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Graduate Assistant Position Descriptions

SAW Graduate Assistant Position

Sponsored by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) is a three week, credit-bearing summer program that develops the writing skills students will need to be successful during their academic career. SAW empowers students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to successfully navigate the university and provides students with the writing skills needed to succeed throughout their academic careers.

Students benefit from the mentorship of upperclassmen who serve as Peer Counselors; instruction of Faculty affiliated with Northwestern’s esteemed Writing Program; and support and guidance from staff in the Department of Campus Inclusion & Community. Open to all students, priority in SAW is given to first-generation and/or low-income students. Founded in 1966, SAW is the oldest program of its kind at Northwestern, benefiting more than 1500 students.

The mission of Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) is to work collaboratively with the university community to cultivate inclusive learning environments through the intentional engagement with difference. CIC works in collaboration to connect the work of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), Social Justice Education (SJE), and Student Enrichment Services (SES).

Position Description

CIC seeks a Graduate Assistant (GA) to assist with the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW) 2019. The GA serves as a key point person in the planning, implementation, and overall success of SAW. The successful candidate will train, supervise, and assess six (6) undergraduate Counselors; work closely with the Co-Director of SAW in the planning, implementation, and assessment of SAW’s learning outcomes; and lead activities designed to support students’ personal development.

The SAW GA position is a half-year appointment from April 1, 2019–September 15, 2019. The GA is expected to complete 15 hours each week, and will earn a total stipend of $5625.00 over the course of the appointment. During the program, which runs Wednesday, August 21–Saturday, September 14, 2019, residency on campus will be required. This position will remain open until filled.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Supervise and evaluate six (6) undergraduate Counselors in the completion of their primary responsibilities.
  • Assist the CIC staff in the planning, implementation, and assessment of educational initiatives designed to further students’ personal development.
  • Coordinate, manage and assess the undergraduate Counselor training program, in partnership with the Co-Director of SAW.
  • Organize and manage the Counselor’s daily duty rotation.
  • Coordinate and attend evening and weekend SAW activities to ensure their success, in conjunction with CIC staff.
  • Serve as a liaison between SAW students, Counselors, and CIC staff as necessary.
  • Complete other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications & Competencies
(Education, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities)
  1. Completed at least one year of a master’s degree program in in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration, or a related field.
  2. Experience with peer mentoring or advising.
  3. Familiarity with theory related to college student identity development, especially as it relates to low-income students, first-generation college students, LGBTQIA students, and/or students of color.
  4. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  5. Must work well as part of a team and independently.
  6. Proficient in Microsoft Office 2013 and Box.com collaborative tools.

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MSA Graduate Assistant/Temporary | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Students

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is one of three departments within Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) at Northwestern University. Our mission is to enrich the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

Students who participate in MSA's programs and activities will (or will be able to)
  • Explore their identities and how they contribute to personal success (Personal Development).
  • Utilize resources in order to navigate the communities and institutions in which they participate (Interpersonal Competence and Social Responsibility).
  • Analyze cultural differences to create a more socially just campus community through empathy and understanding (Social Responsibility).
About the Graduate Assistant Position

Graduate Assistants (GA) in MSA will gain valuable skills that can be transferred to any area within higher education and beyond. Each GA will be supervised by one of our four full-time staff members, who each serve as a content expert for one of the following
student communities:

  • African-American/Black
  • Asian-American/Pacific Islander/Desi, Latino, a
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

In addition to working with a specific student community, the GA is also given the opportunity to work across communities by focusing on one or more of our major programming areas: Identity Engagement; Leadership & Education; or Institutional Navigation. For more information on these areas and our programming, visit our website at www.northwestern.edu/msa.

