Residence Education

Community Assistant (CA)

HFS is committed to supporting and simplifying the lives of graduate students. The Community Assistant (CA) position is a live-in position within Residential Life that serves the graduate and professional student community at Mercer Court Apartments. Under the direct supervision of professional staff, the CA is responsible for referring residents to campus and community resources, facilitating opportunities for social and professional connections, and supporting a safe and inclusive community for residents to pursue their academic and professional goals.

Become a Grad CA!

The Graduate Community Assistant application is currently OPEN and we are accepting applications. Applications and interviews will take place on a rolling basis through mid-October 2021. If you are interested in the position, please submit your application today by following the instructions below:

Selection Timeline

  • The 2021-2022 Community Assistant application is currently OPEN and available HERE. Resumes must also be submitted to Colleen McDonald at in addition to the application submission.
  • Submitted applications will be reviewed and interviews will take place on a rolling basis through Mid-October 2021.
  • Candidates who move forward in the application selection process will be invited to participate in online interviews early October.
  • Selected candidates will have a position start date of mid to late October.

Position Information

For more information about the Graduate Community Assistant position, please refer to our 20-21 CA Position Brochure to hear perspectives from current Grad CAs or visit the CA FAQ page.

The Graduate CA position is a student leader role that can be used to enhance your graduate experience and develop transferable skills to support your career goals. The Former CAs: Where Are They Now? resource provides insight to what past CAs have found most valuable from their experience and what advice they have for prospective or current Grad CAs.

Contact Us

For more information about the CA position, the selection process or application, please contact the Resident Director for Mercer D/E, Colleen McDonald, at