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Our mission is to bring students together in a multidimensional community living and learning experience. Students will expand their understanding of issues surrounding social justice through the integration of service and academic course work, reflection and action on behalf of the people with whom they serve.

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Office of Service Learning Staff

  • Kelsey Rode
  • Mary Tella

Position Description 2019-2021


Position Title: Graduate Assistant

Reports To: Director of Service Learning, Noreen Cameron

Department: Office of Service Learning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Applications are due no later than February 21, 2020.  Interview is required. 



The mission of the Sophomore Service Learning Community (SSLC) and Freshman Service Learning Commmunity (Caritas) is to bring 1st and 2nd year students together in a multidimensional living and learning experience   Integration of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning in the community provides a context for critical and constructive thinking and action that promotes the common good.  Students are placed in under-resourced schools or community agencies who serve those who live in poverty.  SSLC is comprised more than 200 sophomore participantswith junior and senior student leaders. Caritas has 30-50 freshman.

Graduate Assistants inspire, educate and facilitate the development of students in the SSLC and Caritas Communities as part of a team with the Director of Service Learning and undergraduate student leadership.

This is a 2 year commitment.  The first year, 7 hour per week Tuition Assistant position.  Posssibilty of Graduate Assistant postion with full tuition and stipend for ’20-21. There are two planning meetings each week with the director, as well as independent work, research, organizing and implementing student leadership meetings, and planning social and community building events.  

Titles of Positions Supervised: none

Two year position beginning August 20, 2019, and ending May 15, 2021.  


1. Facilitation and development of the work of the Office of Service Learning

2. Sophomore Service Learning Community:

Education and training of Student leaders

Possiblity to be an instructor for 1-credit Integrating Seminar (under supervison of Director)

Planning and development of community events, such as student orientation, social events and community building with sophomores

Development and facilitation of student council in the residence hall

Management of recruitment  of new leadership and new class of SSLC


3.  Maintenance of open lines of communication and relationship with community partners. Site visits and/or evaluation of potential service sites

4. Possible research and grant writing

5. Possible design and implementation of assessment tools

6.  Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned-willing to work flexible hours nights and weekends. 



1)         Formal Education:

Bachelors degree required

Acceptance and matriculation into a full time graduate program at Villanova University

2)         Specific Job Knowledge:

Understanding of the pedagogy and practice of Service Learning in Higher Education.

3)         Minimum Work Experience:

            One year volunteer experience or one year of post-baccalaureate work preferred.

4)         Work Skills:

Abilty to work as a team with professional staff and students

This work requires attention to details and deadlines

Must be attentive to developmental neeeds of student population

Flexible work hours will require some evenings and weekends

5)         Equipment Knowledge:

            Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

6.)        Clearances

Child Abuse and Criminal Clearance through the state of PA are required.  FBI         Clearances through state of PA is also required.

7.)        Must be certified to drive Unviersity vehicles.

This position description outlines the general nature and level of work assigned to individuals who function in this job.  This description is not exhaustive; other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.  Staff employees are vital to the mission of the University. Accordingly, Villanova confidently expects that all employees will so comport themselves as to assure the continuance and enhancement of the University’s high purpose, traditions and community ideals.  

Completed application consists of:

1.       Completed Application  

2.       Cover letter and Resume (uploaded with this application)

3.       Personal Statement and Question Response (uploaded with this application)

4.       One Letter of Recommendation (uploaded with this application)

This is a two year commitment Tuition Assistant position which requires 7  hours of work each week in the first year and possible upgrade to Graduate Assistant in 2nd year. Candidate must be accepted to or enrolled in the process of enrollment in a full time graduate program at Villanova University.   Candidates will be selected for an interview based on their application and resume.  Interviews will take place in March and April.


Please find the application here.

Service Learning Committees

slc committees

The Service Learning Community has three committees:

Events Committee

Fourth Hour Committee

Education Committee

Please check back for more information on how to join and what is involved with each committee.