The application for the 2024-2025 Community Leader positions is now open!

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About Community Leaders

A Community Leader, or CL, is an undergraduate full-time student who lives in an assigned residence hall and supports students living in the residence hall community. They work with Area Directors, Commons leadership, and other staff in Residential Life to develop programs and provide services to their fellow students. Each CL typically lives on the same floor with those residents assigned to them and assumes a leadership role for a designated area on campus, such as a Commons, apartment area, or social house. Community Leaders are carefully selected for their academic proficiency, involvement in co-curricular activities, concern for the welfare of fellow students, and maturity to cope with the demands of their role. Furthermore, they are trained to be sensitive to the academic, emotional, and social problems of college students, particularly those associated with the normal adjustments to residence hall living.

Community Leaders play a critical role in Colgate’s residential communities, ensuring that the communities remain conducive to learning, and empowering residents to co-create the residential experience they desire.

Community Leader Responsibilities

As part-time staff of the Office of Residential Life, Community Leaders fulfill the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Participate in Commons, residential community, and campus opening and welcoming events
  • Build positive and meaningful relationships with the students in and around their assigned Commons or residential community to create a welcoming and inclusive living environment
  • In collaboration with Commons and Residential Life leadership, plans and facilitates activities in the Commons and/or campus community that encourages social interaction and relationship building among members of the residential community.
  • In collaboration with Commons and Residential Life leadership, plans and facilitates activities in and around the Commons or residence hall community that allow students to develop knowledge and skills that will help them be successful as members of the Colgate community and beyond.
  • Develop a sense of community in the residence halls through the creation of unique and creative bulletin boards, door decorations, community communication, and other themes that allow the Commons or residential community to represent itself as a unified group.
  • Facilitates community-wide and individual meetings to communicate essential information and address students' questions, comments, or concerns
  • Mentor and support residents, assisting with personal-, social-, academic-, and/or health-related concerns
  • Serve as role models for other Colgate students, especially those in and around their Commons or residential community, by observing ethical standards consistent with Colgate University and Office of Residential Life’s mission and values.
  • Educate students regarding university policies and procedures and, when necessary, address and respond to actions that are in conflict with such policies to reinforce standards and expectations for Colgate students living in a community environment.
  • Serve as a representative for the Office of Residential Life, which includes a positive and professional demeanor that is consistent with the Office of Student Residence Life’s mission, vision, values, and principles.
  • Participate in a rotating weeknight and weekend on-call rotation with their Commons or residential community during hours when university offices are closed.
  • Assist students in resolving conflicts that may occur in their residential community, including facilitating roommate mediations and conversations among members of the residential community.
  • Be knowledgeable about campus and community resources and serve as a referral for student questions and/or concerns.
  • Identify students who would benefit from additional campus support and provide appropriate referrals to Residential Life leadership as needed
  • Assist with room changes; the opening and closing of residential facilities; and fire, health, and safety inspections


Community Leaders receive training in the many skill areas that will help them be successful as student-leaders in the residence halls, including relationship building, event management, conflict management and resolution, emergency response and management, team and community building, time management, and administrative skills. Attendance and participation for the entirety of pre-semester training, including residence hall opening, before the start of each semester and in-service sessions during the semester are required of all Community Leaders.

Time Commitment

The Community Leader position is a part-time student position with an average weekly time commitment of 10 hours, which includes weekly staff meetings, bi-weekly meetings with the CL’s supervisor, on-call responsibilities, maintaining regular visibility in the CL’s assigned Commons or residential community, and regular engagement with students in and around the CL’s assigned residential community. Since the Community Leader position includes both structured time commitments and flexible time commitments, successful Community Leaders demonstrate excellent time management and productivity skills.

Certain times of the semester, such as pre-semester training, semester opening, and semester closing, may require an additional time commitment to complete the required responsibilities.