  • The term for appointment for MSA GA’s will be from September 5, 2019 –June 19, 2020.  By applying for this position you are agreeing to this start date.
  • The graduate assistantship begins with a three day mandatory training that will take place September 5 - 7 2019. To be successful in your position, it is critical that GAs attend the entirety of the training from 9:00-5:00pm each day.
  • The hourly rate for this position is $15.00 per hour with a maximum of 20 hours each week.
  • GAs will work with their supervisor to set a weekly schedule. GAs are only permitted to work when Northwestern classes are in session; not during university breaks and holidays.
  • Some evening and weekend  hours are necessary.
  • Completion of a bi-weekly timesheet is required.
  • Graduate Assistants should have strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, cultural awareness
    and sensitivity, and the ability to complete a broad range of responsibilities/projects.
  • Graduate Assistants must be at least part-time students and are expected to work 15-20 hours per week.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant
  1. Assist the staff with the planning, implementation and evaluation of MSA sponsored programming throughout the year.
  2. Research best practices at other universities as it relates to multicultural student affairs and diversity-related services.
  3. Attend a range of meetings with staff, students, and other community stakeholders to assist with community building and strategic planning efforts.
  4. Assist in the advising of student groups.
  5. Establish and maintain connections with academic departments and assist with determining collaborative efforts.
  6. Support other programs, as appropriate, sponsored by departments within Campus Inclusion and Community, the Division of Student Affairs and the NU community.
  7. Correspond with prospective students, alumni and other individuals seeking information about MSA.
  8. Serve as an MSA representative, as appropriate, during informational presentations and distribute general information about the office and it's services/programs.
  9. Assist in the development of student group leaders by addressing concerns regarding student group needs such as programming, discussion and facilitation, as well as developing any relevant training materials for MSA recognized student groups.
  10. Complete other duties as assigned.

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MSA Graduate Assistant | Latinx/a/o Students

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is one of three departments within Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) at Northwestern University. Our mission is to enrich the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

About the Graduate Assistant Position

Graduate Assistants (GA) in MSA will gain valuable skills that can be transferred to any area within higher education and beyond. Each GA will be supervised by one of our four full-time staff members, who each serve as a content expert for one of the following
student communities:

  • African-American/Black
  • Asian-American/Pacific Islander/Desi, Latino, a
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

In addition to working with a specific student community, the GA is also given the opportunity to work across communities by focusing on one or more of our major programming areas: Identity Engagement; Leadership & Education; or Institutional Navigation. For more information on these areas and our programming, visit our website at www.northwestern.edu/msa.

  • The term for appointment for MSA GA’s will be from September 5, 2019–June 29, 2020. By applying for this position, you are agreeing to this start date.
  • The graduate assistantship begins with a three-day mandatory training that will take place September 5 - 7, 2019. To be successful in your position, it is critical that GAs attend the entirety of the training from 9:00-5:00pm each day.
  • The hourly rate for this position is $15.00 per hour with a maximum of 20 hours each week. GAs will work with their supervisor to set a weekly schedule.
  • GAs are only permitted to work when Northwestern classes are in session; not during university breaks and holidays.
  • Some evening and weekend hours are necessary.
  • Completion of a bi-weekly timesheet is required.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant
  1. Assist the staff with the planning, implementation and evaluation of MSA sponsored programming
  2. throughout the year, especially during Latinx Heritage month, which starts early October and runs through November due to Northwestern's quarter system.
  3. Coordinate and execute monthly Latinx Community Nights and Latinx Discussion Groups. This includes: reserving spaces, developing curriculum, program assessment, and managing a combined budget of $3,150
  4. Coordinate annual altar for Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead.
  5. Coordinate the annual Latinx Congratulatory Celebration.
  6. Manage an additional budget of $2,600 for additional programming, professional development, and discretionary funds.
  7. Reach out to community organizations to build a bridge between Northwestern and the Evanston Community to provide additional resources and community engagement opportunities for students.
  8. Research best practices at other universities as it relates to multicultural student affairs and diversity-related services.
  9. Assist in the advising of student groups.
  10. Attend regular staff meetings (MSA, Campus Inclusion and Community, and Student Engagement)
  11. Establish & maintain connections with academic departments & assist in determining collaborative efforts.
  12. Support other programs, as appropriate, sponsored by departments within Campus Inclusion and Community, the Division of Student Affairs and the NU community through committee work.
  13. Correspond with prospective students, alumni and other individuals seeking information about MSA.
  14. Assist in the development of student group leaders by addressing concerns regarding student group needs such as programming, discussion and facilitation, as well as developing any relevant training materials for MSA recognized student groups.
  15. Complete other duties as assigned.

