Graduate Assistantships

About the Positions

Graduate Community Assistants (GCAs)

The GCAs are all University of Rochester graduate students. They are fantastic resources if you need information from those who have likely been in your shoes at some point. Each GCA designs programs and events for the community in which they live.

Graduate Head Resident (GHR)

The GHR is a graduate assistant position supervising a resident advisor (RA) or apartment resident advisor (ARA) staff to help build healthy and inclusive residential communities and foster a lively academic and intellectual culture.

RAs and ARAs work with undergraduate students to develop a class identity, campus spirit, and pride in the College and the University. The graduate head resident should know and establish a working rapport with the staff team and the residents for whom they are responsible. The number of RA/ARA staff and residents varies between 9-15 staff members and 300-600 students for a particular area.

The GHR is expected to help residents get to know one another in the living environment and to serve as a source of information about the College and its services. The GHR intervenes in the resolution of behavioral issues and interpersonal or inter-group conflicts; and refers students with social, personal, academic, or health-related problems to the appropriate University agencies.

GHRs report to the area coordinator based on their assigned residential area. This is an academic year appointment and requires attendance at all staff training programs.

The GHR requires 18 hours of work per week. It includes a $5,000 stipend and a furnished apartment in undergraduate housing.

Graduate House Advisor (GHA)

The graduate house advisor (GHA) is a para-professional staff member for the Office for Residential Life and Housing Services reporting to the area coordinator. The primary charge of the GHA is to build a healthy and inclusive residential community in a specific house and to foster a lively academic and intellectual environment and culture.

This position requires flexibility, aptitude, and willingness to succeed in structured and unstructured settings with students, staff, and faculty. GHAs are expected to create intellectually active residential environments that enhance personal growth and support the academic mission of the College.

GHAs work with residents to develop residential group identity, campus spirit, and pride in the College.

The GHA requires 13 hours of work per week. It includes a $4,000 stipend and a furnished room in undergraduate housing.

Leadership Programs Graduate Assistant (LPGA)

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services sponsors a graduate assistantship with a focus in residential and student leadership and reports to the area coordinator for leadership involvement.

The LPGA requires 20 hours of work per week. It includes a $4,000 stipend and a furnished apartment in undergraduate housing.

Graduate and Family Housing Graduate Assistant (GFHGA)

The graduate and family housing services graduate assistant (GFHGA) contributes to the efforts and programming for residents in graduate housing. The GA will work with fellow graduate staff to host programs and organize events. They will have a hand in community wide communication, signature programs and new initiatives, with opportunity to connect with campus partners as the office furthers its commitment to residents feeling at home and engaged. 

The GFHGA requires 20 hours of work per week. It includes a $4,000 stipend and an unfurnished apartment in graduate housing.

Off-Campus Housing Graduate Assistant (OCGA)

The off-campus housing graduate assistant directly reports to the assistant director (AD), supporting and contributing to the efforts and programs for off-campus students. The OCGA will work with Neighborhood Ambassadors to host programs and organize events. They will have a hand in community-wide communication, signature programs and new initiatives, with opportunity to connect with campus partners as the office furthers its commitment to off-campus housing.

The OCGA requires 15-18 hours of work per week. Compensation is $15.00 per hour.

How to Apply

Applications will open early January. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. You will need to log in with a Google account to access the application. If you encounter any issues, email GradAssistantSelection@ur.rochester.edu.

Job descriptions:

Apply online:

  • Graduate Community Assistant (Position Filled)
  • Graduate Head Resident (Position Filled)
  • Graduate House Advisor (Position Filled)
  • Leadership Programs Graduate Assistant (Position Filled)
  • Graduate and Family Housing Graduate Assistant (Position Filled)
  • Off Campus Graduate Assistant

Questions?

If you have questions related to the graduate selection process, email GradAssistantSelection@ur.rochester.edu.