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The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Graduate Assistant for Student Life in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 5/30/2024
  • Salary Range: $23 - 23/per hour
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

University Life was created to develop and enhance the student experience at Columbia University. Working in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, University Life focuses on enhancing the student experience by strengthening resources, policies, and conversations, and building community outside of the classroom. Our efforts all connect to core values for the Columbia community:

  • Inclusion and belonging
  • Health and well-being
  • Sexual Respect
  • Community Citizenship

University Life is a central division that works with Columbia's 17 schools and colleges and serves as a student life hub. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive campus culture where students can thrive in all dimensions of their lives. We focus on connecting students to each other, to the broader University and surrounding community, and to opportunities beyond their schools.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Student Life, the Graduate Assistant will support the wide-ranging inclusion and belonging efforts within University Life.


Working closely with University Life's Student Life team and other members of the University Life office, the Graduate Assistant will work on several key projects (and other duties as assigned). The office hires a number of graduate students and will assign focus areas of either student activities or inclusion and belonging based on skills and interests:

  • Student Events - Staff and plan major events hosted by University Life such as Awakening Our Democracy, signature events, and support full-time staff on University Life Events Council advisement and programming.

  • Inclusion & Belonging - Assist in programming and initiatives that focus on themes of inclusion and belonging such as the Campus Conversations, The Graduate Initiative, the Social Justice Mini-Grant Program, Success Workshops and various committees.

  • Well-Being / Sexual Respect Programming - Support and manage Wellbeing Days and Study Breaks; support programs under the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative.

  • University Life Ambassador Program - Support full-time staff with training, engaging, and managing University Life Ambassadors.

  • Club/Student Advising - Serve as direct advisor for various identity, cultural and religious student groups housed under the Inter-School Governing Board (IGB).

  • Orientation and Welcome Home Columbia - Support in school orientations and resource fairs, and plan and support other Welcome Home Columbia programming.

  • Marketing & Media - Create promotional flyers, and event descriptions, and work closely with the communications team within the office.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate assistants will be paid $23/hour for approximately 20 hours per week throughout the academic year.
  • The Assistantship will run from August 2024 through May 2025, with the possible opportunity to start earlier and/or extend to the summer and the following year.
  • Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.
  • Ideal candidates will have experience and interest in student affairs and student development and are ready to join a fast-paced office environment.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students in the New York area.
  • Graduate assistants will also work on many other projects on a rolling basis and we are looking for candidates that are flexible, creative and have the ability to work both independently and in groups.
  • Hybrid work is possible based on office needs and GA availability.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Minimum Salary: 31200.00 Maximum Salary: 31200.00 Salary Unit: Yearly