Graduate Community Director & Graduate Assistant Recruitment Information

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Graduate Assistant Information 

Greetings! Welcome to the University of Arizona Housing & Residential Life Graduate Assistant in Leadership Development and Graduate Community Director selection process. Thank you for your interest in our program, we are honored by your inquiry. 

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 hiring a diverse staff with a passion for assisting students are the cornerstones of our success. Many hours are spent selecting the best individuals possible to create a team that 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:

Graduate Community Director

The Graduate Community Director (GCD) is a member of Housing’s Residential Education Team. A GCD will manage/oversee a residential building of 107-238 residents or co-administer the daily functions with a Community Director of a co-educational hall of 350-1,000 residents. 

The GCD will be providing residents and student-staff with support and leadership, promoting an inclusive community, and providing crisis response and management. This position will afford a professional opportunity to expand on the leadership skills gained as an undergraduate and explore the housing field as a possible career path. This is a 10-month, part-time, live-in position that reports to a Community Director, Program Manager, or District Assistant Director. Questions may be directed to:

Click here for the Graduate Community Director job description. Salary: $19,250 for 10 months

Graduate Assistant Leadership Development

The Graduate Assistant in Leadership Development (GA) position is a member of Housing’s Residential Education Team.  The GA will play an integral role, as they support the social, developmental, and leadership needs of residents on campus.  The GA will work with administration to implement and assess campus-wide programming in the halls and throughout campus.  This position collaborates and reports to the Coordinator of Leadership Development and will assist in managing Cats After Dark programming committee and/or advise the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).

This is a 10-month, part-time, live-in position that reports to a Coordinator of Leadership Development. Role will require regular evening and weekend commitments. Questions may be directed to:

Click here for the Graduate Assistant in Leadership Development job description. Salary: $19,250 for 10 months

You can be in almost any UArizona Master's program to be considered for a Graduate Assistant position!

Interested in the Higher Education M.A. program? If so, candidates accepted into the Higher Education master program are given priority interviews for the GA and GCD roles. Applications for admissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in December 2023. 

Other Master’s program application deadlines may vary. For information about all UArizona Master’s programs, visit

(Students enrolled solely in Certificate or non-degree seeking programs are not eligible for GA appointments. Law, Medicine and Pharmacy (PharmD) students are not eligible for GA positions unless concurrently enrolled in a regular graduate degree-seeking program).

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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 will continue until all positions are filled. Currently, we are anticipating several openings and are excited to consider your application for our Graduate positions.

Our team will review your application and begin the process when your application is complete. 

To apply for a GA or GCD position for the 2024-25 academic year with a start date of July 8, 2024:

  • Please submit your application here.
  • When submitting your application using the above link, you will be asked:
    • List of three professional references with contact information.
    • The best email to contact you
    • A phone number to contact you
    • Your current UA Graduate Program Status for Fall 2023. (Example: In the process of submitting an application, submitted application, accepted into a Graduate program, enrolled in a Graduate program)
    • Higher Ed Graduate Program? Yes or No
    • What Graduate Program, if not Higher Ed?
    • OPE Candidate Number if attending (submitting an application for our Higher Ed M.A. program will guarantee you a first-round interview with the OPE interview team)
  • Send a copy of your resume and cover letter via email 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 position 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 2024, 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 or Graduate Assistant position, or your status in our selection process, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

Selection Timeline

Our anticipated selection timeline is as follows:

December 4, 2023 Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE) Opens AND you can apply to be a GCD at UArizona!
January 2024 Rolling reviews of application materials and interviews begin
February 29 - March 3, 2024 OPE! We will be there in-person!
TBD Higher Ed Day
Late March 2024 - Until all positions are filled Begin Extending Offers (based on candidates' acceptance to a graduate program)


Graduate Community Director Benefits

GCD 10-Month Salary


10-Month Salary

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



Professional Development

Graduates 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

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Tuition Remission & Out of State Tuition Waiver

A Graduate Assistant and Graduate Community Director 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

All grads are 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

Grads are 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 the 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 sense of pride in both your academic and professional experiences. 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 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!

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Nina Pereira

Director, Residential Education