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Graduate Assistants



Position Description 2021-2023



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 March 1, 2021.  Interview is required. 



The mission of the Sophomore Service Learning Community (SSLC) and Freshman Service Learning Community (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 participants with 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.  Possibility of Graduate Assistant position with full tuition and stipend for ’22-23. 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, 2021, and ending May 15, 2023.  



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

2. Sophomore Service Learning Community:

·         Education and training of Student leaders

·         Possibility to be an instructor for 1-credit Integrating Seminar (under supervision 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:

Bachelor's 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:

Ability to work as a team with professional staff and students

This work requires attention to details and deadlines

Must be attentive to developmental needs 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 University 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. Resume an cover letter

2. Completed Application

3. One letter of recommendation 

Email application to  or mail to Villanova University, Office of Service Learning, SAC 386, and 800 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA  19085.

This is a two-year commitment as Tuition Assistant  in the Office of Service Learning which requires 7 hours of work each week. Candidate must be accepted and enrolled 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 on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found. 

Deadline for application: March 1,. 2021


Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Office of Service Learning
St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Noreen Cameron, Director
SAC Room 386

Mary Aiello, Administrative Assistant
SAC Room 385

We have a constantly evolving list of with faculty and community partners that change each semester.