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Community Assistant
Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon
Date Posted 02/24/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Primary Purpose:
The Community Assistant (CA) is approximately a 9-month (fall, winter, and spring academic quarters), live-in required, student staff position with the Housing and Residence Life Office at Central Oregon Community College. CAs assist the Residence Life Coordinator in the implementation of a residential experience/community development model.

  • Terms of Employment:

  • Temporary/Non-Benefited position
  • Student staff position work period that is 9-months of the academic year typically Fall, Winter and Spring Terms; live-in required.
  • Requires flexible work schedule, which may include evenings and/or weekends as well as travel throughout the district when needed.
  • Upon hire, must pass criminal and/or driving history; only information relevant to the position will be considered.

Essential Functions:

1. Responsible for the leadership of, serve as a role model to, and maintain appropriate peer-leader relationships with an assigned area of resident students.
2. Facilitate community development among roommates, suitemates, and floor members through effective availability, accessibility, interaction, outreach, and programming.
3. Engage in intentional conversations with resident students, identify any social and academic needs, and respond to them in a variety of means such as activities, programs, and individual/group interactions.
4. Respond to, document and report inappropriate or concerning behavior from resident students, staff, and guests according to established procedures and protocols.
5. Respond to, document and report emergencies according to established procedures and protocols.
6. Serve as a resource and act as a referral agent for resident students, parents, prospective students, and guests.
7. Assist with and complete housing operations administrative tasks, as assigned, both by fulfilling duties efficiently and by helping explain procedures to resident students.
8. Work closely with custodial and maintenance personnel to assist with the accomplishment of their goals as efficiently as possible.
9. Attend and actively participate in all scheduled time commitments.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

1. Ability to work as a member of a team.
2. Ability to spend evening and weekend time with resident students.
3. Knowledge of and skills for good time management.
4. Skills and ability to be organized and manage multiple administrative tasks.
5. Knowledge of and ability to have exceptional judgment.
6. Ability to have good communication skills.
7. Ability to set goals and plan appropriately.
8. Demonstrated commitment to student interaction and development.
9. Knowledge and ability to use effective listening skills.
10. Ability to support and contribute to a diverse population of people and lifestyles
11. Ability to handle stressful or potentially volatile situations with tact, diplomacy and good judgment.
12. Knowledge of and ability to abide by, communicate, support, and enforce all applicable policies and expectations.
13. Demonstrated openness to constructive criticism and open feedback.

Physical Demands and Other Ergonomic Requirements:

Often work is performed at night and after regular working hours. Computer screen is used 25 percent of the time. Community Assistants must be able to do rounds through the building, walking the hallways and stairwells, and respond late at night while on duty. All individuals are required to be able to perform the essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

It is the policy of the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status or any other protected classes under Federal and State statutes in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Equal Employment Officer, c/o COCC’s Human Resources office, 541.383.7216.

In support of COCC’s EEO statement, employees with bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is a plus, along with experience working in a diverse multicultural setting.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Successful completion of at least 12 credits at an accredited community college or university.
2. At the time of application, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

The College recognizes the value of skills and knowledge gained outside of formal higher education and paid employment. Applicants who do not meet minimum qualifications but present other qualifications or experience equivalent to those required will be considered and are encouraged to apply. To qualify under equivalency, applicants must indicate how they qualify under equivalency by responding to the supplemental question presented during the application process.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Previous residential/communal living experience, the equivalent of at least one academic quarter (i.e. residence hall, military barracks, etc.).
2. Previous experience in COCC student housing.
3. At the time of application, have a maintained (each term) minimum GPA of 2.50.

Special Instructions to Applicants:


NOTE: You may be required to upload required documents indicated in this posting at the time you apply. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload all required documents, including transcript(s). If you have questions please contact Human Resources at 541-383-7216.

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