Graduate Community Director

Graduate Community Director Recruitment Information

Greetings! Welcome to the University of Arizona Housing & Residential Life selection process. We are delighted that you are interested in our department. We take great pride in our Residential Education program and in our overarching goal to create inclusive communities within each of the residence halls and among our staff.

During this selection process, we hope you will see first-hand that we strive to educate, support, and build diverse communities. We believe that recruiting and selection are the cornerstones to success.

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, Housing & Residential Life, or about Tucson in general, please do not hesitate to contact:

Whitney Mohr
Program Manager of Graduate Experience 
825 E 5th Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719
(520) 626-9714

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. 

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Community Director position at the University of Arizona. My name is Whitney Mohr and I am the chair of the Graduate Community Director Selection Process. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our Housing program, campus, graduate programs, or process.

The Selection 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 an electronic copy of your resume with your email address; cover letter indicating what graduate program you are applying to; and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Application materials should be sent to me via email at

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 Masters program. For those applying to the Higher Education Masters program, you must apply by January 15, 2019, early applications will receive priority review for admission and assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs.

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 me.

Job Description

Click here for the 2019-2020 Graduate Community Director job description.

Selection Timeline

The Selection Committee reviews applications as they are received. We will continue to do so until all of the Graduate Community Director positions are filled. Members of the Selection Team will be participating in the Higher Education Interview Weekend sponsored by the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona March 16-18, 2018.

Our anticipated selection timeline is as follows:

January 15, 2017

Final Deadline for Higher Education Master’s Program

February 2018-Completion

Rolling review of resumes

February 28- March 3

Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE)

March 1, 2018

Priority Deadline for Graduate CD Applications (Non-Higher Education Applicants)

March, 2018

Phone interviews for those not participating in Higher Education Weekend or OPE and/or non Higher Education studies applicants

March 15-17, 2018

Higher Education Interview Weekend

Middle of March, 2018

Begin Extending Offers from Higher Education Interview Weekend and OPE

Starting April, 2018 until all positions are filled

Begin Extending Offers to Non-Higher Education Applicants (based on candidates acceptance to a graduate program)




Graduate Community Director Benefits

(In addition to a 10-month stipend)

Apartment and Meal Plan

Graduate Community Directors are live-in professionals and are provided a furnished apartment in their residence hall community and a meal plan of $1,000 per semester.

Professional Development

Graduate Community Directors are given $500 per year in professional development funds which can be used on conferences, association memberships, books, and other professional development opportunities as approved by their supervisor.

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 Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Executive Director of Housing & Residential Life:

Thank you for your interest in University of Arizona (UA) Housing & Residential Life.  I, too, got my professional start as a Graduate Community Director at UA, and recently was fortunate to be able to return to the department as Executive Director.  I reflect on my early professional experiences in Housing & Residential Life often and believe that “everything I learned about student affairs, I learned in Housing.”

As a Graduate Community Director, you will have the opportunity to shape a residential community and your leadership will directly impact the first-year experience for many students.  Together with a team of Resident Assistants, you will set the vision for your community and develop programming and opportunities for engagement that will contribute to the academic success and personal development of your residents. 

In this role, you will develop a variety of transferable professional skills and create a foundation upon which to build your careers, whether in higher education or elsewhere.  You will have the opportunity to supervise student staff, advise student groups, manage a budget, plan events, adjudicate judicial hearings, and participate on professional committees all with the support of a close-knit group of Housing colleagues.

Working at a large, public research institution like UA 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 in which you may participate. With a new University president and campus strategic plan, it’s an exciting time to work at UA.  We hope you’ll join us!


Amanda Kraus, Ph. D.

Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Executive Director of Housing & Residential Life