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Graduate Assistant to the Faculty-in-Residence

No longer accepting applications for the 2022-23 academic year

Position Summary

As a part of the Residential Services team, 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 a residential area 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 (18-20 hours per week), live-in staff member, and has a dual report to the FIR and the central office staff within Residential Academic Initiatives. This position includes working with diverse groups of students, staff, and faculty in a highly-selective and competitive environment.  The GA can expect to work closely with the area Resident Directors (RD), and, an Assistant Resident Director (ARD), who are Residential Life staff members. 

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 FIR program, currently anticipates three openings for 2022-23 academic year. The employment term will be September 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Faculty-in-Residence Engagement Support (60 percent, approximately 12 hours a week) 

Administrative Duties (40 percent, approximately 8 hours a week) 

There are differences among the areas served by FIRs. Each area has a unique community, diverse opportunities, and accessible amenities to engage Northwestern undergraduate students as they navigate their first two years on campus. Applicants should therefore be aware that details of the FIR GA position may vary based on different area needs. 


The FIR GA will receive a $1,000.00 monthly stipend (10 months, September-June), a furnished one-bedroom apartment, and a limited meal plan to use when the campus dining halls are open (10 months, September-June). The candidate selected for this position will not receive any additional benefits, other than the stipend, apartment, 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, and printers, as well as being able to assist others in doing so; and to 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: 

Preferred Qualifications

Application Process

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in and related qualifications for the position to the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives ( To complete your application, please have your departmental adviser or Director of Graduate Studies sign a Departmental Approval of Application [PDF], which certifies that the Graduate Assistant to the Faculty-in-Residence position is compatible with your academic responsibilities and plans. You can submit a scanned version to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.