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Graduate Assistant for Sykes Student Union

The Graduate Assistant for Sykes Student Staffing will assist the Assistant Director of Sykes Student Union with the marketing, hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluation of student staff. They will also manage opportunities for staff development, team building, and motivation. 


  • 12 credit tuition waiver 
  • $2500/semester stipend  


  • 10-month contract August- May (first day of classes to last day of classes) 
  • Must be available to plan for and attend staff training in August and January the week before classes ($13/hour compensation offered in addition to stipend for work outside of the 10-month contract). 
  • 20 hours per week 
  • Weekday hours will be set based on availability.  
  • May be asked to "flex schedule" to support evening or weekend events as needed. 


  • Facilitate the hiring process for student staff positions within Sykes Union. 
  • Assist the Associate Director in editing the employment applications. 
  • Promote vacant positions to attract a diverse applicant pool across campus. Marketing may include designing advertisements, social media, tabling in Sykes Union and involvement fairs, and conducting interest group sessions. 
  • Organize job applicants as they apply, read applications, and recommend students for interviews. 
  • Coordinate and conduct interviews of job applicants individually and/or by soliciting a hiring committee of professional staff and students, as appropriate. 
  • Maintain strong communication with all applicants throughout the hiring process. 
  • Plan staff social events and recognition programs to motivate and connect staff 
  • Manage the Student Experience Learning Outcomes development program for student staff and leaders  
  • Assist with the planning and facilitating of student staff training in August and January before classes begin. 
  • Assist with staff scheduling and monitoring timesheets for attendance and tardiness.  
  • Supervise returning Building Managers, which includes conducting monthly 1:1s with students, biweekly staff meetings, and routine performance evaluations 
  • Manage staff expectations program (EARL), communicating violations to staff and supervisors 
  • Assist with evaluation and assessment of all student staff, using rubrics, learning outcomes, evaluations, and exit interviews. 
  • Monitor the direction of work of the Building Managers to ensure efficient event operations
  • Maintain inventory of building furniture
  • Attend all departmental staff meetings  
  • Enforce all policies and procedures relating to staffing, the union, and the University. 
  • Attend all training, orientations, new staff programs, and workshops as appropriate. 
  • Volunteer on Division of Student Affairs committees that pertain to career interests and professional development goals  
  • Contribute to departmental workgroups 


  • Experience in small and large-scale event planning, programming, and/or marketing in a university setting is required. Experience supervising student employees preferred.  Enrollment in the M.S: Higher Education Policy Student Affairs program is preferred.  A two-year commitment is strongly preferred. 
  • Acceptance into a West Chester University Graduate Program 
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and planning skills/experience. 
  • Interest and enthusiasm in working with college students individually and in groups 
  • Possess strong leadership and advisory skills. 
  • Multitasking abilities. 
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people. 
  • Ability to train staff in a variety of skills. 
  • Technology skills include Microsoft Office (Outlook, Teams, Excel, etc.), Handshake, Canva, and Qualtrics.  


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references via Handshake. Your cover letter should address your program of study, why you are interested in this position, how it applies to your course of study or career goals, and what makes you an ideal candidate.