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Graduate Assistant for Parent Programming and Off-Campus/Commuter Initiatives

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034372
Department Code 40102
Department Enrollment Management & The Student Experience (ESE)
Job Title Graduate Assistant for Parent Programming and Off-Campus/Commuter Initiatives
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 Parents Office sponsors a variety of programs to engage parents in their student’s continued success at Syracuse University. Through events, programs, and communications we strive to keep parents and supportive family members well-informed and connected to their student and the Syracuse University community. Our missions is to facilitate parental involvement at Syracuse University in accordance with institutional policy; to act as a liaison between parents and the University; to orient parents to Syracuse University organization and process; and, to provide quality resources, publications, and events that enable parents to assist their students in learning to help themselves throughout the SU experience.

The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services orients students to Syracuse University and the broader community, prepares them for successful transitions, and facilitates continued student success through graduation. The OCCS is committed to offering information, resources, education, and programs that promote skill development, student independence, and civic engagement to all Syracuse University students. In addition, the OCCS provides all students living off campus or commuting to campus from home with support, information, and resource referrals throughout their off-campus housing experience.

Purpose of Position:
The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Parent Programming and Off-Campus/Commuter Initiatives focuses on and implementing programs to orient and inform commuter students and their families, and to leverage the support of the parent/family constituency as students complete their two-year housing requirement and begin to move off-campus. The student in this position is responsible for the development and cataloging of online and in-person resources for the parent, off-campus student, and commuter student populations. The GA will assist the departments with some assessment activities, including coordination of focus groups, analyzing data, and reporting. 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 Parents Office, the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services, and the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience.


Possess experience in Parent and Family programming, working with off-campus and/or commuter students, or other student experience-related roles.

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 for the 2018-19 academic year.

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

A. Programming and Resource Development
• Develops and implements programs and other initiatives to assist parents, supportive family members, and students to learn more about University resources.
• Create passive programming to support transitional issues (podcasts, videos, and other online resources)
• Coordinate and implement programs for first-year commuter students and their families
• Coordinate and implement Family Weekend programming
• Create an online resource
• Coordinate the Off Campus 101 programming series
• Assist in planning and implementing the Renter Orientation program
• Assist in planning and implementing the First Year and Transfer Commuter Student Pre-Orientation program.
• Assistant in the planning and implementing of alcohol education programs for off campus students
• Liaison to schools and colleges to create orientation programs for graduate students
• Work to develop a departmental online presence using various social media applications

B. Assessment and Communication
Coordinate focus groups
Analyze data and draft reports.
Create infographics that inform constituents about key findings.

C. Attends staff meetings as appropriate.
D. Other duties as assigned
E. Participates in the formal and informal evaluation process.
F. Serves on University, Divisional, and Departmental committees as requested.
G. Participates in Division of Student Affairs Orientation Program.
H. Adheres to professional and ethical standards.

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 03/12/2018
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
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