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Graduate Assistant - Office of Multicultural Affairs

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034354
Department Code 40102
Department Enrollment Management & The Student Experience (ESE)
Job Title Graduate Assistant - Office of Multicultural Affairs
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 mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to support and promote the academic achievement, multicultural competence, social development, civic engagement, and retention of students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups at Syracuse University. Although OMA will support all students regardless of race or ethnicity, the four following groups have been denoted as the historically underrepresented groups most frequently served by OMA; Asian and Pacific Islander American students, Native students, Hispanic/Latino students, and Black/African American students. Graduate Assistants are an integral part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs team and are expected to work 20 hours per week.

The Native Student Program was created as a resource for Native students to support their transition into college. Students gather weekly to attend workshops and gain strategic information that promotes academic success, including academic counseling. Since heritage is very important, the program provides opportunities for students to attend conferences and to remain connected to their people and their history, including a trip to culminate the Native Idenitity Series. Past trips have included visits to the Ganondagan State Historical Site in Victor, New York, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community in Fonda, New York, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

With the direct connection to the Onondaga Nation provided by the Assistant Dirrector and the Native Student Program Graduate Assistant, students will also have access to and a genuine connection with local Native people and events. The Native Student Program also provides students the necessary engagement for growth and success beyond the walls of college through faculty, staff, and peer interaction.

The physical space committed to the Native Student Program at 113 Euclid Avenue serves as an extension to the home-away-from-home theme that is central to the Office of Multicultural Affairs for its students. For more information, visit:


Successful Candidate will
• Be matriculated in the Syracuse University graduate program.
• Be able to work with and meet deadlines.
• Be able to conduct oneself professionally and ethically in a setting where confidential and sensitive work regarding students is conducted.
• Be able to maintain confidentiality when working with students and student information.
• Be able to communicate and collaborate with staff in other offices across campus.
• Be able to work with students in individual and group settings.
• Possess strong communication and organizational skills.
• Take initiative to improve current and/or to create new programs and processes.
• Have an interest in facilitating workshops/seminars in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
• Be interested in matters of social justice and multicultural competence.

Job Specific Qualifications



• Advise a caseload of approximately 25 Native students.
• Coordinate and assist with recruitment and training of student staff and volunteers.
• Coordinate program receptions and ceremonies.
• Assist in developing and implementing the Native Identity Series and planning the Native Heritage Month events/activities.
• Manage communications (email, website, and social media) with Native Students.
• Serve as a resource person to students, faculty, staff, and parents.
• Create appropriate and timely correspondence with students, faculty, and staff.
• Maintain appropriate records and reports as requested.
• Complete various administrative and office duties as assigned by Assistant Director.

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 03/06/2018
Application Deadline
Full Consideration By
Job Category GA/RA/TA
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you first find out about this position?
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    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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    • LinkedIn
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    • Twitter/@sujobs
    • Colleague recommendation
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    • Other
  2. * If "other", please describe how you first found out about this position.

    (Open Ended Question)