Graduate Assistant

Graduate Assistant Recruitment Information

Greetings! Welcome to the University of Arizona Housing & Residential Life selection process. Thank you for your interest in our program. We are honored by your inquiry. We take great pride in our Residential Education program. Our goal is to create inclusive communities within each of the dorms and among our staff.

During this selection process, we hope you will see first-hand that our caring and inclusive philosophy is something the University of Arizona Housing team intentionally brings to life through the values of social justice, sustainability, academic success, and leadership. We strive to educate, support, and build diverse communities. We believe that recruiting and selection are the cornerstones to success. Many hours are spent selecting the best individuals possible to create a team who will serve our diverse student population well.

As the process moves along, we will keep you updated about your status. Thank you again for inquiring about our program. We wish you the best of luck with your search! If you have any questions about our selection process, our Housing program, or about Tucson in general, please do not hesitate to contact:

The University of Arizona is an EOE/AA/ADA employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and social justice. 

Job Description

Find the 2021-2022 Graduate Community Director job description at this link.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our Housing Graduate Assistantships at the University of Arizona.

The Committee is excited about this year's process. We will begin reviewing applications soon and review of applications will continue until all positions are filled. At this time, we are anticipating several openings and are excited to consider your application for our Graduate Community Director position.

The application review process will begin when your application is complete. A complete application will include the completion of the Microsoft Form Questionnaire; an electronic copy of your resume with your email address; cover letter indicating what graduate program you are applying to (please indicate if you have been accepted); and a list of three professional references with contact information. Resume and cover letter should be emailed to

Please note that all offers are contingent upon the candidate's admission to a graduate program at the University of Arizona. It is advantageous for you, as a candidate, to apply to the graduate program of your choice as quickly as possible.

Priority for Graduate Community Director offers is given to successful applicants who have been admitted to the Higher Education Master’s program. For those applying to the Higher Education Master’s program, you should apply by January 15, 2021, early applications will receive priority review for admission and graduate assistantships. Please note, the Higher Education M.A. program has dropped the GRE requirement.

For all other graduate programs, please check with that specific department on application deadlines. Click here for information on admission to the Graduate College.

Should you have any questions about the Graduate Community Director position, or your status in our selection process, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

Link to Application

Find the 2021-2022 Graduate Community Director job application at this link.


Selection Timeline

Our anticipated selection timeline is as follows:

December 15, 2020

Application is live

December 15, 2020

Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE) - Opens

January 15, 2021

Deadline for Higher Education Master's Program applications

January 19, 2021 - Completion

Rolling reviews of application materials and first, second, and third virtual interviews

March 5 - March 7, 2021

Higher Ed Weekend
Late March 2021 - Until all positions are filled Begin Extending Offers (based on candidates' acceptance to a graduate program)



Graduate Community Director Benefits

(In addition to a 10-month stipend)


Housing GAs are live-in professionals and are provided a furnished apartment in one of our dormitory communities.

Professional Development

Graduate Community Directors are given professional development funds which can be used for conferences, association memberships, books, and other professional development opportunities as approved by the Director of Residential Education. 


University-Specific Graduate Assistant Benefits

Tuition Remission and Out of State Tuition Waiver

A Graduate Assistant (GA) concurrently employed during the fall and spring academic semesters will be charged at the GA Reduced Tuition rate in place of non-resident tuition rates. This will have the effect of negating the difference in tuition between the resident and non-resident tuition rates. This benefit is only available during fall and spring semesters. This benefit is not applicable to Outreach College tuition. During fall and spring semesters, GAs are eligible for a remission of their tuition. The value of the tuition remission that a GA receives is dependent on their FTE and enrollment. This benefit is not applicable to Outreach College Tuition.

Student Health Insurance

A GA is eligible for coverage of the premium of the individual student health insurance through the University of Arizona Campus Health. This benefit is not transferable. To receive this benefit, a student must enroll in the student health insurance program during their open enrollment period. Students enrolled in the plan cannot cancel their coverage after the open enrollment period, even if they resign or are terminated. Students who resign or are terminated during the period of coverage will be responsible for payment of the premium. A student will be automatically re-enrolled in the student health insurance program upon enrollment in the subsequent major academic term. One must take action to cancel or modify their enrollment in this plan.

Bookstore Discount

A GA is eligible for a 10% discount off the price of select items purchased at all ASUA Bookstores, subject to Bookstore policies in effect. This benefit goes into effect once hiring information is loaded and requirements are satisfied. This benefit must be mentioned at the time of purchase to receive it. This benefit is not available retroactively. Speak with representatives at the Bookstores for more information about this discount.

Campus Recreation Center

As a student, you have automatic membership to the Student Recreation Center on campus by using your CatCard.

A Letter from the Director

Thank you for your interest in University of Arizona Housing & Residential Life. The University of Arizona is home to amazing people who are proud to be Wildcats, whether attending as students or professional staff. As a Graduate Assistant you will be able to experience that since of pride in both your academic and professional experiences

As a Housing Graduate Assistant, you will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the experience of our residents. You will work directly with students as a supervisor, advisor, and mentor. This position will also provide you a foundation for your own growth and development as a new professional as you begin your professional journey. You will gain experience in event management, budgeting, conduct and crisis response all while being supported by an amazing group of peers.   

Working at a large, public research institution like UArizona is an unparalleled experience. Known for our commitment to students, our campus is dynamic and vibrant with lots of academic and social events and opportunities. We hope you’ll join us!

Bear Down!

Nina Pereira

Director, Residential Education