The program provides two kinds of financial support to graduate students in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TAs), and Research Assistantships (RAs). The availability of graduate research assistantships (GRAs) depends, in part, on grant funding, while teaching assistantships depend on specific professor and course needs.

Research Assistantship

Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) offers yearly job openings for graduate research assistants. A call for applications is conducted each fall based on specific positions that are needed. All positions are open to graduate students enrolled at Tulane University, interested in Disaster Resilience Leadership, in good academic standing and able to devote up to 20 hours per week. Employment involves commitments, not only to research, but also to the goals and objectives or deliverables of the sponsored project providing salary support.

    1.    Excellent communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills required;
    2.    Ability to manage tight deadlines and work plans;
    3.    Working knowledge of background research tools and methods;
    4.    Ability to work in a team environment as well as independently;
    5.    Embraces diversity;
    6.    Currently enrolled in a Tulane Masters program;
    7.    Willing to perform other duties as required or requested, whether or not specifically listed on this job description.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: (Depending on the position)
    1.    Experience supporting programs of a similar disaster and development oriented nature;
    2.    Experience working internationally and/or in a disaster-impacted community;
    3.    Experience with quantitative data analysis, survey design; evaluative frameworks and SPSS;
    4.    Proficiency in French and/or Spanish;
    5.    Experience with graphic design software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and/or InDesign; and
    6.    Adapt at utilizing social media for advocacy/outreach/marketing.

Teaching Assistantship

Regardless of how assignments are crafted, TAs have the responsibility to meet the goals and objectives of their teaching assignments as specified by course instructors and departmental administrators. TAs should strive for the highest quality of instructional pedagogy and delivery of services to students. All grading and other responsibilities should be fulfilled thoughtfully and in a timely manner. TA duties consist of either assisting a course instructor or teaching a course independently.