Graduate Assistant Application

The James Center is hiring a Graduate Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year. Compensation is $13.33/hour and the candidate would be expected to work 20 hours a week. Some weekend and night hours may apply. Applications are due April 5, 2020 at 11:59pm.  


Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement

Primary Purpose: This Graduate Assistant (GA) position for the James Center for Student Success & Advising works towards the mission to recruit, advise, provide professional development, and retain teacher education majors during their tenure at Appalachian State to ensure success for a career in education. The James Center staff members are collectively responsible for programs and services that foster community, student success, and inclusive excellence. This is a 10 month position requiring 20 hours per week. The Graduate Assistant is primarily responsible for supporting student engagement, programming, data collection, and the marketing of residential learning communities (RLCs) as well as student events and programs sponsored by the James Center for Student Success & Advising.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain a record of program requirements for both the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) and Transfer Educators residential learning communities
  • Assist with data collection
  • Compose and distribute a semiannual newsletter featuring updates about both the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars and Transfer Educators residential learning communities
  • Supervise the Appalachian Educators Club Outreach Committee in planning, scheduling, and recruiting for outreach visits
  • Collaborate with campus partners to coordinate outreach visits for K-12 students and develop programming for these events (i.e. science demonstrations, Q & A panels, etc.)
  • Develop and implement plans to market programs to the campus community
  • Assist with developing programs, events, and activities for the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars and Transfer Educators residential learning communities
  • Support James Center events as needed
  • Provide staff coverage/supervision of the student lounge help desk as needed
  • Keep a regular schedule of 20 office hours per week
  • Meet with designated supervisor on a bi-weekly basis
  • Maintain flexibility with work schedule (including during the day, evenings, and weekends, around class schedule)

Marginal Job Functions:

  • Attend and participate in all team and staff meetings, training sessions, and division-wide meetings and programs
  • Maintain James Center office and keep work areas neat and orderly
  • Occasionally attend and participate in student organization meetings, residential hall meetings, etc. to promote collaborative programs
  • Attend, participate, and/or work functions as needed
  • Continually communicate with the Director and Assistant Director about projects, events, responsibilities, and concerns
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Foster strong relationships and serve as a liaison with Reich College of Education administration, faculty and staff, and students
  • Act as a resource for all staff and students in regards to university questions and referrals


  • Must be an Appalachian State student pursuing a graduate or terminal degree
  • Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited university (Preference will be given to those enrolled in an education program.)
  • Must have wise judgment to make good decisions, and must represent the division with integrity
  • Must be positive, organized, helpful, student-centered, and responsible
  • Must demonstrate a sense of job responsibility, initiative, energy, leadership, approachability, and maturity as well as a commitment to inclusive practice
  • Preference will be given to someone with some level of supervisory experience either in a job or leadership position

Any questions? Email Megan Kasper at