College of Health & Human Services


Graduate Assistant - Department of Child and Family Studies

Starting Date:


Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Child and Family Studies to provide instructional assistance for undergraduate courses. Graduate Assistants must be registered in a CSU graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period.  Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment. Exceptions to the minimum eligibility qualifications may be granted at the sole discretion of the University.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of the discipline of child and family studies, knowledge of developmental issues associated with children and families in urban communities, experience working independently in a fast paced environment.

Hiring Criteria:

Enrollment in the MA program in the Department of Child and Family Studies, making substantive progress towards degree, capacities to engage and work well with others and to function autonomously and collaboratively, substantial knowledge of discipline.


Under the general supervision of the Department Chair and individual faculty  graduate assistants will provide instructional assistance for specific courses within the Department.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 5 hours per week.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution. Faculty may have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with other academic programs, including the Honors College and ethnic/area studies.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Applications must be received by September 20, 2011 (currently accepting applications). Applicants will be notified of their appointment to a position by e-mail and/or telephone.  Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Dr. Rita Ledesma, Chair
Department of Child and Family Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Fingerprinting is required and will be checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.