The Division of Student Engagement, Office of First-Year Experience and Student Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2021-22 Academic Year to support initiatives emerging from this office. This includes both Summer and Fall Orientation, Family Weekend, assisting with the MBU 101 and MBU 105 course, I’m First mentoring, the RISE Program, 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 both administrative paperwork and implementation of the 2020 Fall Orientation
  • Assist with the implementation of the 2021 Summer Orientation
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Family Weekend
  • Provide supervision for student workers when in the office
  • Assist with developing the 2022 training for Student Leaders
  • Work with the co-leads of Orientation Leaders, the RISE Program and I’m First to provide guidance and support to these programs.
  • Assist with the teaching of MBU 101 (Introduction to College) and INT 120( On Course for College Success) courses as well as grade coursework when needed
  • Attend and support the Student Support Team meetings to provide support to students who are on early alert.
  • 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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