Graduate Assistantships

The Office Residence Life and Housing offers several different assistantships for Wake Forest graduate students. Each position carries a different set of responsibilities, experiences and benefits.

  • Graduate Hall Director

    Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs) are part-time paraprofessionals and student-leaders who live and work in the residential spaces. GHDs are assigned to a traditional residence hall, suite style complex, or apartment area. Each GHD lives-in, supervises a group of 5-11 Resident Advisers (RAs), and manages the overall operation of a community housing 200-350 undergraduates. The GHD assistantship is a 10-month position and one that places a high value on relationships and integrity. It requires flexibility, commitment, and resilience, as well as strong administrative skills. The specific qualifications, requirements and responsibilities for the Graduate Hall Director Assistantship are outlined below.

    Complete GHD Position Description

    Qualifications

    • Strong administrative and relationship building skills
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines
    • Enrolled as a full time student in an eligible graduate studies program at the time of employment.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 throughout the assistantship.
    • In good standing with the University at the time of application and acceptance of the assistantship, including no disciplinary sanctions pending or currently in effect.
    • Note: Due to the nature of this position, possible lifting and physical activity may be required at times.

    Terms of Employment

    The Graduate Hall Director position is a full academic-year commitment. Reappointment for additional academic years or summers is not guaranteed, but may be available based upon performance and the successful completion of all applications and interviews are required for returning staff.

    • On Campus Housing Policy:  
      • GHDs reside in spaces as assigned by the Office of Residence Life and Housing. If a staff member leaves the GHDs position, they must move out of the staff apartment within 72 hours.
    • Training:
      • Graduate Hall Directors must report to campus by Sunday, July 29, 2018.
      • GHDs must be present for training and opening July 30, 2018 – August 26, 2018.
      • Failure to attend training and opening will result in the Graduate Hall Director position being rescinded for the Academic Year.
      • All GHDs are required to complete the online Pre-Training Program, attend the GHDs Fall and Spring training programs, and all required In-services, as designated in the GHD employment agreement.
    • Work Hours:
      • GHDs will work an average of 25-29 hours per week for the university and may not hold a second part-time job without prior approval from their supervisor and the Assistant Director of Residence Life. Additional employment is limited to no more than 9 hours.
    • Weekends and On-Call Periods:
      • GHDs are key partners in the social, co-curricular, and academic engagement opportunities provided by RL&H. GHDs also serve in an on-call capacity, responding to student crises and emergencies. This necessitates GHDs being on-campus and available on nights and weekends. GHDs may not be away from campus for extended periods of time and must seek prior permission of Residence Life and Housing Professional Staff before taking time away.
    • GHDs must maintain good academic and disciplinary standing with the University throughout the duration of employment. Good standing includes no active sanction or disciplinary probation with Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students office, or Graduate and Professional School programs.  GHDs are also expected to uphold, enforce, and abide by all university policies and regulations.
    • GHDs are considered mandatory reporters under Title IX and the Clery Act.
    • GHDs are expected to abide by and report violations of all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
    • GHDs must follow the ethical principles of acting with integrity, dignity, and competence as outlined in the ACUHO-I housing professional guidelines.
    • The Graduate Hall Director’s performance is under continuous evaluation so as to maintain the highest standards. The following may result in disciplinary sanctions, including but not limited to, verbal or written warning, withholding of partial or full pay, suspension, probation, or termination:
      • Failure to meet any of the qualifications, requirements, responsibilities, listed in this agreement or specified by Residence Life and Housing Professional Staff
      • Any unprofessional or unethical action
      • Any action in direct conflict with the policies outlined in the Wake Forest Student Code of Conduct, Guide to Community Living, and the Residence Life and Housing Staff Manual

    Compensation and Benefits

    • This is a mandatory live-in position that includes a rent-free, one bedroom efficiency-style unfurnished apartment, including cable, internet, on-site laundry, and local phone service
    • $7350 annual stipend for 10-month position, paid in bi-weekly payments.
    • Faculty/Staff parking permit

     

  • Graduate Assistant for Assignments

    Position Description and Scope

    This position is a twenty (20) hour per week Graduate Assistantship within Residence Life and Housing.  The conditions of work may sometimes include office time and/or being in the residence halls, academic buildings, athletic facilities, or administration buildings.  This position will be assigned for the entire academic year.  Summer employment may be available, and can be discussed if successful candidate is interested.  Additionally, the successful candidate can stay on as employed for the next academic year if they are registered for classes as a full-time student.  Specific job expectations and conditions include:

