MA in Higher Education: Graduate Assistantships

The Master of Arts in Higher Education program at Messiah College offers a select number of Graduate Assistantships for full-time degree seeking students in the Master of Arts in Higher Education.  Graduate assistantships offer students the opportunity to put the theories, gained through classroom instruction, into practice through supervised, real-world experience. Assistantships are designed to provide a meaningful educational and professional experience that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge they need for successful professional employment. Graduate Assistantships are generally two-year appointments.

Compensation and Eligibility

Graduate Assistants earn compensation as salaried, non-exempt employees for the performance of administrative services that benefit the College and also serve as part of the student’s academic and professional development. The service performed must be related to the student’s academic program in order to qualify for an assistantship appointment.  Students may not count the same work experience in their graduate assistantships for internship experience.  The graduate assistantship and internship(s) must be distinct experiences. The graduate assistant must be eligible to work in the United States; eligibility is confirmed via the I-9 Form. Graduate Assistants must maintain full-time registered, degree-seeking status (6 credits per semester, 15 per calendar year) and good academic standing (3.0 GPA) for the duration of the Graduate Assistant appointment.  Graduate Assistants work approximately 20 hours per week during their appointment and no more than 800 hours per academic year. Graduate Assistants may not be employed on campus in any other capacity during the period of the graduate assistantship.

 

2014-2015, 2015-2016 Graduate Assistantships


Athletics Department

    Baseball Graduate Assistant Coach  POSITION FILLED
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)

    Assists the Baseball head coach in operating an intercollegiate athletics program that pursues our complementary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. The Graduate Assistant will assist in all facets of the baseball program, including the recruitment of excellent student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Experience and skills needed: ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to baseball to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and college level playing experience required.

     

    Cross Country/Track & Field Graduate Assistant Coach
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    Assists the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field head coach in operating an intercollegiate athletics program that pursues our complementary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. The Graduate Assistant will assist in all facets of the cross country/track & field program, including the recruitment of excellent student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Experience and skills needed: ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to cross country/track & field to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and college level playing experience required.

     

    Men's Lacrosse Graduate Assistant Coach
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    Assists the Men’s Lacrosse head coach in operating an intercollegiate athletics program that pursues our complementary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. The Graduate Assistant will assist in all facets of the lacrosse program, including the recruitment of excellent student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Experience and skills needed: ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to lacrosse to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and college level playing experience required.

    Sports Information Graduate Assistant POSITION FILLED
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    Assists the Sports Information Director in operating an Intercollegiate Department that pursues our complimentary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. The Graduate Assistant will assist in all facets of sports information, including game day promotions, marketing, publications, website, media requests, and game day management. Experience and skills needed: competency with statistical analysis; strong written and verbal communication; strong organizational skills; ability to work independently; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others; working knowledge of computer programs and systems. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and previous sports marketing experience required.

     

    Women's Lacrosse Graduate Assistant Coach   POSITION FILLED
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    Assists the Women’s Lacrosse head coach in operating an intercollegiate athletics program that pursues our complementary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. The Graduate Assistant will assist in all facets of the lacrosse program, including the recruitment of excellent student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Experience and skills needed: ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to lacrosse to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and college level playing experience required.

    Volleyball Graduate Assistant Coach
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from August 5 – June 5; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year) 
    Assists the volleyball head coach in operating an intercollegiate athletics program that pursues our complementary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. Graduate Assistants assist in all facets of the volleyball program, including the recruitment of excellent student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Experience and skills needed: ability to coach, teach and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to volleyball to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and college level playing experience required.
     

     

    Wrestling Graduate Assistant Coach POSITION FILLED
    ($8,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    Assists the Wrestling head coach in operating an intercollegiate athletics program that pursues our complementary goals of athletic excellence and Christian character. The Graduate Assistant will assist in all facets of the wrestling program, including the recruitment of excellent student-athletes, organization and planning of practices, game preparation, administrative duties, scouting, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Experience and skills needed: ability to coach, teach, and train student-athletes in skills and strategies specific to wrestling to make them as competitive as possible; ability to establish appropriate and effective mentoring relationships; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Will demonstrate a commitment to continued learning/professional development via presentations, workshops, and/or conferences. Occasional weekend and evening work as the schedule demands. Christian faith commitment and college level playing experience required.

    Agapé Center for Service Learning

    Agape Center for Service and Learning Graduate Assistant
    ($10,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    The Service-Learning Graduate Assistant provides administrative, training, and assessment support to the Director of the Agapé Center related to the implementation of the College’s service-learning curricular and co-curricular program. This includes coordinating the international service-learning spring break and summer Agapé Center experiences. Graduate Assistants assist the Director with announcements, publicity, and recruitment for programs; assist students in identifying placement opportunities; coordinate schedules and booking of service-learning experiences; liaison with Development office to coordinate fundraising programs and budget reports; assist the Director in facilitation of courses; welcome interested students and educators; office duties. Experience and skills needed: excellent organizational, time management and independent thinking skills; small group and interpersonal facilitation skills; proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Banner and Contribute software; ability to cooperate and partner well with others. Occasional weekend and evening work as priorities demand. Christian faith commitment, valid PA driver’s license, and prior involvement and/or facilitation with short-term international service teams required.