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MSA Graduate Assistant | African-American/Black Students

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is one of three departments within Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) at Northwestern University. Our mission is to enrich the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

About the Graduate Assistant Position

Graduate Assistants (GA) in MSA will gain valuable skills that can be transferred to any area within higher education and beyond. Each GA will be supervised by one of our four full-time staff members, who each serve as a content expert for one of the following
student communities:

  • African-American/Black
  • Asian-American/Pacific Islander/Desi, Latino, a
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

In addition to working with a specific student community, the GA is also given the opportunity to work across communities by focusing on one or more of our major programming areas: Identity Engagement; Leadership & Education; or Institutional Navigation. For more information on these areas and our programming, visit our website at www.northwestern.edu/msa.

  • The term for appointment for MSA GA’s will be from September 5, 2019–June 19, 2020. By applying for this position, you are agreeing to this start date.
  • The graduate assistantship begins with a three-day mandatory training that will take place September 5 - 7, 2019. To be successful in your position, it is critical that GAs attend the entirety of the training from 9:00-5:00pm each day.
  • The hourly rate for this position is $15.00 per hour with a maximum of 20 hours each week. GAs will work with their supervisor to set a weekly schedule.
  • GAs are only permitted to work when Northwestern classes are in session; not during university breaks and holidays.
  • Some evening and weekend hours are necessary.
  • Completion of a bi-weekly timesheet is required.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant
  1. Assist the staff with the planning, implementation and evaluation of MSA sponsored programming throughout the year
  2. Research best practices at other universities as it relates to multicultural student affairs and diversity-related services.
  3. Attend regular staff meetings (MSA, Campus Inclusion and Community, and Student Engagement)
  4. Assist in the advising of student groups.
  5. Establish & maintain connections with academic departments & assist in determining collaborative efforts.
  6. Support other programs, as appropriate, sponsored by departments within Campus Inclusion and Community, the Division of Student Affairs and the NU community through committee work.
  7.  Correspond with prospective students, alumni and other individuals seeking information about MSA.
  8. Serve as an MSA representative, as appropriate, during informational presentations and distribute general information about the office and its services/programs.
  9. Assist in the development of student group leaders by addressing concerns regarding student group needs such as programming, discussion and facilitation, as well as developing any relevant training materials for MSA recognized student groups.
  10. Reach out to community organizations to build a bridge between Northwestern and the Evanston Community to provide additional resources and community engagement opportunities for students.
  11. Complete other duties as assigned.

Download a PDF of this MSA | African-American/Black Graduate Position (PDF)

MSA Graduate Assistant | Asian American, Pacific Islander, Desi Students

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is one of three departments within Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) at Northwestern University. Our mission is to enrich the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

Students who participate in MSA's programs and activities will (or will be able to)
  • Explore their identities and how they contribute to personal success (Personal Development).
  • Utilize resources in order to navigate the communities and institutions in which they participate (Interpersonal Competence and Social Responsibility).
  • Analyze cultural differences to create a more socially just campus community through empathy and understanding (Social Responsibility).
About the Graduate Assistant Position

Graduate Assistants (GA) in MSA will gain valuable skills that can be transferred to any area within higher education and beyond. Each GA will be supervised by one of our four full-time staff members, who each serve as a content expert for one of the following
student communities:

  • African-American/Black
  • Asian-American/Pacific Islander/Desi, Latino, a
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

In addition to working with a specific student community, the GA is also given the opportunity to work across communities by focusing on one or more of our major programming areas: Identity Engagement; Leadership & Education; or Institutional Navigation. For more information on these areas and our programming, visit our website at www.northwestern.edu/msa.

  • The term for appointment for MSA GA’s will be from September 5, 2019–June 19, 2020. By applying for this position, you are agreeing to this start date.
  • The graduate assistantship begins with a three-day mandatory training that will take place September 5 - 7, 2019. To be successful in your position, it is critical that GAs attend the entirety of the training from 9:00-5:00pm each day.
  • The hourly rate for this position is $15.00 per hour with a maximum of 20 hours each week. GAs will work with their supervisor to set a weekly schedule.
  • GAs are only permitted to work when Northwestern classes are in session; not during university breaks and holidays.
  • Some evening and weekend hours are necessary.
  • Completion of a bi-weekly timesheet is required.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant

