Graduate Community Director

Graduate Community Director Recruitment Information

Applications are now closed. The below information is intended for reference only.

Greetings! Welcome to the University of Arizona Residence Life selection process. Thank you for your interest in our program. We are honored by your inquiry. We take great pride in our Residential Education program. Our goal is to create inclusive communities within each of the residence halls and among our staff.

During this selection process, we hope you will see first-hand that our caring and inclusive philosophy is something the University of Arizona Residence Life team intentionally brings to life through the values of social justice, sustainability, academic success, and leadership. We strive to educate, support, and build diverse communities. We believe that recruiting and selection are the cornerstones to success. Many hours are spent selecting the best individuals possible to create a team who will serve our diverse student population well.

As the process moves along, we will keep you updated about your status. Thank you again for inquiring about our program. We wish you the best of luck with your search! If you have any questions about our selection process, our Residence Life program, or about Tucson in general, please do not hesitate to contact:

Ashley Kurtz
Assistant Director, Residential Districts
PO Box 210182
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0182
(520) 626-3047

The University of Arizona is an EOE/AA/ADA employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and social justice. 

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Community Director position at the University of Arizona. My name is Ashley Kurtz and I am the chair of the Graduate Community Director Selection Process. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our Residence Life program, campus, graduate programs, or process.

The Selection Committee is excited about this year's process. We will begin reviewing applications soon and review of applications will continue until all positions are filled. At this time we are anticipating several openings and are excited to consider your application for our Graduate Community Director position.

The application review process will begin when your application is complete. A complete application will include an electronic copy of your resume with your email address; cover letter indicating what graduate program you are applying to; and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Application materials should be sent to me via email at

Please note that all offers are contingent upon the candidate's admission to a graduate program at the University of Arizona. It is advantageous for you, as a candidate, to apply to the graduate program of your choice as quickly as possible.

Priority for Graduate Community Director offers is given to successful applicants who have been admitted to the Higher Education Masters program. For those applying to the Higher Education Masters program, you must apply by January 15, 2017, early applications will receive priority review for admission and assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs.

For all other graduate programs, please check with that specific department on application deadlines. Click here for information on admission to the Graduate College.

Should you have any questions about the Graduate Community Director position, or your status in our selection process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Job Description

Click here for the 2017-2018 Graduate Community Director job description.

Selection Timeline

The Selection Committee reviews applications as they are received. We will continue to do so until all of the Graduate Community Director positions are filled. Members of the Selection Team will be participating in the Higher Education Interview Weekend sponsored by the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona March 3-7, 2017.

Our anticipated selection timeline is as follows:

January 15, 2017 Final Deadline for Higher Education Masters Program
February 2017-Completion Rolling reviews of resumes
February 20-March 3, 2017 Phone interviews for those not participating in Higher Education Weekend and/or non Higher Education studies applicants
February 20, 2017 Priority Deadline for Graduate CD Applications (Non-Higher Education Applicants)
March 3-6, 2017 Higher Education Interview Weekend
Beginning of March 2017 Begin Extending Offers from Higher Education Interview Weekend
Late March 2017 Begin Extending Offers to Non-Higher Education Applicants (based on candidates acceptance to a graduate program)

Graduate Community Director Benefits

Apartment and Meal Plan

Graduate Community Directors are live-in professionals and are provided a furnished apartment in their residence hall community and a meal plan of $1,000 per semester.

Professional Development

Graduate Community Directors are given $500 per year in professional development funds which can be used on conferences, association memberships, books, and other professional development opportunities as approved by their supervisor.

University-Specific Graduate Assistant Benefits

Tuition Remission and Out of State Tuition Waiver

A Graduate Assistant (GA) concurrently employed during the fall and spring academic semesters will be charged at the GA Reduced Tuition rate in place of non-resident tuition rates. This will have the effect of negating the difference in tuition between the resident and non-resident tuition rates. This benefit is only available during fall and spring semesters. This benefit is not applicable to Outreach College tuition. During fall and spring semesters, GAs are eligible for a remission of their tuition. The value of the tuition remission that a GA receives is dependent on their FTE and enrollment. This benefit is not applicable to Outreach College Tuition.

Student Health Insurance

A GA is eligible for coverage of the premium of the individual student health insurance through the University of Arizona Campus Health. This benefit is not transferable. To receive this benefit, a student must enroll in the student health insurance program during their open enrollment period. Students enrolled in the plan cannot cancel their coverage after the open enrollment period, even if they resign or are terminated. Students who resign or are terminated during the period of coverage will be responsible for payment of the premium. A student will be automatically re-enrolled in the student health insurance program upon enrollment in the subsequent major academic term. One must take action to cancel or modify their enrollment in this plan.

Bookstore Discount

A GA is eligible for a 10% discount off the price of select items purchased at all ASUA Bookstores, subject to Bookstore policies in effect. This benefit goes into effect once hiring information is loaded and requirements are satisfied. This benefit must be mentioned at the time of purchase to receive it. This benefit is not available retroactively. Speak with representatives at the Bookstores for more information about this discount.

Campus Recreation Center

As a student, you have automatic membership to the Student Recreation Center on campus by using your CatCard.

Letter from our Executive Director

A Letter from our Executive Director of Residence Life:

“I am often asked what I look for in prospective staff members. I look for the things I can’t train. I can train someone how to be a supervisor, how to advise their hall council, or how to operate a desk. I can’t train someone’s heart. I have found that if someone’s heart is in the right place, and they have a positive attitude, they are almost always a great hire.

I also look for people with good self-knowledge. An interview process is not just about us vetting a candidate; it’s about a candidate vetting us. We are large department in a large institution. There are pros and cons to this setting. On the plus side, we are well-resourced, have a well developed organizational culture, and are able to make great investments in our staff and students. On the “con” side, any large department in a large institution has complex politics, complicated processes, and a fast-paced work environment. A candidate who relishes in the challenge of navigating a complex political landscape and a fast paced work environment will do well here. A candidate who does not enjoy these aspects of our organization may still do well but probably won’t like their job. A good candidate knows the type of environment they operate best in and is able to identify early in the process if their ideal work culture is a match for what we have to offer.

The University of Arizona Residence Life Department is a great place to work. I’ve worked a several institutions in my career, and I can honestly say I’ve never worked anywhere were so many people were so proud of where they work. I am immensely proud to be here and to work with such qualified, competent people who are committed to our core values of student success, social justice, and sustainability. Our Residential Education professional and graduate staff team is truly a family – we challenge each other, support each other, and take care of each other. And in turn, we role model this to our RA’s, who emulate these same qualities amongst their staff teams; and then these staff teams build communities which themselves reflect these qualities. I believe it all stems from how we form our own community as a professional and graduate staff team.  We can’t expect our residents to develop healthy relationships, successfully navigate conflicts, or develop authentic relationships if we don’t do this ourselves as a staff team. If you are the type of person who is willing to engage in the hard work of developing and maintaining healthy, authentic relationships, you will do well here!”

Nick Sweeton, Executive Director of Residence Life