Residential Life Graduate Assistant Positions

Residential Life Graduate Assistant Positions

Each year Residential Life seeks qualified applicants for several graduate assistant opportunities. 

Applicants should be current and potential graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Candidates must be enrolled as full-time graduate students in a degree-granting program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst before being offered a position. Applicants should confirm with their academic program that they are eligible for a position that provides a tuition waiver before applying. Please refer to the specific position description for additional minimum and preferred qualifications.


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The Priority Deadline of February 5, 2024, for Fall 2024 - Spring 2024 applications has passed

Applications received after the priority deadline will only be considered when the pool of candidates who met the priority deadline is exhausted. 

**Reminder: If you have applied for a Residential Life Graduate Assistant before December 1, 2023 as part of the 2023-2024 search, you must re-apply to be considered in the 2024-2025 applicant pool**     

Search Timeline

  • Application Priority Deadline: February 5, 2024 at Noon EST. 
  • Application Review Results Notification: February 19th by 3pm EST
  • Interviews will be scheduled between February 26th - March 8th 


Graduate Assistants are paid via a bi-weekly stipend. The Stipend for the 2024-2025 academic year for new 20 hour graduate assistants in Residential Life is $23,498.08. A furnished apartment is provided as part of the compensation package.
Review the position descriptions for additional compensation and benefit information. 

The Following are positions available in Residential Life for the 2024-2025 Academic Year:

Assistant Residence Director

  • 20 hours per week
  • Live-in Requirement
  • Assistant Residence Directors (ARD) are responsible for assisting in the overall administration of a cluster of one or more traditional style residence halls housing 400-675 students.
  • One of the main focuses for the ARD position is to supervise live-in undergraduate Resident Assistants in their work. ARDs work to create safe, caring and inclusive communities through supervision, community development, student development, leadership development, administration and departmental responsibilities.
  • ARDs can have the opportunity to advise student organizations in the residence halls called House Councils.

Assistant Residence Director for Apartment Living

  • 20 hours per week
  • Live-in Requirement
  • The Assistant Residence Directors for Apartment Living (ARD/AL)  live and work in North Apartments.
  • The ARD/AL participates in creating a learning environment in the apartment community, upholding the Code of Student Conduct and Residential Life Community Standards, crisis management, and providing resources to residents.The main focus of the ARD/AL is to help North residents achieve their personal and academic goals by living in safe and socially just communities. The ARD/AL also addresses more immediate concerns such as handling roommate conflicts and keeping living quarters safe and quiet for all to study and sleep with minimal supervision by staff.
  • ARD/ALs assist in advising the North Apartments Advisory Board, a student organization that holds events for students living in North Apartments. 

Learning Communities Graduate Assistant

  • 20 hours per week
  • Live-in Requirement
  • The Learning Communities Graduate Assistants (LCGAs) are educators who strive to build positive communities and implement the Residential Curriculum of Residence Education in first-year student communities.
  • The main focus of the LCGA position is to provide academic success leadership for first-year communities and supervise live-in undergraduate Peer Mentors. LCGAs serve as a member of a leadership team comprised of several professional and graduate assistant staff members.


The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Questions?  Email the Graduate Search Committee at