Becoming a GRA
Graduate Resident Advisors (GRAs) are live-in mentors, role models, guides, and resources for the students who live in MIT's residential FSILG and residential dorm facilities.
The Graduate Resident Advisor (GRA) is a live-in paraprofessional responsible for furthering the mission of MIT, the Division of Student Life, and within Residential Education. GRAs are members of a cluster or house team whose charge is to support and enhance the residential living and learning environment. A GRA works to fosters a supportive, safe, and positive living environment built upon shared community standards and mutual respect. GRAs are mentors and educators who encourage personal growth, provide outlets for managing stress, and facilitate positive interpersonal relationships.
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GRA Interview, What to Expect
After submitting your application, you will be invited to an informational interview with a Residential Education staff member. This brief 25-minute interview will be an opportunity for us to gather additional information to supplement your application, which will be reviewed by individual communities. You will also be given time to ask questions regarding the position and selection process.
After our centrally run informational interview, applications for eligible candidates are provided to the selection teams in the houses looking for a GRA(s). During this interview period, selection teams reach out to candidates individually to schedule a meeting. Each houses timeline and process are a little different, most houses have 1-2 student/selection team interviews that culminate with a final interview with house leadership. Some houses have "socials" where multiple candidates are invited to one event to meet the selection team and other students of the floor/hall in one session. Some Residence Halls might be hiring for more than one GRA and utilize a group/social style event as an opportunity for more than one selection team to meet the same candidates. Successful candidates would then be invited to a second 1:1 interview later in the process. Some houses begin this process right away, and others delay a bit. We encourage you to attend all of the interviews that you are offered, as you may find yourself connecting with more than one community.
At the conclusion of the interview period, both houses and candidates provide feedback to the Residential Education Office. Houses first submit feedback regarding their top preference candidates for each opening that they are looking to hire. Residential Education then reaches out to the candidates provided by the selection teams to request feedback regarding your interviews and future working with that house. At this time, Residential Education uses the submitted data to run a placement algorithm.
GRAs are extended an offer for the house where they were placed in the algorithm, by the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Residential Life. Pending a successful background check, candidates accept their offer and sign the GRA agreement as the final step.
The GRA position begins in mid-August and concludes after commencement. GRAs who are continuing on for another year, are extended agreement renewals in early May.