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Graduate Assistant for the First-Year Experience

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034220
Department Code 40102
Department Enrollment Management & The Student Experience (ESE)
Job Title Graduate Assistant for the First-Year Experience
Location Schine Student Center
Pay Range Stipend plus graduate credits
Salary Grade 00
FLSA Status Exempt

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

This position requires several weekly night and weekend commitments. This is an academic year position beginning early August and ending late May.

Job Type Part-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

Function of Department:
The Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs assists new and transfer students in their transition, both academically and socially, to Syracuse University and fosters the needs of first-year students throughout the first­ year of college to allow students to develop a shared class and University identity. The office facilitates the development and implementation of a collaborative and comprehensive first-year experience program, beginning with a new student orientation program that promotes academic and social engagement.

The Office of Residence Life (ORL) is an integral part of the educational program and academic support services of Syracuse University. It is designed as an essential operation and service organization requiring specialized knowledge to coordinate the areas of counseling and referral, educational programming, physical plant and security, marketing, student satisfaction, and public relations for university residents.

ORL is responsible for providing a quality, comprehensive program in the undergraduate and graduate housing, residence life, and student development and enhances the academic climate of the university.

Purpose of Position: The Graduate Assistant (GA) for the First-Year Experience assists in the development and implementation of programs and initiatives focused on first year students living in the residence halls. The student in this position is responsible for the development and implementation of resources that support first-year students in the residence halls with heavy emphasis on hall-based faculty involvement initiatives as well as advising a hall-based Residence Hall Association. The GA is responsible for maintaining close working relationships with a variety of offices and departments of the University and supporting the mission of the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs and the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience.


• Possess experience in First-Year Programs, Orientation, Residence Life and/or Student Affairs.
• Interest in working with students in higher education environments.
• Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a team, including staff and students.
• Matriculated in a Syracuse University graduate program

This position may require week night and weekend commitments. This is an academic year position beginning mid­ August and ending mid-May.

Job Specific Qualifications



Responsibilities and Duties:
A. First-Year Experience:
• Coordinates programming for first-year residential centers on behalf of the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs I Office of Residence Life FYE Committee.
• Implements programs and other initiatives to assist first-year students with their transition to college in the residence halls with heavy emphasis on faculty initiatives
• Works with FYE-focused graduate assistants to implement FYE programming.
• Create passive programming to support first-year student transitions.
• Co-advise I advise a Residence Hall Association in a residence hall.
• Assist in the supervision of resident advisors and learning community resident advisors.
• Conduct research make recommendations pertaining to the first-year experience.
• Attends ORL area meetings, departmental meetings, and RA staff meetings as appropriate.
• Attends FYTP staff meetings.
• Other duties as assigned

B. Training:
• Participates in orientation leader selection and training
• Participates in RA selection process

C. Professional Development:

• Participates in the formal and informal evaluation process.
• Serves on University, Divisional, and Departmental committees as requested.
• Participates in Division of Student Affairs Orientation Program.
• Adheres to Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), National Orientation Directors Association, the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Administrator’s (ACPA) ethical standards.

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About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 01/13/2018
Application Deadline
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Job Category GA/RA/TA
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