Graduate Assistant - Student Activities


Position Title

Student Involvement Graduate Assistant, Student Activities


Student Life



Position Summary

Graduate assistants will work 20-hours weekly on-campus in the Division of Student Life at Jacksonville University, while being simultaneously enrolled in the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services. This is an exciting new Master’s program, designed to develop higher education leaders and professionals seeking career advancement and enhancement in college, university, and other adult education fields. Inquiries about the Master’s program should be directed to Dr. Luke Cornelius at or (904) 620-5748.

The Graduate Assistant in Student Activities is a paraprofessional staff member and will work directly with the advising of Dolphin Productions – student programming board. Additionally, the Graduate Assistant will plan, promote, and execute the Week of Welcome, Homecoming Week, Charter Week, and Pancake Breakfast, along with smaller monthly events. The Graduate Assistant will serve in the capacity to support the mission, vision and goals of Student Involvement, Division of Student Life, and Jacksonville University.

Essential Job Duties

  • Advise Dolphin Productions – campus programming board responsible for major activities for the Jacksonville University community including music, movies, holiday themed events, comedy shows, speakers, novelty artists, and annual events like Homecoming and Charter Week.
    • Hold regular 1-1 with student leaders, facilitate team meetings weekly with all staff and volunteer members of Dolphin Productions
    • Design and deploy regular training for student leaders to successfully execute campus programming—vendor contracts, proper phone/email communication, regular event processes, etc.
    • Assist in the recruitment of volunteer members to build future talent bench—advertise around campus and at semester organization fair to recruit new members for event ideas
    • Serve as professional staff in charge during scheduled activities—attend all events unless interfering with graduate school class times
    • Work in collaboration with the Director of Student Involvement and Dolphin Production Assistant Directors to administer the organization’s budget and performance contracts
    • Provide student staff with professional development and leadership skills
  • Coordinate Organization Events – large and small events, throughout the academic year
    • Recruit and designate volunteers to run activities via organization fair, tabling, social media
    • Collaborate with Dining Services to order necessary food items
    • Plan parallel activities and vendors for entertainment
    • Record and document all planning and attendance records
  • Participate in event staffing throughout the year.
    • Hold weekly Dolphin Production board meetings with all members to discuss plans, organize events, and distribute duties throughout semester’s events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Admission to – as well as continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress in – the University of North Florida’s Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program;
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Demonstrated leadership in the college and university setting;
  • High level of comfort with frequent student contact, with residing on campus, and being accessible outside of traditional office hours;
  • Ability to advise diverse student groups;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully balance, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks in an active, fast-paced environment, while providing superior constituent service;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented, student-centered environment; and
  • Excellent oral, written, computer, problem-solving, critical thinking, and fiscal management skills.


  • Stipend of $10,000 over a 10 month period, August 1 – May 31.
  • Graduate assistants are required to reside on campus, in university graduate assistant housing furnished by the university, with utilities and parking provided.
  • A meal plan is provided, subject to the schedule of on-campus dining facilities.

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should electronically submit a letter of application, professional resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to

Applicants should include “SL Graduate Assistants” in the subject line of their electronic mail message. Review of candidate credentials will commence immediately, and will continue until the positions are filled.