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Graduate Assistant for Student Transitions (Part-Time)

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Work type: Hourly, Part-Time, Student worker
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Student Worker/Graduate Assistant, Student Development/Residence Life

Job Title: Graduate Assistant for Student Transitions (Part-Time)

Reporting Relationship: Director of Student Transitions

Unit: IWU-Marion

Department: Student Engagement

Campus Location: Barnes Student Center

Summary of Position:    This exciting and innovative position assists the Director of Student Transitions in supporting New Student Orientation, First-Year Experience, and overall first-year student support initiatives. As part of the larger Student Engagement team, this position takes an equity mindset to help the holistic support of first-year students. The Graduate Assistant is expected to have a student-centered perspective, strong relational skills, and adept at administrative tasks including knowledge and comfort with the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • New Student Orientation
    • Develop and manage the event-scheduling app.
    • Coordinate the logistical needs of NSO including room reservations, schedule management, and check-in process.
    • Lead the recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of the NSO Leadership Team and NSO Welcome Team.
    • Assess the effectiveness of NSO including programming, FYE time, and workshops
    • When necessary work with the Director of Student Transitions to connect with commuter students who expressing a desire for assistance and work to connect them with the appropriate resources.
    • Assist in planning and implementing Spring Orientation, a one-day event for all new spring students.
    • Attend NSO Coordinating Team meetings
  • First-Year Experience
    • Assist in the training and supervision of Peer Educators. Peer Educators are current undergraduate students selected by faculty to support first-year students in the FYE classes.
    • Assist in planning LDR-245, Peer Educator practicum course designed to help bring meaning and development to the Peer Educator role.
    • Identify needs of historically marginalized groups including ethnically diverse, first-generation, and low-socioeconomic students and create appropriate supports to foster success and belonging among these populations.
  • Student Engagement Team Support
    • This position is part of the Student Engagement Team at Indiana Wesleyan University. There may be other duties assigned to within the student engagement area to provide support for staff and holistic development for students.

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Enrollment in an IWU Master’s program through National & Global, IWU-Marion, or Wesley Seminary


  • Experience in student affairs during undergraduate education preferred

Required Skills

  • Skills: Gifted in motivating others; creative and innovative; discerning; flexible; effective planner, organizer, and communicator


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.



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