Graduate Assistant

Housing & Residence Life provides unique opportunities to graduate assistants pursuing careers in Student Affairs or related fields while gaining day-to-day experience in Higher Education. The Graduate Assistant application process begins at the beginning of spring semester with interviews occurring in early March. 

Application Timeline

February 1: Graduate Assistant Application Opens / Applications are submitted online and include a standard application along with a statement of interest. 

February 15-17: Graduate Assistant Interviews at Southern Placement Exchange (SPE) in Denton, TX

March 1-15: Graduate Assistant Interviews (on campus)

March 15: Graduate Assistant Application Closes (tentatively)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrolled full-time in a graduate degree program at University of North Alabama.
  • Good conduct standing with the University.
  • Good academic standing- a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.
  • Satisfactory completion of paraprofessional pre-training workshop is required for employment. This group meets on Mondays at 3pm during spring semester. (February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, and April 5th)
  • Preference is given to applicants who will be enrolled on campus a full academic year. 

Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding organization skills and ability to work independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective student and staff relationships
  • Understanding of and commitment to a multicultural/diverse campus community and the development of students.
  • Leadership potential as evidenced by previous leadership experiences, recommendations, and staff evaluations.
  • High level of maturity exhibited in sound judgment, emotional stability, flexibility, and willingness to accept responsibility.
  • Strong interpersonal skills through proven ability to interact effectively with others and as perceived through the interview process and the paraprofessional class.


  • Full room scholarship for academic year (approximate value of $4,392)
  • Traditional: Stipend of $2,700 per year (paid in 10 taxed payments of $270 per month, August-May)
  • Cluster/Suite: Stipend of $2,200 per year (paid in 10 taxed payments of $220 per month, August-May)
  • 50 block meal plan each semester (approximate value of $315)
  • UNA Bookstore Discount (10% off everything but textbooks)

Full Job Description & Contract 

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