Munger Graduate Residences Graduate Resident Advisor Position Description

The Munger Graduate Residences is the home of a transdisciplinary living-learning in University Housing at the University of Michigan. In alignment with the University Housing mission to create and sustain diverse learning-centered residential communities, Graduate Resident Advisors work to build meaningful relationships with graduate students, professional students, postdocs, and scholars with an emphasis on assisting residents in developing networks across disciplines through both formal community building activities, casual interactions, and service delivery.

Appointment & Time Commitment

The Munger Graduate Residences Graduate Resident Advisor is a one-year, 20 hour-per-week position from July 2018 - June 2019. Graduate Resident Advisors are expected to commit to the position for the full twelve (12) months of the appointment. Munger is open throughout the year, including when the University is closed for breaks. Graduate Resident Advisor presence will be required during breaks to ensure resident and operational needs are met.

The work of the Graduate Resident Advisor requires physical presence within the community in order to meet the expectations of the position. Graduate Resident Advisors are expected to work with their supervisor and colleagues to ensure appropriate coverage for their communities should they need to be away. Graduate Resident Advisors are permitted a total of three weeks (21 days) of time away during the year. There will be peak times where time away requests will not be approved such as during large move-ins and mandatory trainings.

As you consider applying, please reflect on your current and future commitments and how you will prioritize your appointment as a Graduate Resident Advisor. If you participate in activities outside of your Graduate Resident Advisor appointment (i.e. another job, internships, committees, sports team, etc.) that have the possibility to interfere with your ability and willingness to perform the full range of responsibilities associated with the Graduate Resident Advisor appointment you are expected to discuss this with your prospective supervisor in advance. Your supervisor, in consultation with Residence Education Central Staff and Human Resources, will determine if a potential conflict of commitment exists and what the options are.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time graduate or professional student at the University of Michigan
  • Must be in good academic and social standing within their school/college
  • Must comply with all local, state, and federal laws
  • Must uphold all policies and procedures as defined by the University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide, the University Housing Community Living At Michigan, and any other applicable University policies and procedures
  • Must adhere to all roles, responsibilities, and expectations for the entire duration of the appointment including academic breaks where absence, including academic or personal leave, from these duties must be approved by the Hall Director
  • Must attend all staff meetings to be held every Monday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, which will be the dedicated time for weekly meetings and/or community priorities.
  • Must attend and participate in all required training in July dates (to be determined)
  • Please note: Attendance at all training sessions is required. Requests for unusual circumstances can be sent to Your request should include the day(s) and time(s) you are asking to be excused from as well as the event you wish to attend. For any requests that are academic in nature, please include if it is a requirement for graduation. You might be asked to provide documentation from an advisor or faculty member as part of your request.


  • Get to know Munger residents well, both individually and collectively, by investing time and energy into frequent interactions and events that help facilitate the development of positive and meaningful relationships.
  • Assess and respond to the needs of graduate students through community engagement and resource referral.
  • Model a commitment to diversity and inclusion by creating and fostering a community in which all individuals are respected.
  • Enforce the Community Living Standards by addressing and documenting violations, while modeling personal behavior that is consistent with the Community Living Standards, Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and all state and federal laws.
  • Advise, counsel, mediate, and respond to crisis situations by serving in a duty rotation. Follow appropriate crisis response policy and protocol. Communicate with supervisor, designee, or Housing Security for assistance in managing crisis situations.
  • Develop the Community Center as a space for engaging with residents, delivering service, information and activity that brings residents together to create a more dynamic residential living environment.
  • Work four (4) hours per week at the Community Center to provide quality service, direction, resources, and help to graduate students, visitors, faculty, and staff. Manage lockouts, transactions at the pantry, receive and process mail and packages, as well as item checkout.
  • Assist Facilities in conducting regular health and safety inspections of suites and follow up with residents to address any violations or concerns under the direction of the Hall Director.
  • Participate fully in the delivery of a positive and welcoming move-in process and experience for Munger residents and assist with the move-out process as well.
  • Assist with the marketing of programs and events through flyer distribution, active social media presence, in person communication, and electronic correspondence.
  • Collaborate with Transdisciplinary Fellows on living-learning program development and support including, but not limited to, Welcome to Michigan/Munger, Case Competitions, and Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
  • Support the facilitation of identity-based affinity groups within the community in collaboration with the Transdisciplinary Fellows
  • Attend individual supervision meetings on a biweekly basis. Participate in a mid-year and end of year self reflection and performance appraisal process with their supervisor.
  • Direct supervision will be provided by the Hall Director. Functional supervisor for transdisciplinary programming will be provided by the Munger Transdisciplinary Program Manager. Functional supervision for Community Center operations will be provided by the Community Center Manager.
  • Must attend weekly staff meetings, biweekly individual supervisory meetings, and additional meetings as needs evolve.
  • Participate in a mid-year and end of year self reflection and performance appraisal process with their supervisor.
  • Be able to lift/move items of up to 30 pounds.


Room in a 6 - or 7-person suite and a monthly stipend of $500. Stipend will be reviewed for equity with other graduate student staff positions for the 2019-2020 year.

University Housing is a unit of Student Life, and an equal opportunity educator and employer.

For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Phone: (734) 763-3164