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Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development

Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development (GA) works with the Residential Services team to foster an inclusive residential environment that fulfills the mission, goals, and vision of the Division of Student Affairs. The GA is a 10-month, 20 hour a week, master’s seeking student who lives on-campus and reports to the Program Manager for Residential Life. The GA should be well-organized and able to work in a fast-paced, complex organization with daily priority changes. A successful GA should possess excellent interpersonal communication, organization, administration, and project management skills as well as a commitment to educate students, engage the community, and enrich the Northwestern experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The GA focuses on the design and execution of leadership development programs within Residential Life. The GA will work in conjunction with the Program Manager to plan and implement the annual Leadership Summit during spring quarter in addition to coordinating monthly leadership development opportunities for Residential Life student staff and volunteers. The GA will serve as the point person and coordinator for annual student leadership elections within the residential areas and aid Resident Directors in recruiting and advising student leaders throughout the academic year. The GA may also work in collaboration with the Program Manager to advise student leadership groups within Residential Life. The GA will support and participate in major Residential Life processes, including but not limited to student staff selection and training and professional staff selection and training.


The GA position will receive a $1000.00 monthly stipend (10 months) plus furnished housing accommodations and a meal plan to use when the campus dining halls are open. Please note, the candidate selected for this position will not receive any additional benefits, other than the stipend, apartment and meal plan stated above. The GA can purchase a faculty/staff parking pass through parking services, but is not covered by the department. We are not able to offer a tuition waiver, health insurance, or other benefits.

Minimum Qualifications

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications: Undergraduate experience living on campus. Enrolled in a graduate program at Northwestern University or other local institution for the entire 2021-22 academic year. The 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 GA position requires the ability to monitor social and educational activities, recognize fire alarms, and recognize facial features for security purposes. The GA must be able to ascend stairways and have the ability to identify potential safety hazards and to be able to monitor adherence to rules and policies. The GA must have sufficient abilities to provide clear instructions and directions in emergency situations where rapid and clear communication is essential.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with high-achieving and diverse students in a fast-paced environment. Experience with the implementation and assessment of student learning outcomes. Experience with research methods, both qualitative and quantitative.

Enrolled in the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy program at Northwestern.

Application Process

Interested candidates should email Travis Schilla at with:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.
*Employment term: Early August to mid-to late June