Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and Student Activities

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Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs and Student Activities

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Position Status: Temporary/Contract Positions

Basic Function:
Responsible for the shared development, implementation, and supervision of a comprehensive student activities program which meets the needs of a diverse university community. The Graduate Assistant promotes opportunities for student involvement in student organizations that contributes to the personal growth and development of students, co-advises the campus programming board as well as works to provide a variety of comprehensive leadership development programs to the campus community.


  • Co-advise the Social Committee (SocComm), WPI’s programming board. This includes supporting student committees in planning programs and coordinating contractual and logistical arrangements for performers;
  • Supervise some evening and weekend activities planned by student organizations on and off campus;
  • Serve as the Student Activities student organization advisor liason;
  • Assist clubs and organizations in planning and facilitating retreats as needed;
  • Create and implement programs and resources for student organization advisors;
  • In coordination with all Student Activities staff, meet with clubs and organizations that request assistance;
  • Plan and facilitate WPI’s Campus Organization Recognition of Excellence (CORE) Awards;
  • Plan, publicize, and facilitate four annual leadership workshops;
  • Plan, publicize and facilitate four annual leadership luncheons;
  • Oversee the preparation, facilitation, an dimplementation of the Leading Edge Series;
    Work closely with and train the student legacy leaders who assist in Leading Edge Facilitation
  • Train and develop advanced leaders (Legacy Leaders) as facilitators for student workshops;
  • Annually review and maintain XCEL Points resource sheets for clubs and organizations;
  • Maintain the leadership development section of the website (training provided);
  • Optional involvement in student activities areas;
  • Serve on university committees as appointed;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Graduate Assistantship
The Graduate Assistantship will provide valuable experience for individuals interested in a career working in student activities administration or leadership development. The Graduate Assistant works 20 hours per week assisting WPI in developing a highly visible leadership development program, serves as a co-advisor to SocComm in partnership with the Assistant Director of Student Activities, and assists with supervision or student activities. The Graduate Assistant must enroll in courses leading to a master’s degree at an accredited college or university. The position is a ten-month non benefit position beginning August 1, 2018 and ending on May 31, 2019. The stipend is $10,000 per year paid over ten months. Although this is a non-benefit position, three weeks time-off is provided with pay during the ten month position.

Graduate Degree Programs
WPI’s graduate programs are in science and technology and the management of technology. Candidates that are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in an academic discipline which is not offered at WPI may want to consider graduate programs in either counseling, educational administration or public administration at one of the other colleges or universities in the Worcester Consortium. There are also additional colleges and universities with graduate programs not listed as a Worcester Consortium school that are approximately 30 minutes by car from WPI. Some of these colleges have master’s degree programs in student personnel administration.


  • Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and must take graduate courses leading to matriculation into an approved graduate program starting in September 2018. Experience in student activities or programming preferred, but not required. Application review is open until position is filled, however, applications received by April 1, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

    Posting Date: 03/14/2018

    Close Date:

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    EEO Information:
    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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    Posted: 3/15/2018
    Application Due: 7/16/2018
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