Ramapo College of New Jersey Title: in Mahwah, New Jersey
Graduate Assistant Student Success
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a 12-month Graduate Assistant position that is part-time (28 hours per week), temporary and requires enrollment in a related graduate program.
RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY:
Mission: Ramapo College of New Jersey is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo College emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College of New Jersey has an enrollment of 5,000 students and offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing and social work. In addition, Ramapo College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers eight graduate programs as well as articulated programs with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New York Chiropractic College, New York University College of Dentistry, SUNY State College of Optometry and New York College of Podiatric Medicine. The College is ranked as fifth in the Best Regional Public Universities North category by U.S. News & World Report.
Undergraduate students choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with more than 539 course offerings and 36 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 18:1 and average class size of 23, affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty.
The Graduate Assistant (GA) reports to the Coordinator of New Student Experience. The GA will assist in key aspects of the design and planning of programs for all new students as well as with the supervision of the Orientation and Transfer Connections staff. The GA will hold weekly office hours in the office and will be accessible to students for information and referrals. The GA will assist with the planning, scheduling and implementation of additional programming for new students in conjunction with the First Year Learning Community, the Enrollment Management/Student Affairs Division and the rest of the college.
• Assists in the coordination, promotion, supervision and evaluation of the four phase orientation model: (Summer Orientation/Welcome Week/Fall Semester Programming/Spring Semester Programming).
• Assists in increasing and improving first-year and transfer support services.
• Assists with the coordination of events and staffing in the Transfer Center and Veterans Lounge.
• Recruits, selects, trains and supervises student Peer Facilitators, Orientation Leaders and Transfer Connections staff.
• Provides leadership for designated student staff. Communicates daily tasks and follows-up with student staff regularly.
• Assists in recruitment, hiring, training and evaluating of student staff.
• Represents the Center for Student Success at Admissions programs and campus wide meetings as needed.
• Assists the Testing Center staff by serving as a test proctor on an ad hoc basis.
• Assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programming for first year and transfer students.
• Co-coordinates and facilitates the Freshman Leadership Conference, New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, Winter Welcome and Family Day events for all new students.
• Assists with recruitment and organizing volunteers for orientation events and conferences managed by the Center for Student Success.
• Creates materials and facilitates presentations to promote Center for Student Success services.
• Assists with the development and implementation of assessment tools, collects and summarizes data, and delivers recommendations.
• Advises a limited caseload of students as directed by supervisor.
• Attends FLC community events, including, but not limited to the beginning-of-the-semester BBQ, the weekend retreat, the year-end dinner, faculty dinners and evening events in the residence halls.
• Facilitates activities for FLC in the Residence Hall in partnership with the Coordinator of the FLC, Residence Life, Cahill Career Development Center and other related offices.
• Coordinates Peer Facilitator participation in the following: FLC course-related field trips, beginning-of-the-semester BBQ, the weekend retreat, the year-end dinner, faculty dinners and evening events in the residence halls.
• Contributes to an environment that mentors FLC students in and out of the classroom.
• Provides clerical support for the Center for Student Success as needed.
• Makes appointments and attends Enrollment Management/Student Affairs trainings and/or meetings, as directed by supervisor.
• Stays abreast of current trends and issues within Enrollment Management/Student Affairs.
• Utilizes available technology in the delivery of services.
• Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and enrollment in a related graduate program are required.
Undergraduate experience in academic and student affairs services is preferred.
Potential candidate should have public speaking experience and a commitment to student academic and social success.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Excellent oral and written skills are a must.
Supervisory experience is preferred.
Ramapo College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Ramapo has a long history of advocating, advising, and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Examples can be found in its mission statement, strategic plans, degree and course offerings, community outreach programs, the Diversity Action Committee offerings, and the other numerous diversity conferences and programs. Ramapo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the College; where the environment is welcoming, dedicated to social justice, respectful of freedom of expression, focused on educating and having an ongoing conversation regarding cultural competence and the benefits and importance of diversity.