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Graduate Community Advisor Positions

Recruitment for 2015-2016 Positions

Applications are due February 2, 2015

Graduate Community Advisors (GCAs) are students who live and work among their peers in the graduate and professional student on-campus communities – Hasbrouck Apartments/Thurston Court, Hughes Hall, and Maplewood Park.

A GCA’s primary role is to help create a sense of community within their respective areas. GCAs are expected to be a general resource to all residents, specifically by providing opportunities for residents to get to know each other, serving as a main point of contact during emergency situations, and through actively participating on the staff team.

  • Complete job description

  • Scroll down to read about position benefits, employment terms, information sessions and other important dates for 2015-2016, and staff contact information.

  • Applications are due Monday, February 2, 2015 by 5:00pm.  Apply here.


  • Housing in a graduate/professional student community (minimum value: $8,000). Housing includes: ResPhone (basic phone service), Audix (voicemail), ResNet (standard bandwidth), and all utilities and water services
  • Free gym membership and free bus pass
  • A $2,000 academic-year stipend (paid bi-weekly)

Employment Terms:

  • The term of employment is one academic year: August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, including academic year recess when residences are open.
  • There are a limited number of employment opportunities during the summer months of June, July and August.
  • GCAs work approximately 8-10 hours per week. (These hours are averaged over the term of employment; certain peak times of year will exceed this amount.)



  • Individuals will be considered only if they will be enrolled at Cornell as a full-time graduate/professional student or non-traditional undergraduate student during the duration of appointment for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Eligible candidates will have spent a minimum of one semester at Cornell prior to the start of their term of employment.

    Assistantships, Fellowships, and Financial Aid:

  • Students in the Graduate School who are receiving or are expecting to receive an assistantship, tuition scholarship, or partial fellowship are permitted to be employed as a GCA. The Graduate School considers an assistantship to entail responsibilities of 15-20 hours per week. As the addition of the GCA position possibly raises the average number of hours beyond the 20-hour limit specified by the graduate faculty in the Code of Legislation of the Graduate Faculty, the student would receive 1/2 registration unit for each semester instead of 1 units. Students on fellowships or training grants may not work more than 8 hours a week, and are therefore ineligible for GCA appointments, as they are required to be full-time students.
  • Students who are receiving tuition only or who are self-pay (paying any portion of tuition themselves) are eligible for the GCA position. There is no reduction in registration units for the period of the GCA appointment for such students.

    International Students:

  • International students must maintain their F1 or J1 immigration status. Employment opportunities for foreign students in the U.S. are restricted by law. Registered international students are eligible to work on campus a total of only 20 hours per week.

Information Sessions:

  • Friday, November 14, 2014, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Big Red Barn
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Hasbrouck Community Center
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Maplewood Community Center

Application Process:

  • Application Live: Friday, November 14, 2014
  • Application Due: Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:00pm
  • Individual Interviews: Monday, February 16, 2015 – Thursday, February 27, 2015
  • Spring Staff Orientation: Thursday, April 16, 2015
  • Contract Dates: August 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016
  • GCA Staff Arrival: August 1, 2015
  • August GCA Training: August 3, 2015

Graduate & Professional Student Programs (GPSP) Staff

If you have any questions about the GCA position or application process, do not hesitate to contact the GPSP staff. 

Barnaby Knoll
Graduate Residence Manager – Maplewood Park
t: 607.255.9506

Linda Majani
Graduate Residence Manager – Hasbrouck, Hughes Hall, & Thurston Court
t: 607.255.3445

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