Graduate Assistantships

Requirements
Each Graduate Assistantship requires a baccalaureate degree and admission to the College of Education M.Ed. program. Students pursue the Adult & Higher Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). Grad assistants work 20 hours per week from around the beginning of August through May.

Remuneration
The stipend for Graduate Assistantships is $9,000 for a 10 month appointment in non-housing departments. For Graduate Assistants in Housing, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10 month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan. A tuition waiver covers up to 24 credit hours per year.

Award Process
While the Dean of Students Office coordinates the application process, all decisions to offer Graduate Assistantships are made by the staff in each office that sponsors an assistantship. Typically, these decisions are made by April 1.

GA Application Steps

These graduate assistantships are held by students in the graduate College of Education, College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL) emphasis. 

There are dual application process that are required when applying for CSAL graduate assistantships:
1. Apply for admission to the College of Education
2. Apply for CSAL Graduate Assistantships

CSAL Graduate Assistantship Requirements:
Each Graduate Assistantship requires a baccalaureate degree and admission to the College of Education M.Ed. program. Students pursue the Adult & Higher Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). Grad assistants work 20 hours per week from around the beginning of August through May.

Award Process
While the Dean of Students Office coordinates the application process, all decisions to offer Graduate Assistantships are made by the staff in each office that sponsors an assistantship. Typically, these decisions are made by April 1.

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship submit the following through the online graduate assistantship application site:

1. Resume;

2. Names and contact information of three references; and

3. Statement of Intent. Please submit a two to three page statement which addresses the reasons you are interested in the student affairs profession and graduate study in the CSAL program. This statement should also address the skills and experience you will bring to not only a graduate assistantship but also to the academic program.

If you have any questions about the graduate assistantship application process or about the positions posted below, contact:

Aaron Haight
Director of Judicial and Special Programs
haighta@gvsu.edu

EXTENDED YEAR CONTRACT POSITIONS

July 28, 2014 through May 23, 2015

  • Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week
  • The stipend for Graduate Assistants is $9,000 for a 10-month appointment in non-housing departments.
  • For Graduate Assistants in Housing and Residence Life, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10-month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan.
  • Graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver which covers up to 21 graduate credit hours per year (in-state or out-of-state).
  • Parking permit.

Currently there are no positions available.

ACADEMIC YEAR CONTRACT POSITIONS

August 18, 2014 - April 25, 2015

  • Graduate Assistants work 20 hours per week.
  • The stipend for Graduate Assistants is $4,000 per semester
  • Tuition credit for up to 18 graduate credits per year

College of Education Graduate Assistant Leadership and Learning

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for other graduate assistantship openings:


Job Opportunity for incoming CSAL student that does not have an assistantship. This is not an assistantship, but an hourly position. There is not tuition benefit.

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Grand Rapids Community College

Department: Experiential Learning

Title: Coordinator

Work Schedule: 20 hours/ 52 weeks*

Compensation: $13 per hour

Reports to : Associate Director, Department of Experiential Learning

* Willing to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings and/or weekends

SUMMARY

The Department of Experiential Learning Coordinator is responsible for supporting students to be successful in our programs as well as organizing and facilitating a range of programmatic events. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Present a positive and professional image, that expresses the College’s mission, vision, values, and ends to the community, our students, visitors, and colleagues.
  • Coordinate department events, specifically the Honors Open House, Honors Orientations, Honors Campus Adventure and Honors Completion Reception event.
  • Responsible for marketing and processing of department scholarships.
  • Responsible for assisting students in their awareness of program completion and overall standing in the in the Honors Program.
  • Responsible for overall campus awareness of department programs including develop and implement marketing strategies.
  • Responsible for maintaining strong relationships with alumni of department programs.
  • Assist in the design, development and implementation of services and processes.
  • Maintain accurate records, files, and office activities in strict confidence.

Marginal (non-Essential) Job Functions

  • Greet faculty, visitors, students and other members of the College and community and respond appropriately to requests made in person, via telephone, e-mail or other social media from individuals regarding the College.
  • Check voicemail, email, and telephone requests daily; taking action on student and staff requests.
  • Participate as a member of College, Divisional, and Departmental teams or committees as requested or as mutually agreeable.
  • Interview, select, train, evaluate, and supervise student employees as/if needed.
  • Prioritize work effectively to ensure that tasks are completed within assigned deadline.
  • Actively engage in professional development activities that reinforce existing skills and result in greater knowledge and efficiency in assigned work.
  • Manage multiple institutional memberships.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) required or equivalent work experience.

Experience

  • A minimum of two or more years of administrative experience (preferably in a higher education setting) with evidence of event planning.  

Skills

  • Must be knowledgeable of transfer requirements, specifically the Michigan Transfer Agreement.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize, and complete task in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities and be able to exert initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Must be proficient in verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with people of diverse ages, ethnic, sexual and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to become a resource for information about experiential learning, its programs and the College in general.
  • Proficient computer skills in PeopleSoft Campus Wide Information System, Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

Mental Demands

  • Ability to work under pressure. Possess mature judgment and is flexible in regards to interruptions and ability to handle pressure situations.
  • High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift (up to 30 lbs.), bend, twist, ambulate around campus, and sit for long periods.

Working Conditions

  • Excellent multitasking and project management skills.
  • Project a professional image including punctuality and good attendance record.
  • Maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and ethical standards. 

Interested candidates can contact:

Michael Schavey, MSW, MPA
Associate Director, Department of Experiential Learning
Grand Rapids Community College
DeVos Campus - Lettinga
473 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 
616/234-4180

Be prepared to submit a resume, letter of recommendation and three references.

The Department of Experiential Learning is a department within Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies.  The department creates and administers systems to support experience-based teaching and learning opportunities for faculty, students, and community members that promote best teaching practices and student success.  We administer three essential programs (Service Learning, Honors, Study Away).