General Description: The Housing & Residence Life Graduate Assistant (HRLGA) is a member of the Housing & Residence Life (HRL) team and reports to HRL central office staff team. The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing support to the functional areas of the HRL; Administrative Services, Community Standards, and Residence Life & Academic Initiatives
- Candidates must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution and be enrolled at Norfolk State University or a university within a 30 mile radius, as a full-time, degree-seeking graduate student (at time of appointment).
- A GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained as a requirement for the position.
- Candidates must have a file in Housing & Residence Life and completed assistantship application.
- Demonstrated skills in the following areas are highly desired: critical thinking, working independently, communication, organizing, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, staying flexible, and persistent.
- Demonstrated qualities in the following areas are highly desired: leadership and an interest in student growth and development.
- As the position is considered the graduate assistants primary non-academic activity, the HRLGA may not accept any other employment without prior written approval. Practicum and internships must have prior written approval.
Duties and Responsibilities May Include:
- Assist ADAS with housing operations to include but limited to completing outstanding maintenance, conducting regular residence hall walk-throughs and checks, assisting vendors and contractors within the residence halls and follow up with the ADAS regarding findings.
- Assist in development implementation and evaluation of customer care initiatives with hall residents.
- Support HRL, RHA, RAC sponsored or co-sponsored events and/or programs assisting with inventory management, logistics, setup, etc.
- Assist the ADCS with the community standards process to include but not limited to conducting procedural interviews with students accused of policy violations ensuring students understand the process and will determine sanctions as appropriate; conducting administrative hearings to determine an accused student’s responsibility when a student denies charges; maintaining student infraction and sanction data as prescribed; and serve as a liaison between Community Standards and Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- Serve as co-advisor to the Residence Hall Association (RHA)
- Assist in program evaluation processes at the department and divisional level to include but not limited to: program tallying, compiling survey data, and preparing evaluation summative reports.
Residence Life & Academic Initiatives
- Assist HRL Staff (student & professional), sponsored groups, and partners in program development to include but not limited to active and passive programming, resource use coordination, and conducting weekly building walk-throughs of the halls to monitor bulletin boards and interact with student staff.
- Design posters, t-shirts, brochures, newsletters and multimedia projects designed to inform students as well as the campus community about programs, services, staff recruitment and events sponsored and co-sponsored by Housing & Residence Life.
- Work with the ADCS to upload movies, video, and pertinent messages to ResLife Cinema.
Departmental Duties and Responsibilities
- Assistance with residence life functions and work closely with the Division of Student Affairs as well as other university departments to coordinate programming efforts.
- Assist in coordination of paraprofessional staff recruitment, trainings, staff meetings, in-service training sessions, and all appropriate retreats, workshops, or seminars assigned by HRL.
- Gather and study information and materials of current trends that other universities are implementing to ensure HRL is consistent with current trends and best practices.
- Actively participate in the Graduate Assistant Professionals Program (G.A.P.P.) which enhances the graduate assistant experience.
- Ability to work 30 hours per week.; desk coverage (15hrs) role responsibilities (15)
- Participation in a rotating weekend on call duty rotation.
- Other duties as assigned.
Remuneration: The graduate assistantship is a 10 month position (training begins in late July and responsibilities ending in mid-May). The HRLGA will receive a room and meal plan scholarship, and $15,000 stipend to be paid over the contracted period. As this position is classified as a graduate assistantship, standard employee benefits are not offered.
For additional information, please contact our office:
Housing & Residence Life, SSC 308
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone: (757) 823-8407
Fax: (757) 823-2304
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