    Position Responsibilities

    • Develop and present training to Resident Life and Housing professional and student staff related to the StarRez housing software system and Assignments processes in collaboration with Assignments staff members.
    • Market Assignments initiatives through a variety of means including print materials, online media, in-person help desks and group presentations.
    • Write and/or review e-mail templates and other departmental mass communications with attention to clear communication that is consistent with University Identity Standards for writing style.
    • Conduct benchmarking against other institutions regarding assignments policies and procedures.
    • Generate and distribute reports on housing data in compliance with established reporting standards.
    • Work closely with full-time Assignments staff on major processes including housing selection, room change periods, and major move-in/move-out days.
    • Identify student needs related to housing assignments and propose solutions to meet those needs.
    • Assist with auditing housing charges sent to Finance and Accounting Services office, as assigned.
    • Participate in meetings of University and departmental committees, as assigned.
    • Assumes other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Director of Assignments and other Residence Life and Housing central office staff members.
    • Evening and weekend hours will be required based on the programmatic needs.

     Position obligations

    • Adherence to the Residence Life and Housing confidentiality policy.
    • Safeguard assigned keys.
    • Become familiar with StarRez housing software.
    • Exceptional attention to detail.
    • Ability to work independently after assigned a project or task.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps.

     Compensation

  • Graduate Assistant for Deacon OneCard

    Position Description and Scope

    This position is a twenty (20) hour per week Graduate Assistantship within the Deacon OneCard office.  The conditions of work may sometimes include office time and/or being in the residence halls, academic buildings, athletic facilities, or administration buildings.  This position will be assigned for the entire academic year.  Summer employment may be available, and can be discussed if successful candidate is interested.  Additionally, the successful candidate can stay on as employed for the next academic year if they are registered for classes as a full-time student.  Specific job expectations and conditions include:

    Position Responsibilities

     Assist in the Deacon OneCard office with card making operations.

    • Process lost, stolen, broken, worn, defective or otherwise unusable cards for students, staff, faculty, contractors, and affiliates.
    • Process the online Deacon OneCard card replacement form as they are sent in to the office.
    • Inventory supplies including printer ribbons, cards, forms, and other office supplies.
    • Fax forms to Dining Services and The Z. Smith Reynolds Library as necessary.
    • Change printer ribbons and cards as needed.
    • Assist the Deacon OneCard staff with a wide range of departmental activities.
    • Assist other members of the Residence Life and Housing central office as needed.

    Position obligations

    Adherence to the Residence Life and Housing confidentiality policy.

    • Strong customer service skills.
    • Willingness to do administrative work over email as duties are assigned.
    • Ability to work independently after assigned a project or task.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Always come prepared to do school work in the event of down time.

     Compensation

  • Graduate Assistant for Housing

    Position Description and Scope

    This position is a twenty (20) hour per week Graduate Assistantship within Residence Life and Housing.  The conditions of work may sometimes include office time and/or being in the residence halls.  This position will be assigned for the entire academic year.  Summer employment may be available, and can be discussed if successful candidate can stay on as employed for the next academic year if they are registered for classes as a full-time student.  Specific job and conditions include:

    Position Responsibilities

    • Conduct and organize inventory of residential and departmental assets including furniture, keys, signage, and central office supplies.
    • Escort pest control services in the residence halls on a weekly bases and report comments back to Administrative Coordinator for Housing Operations.
    • Conduct leased lounge inspections for student organizations and coordinate billing, work orders, and reporting back to groups.
    • Maintain good condition of departmental vehicles including washing, vacuuming, and fueling.
    • Assist the Assistant Director of Housing and the Coordinator of Housing with a wide range of departmental activities.
    • Assists with inspections of residential facilities and grounds.
    • Assist other members of the Residence Life and Housing central office as needed.

    Position Obligations

    • Adherence to the Residence Life and Housing confidentiality policy.
    • Safeguard assigned keys.
    • Have a critical eye for facilities issues and conditions that may require maintenance or custodial services to attend to in the residence halls.
    • Willingness to do administrative work over email as duties are assigned.
    • Ability to work independently after assigned a project or task.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Always come prepare to do school work in the event of down time.
    • Ability to transport large and heavy products which may sometimes require assistance.

