Graduate Assistant – Residence Life


The Residence Life Graduate Assistant must be a current graduate student at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and will live within the Catholic Studies House as a part of the Fraternity of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. He will support programming in both North Hall and within the Fraternity of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Based on Newman’s model for the university, the GA will support the formation of students intellectually, spiritually, and socially while modeling a life of integration to students. This GA will work in close collaboration with other departments and programs at the university to maintain a culture within Residence Life that is welcoming for all students and provides encouragement and support for residents to form friendships, to learn (in and outside the classroom), to grow in one’s faith, to avoid destructive behaviors, to become involved in campus life, and to serve others.


Candidates will be invited to demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.


Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Works under the direction of the Director of Residence Life and in collaboration with the Faculty Coordinator of the Catholic Studies House and the Residence Director of North Hall to support residence life programming.
  • Serves as an active role model in the Fraternity of Pier Giorgio Frassati, the residence hall, and in various locations across campus who builds community and facilitates the formation of friendships among residents in a variety of ways.
  • Develops and implements programs for faith integration in North hall for first-year residents.
  • Assists Residence Life staff in educating residents about the university’s community standards and policies by documenting violations of those policies according to the student conduct process, responding to resident concerns, and reminding people of the value of these standards for a shared life together.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate professional boundaries in relationships with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Attends staff meetings as scheduled, including potential presentations to Residence Life staff.
  • Provides appropriate response to crisis situations and emergencies as needed.
  • Maintains professional standards for privacy and confidentiality of student records and student information.
  • Regularly attend Catholic Studies programs and events such as the weekly Convivium, regular Saturday events, Immersion Weekends.
  • Participate in the Catholic Studies Faculty and Fellows program.
  • Collaborate with the Faculty Coordinator for the Catholic Studies House to ensure physical upkeep of the property, to communicate community standards, to lead the community in its practice of its Rule of Life.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Fraternity of Pier Giorgio Frassati and the Director of Residence Life
  • Maintains a work schedule and availability as approved by his supervisor

Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience include:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. The Graduate Assistant must be currently enrolled in a UMary graduate degree program.
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in any of the following graduate programs; Catholic Studies, Education with Catholic Studies concentration, the combined MBA/MA in Philosophy, and the MA in Applied Catholic Theology.
  • The ideal candidate would have one-two years of experience as a resident assistant (or the equivalent) in a college/university setting or related, comparable experience in student life and student learning activities.
  • Upholds and supports the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the Office of Student Development and throughout the university, in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Able to demonstrate a working understanding of how the residence life program can be structured to address the formative and developmental needs of students within the context of the University of Mary’s Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine identity, and mission
  • Ability to serve as an effective leader, role model, and mentor of the University’s mission and values and the vision of education pursued by the Catholic Studies Program
  • Ability to plan and successfully execute residence life programming
  • Ability to remain calm and provide leadership in an emergency or crisis
  • Ability to work flexible hours and adjust his schedule with little or no advance notice
  • Ability to effectively communicate the community standards to residents and to external parties
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications

This position responsibilities require the appointee to live in the Catholic Studies House as a member of the Fraternity. The living quarters include a shared living room, a private bedroom, a semi-private bathroom, free high speed Wi-Fi internet access, free laundry facilities, and parking (with purchase of a permit). The appointee shares an office in North hall with the RD that can be used for meetings with residents. The appointee must manage his schedule, including appointments with other members of the university community and with the residents. A GA block meal plan is provided for the appointee.


We thank you for your interest in the University of Mary. Founded in 1959 by the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, the campus overlooks the beautiful Missouri river and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, a community of approximately 80,000 people, with wonderful family and parish life, friendly neighborhoods, enjoyable recreational and cultural facilities, a low crime rate, clean air, and excellent schools. The University of Mary, with an enrollment of over 3,000 students, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.


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How to Apply:

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Position will begin August 2021. Review of application materials will begin immediately and remain open until filled.


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