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Graduate Assistant for Student Activities

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034221
Department Code 40102
Department Enrollment Management & The Student Experience (ESE)
Job Title Graduate Assistant for Student Activities
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

The Graduate Assistant will participate in the development and implementation of exceptional programs and events associated with a growing portfolio of student organizations, campus-wide involvement, and our late-night series, Orange After Dark.

The Office of Student Activities is student-centered; supporting and promoting student engagement and leadership in a variety of ways. From Orange After Dark to the Women’s Leadership Initiative, to our more than 300 recognized student organizations, and our proud Traditions programming, this office is actively engaged in supporting students’ growth and their co-curricular education as individuals, members of the Syracuse community, and as campus leaders.

Brief Description
This Graduate Assistant experience will include direct responsibilities and active involvement in the development, delivery, and support of our Recognized Student Organizations programs and events. Additionally, this position will support the growth and development of the Orange After Dark programming series within the Office of Student Activities including collaborations with other offices within Enrollment and the Student Experience.

This assistantship opportunity will offer graduate students outstanding, hands-on experiences in event planning, advising, presentation development and implementation, budgeting, contract negotiation, student supervision, and much more.


• Acceptance into a graduate program at Syracuse University
• Ability and willingness to work non-traditional hours (some late night/weekend event attendance required)
• Commitment to excellence in the development of student-centered programs and services and their assessment
• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; public speaking experience
• Creativity, self-motivation, a sense of humor, initiative, attention to detail, multi-tasking, and strong organizational skills

Job Specific Qualifications



1. Student Organization Advisement & Support
• Provide direct student organization consulting in the areas of organization development, event planning, risk management, and related functions as it pertains to a diverse portfolio of 20+ student organizations
• Assist in the support and delivery of the student organization “Officers” training program
• Assist in developing and maintaining organization development, leadership, and other resource materials for student organizations
• Assist in the development and implementation of various assessment tools

2. Campus-Wide Involvement Initiatives
• Develop, plan and implement programs and services supporting and promoting campus-wide student involvement and student organization operations including: student involvement fairs, organization/individual training sessions, the annual student leadership evening of recognition, and campus-wide presentations regarding student involvement
• Assist in the planning and execution of Orange After Dark events including conceptualizing and leading the implementation of at least 1-2 unique events per semester
• Assist in the collection, analysis, and reporting of demographic and satisfaction data at Orange After Dark events
• Assist in the development and maintenance of all Orange After Dark and some Office of Student Activities marketing strategies (e.g. website updates, newsletters, calendars, social media, etc.)
• Serve on various campus committees and programs

Physical Requirements
Application Instructions

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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