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Graduate Assistantship – Housing and Residential Life (posted 07/08/22)

Position Description:The Housing and Residential Life Graduate Assistant (HRL GA) position is an important component of the SDSU Housing & Residential Life (HRL) mission.  The HRL GA plays a significant role in helping students adjust to living in University housing and being successful at SDSU.  The HRL GA upholds and enforces departmental and campus policies. The successful HRL GA works without support staff and reports to the Assistant Director for Occupancy, Assessment and Analytics. Good communication skills are necessary for a person to be successful in the position.

The HRL GA is provided with a bedroom in a furnished apartment to assist in meeting the expectations and key responsibilities of the position. The primary roles are described below; please understand that other duties and tasks may be assigned due to unique situations and circumstances that arise and cannot be predicted beforehand.

Position Type: Graduate Assistantship, 10 months (academic year – July 25, 2022 – May 21, 2023), .49, live-in position. Opportunity to be employed in summer also at hourly rate.

Required Qualifications:  An earned Bachelor’s degree, enrollment in graduate studies at South Dakota State University, 2.75 GPA, maintain a 3.0 plan of study GPA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Previous employment as a Community Assistant, property manager, or equivalent experience.
  2. Has lived on campus/apartments on a college campus

Salary/Compensation:  $12.50 an hour plus tuition remission.

Additional Compensation: Meal plan in form of Flex Dollars provided in August 2022. Bedroom in a University Apartment.

General Position Responsibilities

  1. Serve in the on-call rotation, unless on an approved break.
  2. Provide your supervisor with an updated class and commitment schedule each semester.
  3. Be available to meet with your supervisor and other managers as scheduled.
  4. Complete payroll as instructed.
  5. Conduct a monthly key inventory and provide to the Associate Director for Student Life Building Services.
  6. Participate in training prior to classes starting in the fall and spring semesters.
  7. Participate in on-going training as needed/requested.

Community Development with Residents/Tenants

Provide and create a positive sense of community with residents/tenants that enables students to feel a sense of belonging and relations with other residents. Be available to residents/tenants who have issues or concerns with their living situation. Communicate information to residents/tenants as needed and create an email distribution list including all residents/tenants to assist in information distribution. Conduct weekly rounds of the community and assure that rounds are conducted by substituting other HRL staff when unavailable to conduct rounds personally. This includes spending time conversing with residents/tenants while on rounds. Follow-up with students of concern, students with academic deficiencies, zero credit students, etc. as assigned.

Operational and Administrative Functions 

Aid in the operational and administrative functions of housing management. For example, complete check-in and check-out processes with residents/tenants according to already established procedures. Review and understand policies and how to access handbooks, making sure residents/tenants are aware of mail, work order, trash and laundry systems in the building, reviewing amenities, performing condition inventory, issuing keys to residents/tenants, completing and returning inventory forms and damage billing to central office and obtaining forwarding addresses for residents/tenants upon check-out. Ensure that StarRez is up to date and accurately reflects occupancy. Understand and use departmental technology and systems effectively.

Maintenance

Report to maintenance needs for the facilities or grounds as well as attending to emergency and immediate custodial tasks (e.g., removing broken glass), being able to call and report emergency repairs during business hours and on weekends to maintenance staff. Complete monthly facility walk-throughs, smoke detector, and water checks in empty units.  

Policy Knowledge and Enforcement

Be familiar with all aspects and policies of the contract and handbook and be able to discuss policy violations with residents. Seek further clarification on policy questions and procedural matters as needed and abide by University and HRL policies at all times. Call for assistance from the supervisor, other HRL staff members, or SDSU Police Department when a situation necessitates additional staffing.

Departmental Events and Outreach

Participate in departmental events such as housing application, student staff recruitment and selection events, open houses, off-campus housing property information nights. Follow-up with attendees and applicants as assigned.

Professionalism

It is extremely important to be able to maintain a professional yet welcoming atmosphere not only in your assigned office but in interactions with residents while maintaining the privacy of resident/tenant’s information.

Supervision Received:  The HRL GA reports to and is supervised by an assigned professional staff member.  

Physical Effort:  Mildly disagreeable working conditions involve working in an environment with limited privacy and noise. Staff must frequently respond to situations outside of traditional business hours. The job requires the ability exert moderate physical effort and mobility when responding to emergencies.

Diversity Statement: We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

To Apply:To apply for the Housing and Residential Life Graduate Assistantship -Log into Handshake and apply by Friday, July 15, 2022.  You will be asked to provide a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references.


