Graduate Assistantship: Aquatics & Risk Management
The Aquatics & Risk Management graduate assistant is responsible for the supervision of the aquatics program and facilitation of risk management procedures at the University of South Dakota Wellness Center. This includes supervision of the Dakota Dome Pool, Swim Lessons, Lifeguarding, general Wellness Center facility, emergency drills, maintaining emergency procedures, and any other aquatics and wellness programming. The graduate assistant will report to the Associate Director of the Wellness Center.
- American Red Cross Lifeguarding
- American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
- American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED instructor
- American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor
- Water Safety Instructor Trainer
- Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate lifeguard & swim lessons staff
- Work with the Head Instructor and Head Lifeguard to maintain schedules, facilitate monthly in-services, and complete staff evaluations
- Coordinate and track group and private swim lessons
- Create and maintain monthly pool calendars and staff schedules
- Maintain and file pool incident and accident reports
- Provide supervision of pool staff and aquatic programs
- Communicate effectively with pool staff regarding any changes in the schedule, policy, and/or procedure
- Keep all necessary paperwork up to date
- Risk Management:
- Formulate and update emergency action plans for pool and wellness center
- Facilitate wellness center staff emergency action plan drills and practice
- Create and implement new procedures as needed
- Test the knowledge of employees through quizzes, live action drills, etc.
- Coordinate employee and community American Red Cross Classes
- Maintain supplies needed, ie. CPR manikins, masks, etc.
- Stay current with any American Red Cross updates and procedure changes
- Provide quality customer service to all facility patrons
- Attend and participate in facility and departmental staff meetings
- Adhere to daily office hours
- Serve as professional staff on duty for supervision of staff, programs, and recreational activities (on-call weekends)
- Assist with departmental special events
- Perform other duties as assigned
Requirements to Apply:
- Bachelor’s Degree (Kinesiology, Exercise Science, etc. preferred)
- Admittance into a USD Graduate Program (Kinesiology/Sport Management preferred)
- Must be enrolled on a full-time basis (minimum of 9 credit hours per semester) to be eligible for graduate assistantship stipend and tuition reduction
Stipend & Tuition Information
- $10,000 stipend for the academic year (subject to change)
- 2/3 tuition reduction for the academic school year
- Contract runs from August - May
- Average of 20 hours per week
- Summer work may be available
To apply, please submit a résumé and cover letter to Wendy.Johnson@usd.edu. Résumés will be accepted through the NIRSA Annual Conference.
Graduate Assistant of Competitive Sports:
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Activities, this person is responsible for assisting in the planning, development and implementation of the intramural and club sports programs. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Promote, market, schedule, and evaluate team and individual/dual sports
- Conduct rule meetings for Intramural team captains and participants
- Assist in program evaluation and development of rules, policies and procedures
- Mentor approximately 10 Intramural Supervisors per semester in regards to the policies, expectations, and goals of the program
- Recruit, hire, train, schedule and evaluate student employees
- Develop sport officials’ training clinics
- Produce reports for Sport Clubs activities, including correspondence with student staff and Sport Clubs officer/participants
- Promote, market, recruit, schedule, and evaluate the Sport Clubs program
- Train, schedule, supervise, and evaluate student staff
- Conduct Sport Clubs Council Meetings and advisor, president and officer trainings
- Assist in program evaluation and development of clubs, policies and procedures
- Research & development of new sport clubs
- Coordinate with club officers to schedule practices/matches
- Manage roster, liability, and all travel forms
- Communicate frequently with participants regarding participation feedback
- Create staff development opportunities
- Manage student payroll, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process as necessary
- Manage the maintenance of indoor/outdoor sports equipment and facilities
- Assist with Wellness Center activities, campus wide events, student services special events
- Assist in all related administrative duties
- Perform other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; Admission into USD graduate program; Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills; Current Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Certifications (or able to obtain them within the first month of employment); Must be enrolled on a full-time basis (minimum 9 hours per semester) to receive graduate assistantship, stipend, and tuition waivers
Preferred Qualifications: One year intramural sports work experience (scorekeeper, supervisor, or official); Demonstrate a working knowledge of a variety of sports (flag-football, basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, etc.); High school officiating certification; Participation in one or more extramural tournaments; Experience in the administration of a Sport Club Program; Demonstrated ability to train team sport officials; involvement in related professional organizations including NIRSA; Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor Certification.
Term of Contract:
August 22, 2017 – May 21, 2018; with the possible summer employment. Evaluation at the end of the first term is required before second year appointment.
Two-thirds in/out of state tuition waiver plus a stipend of $10,000/year (employee is responsible for student fees).
All applicants must apply to the appropriate college to be considered. No offer can be made unless the student has been officially admitted in a University of South Dakota graduate program. Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the application deadlines relevant for the chosen program of study.
Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled. Specific questions regarding the position or search should be directed to Connor Singhisen at email@example.com.
Submit a letter of application, resume, three references with contact information, and current GPA and GRE test scores to:
Assistant Director Activities
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street, WC 102c
Vermillion, SD 57059
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