Housing Graduate Assistants

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: RES-gradcdsearch@distribution.arizona.edu

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 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, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development, Graduate Assistant for Night Access and Security or all three!

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 (please indicate if you have been accepted); which position(s) you are interested in; and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Application materials should be sent to me via email at RES-gradcdsearch@distribution.arizona.edu.

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 should apply by January 15, 2020, early applications will receive priority review for admission and graduate assistantships. Please note, new this year, 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.

Job Description

Find the 2020-2021 Graduate Community Director job description at this link.

Find the 2020-2021 Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development job description at this link.

Find the 2020-2021 Graduate Assistant for Night Access & Security job description at this link.

Selection Timeline

The Committee reviews applications as they are received. We will continue to do so until all of the Graduate Assistant positions are filled. Members of the Selection Team will be participating in the Oshkosh Placement Exchange in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (February 27 – March 1) and the Higher Education Interview Weekend sponsored by the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona (March 27-29).

Our anticipated selection timeline is as follows:

January 15, 2019

Deadline for Higher Education Master’s Program applications

January 20, 2019-Completion

Rolling reviews of resumes and initial phone interviews.

February 27- March 1

Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE)

March 13, 2020

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

March 23, 2020 – April 30, 2020

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

March 27-29, 2020

Higher Education Interview Weekend

Middle of March, 2020

Begin Extending Offers from Higher Education Interview Weekend and OPE

Starting late April, 2020 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)


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

Professional Development

Housing GAs 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 Housing Graduate Assistant, 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