Graduate Assistant to the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives

Position Description

The Office of Residential Academic Initiatives Graduate Assistant (ORAI GA) position is a part-time appointment that provides excellent professional development for graduate students considering faculty and/or administrative careers in academia. Working under the umbrella of Residential Services, a unit in the Division of Student Affairs, the GA learns about administrative aspects of undergraduate life and diverse models of student-faculty engagement, intellectual and cultural enrichment, student leadership, and academic support. The GA’s work within ORAI complements other pedagogical training and provides experience outside of teaching that can be a valuable asset on the job market in higher education and beyond.

 The work commitment averages 10-12 hours per week during the academic year, including occasional evenings and weekends with advance notice. The overall time and percentage of time devoted to each area outlined below may vary at different points of the year. Specific duties and assignments are subject to change based on ORAI’s needs.

Support Implementation of Programs

The GA’s work involves engagement with both students and faculty, as well as regular meetings with ORAI’s staff. Types of duties in the GA’s portfolio may include but are not limited to:

  • attend periodic meetings with ORAI staff and campus partners for the purposes of planning programs
  • assist with implementation of and information collection on designated off-campus excursions of residential groups to Chicago-area destinations (e.g., Broadway in Chicago production, Chicago Bulls game)
  • support implementation of residential academic initiatives on campus by helping to coordinate events with campus partners and Residential Life staff (e.g., Global Kitchen events, LinkedIn workshops, SummerFest)

Perform Administrative Tasks

The Graduate Assistant supports ORAI’s general operations. A shared office with a phone and dedicated GA computer is available in the ORAI suite for conducting this work, which may include:

  • research features of other universities’ residential programs for consideration by the Undergraduate Residential Experience Committee Implementation Task Force
  • entering data related to programming
  • preparing documents for the archives

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrolled full-time in a doctoral degree program at Northwestern University for the entire 2017-18 academic year with funding that constitutes a primary appointment with the university
  • Must be in residence at Northwestern for the entire academic year (early September through the end of June, with the exception of University holidays), with absences of one week or more cleared well in advance
  • Facility with managing information in Microsoft Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with residential programs such as residential colleges, theme houses, or living-learning communities


The GA receives an annual stipend (currently $10,000) allocated through monthly paychecks (September through June inclusively).

Application Process

Currently not accepting applications.