The Division of Student Engagement, Office of First-Year Experience and Student Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2020-21 Academic Year to support initiatives emerging from this office. The focus will be continued development and facilitating the RISE mentorship program, support for the I’m First mentoring, and general student support. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and be currently enrolled as a graduate student at the university.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with application selection of RISE mentors and RISE participants
  • Assist with the development of the 2021-22 programming for RISE
  • Assist with the supervision of the RISE Mentors
  • Occasional assistance with crafting curriculum for Student Engagement courses
  • Assist with 2022-23 orientation planning
  • Work cooperatively with the Social Work Intern in furthering the pilot of the I’m First Mentor Program
  • Assist with main office help when needed
  • Support the Director in any new initiatives that may develop throughout the year.


  • Must embrace the core value of a Strength-Based Approach to student retention
  • Experience with customer service and supervisory experience would be helpful
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience with basic office equipment, such as printers, copiers, fax machines, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work with and present to diverse populations
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Academic and Professional Skills Resulting from this Assistantship

  • Increase supervisory experience.
  • Increase or develop experience in coordinating staff training initiatives.
  • Increase experience in developing and accessing programs that focus on student needs.
  • Augment communication and analytical skills.
  • Augment programming and event planning skills.
  • Learn how to work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Have occasions to pursue experiential opportunities that will enhance the classroom experience. 

Terms of Employment

This position is a ten-month position (August-May) which may be renewable. The work hours are twenty hours/week during the academic year, hours to be determined by the Director and Graduate Assistant. This position does require occasional weekend and evening duties.

Compensation is $5,000, free meal plan, and up to an 18-hour tuition waiver (contingent upon acceptance into the master’s program at Mary Baldwin University).

To Apply: Contact Joy Brittain at or 540-887-7226.






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