Under close supervision the Senior Community Advisor will plan, organize, and implement team building and programming opportunities while assisting with various projects in accordance with established guidelines.
- Assist with the planning, coordination and implementation of events and activities.
- Aid in the coordination and training of student staff.
- Maintain a comprehensive database of event proposals and evaluations.
- Deliver interactive activities to participants.
- Ensure the physical, mental, and social safety of all participants. Report issues to Supervisor.
- Update and maintain a variety of correspondences, documents and related information.
- Liaise with a variety of internal stakeholders relating to student services.
- Attend all meetings and training sessions required.
- Facilitate meetings with students
- Seek out assistance and escalate issues when necessary based on established departmental guidelines.
Full-time student status (full-time undergraduate student is defined as one who is taking courses equivalent to at least 18 units between September and April, or is enrolled in a full-time Co-op/outgoing Exchange program) and a minimum sessional (September-December) GPA of 6.0 must be achieved.
Previous experience as Residence Life Staff member at McMaster (or equivalent experience).
- Demonstrated positive attitude and proven initiative.
- Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent rapport with team members, in order to effectively lead a team.
- Ability to juggle competing priorities and complete tasks in a timely manner.
- Ability to anticipate problems, by using forethought and reasoning, and plan appropriately for their resolution.
- Excellent communication skills: listening, written, verbal, facilitation, negotiation, and presentation.
- Good computer skills in order to stay organized and productive.
- Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
- Demonstrated maturity and ability to accept responsibility.
- Demonstrated organizational skills in the planning and implementation of large-scale events.
- Experience building relationships and developing consensus within a diverse team of students, student staff and professional staff.
- Proven ability to make sound decisions in stressful situations.
- Must have an open mind and be flexible when working with others.
- Demonstrated good judgement and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative.
Certified in First-Aid and CPR-C is considered an asset.
- Senior Community Advisor position is a live-on position
- Attend all mandated training days including, but not limited to:
- Residence Life Staff Orientation (RLSO) – TBD
- Senior CA Training Day – TBD
- August Training – TBD
- January Revival – TBD
- Abstain from consuming alcohol during McMaster Welcome Week Orientation Training and Welcome Week *Dates To Be Confirmed*
- Promote and uphold the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (CSRR).
- Anticipated 8-10hrs/week in addition to the Community Advisor expectations
Housing and Conference Services’ mission is to provide distinctive and progressive student and client experiences which enable our community’s health and well-being, and the pursuit of academic and personal goals in a safe, comfortable, inclusive environment which advances learning and service excellence.
Residence Life supports student success by encouraging growth, educating character and enhancing the university experience.
McMaster Leadership Core Competencies
- Investing in Relationships
- Driving Results
- Communication and Collaboration
- Taking a Strategic Approach
- Developing People
- Championing Change and Innovation
Residence Curriculum Learning Goals
- Self-Discovery and Learning
- Inclusive Excellence
- Sustainability and Wellness
The Senior Community Advisor will be responsible for all responsibilities related to the Community Advisor position and additional responsibilities including:
- Act as a mentor to the Community Advisors by providing guidance, support, and team development opportunities through initiatives such as 1-on-1s, team meetings, team socials, office hours, etc.
- Collaborate with the Residence Orientation Assistant (ROA) on building a relationship between both CA and ROR teams in regard to any Welcome Week related programming and events
- Provide administrative support in upholding the Residence Curriculum with tasks such as:
- Review program proposals
- Bulletin Board reconciliation
- Assessment initiatives
- Facilitate and support building wide programming initiatives as needed
- Participate in unit and department working groups such as Education Priorities and consultation committees
- Assist with student conduct by tracking educational sanctions and conducting follow-up conversations