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Graduate Assistant for Student Staff Training and Selection

Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant for Student Staff Training and Selection (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 the student staff recruitment, selection, and training processes in conjunction with the Program Manager for Residential Life. The GA will serve as the point person for managing the email account used for recruitment purposes. This GA will be instrumental in designing the marketing and outreach strategies used to recruit students to the student staff team, and working with the Residential Life team to coordinate training and on-boarding for all student staff. The GA will support and participate in major Residential life processes, including but not limited to opening and closing, the Student Leadership Summit, 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 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 Paul Hubinsky at with:

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