Graduate Assistant for Student Success
The Graduate Assistant (GA) is a live-on campus position, responsible for supporting Covenant College’s residential community through discipleship, academic mentoring, and campus-wide educational programming. The GA will care for all residents, with special attention to struggling students and will focus on working with retention and academic success efforts, encouraging a campus environment that challenges students to develop academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. The right candidate will demonstrate an active and reformed Christian commitment, serving as a model, advisor, and facilitator of student development.
Academic Success & Retention
- Meet on a regular basis with students identified with potential retention concerns, as assigned by the Director of Academic Support. Refer students to internal programs for additional support services including tutoring and counseling and follow up as needed.
- Meet with students on Academic Probation. Assist students in developing an educational plan and strategy to improve student success.
- Meet with students who may need academic support by helping them develop time management, priority setting and study skills.
- Serve as a guest lecturer one class period on one of these topics in each section of the College Life class.
- Provide up to date information on current trends in student retention as published in professional literature.
- Perform exit interviews with students who have indicated that they do not intend to return to Covenant College the following semester.
- Attend Resident Life and Student Development staff meetings as needed.
- Intentionally meet with students in groups and individually for the purpose of discipleship and accountability.
- Act as resource person and facilitator for internal and relational student conflict resolution and growth.
- Oversee the logistics of setting up rides for students needing transportation to and from the hospital.
- Provide help during weekends, special events, or high event time.
- Assist with the development and presentation of workshops for students on reading strategies, study skills, test taking, time management, note taking and other fundamental academic skills.
- Plan and implement campus educational programs that are relevant to the student body in collaboration with the Student Life department
- Be the advisor for at least one student club or organization on campus.
- Serve as a chaperone at student events
- Attend meetings with the Coordinator of Student Leadership, GA for Student Life and the Associate Dean of Students, Student Life as needed.
- Fulfill other duties as assigned by the Director of Academic Support
- Strong oral and written communications skills.
- An interest and concern for young adults and an ability to communicate effectively.
- Commitment to working with cross-functional teams.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience working with students to assist in strategizing a thorough developmental and educational plan for improvement.
- Experience facilitating meetings with young adults for the purpose of discipleship.
- Working knowledge of Google Apps
- Graduate degree or working towards a graduate degree within a related field.
- Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Experience working with a website content management system.
- Experience working with a customer relationship management system.
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- An acceptance of and commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
- An understanding of the mission and purpose of Covenant College.
- Must be able to assent to Covenant College’s Staff Commitments.
PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
- Remain in a stationary position at least 50% of the work day.
- Lifting: occasionally; classified as light, lifting or lowering an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) up to 15 lbs.
POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK
- Days and hours vary during fall and spring semesters. Regular evening and weekend work will be required as job duties demand.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Stipend position without insurance coverage
- On-campus housing (room and full board plan)
- Tuition assistance towards graduate school
- Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Before being considered, an applicant will need to submit:
- Letter of interest.
- Résumé, including contact information for three references.
- A statement of faith, sharing about his or her ongoing walk with Christ.
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