Graduate Assistantship – Housing and Residential Life: Advising and Leadership (posted 07/08/22)

About the Position: Housing & Residential Life seeks a talented and dedicated educator to join our dynamic team as the Graduate Assistant (GA) for Advising and Leadership Development. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Advising and Leadership Development GA will advise the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The Advising and Leadership Development GA will create and develop dynamic teams of student leaders within the residence halls.

Position Type: Graduate Assistantship, 10 months (academic year – July 25, 2022 – May 21, 2023), .49, live-in position. Opportunity to be employed in summer also at hourly rate.

Required Qualifications:  An earned Bachelor’s degree, enrollment in graduate studies at South Dakota State University, 2.75 GPA, maintain a 3.0 plan of study GPA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Previous employment as a Community Assistant, property manager, or equivalent experience.
  2. Has lived on campus/apartments on a college campus

Salary/Compensation:  $12.50 an hour plus tuition remission.

Additional Compensation: Meal plan in form of Flex Dollars provided in August 2022. Opportunity to receive a bedroom in a University Apartment if Graduate Assistant serves in on-call capacity.

Position Responsibilities:

Framed by the values of Student Success, the major responsibilities of this position include:

Co-Advise the Residence Hall Association (RHA) & National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) along with assigned professional staff.

  • Oversee the recruitment, selection, onboarding, training, ongoing development, and recognition of RHA and NRHH members.
  • Oversee the programmatic and advocacy initiatives of RHA and NRHH to ensure that these initiatives reflect the needs of residential students and utilize resources responsibly.
  • Work with the RHA Advisors to plan and implement RHA Executive Board Training and Hall Government Officer training.
  • Support the development of RHA and NRHH traditions that increase campus pride and support student success, including Meet State, Hall Government and Student Leadership Retreats, NRHH Induction Ceremonies, etc.
  • Support RHA Campus wide programs and RHA legislative initiatives.
  • Attend and provide ongoing feedback about RHA and NRHH Executive Board and General Assembly weekly meetings.
  • Coordinate all involvement in state, regional, and national conferences and initiatives, including elevation of SDSU throughout Regional Business meeting, MACURH, NACURH.
  • Coordinate the preparation of conference delegations; typically, one state conference, two regional conferences, and one national conference.
  • Attend and participate in at least two conferences each academic year to serve as the delegation advisor, including the utilization of university vans to transport delegates.

Advising/Supervision

  • Directly advise at least four members of the RHA Executive Board and at least three members of the NRHH Executive Board to facilitate leadership development and support their positional success. This includes holding regular one on one meetings with individual student leaders.
  • Oversee the semester book scholarship ($250/semester) of the RHA Executive Board in collaboration with Financial Aid/Human Resources.
  • Participate in performance evaluations of the RHA Executive Board and NRHH Executive Board twice a year.
  • Oversee the successful transition of all RHA Executive Board members and NRHH Executive Board members, including the creation of sustainable resource sharing strategies and accountability structures.

Success Student

  • Initiatives: Promote and participate in Residential Education, Student Success, and university initiatives, including, but not limited to sustainability efforts, student behavior, peer education, and other initiatives.
  • Student Advocacy: Champion the success of all individuals by taking into account all aspects of identity that may impact student persistence at the university.
  • Implement initiatives to support student populations with retention barriers.

Administrative Duties

  • Develop a working knowledge of Housing & Residential Life and other university departments to insure proper administration of departmental and university policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate and continuously improve effective communication, planning, and organizational skills as they relate to job responsibilities.
  • Attend weekly Housing & Residential Life Staff meetings and other meetings as necessary.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Additional Expectations:Involvement in the following opportunities ensures full participation in departmental decision making and divisional activities and provides for the professional growth of the GA for Advising and Leadership Development

  • Committee Involvement
    • Serve on committees, task forces and special projects within the department and division.
  • Professional Staff Selection
    • Participate in on-campus interviews of Housing and Residential Life professional staff.
  • Professional Development
    • Participate in professional development opportunities within the department, Division of Student Affairs, the University, and through state, regional, or national professional organizations.
  • Special Projects
    • Assist with projects specific to the areas of Housing and Residential Life leadership and programming.

Supervision Received:  The HRL GA for Advising and Leadership reports to assigned professional staff member.

Physical Effort:  Mildly disagreeable working conditions involve working in an environment with limited privacy and noise. Staff must frequently respond to situations outside of traditional business hours. The job requires the ability exert moderate physical effort and mobility when responding to emergencies.

Diversity Statement: We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

To Apply:To apply for the Housing and Residential Life Graduate Assistantship -Log into Handshake and apply by Friday, July 15, 2022.  You will be asked to provide a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references.