 

  1. Plan and implement the Solidari-Tea program, a space for APIDA students to come together and build community through reflection, story-telling, and discussions about the APIDA identity and experience.
  2. Assist MSA staff with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of MSA-sponsored programming focusing on the APIDA community, including APIDA Leadership Mixers, APIDA Book of the Quarter, and JubilAsian.
  3. Assist with the development,implementation, and improvement of new and existing
    programs based on APIDA students’ needs and feedback. Develop relationships with students through programming, one-on-one advising, and attending student group events.
  4. Attend regular staff meetings (MSA, Campus Inclusion and Community, and Student Engagement)
  5. Assist in the advising of student groups.
  6. Establish & maintain connections with academic departments & assist in determining collaborative efforts.
  7. Support other programs, as appropriate, sponsored by departments within Campus Inclusion and Community, the Division of Student Affairs and the NU community through committee work.
  8. Serve as an MSA representative, as appropriate, during informational presentations and distribute general information about the office and its services/programs.
  9. Assist the staff with the planning, implementation and evaluation of MSA sponsored programming throughout the year
  10. Research best practices at other universities as it relates to multicultural student affairs and diversity-related services.
  11.  Correspond with prospective students, alumni and other individuals seeking information about MSA.
  12. Assist in the development of student group leaders by addressing concerns regarding student group needs such as programming, discussion and facilitation, as well as developing any relevant training materials for MSA recognized student groups.
  13. Reach out to community organizations to build a bridge between Northwestern and the Evanston Community to provide additional resources and community engagement opportunities for students.
  14. Complete other duties as assigned.

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Student Enrichment Services Graduate Assistant

Student Enrichment Services (SES) is one of three departments within Campus Inclusion and Community at Northwestern University and opened its doors in October 2014. SES partners with first generation, undocumented/DACA, and/or lower -income students to foster identity development, navigate campus resources, and build community. Through campus-wide partnerships and advocacy, SES strives to build an inclusive Northwestern community that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible for all students.

About the Graduate Assistant Position
  • The GA for Student Enrichment Services is a part-time staff member, who is directly supervised by the Assistant Director of Student Enrichment Services.
  • The individual in this position assists the Assistant Director in all matters pertaining to the development and growth of the Compass Peer Mentor Program.
  • Specific areas of responsibilities are outlined below.
  • The GA for Student Enrichment Services will start Monday, September 5, 2019. By applying for this position you are agreeing to this start date.
Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant
  • Attend full day orientation training from 9-5pm starting September 5, 2019 to September 7, 2019.
  • Graduates Assistants work 15-20 hours per week.
  • Assist with managing the SES Compass Peer Mentor Program.
  • Responsibilities include attending weekly group meetings as well as weekly coaching sessions with mentors. The GA will also assist with all preparation and planning for the entire program throughout the academic year. Weekly group meetings and coaching sessions take place after 5 pm on campus, thus frequent night and weekend responsibilities are required.
  • Assist with the development of events and programs targeted to first-generation and lower-income students.
  • Manage event-planning and all marketing/outreach for programming including all quarter kick offs and Compass end of the year celebration.
  • Research best practices at other universities around the experience of first-generation and lower-income students.
  • Attend meetings with staff, students, other CIC graduate assistants, and other stakeholders to build community and offer ideas for partnership and co-sponsorship across all CIC departments.
  • Assist with the management of the SES Compass Peer Mentor Workshops along with facilitating your own workshops for the participants on various nights.
  • Serve as an SES representative, as appropriate, during informational presentations and distribute general information about the office and its services/programs.
  • Assist with other SES office projects like Winter Gear and Laptop Distribution.
  • Attend CIC Committee meetings, Northwestern Student Engagement meetings, and Northwestern Student Affairs meetings.
  • Seek Professional Development Opportunities inside and outside of the University to help you progress as a Student Affairs professional.
  • Meet with Students when needed when they come into the SES office for any questions or concerns.
  • Assist with with Purple Pantry, Commencement, Dillo day, and other large University Events if needed or asked.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Social Justice Education Graduate Assistant | Peer Inclusion Educators (PIE)

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Social Justice Education is a part-time employee and full-time graduate staff member, who is directly supervised by the Assistant Director for Social Justice Education. The individual in this position assists the Assistant Director in all matters pertaining to the development, implementation, and assessment of opportunities for dialogue, experiential learning, leadership development, multicultural education, social justice and bystander intervention training with the Northwestern community. Specific areas of responsibilities are outlined below.

