Job Opportunities

UMass Amherst is dedicated to providing as many opportunities for on-campus employment as possible to our graduate students. Students may use the links below to learn more about available positions, and faculty and staff may use this form to have your graduate assistantship posted on this page.

Residence Education & Residential Learning Communities

Each year the Residential Life department seeks qualified applicants for several graduate assistant opportunities. During the fall semester, we accept applicants for unexpected vacancies which may occur during the current academic year. During the spring semester, we accept applicants for vacancies and potential vacancies for the following academic year. If there are no confirmed vacancies, we will still collect applications in the event any occur.

Please visit the Residence Education Graduate Assistant Positions page for information on how to apply.

Graduate Project Assistant for Partnership for Worker Education / 2 positions

Type:  Project Assistant
Department:  Partnership for Worker Education (PWE)
Dates of Appointment:  2/10/22 to 6/30/22
Hours per Wk:  20 hours
Hourly Rate:  $30.33 per hour
Application Deadline:  2/20/2022

Job Description


The PA will assist in the following tasks:

  1. Assist in the design and implementation of mixed-methods needs assessments
  2. Assist in the research, design and delivery of tailored courses
  3. Assist in the design and implementation of evaluative tools that facilitate promotion
  4. Participate in all aspects of the monitoring and evaluation project as appropriate
  5. Participate in PWE project meetings
  6. Other duties as assigned

 Experience Required:  

  1. Knowledge/ experience in organizational change planning
  2. Knowledge/ experience in mixed methods research methods
  3. Knowledge/experience in teaching adult populations
  4. Knowledge/ experience with participatory adult education theory and practices.
  5. Knowledge/technical expertise in evaluation processes
  6. Ability to present gathered knowledge in a compelling format
  7. Data management, communication, and organization skills are essential
  8. Knowledge of data analysis software and basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) is required
  9. Ability to communicate effectively at the workplace with managers, employees and union representatives
  10. High level of personal responsibility
  11. Ability to adhere to deadlines and work as part of a team
  12. Ability to engage in a participatory program approach
  13. Ability to speak a second language is a plus

 

Additional Information:  

    The University of Massachusetts Partnership for Worker Education program is a joint educational partnership among the University (Division of Human Resources), AFSCME, USA/MTA, and PSU/MTA.  Project work involves development of on-campus design, implementation and evaluation of a career ladder model, developed by PWE’s Career Ladder Programs.  Project work involves the revision of the organizational structure and creation of tools to facilitate promotion, as well as the design and delivery of participatory workforce development courses tailored to the needs of the workforce.

How To Apply

Email Resume to Sonia Lindop at slindop@umass.edu 

Dept:  PWE
Contact Person:  Sonia Lindop
Email:  slindop@umass.edu 
Bldg Address:  303 Goodell

 

Center for International Education - Graduate Assistant

POSITION: 15 Hour Assistantship Available
SUPERVISOR: Ian Barron, Center Director

The Center for International Education Endowment fund was established in 2001 and each year since September of 2003, has provided an international student one year of funding to foster the internationally diverse community that is part of the fabric of CIE. We look forward to continuing this practice for the upcoming academic year. 

This is a 15 hour/week position for a full academic year (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023). The responsibilities/job description of the student funded from these funds has varied over the years.  Given the Center’s current needs, the job description will likely include a mix of responsibilities to support the Center in following areas.

Program Development

 Assist with the:

    • Coordination of program development efforts
    • Shaping of external/internal funding strategies
    • Identification of potential funding agencies in both government and non-government sectors
    • Management of an internal database to track faculty and student research areas
    • Development of funding proposals

Community Outreach and Communications

Assist with the:

    • “Marketing” of the Center
    • Support social media and the communications
    • Reaching out across UMass to faculty and students
    • Foster student engagement and community
    • Support utilization of the External Advisory Group

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

The applicant must be self-motivated, with excellent organizational and communication skills, and have the ability to collaborate across disciplines.  The applicant should be someone who values difference, social justice and diversity-oriented education experience, and has a background and experience in international education and/or international development.

Applications should be submitted by April 30th.  Please submit a letter of interest and current CV to cie@umass.edu.  Please use the subject ‘CIE Endowment Scholar’ in your email application.

Position dependent on funding.

Research Assistant - School of Public Policy

Type of Appointment: Research Assistantship
Department:  School of Public Policy 

Dates of Appointment: 15 weeks; to be scheduled between May 19 – August 25, 2022 
Hours per week:  20 hours

Stipend:  $9,099.00
Application Deadline: May 1st or until position is filled

 

Job Description:

Drs. Brenda Bushouse (School of Public Policy) and Charlie Schweik (Environmental Conservation and School of Public Policy) are recruiting a graduate research assistant for the summer 2022 for a 20-hour per week position. The main research focus is to understand the governance arrangements that lead to successful creation of freely available software. The summer research focuses on the nonprofit organizations that house incubator programs for new open-source software (OSS) collaborations. The RA work involves assisting in the design, implementation, and analysis of semi-structured interviews with board members and executive staff; document analysis; researching OSS foundation governance structures to inform future comparative analysis; working on a team to integrate the interviews into the broader project; writing and editing. The summer RA work will be integrated into a broader research project that aims to understand why people contribute to OSS projects that are then provided for free to the public. We specifically are trying to understand how incubator programs created by nonprofit software foundations affect the success of OSS projects.

