Residence Life Applications

February 1, 2023

Update #1 General Application Closed; Alternates Application Now Open

The general application period for students interested in joining next year’s Residence Life Staff (2023-24) has closed! However, we are still accepting applicants for our alternate pool. Alternate candidates will be scheduled for interviews on a rolling basis as staff needs dictate. Please scroll down to find the Alternates Application.

Update #2Residence Coordinator (Community Advisor) Position Update!

The position currently known as “Residence Coordinator” will be renamed “Community Advisor” beginning in the 2023-2024 Academic Year. While the role will largely function in the same way it currently does, the change is part of continued efforts to align the language we use with the work we do.


The Residence Life Staff plays an important role in fostering community at Bates College. Through peer support, building intentional relationships, and living out the values of anti-racism and social equity, we seek to create safe and welcoming residential environments for all students. The team is comprised of two main roles: Junior Advisors (JAs), who work to support first-year centers (FYCs), and Community Advisors (CAs), who support upper-class student communities. While these roles share many similarities and often work in collaboration with one another, they are distinct positions that require unique considerations. Explore the drop-down menus below for more information on specific roles.

Application Timeline

Academic Year 2023-2024: The alternates application process for Academic Year 2023-2024 is open now! Alternate applications will be accepted through October of 2023. All interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as staff needs and candidate availability dictate. We thank you for your interest in joining the Residence Life Staff and invite you to read on for more information about how to apply or what to expect in an interview, or to reach out to our professional team with questions.

Info Sessions

Informational sessions are complete for the 2023-24 hiring process. Please contact Eddie Szeman ( or Emily Elkins ( with questions or to schedule a meeting to learn more!

Application Directions

Step 1 – Learn about the roles: Read the position descriptions carefully. Talk with your Junior Advisor or Residence Coordinator (soon-to-be Community Advisor!). Consider attending a winter info session to learn more before applying.

Step 2 – Engage in self-reflection: Identify the aspects of Residence Life work that interest you, the intersection of values, and the impact you hope to have.

Step 3 – Identify your 2 (two) references: Ask 1 (one) Bates community member to serve as a reference. This can be a current or former member of the student Residence Life Staff or a professional faculty or staff member. Identify 1 (one) additional reference. Your second reference can be provided by a member of the Bates community or from another position you’ve held outside of Bates. The important thing is to make sure they know they’re your reference and be sure to get their preferred email addresses.

Step 4 – Edit your cover letter and resume: The application requires a simple resume and cover letter. These are weighted significantly less than your interview and do not need to be a source of stress. However, we recommend that applicants check out the Center for Purposeful Work’s online resources or schedule a meeting to get a professional eye on their application materials.

Step 5 – Complete the Application (Google Form): Be sure to complete and submit the Google Form Application by the deadline. You will need to upload your cover letter and resume and provide the names and contact information for references as part of the application process.

Step 6 – Provide your interview availability: Once we receive your application, we will send a follow-up form where you can provide your interview availability. We will use the information collected through that form to schedule interviews.

Interview Details

Dates: Interview dates for applicants will be finalized the week before interviews begin. Interviews for the 2023-2024 Academic Year applications will take place February 6-9 and 13-16.

Location: Interviews will be facilitated via Zoom, making it possible for students who are studying remotely or off-campus to participate in the process.

Length: Each interview will last approximately 20 minutes.

Interviewers: Interviews will be facilitated by a committee made up of current Residence Life Staff members, professionals in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education, and other Bates faculty and/or staff members.

Structure: Committees will ask 4 to 6 questions — depending on time — and will leave a few minutes at the end of the interview for applicants to ask questions of their own. See below for examples of interview questions:

  • Sample Question #1: What interests you about [position], and what experiences or values would you draw upon for this role?
  • Sample Question #2: One of your residents comes to you complaining about another resident making a mess and not cleaning up after themselves. How might you address concerns raised by one member of your community about another?
  • Sample Question #3: As a JA or CA, how would you approach your role to foster communities that are reflective of the values of inclusion, social justice, and anti-racism?
  • Sample Question #4: What sources of strength — i.e. knowledge, skills, experiences, relationships — would you draw upon in this role? And what kind of supervisor support would help you to thrive?

What Makes a Good JA or CA?

There is no such thing as a model JA or CA and no one right way to live out these roles. There are many approaches to building community, fostering relationships, and supporting one’s peers; and, there are countless personality types, interests, skills, experiences, and dimensions of identity that are valuable to this work. Rather than asking yourself if you are qualified to be a JA or CA, instead, ask yourself how you would embody your chosen role in a way that is authentic and meaningful to you. Ask yourself what it is about Residence Life work that interests you, and what values would you bring to your role.