Graduate Employment

Housing & Residential Education (HRE) currently employs 6 graduate assistants and hires for these positions on an annual basis. HRE seeks to employ talented, student-focused, individuals to serve on our team and support them as they pursue their degree within the University of Utah’s Educational Leadership and Policy Program. If you are interested in joining our team or exploring these positions further, read below to see if there is an opportunity for you!



Our departments currently offers multiple 12-month live-in graduate assistant positions. To learn more about this position, please click below:



The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Residential Education position is a 12-month live-in, graduate assistant staff position within Housing & Residential Education (HRE) and the Student Affairs Division at the University of Utah. The GA reports to and assists the Resident Director (RD) of a specific area in providing leadership and coordination of a comprehensive student-focused program. Within HRE, GAs assist in a number of roles; potential placements include residential communities housing 400 to 800 students or conduct management.

The GA role is designed to be an intentional apprenticeship where future student affairs professionals are able to work closely and directly with a Masters level RD to shadow and learn all aspects of working within Residential Education. The RD will serve as a mentor who teaches and provides opportunities for GAs to develop competence and confidence in all areas. The expectation is that upon completion of a 2-year assistantship, the GA will have all skills and experiences necessary to succeed as a full-time professional on a Housing team.

The University of Utah and the Department of Housing and Residential Education are in an exciting period of rapid growth and change. Our city and campus are evolving and, therefore, so is our department! To prepare for this growth, the 2018-2019 academic year will be the first year of a significant restructuring to our team, individual responsibilities, and a new five year strategic plan. We believe it is vital to round out our team with people who are both excited to be a part of a consistently developing department and also prepared to work through the challenges that change may present. Key qualities we seek are:

  1. Teammates who are excited to assist the department in refining our new model. As we grow, we recognize that new questions will arise; we seek people who are excited to help us explore, find answers, and continue building.
  2. Teammates who are comfortable with change. As we work toward our strategic goals we know the needs of our department will change; we seek people who are willing and able to help us change course to meet those goals.
  3. Teammates who are prepared for potential uncertainties that may occasionally arise from change. We understand change can be uncomfortable; we seek people who have the desire and persistence to work with our team to move through those difficulties.

We are currently accepting applications for this position! A full timeline as well as a position description are offered below. Interested candidates can apply here for the position, and here for the ELP Master's Program.

Application Process & Timeline

Full Position Description


All HRE graduate assistants must also apply to and enroll within the Educational Leadership & Policy Master’s or Ed.D/Ph.D program here at the University of Utah. For more information about this excellent program, visit the link below: