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Graduate Positions

Learning Opportunities

Residence Education and Housing Services graduate student employees are afforded opportunities to apply theory to practice by gaining hands-on experience in supervision, student conduct, advising, emergency crisis response, training, selection and committee work. They also receive ongoing training and professional development opportunities, acquiring transferable skills that will carry over to future career opportunities.

REHS frames the work, training and professional development opportunities made available to students in Graduate Assistant positions based on the competencies of national associations such as NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I).

Note:  Our positions for the 2016-17 academic year have been filled. Feel free to browse the descriptions below for future reference. Applications for positions for the 2017-18 academic are currently open! 

  • Assistant Community Director - Application for the 2017-18 academic year is open - click here for more info!

Assistant Community Director (ACD) position is a half-time, live-in graduate assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services.  Reporting to a full-time Community director, ACDs are responsible for developing living learning environments coinciding with the mission and goals of Michigan State University.  ACDs are responsible for the general supervision of the resident assistant staff and supporting the building community director in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive community and student development program for a residence hall of 400 to 1200 undergraduate and/or graduate students. ACDs are responsible for staff supervision & training, student organization advising including group development, student development, student conduct. crisis response, administrative and departmental responsibilities.  Applicants who receive this assistantship are assigned to a residence hall apartment and are required to live in as part of their job responsibilities.

  • Graduate Assistant for Recruitment, Training and Selection - Application for the 2017-18 academic year is open - click here for more info!

The Graduate Assistant for Recruitment, Selection and Training is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services. This position’s primary responsibility is to support and assist the Staff Recruitment, Selection, and Training Coordinator regarding all functions of recruitment, selection, training, and staff discipline within Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS).  Depending on the needs/priorities of the department, other duties may also be assigned. This is a 9 month position with the possibility of summer employment.  Summer employment is based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year.

  • Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Advising - Application for the 2017-18 academic year is open - click here for more info!

The graduate assistant for leadership and advising is a half-time graduate assistantship with Residence Education and Housing Services. The GA will coordinate the REAL Talk leadership seminar series, serve as an advisor to the Residence Hall Association, as well as design, develop, and deliver various leadership training programs.  The GA is responsible for developing leadership skills in students and REHS staff through on-going training, one-on-one coaching, and assessment of leadership skills. This is a half–time graduate assistantship position which requires 20 hours a week and will include weekend and evening hours. This is a 9 month position with the possibility of summer employment.  Summer employment is based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year.

  • Graduate Assistant for Wonderbodies - Application for the 2017-18 academic year is open - click here for more info!

Wonderbodies is a fitness facility located within Wonders Hall. This facility is open to all on-campus residents and features a variety of workout equipment. The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Wonderbodies is a half-time graduate assistantship which oversees the operation of the facility.  Duties would include supervision of student staff, promotion of the facility and membership sales, and management of cash handling procedures. The GA could work in conjunction with IM Sports in order to offer a high quality gym experience. The GA would be responsible for staffing the facility. This assistantship will allow real world experience in the full operations of a gym.

  • Graduate Assistant for Operations/Administration - Anticipated opening for 2017-18! Please check back soon for more details!

The Operations Graduate Assistant (GA) is a part-time position that assists the Safety and Security Service Coordinator and Occupancy Manager with a variety of functions for Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) in reaching the goal of being an inclusive and world-class entity. The GA is primarily responsible for serving as a support position for the Safety and Security Services Coordinator and Occupancy Manager. This will be accomplished through training, policy and protocol review, data organization, and report development with collaboration throughout Residential and Hospitality Services.

  • Graduate Assistant for Outreach - Application currently closed for 2016-17. No vacancy for 2017-18.

The graduate assistant for outreach is a part-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS). Reporting to the assistant director for outreach this position has primary responsibility for tour development, training, presentations, monitoring student labor budget, assessment, international outreach, outreach within academic departments as well as outreach among a variety of audiences of both internal and external students, faculty, parents and others.
 

  • Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion - Application currently closed for 2016-17. No vacancy for 2017-18.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services, reporting to the Staff Recruitment, Selection, and Training Coordinator. This position has primary responsibility in researching and designing a training curriculum on diversity and inclusion.  The GA for D&I will provide support in facilitating focus groups, analyzing data, training staff, creating summaries/reports of current and previous data, and other human resources functions as assigned.

  • Graduate Assistant for Assessment and Research - Application currently closed for 2016-17. No vacancy for 2017-18.

The graduate assistant for assessment and research is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services. Reporting to the associate director for residence education, this position has primary responsibility in supporting and assisting the department with its assessment and evaluation needs and processes. The GA for assessment and research is responsible for assisting with development and execution of evaluation tools, data entry and analysis.

Compensation and Benefits for Graduate Assistantships

Compensation varies depending on the nature of the position.  Positions are 9 month positions, Fall and Spring Semesters with the exception of 2 ACD positions which are 12 month. 

Appointment dates are:
Fall Semester: August 16, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Spring Semetser:  January 1, 2018 - May 15, 2018

Actual start dates may vary by position. Assistant Community Director positions begin with a workshop training that typically starts two weeks prior to the August appointment date. Winter break work hours also vary by position. 

Stipend:

Assistant Community Directors are live-in:

  • Level 1 - $6994/9 months plus furnished apartment and meal plan
  • Level 2 - $7164/9 months plus furnished apartment and meal plan

All other Assistantships are not live-in:

  • Level 1 - $15,000/9 months
  • Level 2 - $15,600/9 months

Stipends are paid bi-weekly.

All REHS graduate assistants also receive: 

  • In-state tuition rates
  • Nine-credit tuition waiver per semester at the base MSU graduate credit rate (fall and spring semesters)
  • Matriculation fee waiver
  • Single-person student health insurance coverage

For additional information about MSU graduate assistantships, please go to: http://grad.msu.edu/

See Timeline link for more information about application deadlines, etc.  Inquiries regarding graduate assistant positions with Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan State University should be directed to rehshr@rhs.msu.edu.