Financial Aid

Graduate Assistant - Office of Student Activities

Part-Time - Year Round - 20 Hours Per Week
The student must be enrolled full-time during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
(please review the enrollment requirements found on the Graduate Assistantships web page)

Summary of Duties:

The Graduate Assistant will assist in the administrative tasks of the Office of Student Activities. The Graduate Assistant will also have the opportunity to develop their managerial skills by assisting staff with advising student groups and managing events. It is expected that the Graduate Assistant will work collaboratively with the Student Activities team to promote the University's mission through activities, events and leadership opportunities.

Major Responsibilities/Duties:

  • General

  • Works 20 hours per week for Student Activities, including evening and weekend hours
  • Assist Student Activities team with preparation, as well as implementation, of events and programs
  • Participates in various institutional events such as Orientation and Connection Days, as hours permit
  • Updates "Paint the Town Maroon and Gold" booklet by contacting local community businesses
  • Occasionally attend Open Houses and Commencement as a representative from Student Activities
  • Create a Registered Student Organization handbook
  • Assists Student Activities team with preparations, as well as, implementation of events and programs
  • Promotes Franciscan ideals and adherence to the Mission of the University
  • Teaching and student development

  • Aid in advising commuter programming, including Commuter Lunches, with the Student Activities staff to promote community development and a campus connection among the commuter population
  • Co-supervise the Commuter Assistants with the Assistant Director of Student Activities
  • Serve in an administrative capacity for the Ignite Student Leadership Development program
  • Facilitate leadership development programs with Ignite undergraduate students
  • Co-coordinate oversight of the newly developed Registered Student Organization incentive program.
  • Assessment and Research

  • Researches current trends and best practices in higher education to find cutting-edge leadership and involvement opportunities for students.
  • Assists with assessment of Student Activities programs and events

Principal Internal Working Relationships:  Student Activities Staff Members, Students

External Working Relationships: Agency representatives, performers and vendors, local businesses

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree and current enrollment in an Alvernia graduate program.
  • Think creatively and innovatively
  • Prioritize work, manage time, and multitask appropriately
  • Function autonomously and as a member of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Role model appropriate behavior
  • Experience with student organizations, leadership development and/or event planning preferred
  • Proven PC skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Maintain a 3.0 Cumulative GPA in graduate education at Alvernia University

Send application/resume to:

Lisa Venkler
Office of Student Financial Planning
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607


Alvernia is a growing co-educational Catholic Franciscan institution dedicated to academic and professional leadership based in the liberal arts tradition. Its suburban 85-acre campus outside Reading is within a ninety-minute drive to New York, Princeton, and Philadelphia. Alvernia University is committed to equal opportunity. Applicants who would enrich the diversity of our campus are encouraged to apply.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Posting Date: June 11, 2015

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