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Graduate Assistant for Residential Community Standards

The Graduate Assistant for Residential Community Standards provides leadership to and management for Residential Student Conduct Boards.  The Graduate Assistant will also provide support for implementation of community standards on all residential floors, and crisis response programs.  The Graduate Assistant is directly supervised by the Assistant Director of Residential Community Standards.  This is a live-in position which will share on call duty rotation for the Grant Complex.  The position involves a level of accessibility and accountability to students and staff, including maintaining and administration of the Maxient Student Conduct Database.  The Graduate Assistant may also work closely with Complex Coordinators and Full-Time and Graduate Hall Directors who provide supervision and support the community advisors in the residence halls, the office of Community Standards & Student Conduct, and the Department of Public Safety.  All residential communities support and contribute to the academic mission of the institution.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Advising:
    1. Counsel, advise, and refer residents on personal and academic matters
    2. Adjudicate low level violations of University and Housing and Residential Services policies
    3. Administratively assist Residential Student Conduct Boards
    4. Establish and maintain regularly scheduled office hours
  2. Leadership:
    1. Create intentional efforts to interact with students and provide opportunities for student growth and development by leading activities such as initiatives surrounding positive decision making utilizing the Residential Curriculum.
    2. Support the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department and University
    3. Assist with departmental initiatives as needed
    4. Promote and develop an inclusive and academically supportive community by leading activities such as initiatives surrounding the Bias Incident Response Protocol
    5. Prepare case materials to be presented to the Residential Student Conduct Boards
  3. Collaboration:
    1. Actively participate as a member of the Grant Complex area team, along with additional Graduate Residence Hall Directors, Residence Hall Directors, Complex Coordinators, Chief Clerks, Community Safety Officers,  Living-Learning Community Coordinators, Campus Dining Services Staff, and Facilities Staff
    2. Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with departmental, divisional, and campus partners through committees, liaison relationships, and other interactions
    3. Collaborate with other staff within the complex and across Housing and Residential Services to ensure consistency and sharing of best practices
  4. Crisis Management:
    1. Respond to crisis and emergency situations and communicate necessary information appropriately
    2. Participate in area on-call duty rotation including weeknights, weekends, and break periods when the University may be closed
  5. Programming Development/Planning:
    1. Assist staff in assessing student needs and providing strategies related to the Residential Curriculum regarding student conduct and community standards


  • Admitted to Northern Illinois University graduate school and enrolled in a graduate course of study
  • Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, but those pursuing degrees in a closely related field or discipline at Northern Illinois University will also be considered.


  • Experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Previous residence life experience or group living experience


A 10 month, approximately 20 hours per week position includes:
  • Start Date: July 15, 2016
  • Salary: $1,000 per month
  • Housing in residence hall:: Furnished 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment with local phone, cable services, and high-speed Internet
  • Meal Plan provided while Campus Dining Services locations are in operation
  • Other Benefits: Tuition waiver, professional development funds and reserved parking at a reduced rate and domestic partnership benefits. Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


Send application materials (cover letter, resume, and listing of three professional references) to:

Patricia A. R. Martinez
Director for Residential Communities
Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East Suite 145
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Office: (815) 753-1526
Fax: (815)753-9226

Organizational Structure

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Executive Director for Housing and Residential Services
Director for Residential Communities
Associate/Assistant Directors for Residential Communities
Graduate Assistant for Residential Community Standards

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