Position Summary: The Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports will assist in the professional supervision of Intramural Sports and Sport Club programs at The University of Alabama. Responsibilities include managing a comprehensive Competitive Sports program, assisting in scheduling of student staff, and serving as a liaison for multiple Sport Clubs.
This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating Competitive Sports programs in collaboration with the Assistant Director and Coordinators. As the only graduate assistant for Competitive Sports, this position affords an intensive experience in all aspects of the Competitive Sports program. The Competitive Sports program provides structured programming options to foster health and wellbeing, learning, leadership, and inclusion. The Assistant Director and Coordinators will determine an appropriate work schedule to ensure proper coverage of all events, which includes evening games and weekend activities.
Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and develop approximately 100 part-time student staff.
Assist in creating training programs that provide progressive student staff development and continuing education for Supervisors and Program Assistants.
Manage Sport Club Administrative materials, including: Intent-to-Travel Forms, Activity Reports, Club Incentive Program, and Reimbursement Requests.
Serve as a liaison for four to six Sport Clubs by providing leadership and mentoring to Sport Club officers and members.
Assist in creating officer-training programs that develop sound leadership, program knowledge, and skills to successfully operate Sport Clubs as student-led organizations.
Collaborate with other University Recreation professionals for marketing, special events, facility reservations, assessment, and other initiatives.
Utilize computer-based scheduling software and web-based programs to coordinate activities.
Continue professional development through membership in professional organizations, attending conferences and workshops, and staying current with trends, issues, and risk management pertinent to Competitive Sports-based activities.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by June 2020.
Experience working in campus recreation specifically with intramural sports, sport clubs, and/or competitive sports programming.
Experience officiating and extensive knowledge of sports rules.
Ability to work extended hours (nights and weekends) as needed. Weekly office hours and program coverage will be determined by program needs and supervisor.
Valid U.S. driver's license required. Must be at least 21 years of age and have an acceptable motor vehicle record as determined by the insurance carrier.
Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification – must be completed within first 30 days of employment.
Employment will only be granted upon acceptance into the Graduate School at The University of Alabama. Applicant must meet deadlines of the degree program. Suggested programs below, others may be considered. For additional information regarding degree programs and admission requirements, please visit the UA Graduate School website at https://graduate.ua.edu/.
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MS in Sport Hospitality – Rolling Deadline
Skills and Knowledge: Evidence of leadership and interpersonal communication skills suited for a rapidly growing, diverse collegiate community. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a cohesive team.
Preferred Qualifications: Involvement in preparing and leading educational presentations to groups of sports officials. Experience evaluating and supervising officials. Desire to enter the collegiate recreation field.
Application Process: Submit a letter of application, resume, and a list of at least three references in PDF format to Laura Thomas, Assistant Director of Competitive Sports at email@example.com. Preference will be given to resumes received by December 2, 2019.
Compensation: The Competitive Sports Graduate Assistant position is from August 16 – May 15 each year and is a 2-year assistantship appointment. The Graduate Assistant will be paid $17.50 per hour during the academic year, not to exceed 20 hours per week. Tuition waivers are for the fall and spring semesters. Summer employment is possible between assistantship years at an hourly rate of $10.50. The start date shall be no later than August 3, 2020.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation: The Competitive Sports Graduate Assistant position is from August 16 – May 15 each year and is a 2-year assistantship appointment. The Graduate Assistant will be paid $17.50 per hour during the academic year, not to exceed 20 hours per week. Tuition waivers are for the fall and spring semesters. Summer employment is possible between assistantship years at an hourly rate of $10.50. The start date shall be no later than August 3, 2020.
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