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Graduate Assistant to the Faculty-in-Residence

Positions for the 2021-22 academic year have been filled.
Any positions for 2022-23 will be posted in spring 2022.

Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant to the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR GA) works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to foster vibrant and inclusive residential areas that offer academic, cultural, and social programming for residents. The FIR GA is a Northwestern graduate student who serves as a part-time (10-12 hours per week), live-out staff member, and reports to the FIR. This position includes working with diverse groups of students, staff, and faculty in a highly-selective and competitive environment. In particular, a GA can expect to work closely with Resident Directors (RD) and Resident Assistants (RA), 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.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

There are substantial differences among the residential areas served by FIRs. Each FIR works to enact their own unique programmatic vision in collaboration with RDs. Applicants should therefore be aware that details of the FIR GA position may vary by residential area.


The FIR GA will receive a $1,000.00 monthly stipend (10 months, September-June) and a limited meal plan (6 meals per week) 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 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.