    Compensation

  • Graduate Assistant for Operations

    Position Description and Scope

    This position is a twenty (20) hour per week Graduate Assistantship within the Office of Residence Life and Housing.  The conditions of work may sometimes include office time and/or being in the residence halls.  This position will be assigned for the entire academic year.  Summer employment may be available, and can be discussed if successful candidate can stay on as employed for the next academic year if they are registered for classes as a full-time student.  Specific job and conditions include:

    Position Responsibilities

    • Assist with inventory of residential and departmental assets including furniture, keys, signage, and central office supplies.
    • Preparation of materials for upcoming departmental processes including communications, website updates, physical supplies, and training materials.
    • Assist the Assistant Director of Operations in updating signage, furniture, etc. based on annual room configurations.
    • Assist the Assistant Director of Operations in keeping furniture inventory, conditions, and key codes current in StarRez.
    • Conduct regular inspections of student organization’s leased office spaces.
    • Assists with inspections of residential facilities and grounds.
    • Assist the housing team with a wide range of departmental activities.
    • Assist other members of the Residence Life and Housing central office as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Position Obligations

    • Adherence to the Residence Life and Housing confidentiality policy.
    • Safeguard assigned keys.
    • Have a critical eye for facilities issues and conditions that may require maintenance or custodial services to attend to in the residence halls.
    • Willingness to do administrative work over email as duties are assigned.
    • Ability to work independently after assigned a project or task.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Ability to think proactively about upcoming processes and create a task list for self during slow times.
    • Ability to transport large and heavy products which may sometimes require assistance.

    Compensation

  • Graduate Assistant for Residence Education

    Position Description and Scope

    This position is a twenty (20) hour per week Graduate Assistantship within Residence Life and Housing.  The conditions of work may sometimes include office time and/or being in the residence halls, academic buildings, athletic facilities, or administration buildings.  This position will be assigned for the entire academic year.  Summer employment may be available, and can be discussed if successful candidate is interested.  Additionally, the successful candidate can stay on as employed for the next academic year if they are registered for classes as a full-time student.  Specific job expectations and conditions include:

    Position Responsibilities

    • Attendance at Graduate Assistant training beginning July 31st is expected. Graduate Assistants for Residence Education will also be expected to assist with Resident Adviser training during during the month of August.
    • Assists with the coordination and implementation of departmental programmatic initiatives in the halls and on campus, including research and planning related to residential curricula.
    • Assists with the maintenance of programming resources of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programming efforts.
    • Works with the Coordinator of Residence Education to develop a physical and electronic resource library for residence life hall staff regarding programming initiatives and ideas.
    • Assists with the implementation and evaluation of new and existing undergraduate and graduate employee training programs and initiatives.
    • Assists with graduate and undergraduate staff selection and placement processes, as well as graduate and undergraduate staff performance evaluations.
    • Assists with the work and programming of the Residence Student Association and National Residence Hall Honorary
    • Provides programmatic support and assists with the management of the Theme Housing Program.
    • Assumes other related duties as assigned by the Coordinator of Residence Education and the other Residence Life and Housing staff members.
    • Evening and weekend hours will be required based on the programmatic needs.

     Position obligations

    • Adherence to the Residence Life and Housing confidentiality policy
    • Strong customer service skills.
    • Willingness to do administrative work over email as duties are assigned.
    • Ability to work independently after assigned a project or task.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive.

     Compensation

Graduate Assistant Selection Timeline

Date Description
March 2, 2018 @ 11:59 p.m. New GHD/GA Priority Deadline
(Applications will continued to be accepted to fill positions as needed)
March 5-16, 2018 Returning GHD/GA Interviews
Friday, April 6, 2018 Offers made for 2018-2019 Graduate Staff
March 26-30, 2018 New GHD/GA Interviews
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Staff Orientation for 2018-2019
(Mandatory for GHDs ONLY)

GA Compensation Comparison Chart

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Enrollment in full-time graduate coursework at Wake Forest University
  3. The following graduate programs are not eligible for employment:
    • Master Teacher Fellows
    • Management
    • MALS
    • 1st year Law
    • 1st year MBA
    • Medical School Programs

Application

  1. Letter of interest
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  3. Graduate School application or enrollment statement.
  4. Current resume
  5. Name, address, phone, e-mail of three references

For assistance with the online application process, please reference our step-by-step guide.