Graduate Assistant to the Faculty-in-Residence

FIR GA application process is closed.

We are no longer accepting FIR Graduate Assistant applications for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant to the Faculty-in Residence (FIR GA) works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to foster a vibrant and inclusive environment in one of Northwestern’s residential communities, which are residential facilities with a live-in faculty member who organizes academic, cultural, and social programming for residents. The FIR GA is a Northwestern graduate student who serves as a part-time (10-12 hours per week), live-out staff member, and reports to the FIR of a residential community. This position includes working with diverse groups of students, staff (particularly the residential community’s Residence Director, who is a full-time Residential Services staff member), and faculty in a highly-selective and competitive environment.
A FIR GA should be well-organized and able to work in a fast-paced, complex organization with daily priority changes. A successful FIR GA should possess excellent interpersonal communication, strong organizational and administrative skills, as well as a commitment to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience.
The Office of Residential Academic Initiatives (ORAI), which oversees the residential communities, currently anticipates three openings for 2017-18. The employment term will be September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support programming in the residential community
  • Assist the FIR with planning, coordinating, advertising, and hosting events and programs for residents
  • Assist the FIR in overseeing the programming budget, including submitting reimbursements and facilitating other spending on behalf of the FIR via the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives
  • Assist the FIR with assessment, including (but not limited to) program evaluation and student learning; this includes recording student attendance at events
  • Assist the FIR in identifying and recruiting other faculty members and/or administrators to engage with students in the community through programs and events
  • Reach out to campus offices and departments about possible programs for the residential community
  • Working with the RD and ARD, assist in coordinating involvement in and planning of FIR programming by RAs, Neighborhood Council, and general residents
  • Attend scheduled meetings with the residential community leadership team
  • Communicate with the RD about any concerns related to the well-being of residents
  • Participate actively in the life of the residential community and maintain a visible presence through formal and informal interactions with residents, Residential Life staff, and the student-led programming board
  • Serve as the FIR’s liaison to the residential community’s programming board
  • Develop and submit written reports on the progress of residential community programming
  • Develop and provide content for the Residential Services website and social media initiatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the FIR


The FIR GA will receive a $1,000.00 monthly stipend (10 months, September-June) and a meal plan to use when the campus dining halls are open (10 months, September-June). Please note, the candidate selected for this position will not receive any additional benefits, other than the stipend and meal plan stated above. The FIR GA can purchase a student parking permit (an R permit) through the Parking Office, but the cost will not be reimbursed by Residential Services. Residential Services does not offer a tuition waiver, health insurance, or other benefits.

Minimum Qualifications

The FIR GA position requires the ability to review written documents, manuals, and online materials; operate office equipment, including computers, cell phones, printer equipment, as well as being able to assist others in doing so; and lift and carry at least 10 pounds. The FIR GA position also requires the ability to monitor social and educational activities.
A successful candidate will also have the following qualifications:
  • Undergraduate experience living on campus.
  • Enrollment in a graduate program (master’s or terminal degree) at Northwestern University for the entire 2017-18 academic year.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, organization, administration, and advising skills and experiences, as well as a commitment to advancing social justice, furthering student learning, and enriching the Northwestern experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with community development. Experience working with high-achieving and diverse students in a fast-paced environment. Experience with the implementation and assessment of student learning outcomes. Experience as a Residential Assistant (RA) or similar position as an undergraduate.

Application Process

Interested candidates should email a cover letter detailing their interest in and related qualifications for the position, along with a resume to:
Tim DeBold 
Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.