The Department of Campus Recreation at West Virginia University employs a team of eight Graduate Assistants in the areas outlined below. Graduate Assistants work collaboratively with professional staff and each other towards achieving our mission of providing exceptional recreation, wellness, and education opportunities that meet the needs of West Virginia University and the surrounding community.
Graduate Assistants will be responsible for staff supervision, administrative duties, project management, and event management. All Graduate Assistants will receive facility management experience while performing Evening Supervision on a rotation basis.
Our Graduate Assistant Team:
Competitive Sports (2)
Fitness and Wellness (2)
Marketing and Communication (1)
Operations and Events (2)
For the upcoming academic year (2020-2021) we have an opening in our Marketing and Communication area.
Positions are designed as two one-year contracts covering the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years.
An employee of Campus Recreation, the Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Communications will support a student centric, experiential education-based media office supporting Adventure WV, Campus Recreation, Collegiate Recovery and WEllWVU.
The primary responsibility of the Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Communications is to work directly with the Multi-Media Specialist to enhance the overall marketing for Student Wellness programs and services. This is a production/deadline-oriented position with the need for developing highly creative concepts and progressive use of marketing trends effective for a college audience. This Graduate Assistant will be responsible for a variety of marketing initiatives including advertising, promotions, campus outreach, social media, video creation, and staff training. This person will need to be able to solve on-the-job issues by utilizing effective critical thinking and decision-making skills and possess the ability to work with diverse populations.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Develop and manage the production and promotion of all programs, clubs, facilities and services for Student Wellness services.
Oversee graphic design projects such as posters, schedules, digital ads, and apparel designs.
Assist with the development of marketing videos and video advertisements.
Serve as department marketing liaison to student stakeholders (i.e. - registered student organizations, the student newspaper, Greek Life, etc.)
Support and promote Student Wellness services by soliciting new members, new sponsorship opportunities and corporate partnerships.
Contribute to the creation, promotion and execution of all Student Wellness special events.
Administer the department’s social media accounts.
Contribute to website reviews and updates.
Provide photography and video support when needed.
Perform other duties as assigned as a Campus Recreation Graduate Assistant
Contribute to the execution of programming and membership marketing tactics, customer retention initiatives and all special events.
Ability to promote our vision through the creation and distribution of diverse marketing materials.
Develop a working relationship with SW professional staff and support special event staff assigned to work events.
Must act and represent SW in a positive and professional manner.
Maintain a professional standard of performance on daily tasks.
Attend regularly scheduled departmental meetings for all areas necessary.
Communicate clear and concise information as needed to patrons and guests.
Adhere to all SW guidelines and non-negotiables.
Criteria for Success:
Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
Ability to receive feedback from colleagues to ensure well-rounded promotional materials.
Ability to work closely with fellow team members as well as Student Union Event Services staff members.
Demonstrates strong inter-personal and communication skills as well as attention to detail.
Ability to problem solve, manage multiple tasks and priorities and make an informed decision independently.
Reliability and flexibility related to work schedule.
Ability to display a positive attitude for all patrons and SW staff.
Positively promotes WVU and SW to peers and patrons and takes initiative to be involved throughout campus.
Evaluation will be based on self, peer and supervisory evaluations.
Project Management Critical and Creative Thinking
Time Management Customer Service
Sales Experience Professional Portfolio
Collaboration with Internal/External Customers
Enhancement Communication Skills (verbal, written, and visual)
Applications (Resume and Cover Letter) submitted through Bluefish will be forwarded to the appropriate area supervisor. Priority will be given to those accepted into graduate school at WVU. Review of applications will begin on Monday, March 16th, 2020.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design, Physical Education, Recreation or related field required.
Experience using Adobe software, task management apps, familiarity using a variety of social media websites, and video editing.
Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
Experience with website design and/or photography.
Experience with event planning.
Experience working within a campus recreational/wellness setting and direct management of student employees.
Additional Salary Information: Additional Salary Information: Stipend is August to May, with optional summer employment. Prorated, this stipend is equivalent to a minimum of $1500 per month, $6750 for a regular semester. GA position includes a University tuition waiver and payment of the student health insurance premium. Tuition waivers are granted to cover nine credits of course work during the fall and spring semesters.
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University is a doctoral, highest research activity, land-grant institution founded in 1867 with locations spanning the state and a main campus of 1,456 picturesque acres along or near the Monongahela River. WVU has a student enrollment of over 30,000 students and a staff of 5,638 full time employees. The City of Morgantown, which is often ranked among the best small cities in the United States, is conveniently located 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, and 200 miles west of Washington, DC. Campus Recreation at WVU manages a 34 million-dollar, 177,000-square-foot recreation facility, six on-campus recreation fields, auxiliary gymnasium space and access to an adjacent, 10 acre athletic field and indoor sports complex at Mylan Park. The WVU campus community is provided a comprehensive menu of recreational and educational opportunities designed to meet the needs of a diverse population. Campus Recreation employs a dedicated student staff of over 200 along with 8 graduate assistants from around the country and 12 professional staff.
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability..., marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
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