Students in an Engagement Center

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).

  • Assistant Community Director - Application currently closed for 2016-17 positions

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 Wonderbodies - Application currently closed  for 2016-17 positions.

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. 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 - Application currently closed for 2016-17 positions.

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 positions.

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 Human Resources - Application currently closed for 2016-17 positions (Anticipated vacancy).

The Graduate Assistant for Human Resources 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 supporting and assisting in functions related to the recruitment, selection, training, and accountability to student, graduate, and professional staff. The GA for this position will serve on recruitment and training teams, as well as assist in the maintenance and development of record-keeping systems.

  • Graduate Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion - Application currently closed for 2016-17 positions (anticipated vacancy).

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

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.

  • Community Coordinator (Spartan Village) - Application is currently closed, due date was December 4.

This position is being retitled to "Resident Assistant" for the 2016-17 academic year. Application is available now. Resident Assistants in Spartan Village provide opportunities for residents to connect with one another through programs and outreach activities. The CC in Spartan Village is a 12-month live in graduate or undergraduate student staff member in the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services. The RA is responsible for assisting students with personal and academic concerns in Spartan Village. Additionally, the RA shares duty coverage, initiative development, response to student concerns, and administrative responsibilities with other Spartan Village RAs. RAs receive a standard furnished, air-conditioned,  two-bedroom apartment in Spartan Village.  RAs must maintain a 2.75 Cumulative MSU grade point average during their appointment.  NOTE:  This position is NOT a graduate assistantship; however, both graduate students and undergraduate students may apply.  PREFERENCE GIVEN TO: Candidates who have experience in planning activities, problem resolution and conflict management; excellent communication and cross-cultural skills; administrative and leadership experience; an interest in working with persons from diverse backgrounds (to include children); ability to work well in a team; proficiency using Microsoft Office.

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, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Spring Semetser:  January 1, 2017 - May 15, 2017

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-$6856/9 months plus furnished apartment and meal plan
  • Level 2-$7023/9 months plus furnished apartment and meal plan

All other Assistantships are not live-in:

  • Level 1-$13,827/9 months
  • Level 2-$14,321/9 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.