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Graduate Assistant for Student Success Retention

Office of the Vice President fro Student Affairs

Student Success and Retention

Position Title: Retention and Student  Success Graduate Assistant

Reports to: 

Kristin Woods, Ph.D

Director, Student Success and Retention

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

118 Gilchrist Hall

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0385

kristin.woods@uni.edu

(319) 273-2815

Terms of Employment: 

This position requires 20 hours per week for both fall and spring semesters.

      • Fall semester: Beginning August 22, 2016 and ending December 16, 2016, excluding the week of Thanksgiving break.
      • Spring semester: Beginning January 9, 2017 and ending May 6, 2017, excluding the week of Spring break. 

Compensation: 

    • Full assistantship salary for 2016-2017 is $5,044 per semester. 
    • Salary is prorated on a weekly basis for late start.
    • Graduate assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees.
    • Graduate assistants receive university holidays and do not work during Thanksgiving break, spring break, or interims between semesters.
    • Professional development opportunities are supported, but the degree of support is determined by the availability of funds.
    • For more information on the graduate assistantship system and procedures, visit

http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships

Background Information

Student success and retention programs are housed within the Office of the  Vice President for Student Affairs, and connected with orientation and first-year programs. Initiatives supported by this graduate assistantships will involve close collaboration with colleagues in the Division of Academic Affairs, recognizing the importance of both academic and co-curricular support in student development and success.

Position Description: 

The graduate assistant will: 

  • Assist in coordinating Mapworks early intervention system, including promotion of transition survey, identification of studnets at-risk of leaving the instituition, and coordination of outreach and referrals. 
  • Co-teach a half-semester section of POSTSEC 1055: Strategies for Academic Success for student referred through the early intervention system.
  • Gathers, synthesizes, and reports data related to student success and retention initiatives. 
  • Assists in coordinating university Family Weekend programming; serves on the Family Weekend planning committee. 
  • Completes other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: 

  • Candidate must be full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI graduate program (postsecondary education/student affairs, counseling, or related field preferred);
  • must be enrolled in 9 graduate credit hours each semester of assistantship;
  • and maintain a plan GPA of at least 3.00. First semester graduate assistants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the following preferred qualifications: 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills:
  • strong interpersonal, public speaking, group facilitation, and organizational skills;
  • demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and to conduct one self in a professional manner;
  • and experience and/or demonstrated interest in working with diverse populations.

Application Process and Deadline:

Candidates in the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs program: 

As part of the admissions process to the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs program, you are required to submit the following documentation in addition to your personal statement: Resume, cover, letter, and the Application for Graduate Assistantship to Michael Waggoner (mike.waggoner@uni.edu)

Candidates outside of the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs Program:

To apply, email the completed Application Form to Graduate Assistantship (available at http://www.grad.uni.edu/assistantships), resume, and cover letter to Kristin Woods (kristin.woods@uni.edu)

Applications received by February 19, 2016 will be given full consideration.