    Career Center

    Experiential Learning & Career Development Graduate Assistant   POSITION FILLED
    ($10,000 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    The graduate assistant will perform duties related to the College’s new Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR), specifically as it relates to enhancing meaningful career outcomes. Primary Duties will be to establish a working knowledge of and commitment to departmental mission, objectives, and institutional value of career development; participate in training which includes understanding of context for ELR within the College’s strategic plan as well as ePortfolio development; advise students who are discerning the incorporation of the ELR into their experience; provide data summaries and/or individual student information; and other duties listed here. Experience and Skills needed: appreciation for the integration of experiential learning within higher education – how it impacts students’ learning and prepares them for post-graduate transition; excellent interpersonal skills; advanced written and verbal communication skills; ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency; eagerness to take initiative and work independently, as well as part of a team; strong organizational and planning skills that reflect timeliness, the ability to prioritize projects and intentional follow up; proficiency with technology (experience with ePortfolios preferred). Occasional weekend and evening work as priorities demand. Christian faith commitment and current enrollment in Master of Arts in Higher Education.

    Intercultural Office

    Experiential Learning & Off-Campus Study Graduate Assistant
    ($10,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    The graduate assistant will perform duties related to the College’s new Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR), specifically as it relates to off-campus study. Primary Duties will be to establish a working knowledge of and commitment to departmental mission, objectives, and programs related to off-campus study; participate in training which includes understanding of context for ELR within the College’s strategic plan as well as ePortfolio development; advise students who are considering off-campus study as their ELR; provide data summaries and/or individual student information; and other duties listed here. Experience and Skills needed: appreciation for the integration of experiential learning within higher education – how it impacts students’ learning and prepares them for post-graduate transition; excellent interpersonal skills; advanced written and verbal communication skills; ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency; eagerness to take initiative and work independently, as well as part of a team; strong organizational and planning skills that reflect timeliness, the ability to prioritize projects and intentional follow up; proficiency with technology (experience with ePortfolios preferred). Occasional weekend and evening work as priorities demand. Christian faith commitment and current enrollment in Master of Arts in Higher Education.

     

     

    Student Involvement & Leadership Programs (SILP)

    Experiential Learning & Leadership Graduate Assistant
    ($10,000.00 Annual Stipend, from Aug 4, 2014 – May 31, 2015; 20 hours a week not to exceed 800 hours/year)
    The graduate assistant will perform duties related to the College’s new Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR), specifically as it relates to leadership. Primary Duties will be to establish a working knowledge of and commitment to departmental mission, objectives, and programs related to student leadership programs; participate in training which includes understanding of context for ELR within the College’s strategic plan as well as ePortfolio development; advise students who are considering Student Leadership as their ELR; provide data summaries and/or individual student information; and other duties listed here. Experience and Skills needed: appreciation for the integration of experiential learning within higher education – how it impacts students’ learning and prepares them for post-graduate transition; excellent interpersonal skills; advanced written and verbal communication skills; ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency; eagerness to take initiative and work independently, as well as part of a team; strong organizational and planning skills that reflect timeliness, the ability to prioritize projects and intentional follow up; proficiency with technology (experience with ePortfolios preferred). Occasional weekend and evening work as priorities demand. Christian faith commitment and current enrollment in Master of Arts in Higher Education.


    Application Process

    Graduate Assistantship opportunities are posted in late fall.  Applications are reviewed, interviews are held, and invitations extended each spring.  The application process is as follows:

    • Complete the Graduate Assistantship Application after reviewing descriptions and requirements for each graduate assistantship position. Submit the application to tkeul@messiah.edu.
    • Complete the Messiah College General Application Form.  The employment application may be completed on-line but must be printed, signed, scanned, and submitted to: tkeul@messiah.edu (not Human Resources)
    • Begin enrollment application process in the Master of Arts in Higher Education program.
    • Please note that one or more references must have the ability to specifically address your skills and abilities in regards to the assistantship context.

    Offers and Placements

    • Graduate assistantships will be awarded based on a thorough review of applicants, including interviews.  Interviews will be held on campus, generally during the month of March.  If distance is a factor, Skype interviews can be conducted. Candidates’ interests and skills will be matched with available two-year assistantships.  Placements will be made in partnership with assistantship supervisors.
    • Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. 
    • Graduate Assistant placement is contingent upon completion of successful reference and background checks.

     

    Questions
    If you have any questions about the graduate assistantships or application process, please contact Tina Keul, Administrative Assistant, at tkeul@messiah.edu or (717) 796-5077.