Graduate Assistant in Student Life

Haverford College
Mar 27, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Graduate Assistant in Student Life

POSITION:  Haverford College seeks to hire a part time Graduate Assistant in Student Life.

Position Objective:  Serve as a resource to students, student groups and student life offices and higher education professionals (staff).  Provide nighttime and weekend on-call support to the Haverford residential community.  Assist with departmental planning efforts and operational tasks as assigned.  The Graduate Assistantship is a 10-month (August – May), part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), live-in/on position in the Office of the Dean of the College intended for individuals considering a career in higher education administration. The position is designed to provide the opportunity for a comprehensive and valuable experience in student affairs work in the selective, residential liberal arts college setting. 


Emergency Response

  • Provide first-line on-call consultation and/or response for emergency situations. Coordinate response as necessary and appropriate with the on-call Dean, Campus Safety, on-call Health Services representative, and on-call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) representative.
  • The Graduate Assistants (GA) in Student Life will alternate on-call responsibilities with two other Graduate Assistants ~ approximately 6 weeks per semester.

Student Life

  • In conjunction with the Student Life team, support and advise the College’s first-year Customs program.
  • Opportunities to partner with various Student Affairs offices are available upon approval from supervisor – i.e. CCPA, OAR, Admissions, Multicultural Affairs, etc.

Student Engagement

  • Serve as a resource person to student clubs and organizations.
  • Responsible for processing all student-event reservations managed by the college’s Event Management System.
  • Working collaboratively with the Student Engagement team, manage the office’s events calendar and coordinate with BLAST to provide technical support to student events.
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Director of Student Life and Director of Student Engagement, support and co-advise a selection of the following student committees: Haverfest, Collections Committee, Fords Against Boredom, Special Events Committee, Commencement Committee (and Senior Week), and others as assigned.
  • Serve as a resource person to the Student Life interns.
  • Share responsibilities for working large-scale campus events such as Haverfest, Senior Week, Speakers Committee Events, select concerts, etc.

Residential Life

  • Assist in the administrative procedures for the Office of Residential Life (i.e. room draw, opening / closing, the halls, non-academic registration, early arrivals, winter break housing, etc.).
  • Support and foster Community and Special Interest Housing programs and initiatives.
  • Assist the Director and Assistant Director in facilitating and coordinating the work of the Res Life Committee.
  • Serve as a resource person to the Student Life interns.


  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Applicant must be currently enrollment in related graduate program, or plan to enroll by the start of the assistantship.
  • Prior residential life or student life experience preferred; undergraduate experience acceptable.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment, and to make decisions as appropriate.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.
  • Sensitivity to and ability to respect student privacy and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student and staff population.
  • Ability to work independently and interdependently.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Flexible daytime and evening schedule.


  • Housing – The College will provide a 1BR/1BA apartment (amenities include: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and includes heat, hot water, internet, and gas.  Furnished with twin bed, 2 dressers, 1 desk, 1 desk chair, 1 arm chair, 1 love seat, 1 coffee table, 2 bookshelves, and 1 a/c unit).
  • College meal plan (~100 meals each semester).
  • Yearly Stipend of $10,000. 
  • Attend 1 professional conference / year (includes conference fees, lodging, and travel expenses).
  • Mentorship from various Student Affairs professionals.
  • Possibility to renew assistantship for second year, contingent upon review.


  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
  • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds) Up to three hours
  • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds): Up to three hours
  • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds): Up to three hours
  • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds): Up to three hours
  • Pulling (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction: Up to three hours
  • Pushing (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction): Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body): Up to three hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body): Up to three hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position): Three to six hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position): Three to six hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees): Three to six hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees): Up to three hours
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground): Up to three hours
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces): Three to six hours
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary): Up to three hours
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.): Six to eight hours
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures): Three to six hours

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should visit

to complete the application, which includes a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references. Please note that failure to provide the required documents could result in failure for consideration. The application deadline is Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Haverford College has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the academic program, lived experience, and composition of the College community. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will contribute to the College’s educational mission.

Haverford College is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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