Academic Affairs


Graduate Assistant for The Office of Graduate Studies and Research (two or more positions).

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall quarter 2011 and on-going.

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in any Department, Division, or School that requires, or has as an option, a thesis or project as the culminating experience for the doctoral or master’s degree.  Student must have selected the completion of a thesis or project for their graduate degree.  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. The applicant must have good library research skills, strong written and oral communication skills, strong people/social skills, computer skills, and good familiarity with software programs that are part of the Microsoft Office suite, such as Word and Excel.

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:

The applicant should display an ease and comfort in working with students from all graduate programs within the university.

Hiring Criteria:

Student is in graduate degree program; Will complete a thesis or project; Strong people/social skills as demonstrated in interview; Familiarity with software programs of Microsoft Office Suite and proficient in computer usage; Ability or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.


Under the general supervision of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate Assistant will receive mandatory training from the University Thesis Coordinator (UTC) and will attend at least one of the quarterly workshops given by the UTC; will work with graduate students who are completing a thesis or project as the culminating experience for their master’s degree; will ensure that the thesis or project meets all stated format requirements for the document to be accepted by the Library; will consult with the Dean as necessary when problems or issues arise but will in general work independently to designate that a particular document meets all requirements for delivery to the Library; will maintain designated office hours to provide direct individual contact between student and graduate assistant; will clarify format issues for students. The Graduate Assistant will not act as a content editor for the student.  Will perform clerical or other routine tasks for the Office of Graduate Studies as needed.  Work will commence during the first week of the term and continue through the deadline date for theses/projects to be submitted to the Library (this deadline date is the close of business on the Thursday after finals week for a particular quarter).  Actual hours worked per week will vary with more hours worked per week in later weeks of the quarter.  Work hours will average 10 hours per week for the term with a maximum of 20 hours in any one week.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 10 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.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vita or resume, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in any Department, Division, or School that requires, or has as an option, a thesis or project as the culminating experience for the doctoral or master’s degree, 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.


Deadlines for application and procedures for notification: Applications accepted at any time until positions are filled.

Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8171

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.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER 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.


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