Community Mentor

2014 Community Mentors

A Community Mentor (CM) is a student who works with freshmen learning community students living together in a Freshman Connections hall and who works as a peer mentor and resource for their LC students. 

The application deadline has been extended for all positions until filled. Please note: Priority will be given to candidates who apply prior to February 1, 2015. Interviews for candidates who apply prior to the February 1 deadline will be scheduled on February 13 or February 20. 


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Read more about the requirements in the CM Job Description

Open Community Mentor Applications

Major Based:

  • English
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Pre-Law
  • Secondary Education Math and Science

Interest Based:

  • Eco House
  • Global Village
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • SEED (Sustainable Environments and Engaged Democracy) 
Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016

Read more about qualifying majors.

Read more about the Community Mentor's responsibilities

Community Mentors are responsible for:

  • helping freshmen students have a smoother transition to the NAU campus
  • connecting them with students living in the learning community who are sharing the same academic major or area of interest.
  • introducing them to campus resources and the NAU community
  • meeting regularly with their learning community students as a group and individually
  • planning academic and social programs with the students for their community
  • assisting the learning community students to interact with faculty in their major
  • help learning community students resolve concerns
  • for a complete listing of CM responsibilities see the CM Job Description 

CMs are hired for the academic year (August – May) and receive pay of $10 per hour and $50 in dining dollars each semester. 

  • have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the semester prior to their applying for the position  
  • be returning to the mountain campus for the entire academic year (2015-16)
  • have lived in a residence hall at some point during their time at NAU (Please note: CM’s do not have to currently live on campus in order to be considered for the position)
Employment Requirements

Employment requirements for Community Mentors include:

  • Signing a one academic year contract
  • Successful completion (Pass/Fail) of a one-credit, 8 week mentoring class during the spring prior to their beginning the role
  • Attending a 3-5 day training in August prior to classes beginning
  • Limiting outside activities (e.g. clubs, organizations) and additional employment to no more than 10 hours per week in the fall and 15 hours per week in the spring 

Other employment requirements include:

  • a positive attitude
  • strong communication skills
  • commitment to helping others
  • commitment to celebrating our differences and our similarities, and building respectful and inclusive communities
  • good time management and organizational skills
  • willingness to grow and learn  
Important Dates

January 14, 2015 - Info Night, University Union, Oak Creek Room

January 21, 2015 -  Application Closes

February 4, 2015 - Notified if you are offered an interview time. 

February 13, 2015 - Interviews

February 20, 2015 - Interviews

March 6, 2015 - Offer Letters sent out

March 12, 2015 - Mentoring Class Begins


What are the minimum qualifications?
You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the semester prior to applying for the position. You must be returning to the mountain campus for the entire academic year (2015-16). You must be a full time student.

Do I have to live on campus while working as a Community Mentor?
No, you do not have to live on campus as a Community Mentor.

Can I still be considered for the position if I haven’t lived on campus before? 
You are welcome to apply even if you haven’t lived on campus, however, all things considered equal, priority will be given to students who have lived on campus for at least 1 semester. 

How many students are there in a community?
There are typically 15-30 students in each Residential Learning Community.

Which Hall would I be working with? 
All of the Residential Learning Communities are located in each of our Freshmen Connection Halls and the location can vary from one year to the next.

What is the time commitment for the position?
The position is for a full academic year, and our Community Mentors work up to 12 hours per week in the fall and up to 8 hours per week in the spring.

I have another job on campus that is more than 10 hours each week. Can I do both positions? 
No.  Based on the Community Mentor agreement, our mentors are limited to 10 hours total of both work and extra-curricular involvement outside of the CM position for fall semester and 15 hours in the spring.  This is to assist our mentors with being successful both academically and within the role and with other commitments.

Can I apply for the RA position and the CM position? 
Yes, you can apply for both the RA and CM position.  Each application and interview process is separate; however, we will be notifying candidates at the same time.  Once you are offered positions, you will need to choose the best one for you because you cannot be both an RA and a CM at the same time.

How much do you get paid?
We pay $10 per hour and each CM receives $50 in dining dollars each semester.

What is the training involved for the position?
Our Community Mentors take a 1 credit, 8 week class the second half of the spring semester.  The class meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. beginning March 2015.  Additionally, there is a 3-5 day training beginning approximately August 17, 2015.