Position Description 2021-2023
PART I: JOB INFORMATION
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.
PART II: POSITION SUMMARY:
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.
PART III: ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
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.
PART V: POSITION SPECIFICATIONS
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.
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.