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Graduate Assistant

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) at Macalester College works to support student organization advising and administration. Supervised by the Coordinator of Student Organizations and Engagement, the Graduate Assistant will create training materials, presentations, and workshops for student leaders to engage in for their personal and professional development for the successful leadership of their organizations. The Graduate Assistant will co-coordinate annual processes including student organization leader onboarding, training, and transition.


This is a part-time 20 hour a week position that includes a semi-furnished one bedroom apartment and meal plan as part of the total compensation package. 


Institution Description

Founded in 1874, Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,200 students who come from every state and 99 countries to engage in an academic program ranked among the top in the nation where ideas and intellectual curiosity matter. Our philosophy of global citizensh

  • Works in collaboration with OSLE staff to create and facilitate leadership development programs, training, and materials for student organization leaders.
  • In coordination with supervisor, plan outreach and communication to student organization leaders for ongoing administrative support.
  • Create virtual training materials using Presence software platform, including but not limited to new organization leader onboarding, policy and student org finance processes education, and ongoing developmental engagement.
  • Direct and design Student Organization Committee Liaison support and coaching model. 
  • Assist in various departmental, divisional, and College-wide initiatives.
  • Candidates must have an earned bachelor’s degree and be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in Student Affairs or related field.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate exceptional communication skills, strong organizational skills, experience working with diverse populations, an ability to think creatively, multi-task, and work well independently and collaboratively.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience as a student leader in a college setting.
  • Familiarity with a student organization software platform and tools (i.e., Presence, Engage, etc.).
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Canva, and social media platforms.



In addition to a meal plan and semi-furnished apartment, this position also provides a wage of $15.00-15.48/hr (per the 20/hr of work a week schedule). 


Application Guidelines: 

To apply please submit your cover letter and resume in one pdf to the Macalester Employment Opportunities page. This position will not be appointed before April 15th 2022, and will be posted until filled.

Macalester College - Institutional Overview

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester enrolls nearly 2,100 students who come from virtually every state and 91 countries. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.BenefitsMacalester employees enjoy a fantastic benefits package and working environment that is second to none. Please visit for more information about benefits at Macalester College.Our Commitment to Safety in response to COVID-19:For the safety of our community, Macalester requires all employees to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Should a newly hired employee be unable to receive the vaccination for either medical or religious reasons we offer accommodations and assistance.Questions or concerns about this process should be directed to Bob Graf, Director of Employment Services, at [email protected]


Working for Macalester College 

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.
Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries.

Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields

Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Statement of Purpose and Belief

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

We expect students to develop a broad understanding of the liberal arts while they are at Macalester. Students should follow a primary course of study in order to acquire an understanding of disciplinary theory and methodology; they should be able to apply their understanding of theories to address problems in the larger community. Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in both oral and written forms. Finally, students should be prepared to take responsibility for their personal, social and intellectual choices.

We believe that the benefit of the educational experience at Macalester is the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. We expect them to develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. We are committed to helping students grow intellectually and personally within an environment that models and promotes academic excellence and ethical behavior. The education a student begins at Macalester provides the basis for continuous transformation through learning and service.

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