Community Leaders' responsibilities typically begin and end along the following dates:

  • Fall semester training starts approximately 2-weeks before the first day of classes
  • Fall semester closing commitments end the Monday following final exams
  • Spring semester training starts 1-week before the first day of classes
  • Spring semester closing commitments end the Wednesday following commencement
  • While Community Leaders do not have responsibilities during Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks, the Office of Residential Life determines dates Community Leaders may leave and return to campus

The Community Leader position is viewed as the primary “out-of-classroom” commitment. It is therefore expected that the scheduling of and attendance at staff meetings, training sessions, duty responsibilities, and other commitments related to the position supersede all other extracurricular commitments. Extracurricular activities, including additional employment, must be coordinated with the CL’s direct supervisor. To support student wellness and effective balance, Community Leaders are expected to limit additional extra-curricular involvement to less than 10 hours per week.


Students are eligible to hold a Community Leader position if they:

  • Are enrolled as a full-time student at Colgate University
  • Maintain good academic standing and progress with Colgate University
  • Maintain good disciplinary standing with Colgate University
  • Maintain good financial standing with Colgate University
  • Maintain an active housing contract with the Office of Residential Life
  • Be available for all pre-semester training and opening responsibilities, post-semester closing responsibilities, and in-semester meetings and trainings


In exchange for their service to the Colgate community, Community Leaders receive a single room in their assigned Commons or residential community and will be compensated for their work in the amount of the cost of their housing.

Compensation will be issued in the form of a room credit. CLs can expect to receive a charge for their room assignment on their student account, and also a credit for the same amount, offsetting the cost of the room.

In the event of resignation or termination, a student may need to be relocated from the CL housing assignment within 72 hours of the termination/resignation. The student may be required to assume financial responsibility for the new room assignment at the prorated cost.

Interest Sessions

Interest Sessions provide interested students the opportunity to hear more about the Community Leader position and ask questions of people with the answers. While attendance at an information session is not required, it does provide interested students with the opportunity to engage with the Office of Residential Life staff and clarify any lingering thoughts or questions.

Candidates are encouraged to attend information sessions to learn more about the position. Information Sessions for the 2024-2025 academic year Community Leader opportunities are as follows:

  • Friday, January 26 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27 at 7 p.m.

They will take place via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 979 1690 8181)

Application and Selection Process


Students interested in a Community Leader position should submit their application starting Wednesday, December 13, 2023. The deadline to submit all application materials is Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.   

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Eligible applicants will be invited to participate in both an individual and a group interview between February 5 and February 19. Applicants should anticipate being available in the afternoons.

More information about selecting interview times will be communicated to eligible applicants beginning in February 2024.

Position Offers

After all the interviews have been completed, the Office of Residential Life staff will review all candidates’ applications and interview materials and will make offers for the 2024-2025 academic year. Application outcomes will be communicated to candidates via their Colgate email on or around February 26th.

Candidates Who Are Abroad

Students who will not be on campus during the spring 2024 semester may still apply to be a Community Leader. Students will follow the same timeline, including the application deadline.

Off-campus candidates will not participate in Group interviews, and their interviews will be conducted via online video chat or by phone. Interviews will be arranged via email.

Types of Offers

Following interviews and a review of all candidates’ applications and interview materials, the Office of Residential Life will make offers to candidates via their Colgate email. Candidates can receive one of the following offers:

  • 2024-2025 CL – these are offers for a Community Leader position for the full academic year, starting in August 2024. Candidates selected for 2024-2025 CL positions will be offered a CL position and will learn their specific residence hall assignment in March 2024.
  • Spring/Fall CL - these are offers for a Community Leader position for one semester, starting in August 2024 or January 2025. Spring candidates selected for the one-semester position may learn of their assignment during the fall of 2024.
  • Alternate Candidate – when confirmed vacancies for the 2024-2025 academic year are filled, the Office of Residential Life maintains a list of qualified candidates who have the potential to fill additional vacancies as they become available. Alternate candidates can be offered CL positions any time before or during the 2024-2025 academic year.


All students who participate in the CL application and interview process may be provided with an opportunity to receive feedback on their application materials and interviews.

Looking for More Information?

Any questions about the Community Leader position or the selection process can be directed to

Students can also follow the Office of Residential Life on Instagram for updates about Community Leader selection and more.