A&M-Commerce Campus Recreation is looking for two, dynamic Graduate Assistants for 2021-2023. The mission of our graduate assistantship program is to foster the development of upcoming recreational professionals by immersing them in a holistic, experiential, and hands-on recreation experience.
This is a two-year commitment with a renewable agreement pending a successful evaluation at the end of the first academic year. Graduate Assistants are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.0-grade point average each semester and progress towards a graduate degree.
We aspire to create an environment where we celebrate the differences we share across the spectrum of human diversity. Inclusivity is vital to an individual’s holistic development and the social fabric of the university. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment through hiring and developing culturally competent staff members, outreaching to under-served populations, and providing facilities and programs that support all members of the A&M-Commerce community. Our expectation of the A&M-Commerce community is to embrace an open-minded and respectful attitude toward individual difference.
Graduate assistantships available:
Marketing (1) - The review begins April 12
Outdoor Adventures (1) - The review begins April 5
Start Date: August 9, 2021
School Starts: August 30, 2021
Compensation and Benefit Package
Tuition coverage (Graduate, Statutory, and Designated)
Eligible for both in-state/out-of-state students
Eligible for six to thirteen credit hours a semester (Fall and Spring semesters only)
Campus Rec will also pay for Distance Learning Fee, University Services, and Recreation Center Fee for fall and spring semesters.
You are responsible for the cost of all other student fees (Athletic, Union Center, Student Service, and Health).
Health benefits (if taken)
Paid bi-weekly at $15 an hour, 20 hours per week when school is in session. Pending a successful end of year evaluation, pay increase to $16 an hour for second year.
In addition, 40 hours per week during August preparation for fall semester and during January preparation for spring semester (when not taking classes)
Summer Employment Opportunities
Marketing GA: Employment expected during the summer between year one and two (paid hourly at $15/hour) for program assistant level work
Outdoor Adventure GA: Additional employment opportunities are available if desired during the summer time (paid hourly per student staff position rates) for non-GA level positions
$2,000 yearly funding for department development including NIRSA Region IV/Student Lead-On, NIRSA Annual Conference, AORE Conference, certifications, tournaments, and other development opportunities.
One student membership to a professional organization
General Department Job Responsibilities for all Graduate Assistants
Support and align with department mission, vision, values, and strategic plan
Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment
Attend professional and student staff meetings
Serve on various department committees
Provide oversight of program area in the absence of supervisor
Work night and weekend hours (as needed, based on area)
Other duties as assigned that assist with the overall mission of the department
Minimum Qualifications for Consideration
Demonstrated experience working in collegiate recreation, recreational program, or related program to the position
Conditions of Hire
Contingent upon completing a satisfactory background check
Once you’ve been offered, must then get full acceptance into the A&M Commerce Graduate School
Conditions of Employment
Must have or obtain within 30 days American Red Cross/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First-Aid certification
Timeline and Application
Preference will be given to those applicants who submit completed applications via HandshakeDO NOT submit via Bluefish.
If you are a non TAMUC student, you must contact Bethany Ferrall (Bethany.email@example.com or 903-468-3223) to set up your Handshake account before you can apply. Search handshake code listed in each job description to apply for that position.
Marketing (12-month agreement)
Assist with overseeing approximately up to 4 marketing student employees including graphic designers, photographers, and marketing assistants. This includes hiring, training, supervising, scheduling, and evaluating.
Develop, manage, and deliver a variety of marketing initiatives including advertising, promotions, branding, campus outreach, social media, email marketing, video/photography creation, and digital signage.
Develop and critique graphic design projects such as posters, schedules, digital ads, and apparel designs.
Assist with production and editing of marketing videos and photography.
Serve as department marketing liaison to student stakeholders (i.e. - Registered Student Organizations, the student newspaper, Greek Life, etc.).
Utilize Trello for graphic design, photography, and marketing program project management
Assist in administering the department’s social media accounts utilizing Sked social scheduling platform
Assist in website reviews and updates utilizing WordPress content management system
Promote the department’s vision through the creation and execution of diverse and progressive marketing materials/promotions/tactics.
Minimum Qualifications for Consideration:
Experience in program or event marketing/advertising
Experience using Adobe Cloud Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, etc.)
Experience in organizing and delivering social media content through various social media platforms
Any combination of these skills: brand management, website content management systems, photography, and graphic design.
Experience working within a campus recreation setting
Contact for Marketing Graduate Assistantship: Jonathan Johnston, Associate Director of Programs and Staff Development, at Jonathan.Johnston@tamuc.edu
Handshake Application: Must submit an experience portfolio of graphic design work and social media campaigns/projects/posts. Any additional work listed in may be included as well. Upload a pdf with an online link or upload a pdf with everything in other documents. Things considered in the review of the portfolio are the scope of work, quality, and creativity.
Assist the Assistant Director and Coordinator with hiring, training, and evaluating 20-25 Outdoor Adventure student employees.
Assist in the operations, administration, and supervision of the OA facilities and programs including the climbing wall, gear rental, trip/clinic program, mountain bike trail, pump track, disc golf course and challenge course. Depending on qualifications and experience, work load may be shifted towards more relevant areas within the Outdoor Adventures program
Assist in the budget process, including budget development, payroll projections, purchasing, etc.
Assist in marketing of all program aspects.
Assist in planning, budgeting, and leading trips as well as challenge course programming.
Create and maintain semester staff schedules using online scheduling software (Sub It Up) to ensure entire facility has coverage and assume responsibility for filling in when necessary.
Utilize Fusion to assist with tracking data, online registration, and scheduling of Outdoor Adventure programs.
Assist in managing program area social media accounts.
Minimum Qualifications for Consideration:
Experience working in an Outdoor Adventure program
Possess extensive experience in two or more of the following: rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling, backpacking, challenge course facilitation, or camping
Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite, namely Word and Excel
Conditions of Employment:
Must have or obtain within 30 days a valid Texas Driver’s License
Must have or obtain Wilderness First Responder Certification
Contact for Outdoor Adventure Graduate Assistantship: Justin Bryant, Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventure at Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Handshake Code: 4539109
Additional Salary Information: 20 hours/week when school is in session. $16/hour in year two, pending a successful end of year evaluation
About Texas A&M University-Commerce Campus Recreation
Since 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce has been known as a leader in providing an excellent education. It’s because we care about people and relationships. We’re a big-name university, but our focus is helping you achieve success. A&M-Commerce faculty and staff will know your name and work closely with you to understand your goals and dreams. Our professors will care about your growth and be your loudest supporters when you walk across the stage to get your degree.We realize a great education is about more than attending class. It’s about making friends, memories, and a name for yourself as someone who’s passionate about learning. Earning an A&M-Commerce degree and being part of the Texas A&M University system will not only look good on your resume, it will give you the confidence you need to compete in the marketplace." Texas A&M University-Commerce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.
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