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Graduate Assistant for Residential Community Standards

Position Description

Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant for Residential Community Standards (GA) works with the Residential Services team and the Office of Community Standards 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 Assistant Director of Residential Life & Community Standards. 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 and written 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 Graduate Assistant for Residential Community Standards will gain in depth knowledge related to the functional area of residential student conduct at Northwestern University. The GA will gain increased skill and experience with students, both individual students in one-on-one student conduct settings and student organization or group conduct processes. Responsibilities for the GA will be to assist the Assistant Director of Residential Life & Community Standards in a multitude of ways which include co-management of residential student conduct caseload, creating and routing cases via Maxient system, taking on higher level cases that occur within the Residential Life spaces, assisting in Summer and Winter training for professional, graduate, and student staff, community programming, and assistance with Fall/Spring/Winter office projects including Student Handbook review, Residential Life policies and procedures, website updates, etc.

The Graduate Assistant learning objectives include: to be an agent and advocate of community standards and its purpose in community building in a residential setting, increase ability to synthesize information in written and oral formats for a variety of audiences and settings, apply student development theory to the broad design of the student conduct process, and increase proficiency in working with students, parents, staff, and faculty in a professional capacity in student conduct work.

Residential Life Case Management (80%)

*Percentages listed for tasks are estimates and will vary per week depending on the needs of the department and unit.


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:

Preferred Qualifications

Application Process

Interested candidates should email Ron Alexander with the following:

Email: Ron Alexander
Assistant Director of Residential Life & Community Standards, Residential Services

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 enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Northwestern’s Residential Services program serves nearly 4,200 undergraduates and nearly 650 graduate students in more than 30 residence halls, residential colleges, and residential communities.