The GA for SJE will start on Monday September 5, 2019. Graduate Assistants are required to attend a three-day orientation from Monday September 5, 2019 to Wednesday September 7, 2019 from 9-5 pm.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant
  • Assist the Assistant Director in overseeing the Peer Inclusion Educators (PIE) Program, and any other programs related to social justice education or bystander intervention.
  • Supervise and support the development of an undergraduate PIE Intern and student facilitators.
  • Recruit, train, coach student facilitators.
  • Coordinate and help to the Assistant Director develop PIE workshops and trainings around facilitation, social identity, power, privilege, oppression, inclusion, and bystander intervention.
  • Facilitate dialogues and trainings on social justice education and bystander intervention with faculty, staff and students.
  • Assist the Assistant Director in creating and implementing assessments for programs and trainings.
  • Support the marketing of Social Justice Education programs and events.
  • Create end of quarter reports.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Assistant Director or Director, including support for the Justice and Allyship Retreat (JAR).
Ideal Candidates Will:
  • Be interested in developing as a facilitator, social justice educator, and supervisor.
  • Have experience facilitating or dialoguing around topics of social justice or inequity.
  • Have familiarity with some or all of the following: social justice concepts, intergroup relations, sustained or critical dialogue, student development, bystander intervention, experiential learning, leadership development, multicultural education, gender-based violence, or community education programming.
  • Graduate Assistants should have strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and the ability to complete a broad range of responsibilities/projects.
  • Graduate Assistants must be at least part-time students and are expected to work 20 hours per week at $15/hour. We are not able to offer a tuition waiver, health insurance, or other benefits.

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Social Justice Education Graduate Assistant | Sustained Dialogue

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Social Justice Education is a part-time employee and full-time graduate staff member, who is directly supervised by the Assistant Director for Social Justice Education. The individual in this position assists the Assistant Director in all matters pertaining to the development, implementation, and assessment of opportunities for dialogue, experiential learning, leadership development, multicultural education, social justice and bystander intervention training with the Northwestern community. Specific areas of responsibilities are outlined below.

The GA for SJE will start on Monday September 5, 2019. Graduate Assistants are required to attend a three-day orientation from Monday September 5, 2019 to Wednesday September 7, 2019 from 9-5 pm.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant
  • Assist the Assistant Director in overseeing the Sustained Dialogue Program.
  • Assist the Assistant Director in developing and implementing trainings on inclusion and cultural competence with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Assist the Assistant Director in creating and implementing assessments for programs and trainings.
  • Develop and/or continue topics of discussion and coordinate programs around diversity, social justice,inclusion, and dialogue.
  • Work with Student Affairs Marketing to market programs and events.
  • Opportunity to create and implement new initiatives around dialogue, experiential learning, leadership development, multicultural education, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Create end of the quarter reports.
  • Secure space for sessions.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Assistant Director or Director.
  • Graduate Assistants should have strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, cultural awareness and sensitivity and the ability to complete a broad range of responsibilities/projects.
  • Graduate Assistants must be at least part-time students and are expected to work 20 hours per week at $15/hour.
  • We are not able to offer a tuition waiver, health insurance, or other benefits.

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To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to:

About Northwestern University

Recognized both nationally and internationally for the quality of its educational programs at all levels, Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851. The University has two campuses located on Lake Michigan: a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. Northwestern also has a campus in Education City, Doha. Northwestern University in Qatar (Nu-Q) offers undergraduate degree programs in communication and journalism. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It has distinguished itself by encouraging innovation and integrating experiences across fields.

Northwestern provides students, faculty, and staff exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhances by the richness of Chicago. As one of the newest additions to the Division of Student Affairs, Campus Inclusion and Community is dedicated to collaborating with students, faculty, and staff with the aim of making Northwestern University an inclusive community for all Wildcats. 

CIC’s primary goal is to cultivate a community of respect at Northwestern.