up to and including dismissal.

  • All Community and Leadership Assistants new to hall staff must enroll in a one-unit EDUC98/198 course during the Spring 2017 semester. Employment is contingent on the CLA receiving a grade of “P” in the course.

  • Maintain the required 2.300 minimum G.P.A. throughout the term of employment.  CLAs must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Education. Spring 2017 grade report must be submitted by July 1, 2017 while the Fall 2017 grade report must be submitted within the first week of classes of the Spring 2018 semester in order to ensure compliance with the academic requirements of the position.

  • Maintain full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) throughout the term of employment. Exceptions must have prior approval of the Resident Director and Assistant Director.

  • The period of employment for this live-in position commences with the start of student staff training on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 and concludes Sunday, May 13, 2018 with the closing of the residence halls.

  • Active participation in Fall Training (beginning Wednesday, August 2nd), Spring Training (beginning Monday, January 8, 2018) and ongoing system-wide and area staff in-service training programs is mandatory for all student staff.

  • The CLA is expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. A commitment of approximately 19 hours/week is expected (some weeks may be more, whereas others may be less, depending on time of year, events, issues in the hall, etc.), which includes but is not limited to required meetings, meeting with Hall Association, meeting and training preparation, attending hall programs, advising Hall Association strategy implementation and attendance, and addressing the specific needs of the community.

  • Assist with and be present for the implementation of CAL Day and Hall Association Executive Events.

  • All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the RD.  Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of each semester.

  • CLAs are restricted to no more than fifteen hours of outside commitments (i.e. running for ASUC, club participation, additional employment, both on and off campus). Exceptions must be discussed and approved in advance by the RD.

  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the supervisor. Satisfactory job performance evaluation is defined as meeting expectations as defined by the job evaluation in all areas of the job description.

  • CLA positions are for the academic year. Candidates who wish to continue during the subsequent summer or academic year must apply through the designated process.

  • CLAs who display psychological behavior which raises concerns about fitness for the position may be required to complete an assessment of fitness and ability in order to continue in the position.



  • The CLA will receive a room and board during the period of employment as compensation.

  • Living arrangements may range from a single room to a shared apartment space, depending on the departmental need.

  • CLAs will receive the Ultimate Meal Plan. Unused points after the vacancy of the position will not be transferred to the student.



  • CLAs are expected to model ethical behavior for all residence hall policies and procedures. Failure to demonstrate ethical behavior may result in personnel action up to and including dismissal.

  • Maintain positive working relationships with other hall staffs as well as Residential and Student Service Programs staff.

  • Report maintenance problems in a timely fashion in order to maintain the physical condition of the residence halls.  Provide immediate follow-up on reported problems.

  • Do not duplicate or loan keys to unauthorized persons.  Master keys are to be kept in their designated, secure location at all times when not in use and are not to leave the building or area without authorization.

  • Be responsible with special staff privileges (i.e. use of office, phones, keys, office equipment, etc.).

  • Maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to students and staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the RD and the administrative staff of Residential & Student Service Programs.


Background Check Requirement

This position is subject to a criminal background check. This position meets the following background check criteria:

  • Possession of building master or sub-master key access to residences and certain other facilities.

  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk.  This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.


Nondiscrimination Policy Statement for University of California

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.  The University also prohibits sexual harassment.  This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.  Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed as follows: Sex discrimination and access: ADA/504 Compliance Office, (510) 643-5116 (voice or TTY/TDD); age discrimination: Age Discrimination Act Coordinator, (510) 642-8471.  Other inquiries may be directed to the Academic Compliance Officer, 200 California Hall #1500, (510) 642-2795.


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Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and correct methods, and investigates accidents. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.


After you have read the job description, CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE CLA POSITION (link is external)

Sumbission deadline for the CLA position for the 2017-2018 year is Friday, November 11th, 2018.


Please upload as a single pdf document:

(1) a resume, no more than two pages, that lists your paid and unpaid leadership experiences. For each experience, please list your title, the location, the length of time, and most importantly, the duties you performed.

(2) Answers to the following 2 questions, in no more than 1 page:

  • Considering your understanding of the CLA position as outlined in the job description, what are strengths you would bring to the role?  What aspects of the position would you find challenging, and why?

  • Given the the significant role that advising plays in the CLA position, what qualities make an effective advisor and how would you bring them to the position?


Please contact with any questions.

Disclaimer: Please note the above may be subject to change. All applicants will sign Job Agreement upon hiring.