Graduate Assistantship


Thank you for considering University Housing as your future employer! Our department prides itself on providing excellent opportunities for our Residence Directors to truly make a positive impact on the lives of our students. Each year University Housing employs 19 Residence Directors. We feel that our position is unique since you are directly responsible for developing a holistic sense of community within a residence hall or apartment complex. Many compare our position to an entry-level Residence Director role. We look for staff members who are capable of taking on this challenge and are ready to see what they are learning in the classroom come to life. When you leave after your time with us, you will be prepared to sell your experience, above and beyond the typical housing graduate assistantship.

Residence Directors are responsible for the selection, training and supervision of a team of Resident Advisors; administrative operations; student leadership development; programming; advising a Hall Council; facilities management; budgeting; assessment; serving as a student conduct hearing officer; and will contribute in various University Housing committee roles. Read a full Residence Director position description here.

We offer 10-month positions in the residence halls and 12-month positions in the apartments. Summer employment opportunities are available for those on 10-month employment agreements. This is a mandatory live-in position which includes a rent-free 1-bedroom furnished apartment (including cable television, internet, voicemail, and local phone service) and a meal stipend of $1,100 in the fall and $800 in the spring.

Compensation and Benefits

  • $8,500 annual stipend for 10-month positions or $11,300 annual stipend for 12-month positions.
  • Tuition remission, excluding required student fees.
  • Use of a private office with a networked computer.
  • Health insurance plan
  • Reserved parking, but the cost of the parking permit is paid fully by the employee.
  • $700 professional development stipened.

To be considered for this graduate assistantship candidates must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School. Preference is given to candidates admitted to the Higher Education Administration or the Counselor Education – College Counseling graduate degree programs. As key leaders within our department, we seek candidates who adapt to a changing decentralized environment, apply their skills and knowledge to a diverse residence hall environment and develop effective working relationships.

Application Process

  1. Submit an application to the NC State Graduate School and either of our preferred academic departments below by the published deadline:
    • Higher Education Administration - December 1
    • Counselor Education - preferred deadline: January 15, final deadline: March 15
  2. Submit a cover letter and a résumé which includes the names, titles, institutions and contact information for three references as an attachment to the following e-mail:

Interviewing Opportunities

Higher Education Visitation Weekend: February 12-14, 2015

Candidates must have a completed application on-file with the Graduate School to be invited for a phone interview. Employment applications are accepted until all of our Residence Director positions are filled. Initial application review will begin Jan. 2, 2015.

Timeline of Our Process

After we receive your application, cover letter, résumé and list of three references, our selection committee will review your application and we will determine your eligibility for a phone interview. Pending hiring conversations after candidate interviews, we make offers on a rolling basis. These decisions are contingent on a candidate's acceptance into graduate school. We also take into account an individual's fit with our department and different positions. Our current search seeks to fill 9 positions for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

Background Checks

University Housing is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its students, staff, visitors and other constituents; and to protecting its funds, property and other assets. Well-informed hiring decisions contribute to this effort. To facilitate this effort, the University conducts background checks on persons hired for initial employment, current employees who change jobs (transfer) or otherwise become subject to background checks due to changes in their current positions, and household members, ages 18 and over, who live with an University employee in University-controlled housing that is provided as a condition of the employee’s job requirements for the benefit of the University. Background checks are used only to evaluate candidates/employees for employment purposes and will not be used to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran's status or sexual orientation. Criminal history and sex offender checks are conducted for all positions. In addition, employees are required to report any conviction to their immediate supervisor within 5 days of the conviction.

Contact Information

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us