Graduate Assistant Application

The James Center is hiring a Graduate Assistant for the 2021-2022 academic year. Compensation is $15/hour and the candidate would be expected to work 20 hours a week. Some weekend and night hours may apply. Applications are due April 4, 2021 at 11:59pm.  

Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement

Primary Purpose: This Graduate Assistant (GA) position for the James Center for Student Success & Advising works to support the center’s mission and purpose to provide advising, professional development, and student-focused programming to undergraduate teacher education majors at Appalachian State University. This is a 10 month position beginning August 2021 requiring 20 hours per week. The Graduate Assistant is primarily responsible for supporting student engagement, programming, data collection, and the marketing of the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars program, as well as student events and programs sponsored by the James Center for Student Success & Advising.

Mission: The mission of the James Center for Student Success and Advising is to promote, uplift, and amplify the voices of all students, specifically those whose voices are and have traditionally been silenced in our communities, in a way that respects the identity, dignity, humanity, and positionality they bring to the education preparation space. Our diversity is reflected by differences in race, culture, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and numerous other social identities and life experiences. The James Center supports an inclusive learning environment in which diversity and individual differences are understood, respected, valued, and celebrated. Additionally, we seek to provide an inclusive space grounded in equitable practices that supports the development of equity-minded teaching professionals in all teacher education programs. Furthermore, we will prepare globally and sustainably oriented pre-service educators through advising, professional development, and student-focused programming.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain a record of program requirements for both the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)
  • Assist with data collection
  • Compose and distribute a semiannual newsletter featuring updates about both the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars
  • Conduct advising sessions on program requirements and general support with ACES scholars
  • 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.)
  • With other James Center staff who have been appropriately trained, assist in managing the James Center website.
  • 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
  • Foster a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in all aspects of the program (e.g., recruitment and selection of students, programming, etc).
  • 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 team and staff meetings, training sessions, and division-wide meetings and programs
  • Understand the James Center’s vision, mission, and goals; work toward their realization through supporting James Center programming and operations; and collaborate with all James Center staff on the continuous improvement of our efforts.
  • Maintain James Center office and keep work areas neat and orderly
  • Occasionally attend and participate in student organization meetings, residence 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

Qualifications:

  • 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