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Newman University Graduate Assistant for Residence Life in Wichita, Kansas

Founded in 1933, Newman University is a liberal arts institution grounded in Catholic values and traditions, yet is respectful of all faiths. At Newman you'll find people, programs, organizations and activities designed to educate the mind and inspire the spirit. Our low instructor-to-student ratio and collaborative faculty contribute to a positive learning environment. We are a sponsored ministry of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, US Region. We invite you to help us empower our graduates to transform society!

Occupational Summary:

For the 2021-2022 school year.

This is a live-in position that reports directly to the Director of Residence Life. The Graduate Assistant for Residence Life will assist the Director of Residence Life with administration and supervision of residence halls, residence life programming, supervising student staff members, and coordinating summer conferences. The Graduate Assistant for Residence Life is to assist students in maximizing their opportunities for learning and to support an environment conducive to learning. They will work actively with Resident Assistants (RAs) and students to create environments that enhance the academic and personal growth of students.

The Graduate Assistant of Residence Life will work a minimum of 20 hours/week in the office and beyond on-call responsibilities. It is important that the Graduate Assistant of Residence Life be available to staff and students in their halls. Requirements will include evening meetings, hall/campus events, and scheduled office hours in addition to on-call responsibilities. The Graduate Assistant for Residence Life will respond to crisis situations or emergencies and assist as necessary.

Work Performed:

Management Duties:

  • Supervise and mentor RAs (undergraduate staff) in the residence halls. Ensure the prompt completion of all administrative responsibilities associated with the supervision of residence hall staff (i.e. programming, student interactions, etc.).

  • Attend and lead regular weekly meetings with Residence Life student staff to discuss hall business and disseminate campus-wide information.

  • Oversee and support program activities in the halls.

  • Co-Advise the Residence Hall Association and supervise officers.

    Customer Service Duties:

  • Serve as a role model and an educator for students by being available and accessible to students, while maintaining appropriate conduct throughout the residence halls.

  • Develop a community environment by building a positive rapport with residents. Focus on living conditions that promote studying and support RAs in this effort. Encourage self-responsibility among residents and promote consideration and respect among and between all residents.

  • Maintain and respect issues of confidentiality.

  • Carry out all responsibilities in a manner that will promote self-discipline and responsibility-taking.

    Collaboration Duties:

  • Aid in the coordination and implementation of Residence Life activities which could include selection, training, programming, evaluation, staff development opportunities, etc.

  • Be familiar with NU Residence Life policies.

  • Work with RAs to assist students with academic, social, or personal concerns. Be attentive and sensitive to the uniqueness of each student’s personal growth, and diversity of backgrounds and lifestyles.

  • Be prepared to respond to maintenance needs in the buildings.

  • Support the campus-wide programming efforts of the Office of Residence Life and Residence Hall Association.

  • Work cooperatively with all university departments.

  • Complete University-required trainings, including FERPA and Title IX

    Required Qualifications/Education/Experience/Skills/Training:

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree.

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

  • Must be accepted and enrolled full time at least six (6) credit hours per semester in a Master’s degree program during the academic year (fall and spring semester).

  • Experience in residence life and/or student leadership including previous experience in programming for college students, orientation or similar leadership experience.

  • Experience living or working in a residence hall, as a peer counselor, or in a campus/student leadership position(s).

  • AED and/or CPR training preferred.

  • Ability to exercise basic human relations skills in directing and motivating staff and in dealing with varied constituencies on and off campus.

  • Strong organizational and computer skills.

  • Ability to develop effective relationships with students, staff, and faculty.

  • The Graduate Assistant of Residence Life may not hold other full-time employment. Other part-time employment in or outside the University must receive prior approval from the Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.


  • This is a 12-month live-in position. Contract must be renewed each year.

  • $2,000.00 stipend paid over 12 months.

  • Single, furnished room and free cable and internet access through the campus network.

  • Board (meals only offered when dining hall is open for traditional students).

  • Fall, spring, and summer tuition waiver. The student is responsible for payment of books, general fees, parking, and living expenses.

    Start Date for this position is August 2021. Position is open until filled with priority consideration given to applicants before May 31, 2021.

    Newman University is committed to hiring faculty and staff members that reflect the diversity of our region and to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees, according to all applicable equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies and agencies. In keeping this commitment, it is the policy of Newman University to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, local human rights commission activity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a qualified protected veteran.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Newman University will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with a disability in completing the application form or in the interview process. Please notify the Human Resources Office at (316) 942-4291, ext. 2202 or email hr@newmanu.edu in advance so necessary arrangements can be made.

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