The position is funded by the National Science Foundation Growing Convergence Research program under the following award https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2020900. The “Jumpstarting Successful Open-Source Software Projects with Evidence-based Rules and Structures” project brings together a multidisciplinary team to discern the institutional and socio- technical structures under which Internet-based OSS projects are most (and least) successful. We also provide actionable knowledge to OSS developers and to the nonprofit organizations that support them. The UMass team (Schweik, Bushouse, 1 post doc, 2 RAs) work closely with Professors Vladimir Filkov (Computer Science) and Seth Frey (Communication) at the University of California Davis funded under a second NSF grant: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2020751.

Experience Required:

Applicants should have an interest in learning institutional analysis. A substantive interest in nonprofit organizations and open-source collaborations is preferred. Ph.D. students in the social sciences are preferred but Master’s students may apply. The skills required for this position include knowledge of qualitative methods, text data analysis experience (e.g.,NVivo), strong organizational skills, and an ability to work effectively on diverse teams. The RA will work primarily with Professor Bushouse, participate in weekly online UMass team meetings, and online joint team meetings with the UC Davis team. Preference will be given to students from under-represented groups. As the project is funded for up to five years, there is potential for ongoing funding.

Additional Information: The work can be done remotely, with the expectations that some in-person meetings may be required. All participants in meetings will be masked or they will be held outdoors.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following materials by email to Dr. Bushouse bushouse@umass.edu. Review of applications will begin May 1st and continue until the position is filled. Please include the project acronym “OSS'' in the email subject line and include your last name in the filename for the materials below:

  1. Statement of interest (maximum of 2 single-spaced pages) summarizing applicant’s interest in the position, academic preparation, and experience relevant for the research; include the name and contact information for two professors who are willing to serve as references;
  2. Current curriculum vitae.

Contact Person:  Brenda K. Bushouse, MPA, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Policy

E-Mail contact: bushouse@umass.edu; Please include the project acronym “OSS'' in the email subject

Bldg. Address: 624 Thompson Hall

 

Graduate Assistant for SBS First Year Seminar Program

Type of Appointment: Graduate Assistant for SBS First Year Seminar Program 
Department:  
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dates of Appointment: 9/1/2022 – 1/1/2023
Hours/Wk: 15

Stipend: $33.50/hr (or current GEO rate)

Deadline: May 16, 2022

Job Description (No Clerical duties permitted):

First year seminars (FYS) in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are intended to help first year, first time on campus, incoming students make the transition from high school to college. Some students in these courses may be new transfer students. Each section of the course meets once a week for 50 minutes, contains no more than 19 students, and provides students with 1 academic credit.

In SBS, these courses follow a common SBS first year curriculum that incorporates the SBS Pathways philosophy and a few specific activities. In part, the goals of the first year seminar are to connect students to campus resources, to other students, and to their instructor - all with the goal of helping them make a successful transition to UMass. A successful transition includes the process of exploring, planning, and reflecting on their SBS Pathways through UMass Amherst.

In SBS, most FYS are taught by graduate student instructors along with an undergraduate teaching assistant whose role is to be the “expert on the undergraduate experience at UMass.” Undergraduate TAs take a 3-credit course, Socbehav 395T, that supports their work in the classroom. Similarly, graduate instructors meet with the SBS Director of First Year seminars to support their understanding of the SBS Pathways model and the FYS program.

We aspire to use a cohort model where graduate instructors support and learn from each other as well as the FYS Director.

The Graduate Assistant will work with the SBS Director of First Year seminars to support this program. This includes the following:

  • Teach one section of SBS Pathways first year seminar
  • Co-facilitate Socbehav 395T – the course for undergraduate TAs
  • Provide support to graduate instructors as needed. This may include connecting grad TOs with resources; maintaining a Google drive with resources, sample lesson plans and (this is already built but will require some updating and maintenance).
  • Meet regularly with the SBS Director of FYS for supervision.

Experience Required:

  • Two years of teaching experience at the college level (TA/TO is appropriate)
  • Preference for SBS graduate students with FYS teaching experience.
  • This position requires the graduate assistant to be on campus.

How to apply: Submit resume and letter of interest Department Name: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Person: Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, SBS Assistant Dean & Director of First Year Seminars

Email contact: jbrousse@umass.edu Building address: 128 Thompson Hall Phone: 413-577-1057

Graduate Assistant for Financial Literacy & Education - Student Success

Title:  Graduate Assistant for Financial Literacy & Education
Type of Appointment: Graduate Assistantship
Department:  Student Success
Dates of Appointment: From: 9/4/22 To: 1/7/2023

Hours/Week: 20
Stipend: $30.33 per hour for the appointment term
Application Deadline: June 6

General Summary of Position 

The UMass Amherst Student Success unit prioritizes the development of programs and practices that increase student persistence and retention, support timely progress toward degree completion, and foster holistic student learning and development through the advancement of high-impact educational opportunities.

Working with the Director of Student Success Outreach, the Graduate Assistant for Financial Literacy & Education will primarily support the Smart about Money (SAM) program, which includes hiring, training and supervision of undergraduate peer financial coaches and staff. This graduate assistant will also oversee the coordination of SAM 1:1 coaching sessions, workshops, events, social media, and online and print resources.

All staff in Student Success are expected to provide general support for student success programming such as Admissions events, New Student Orientation and Transitions events, collaborative departmental events, other unit-wide initiatives, as well as maintain effective liaison with campus partners and academic units throughout the university. 

  Examples of Duties 

Smart About Money (SAM) Program 

  • Hire Peer Financial Coaches with the support of the Director of Student Success Outreach
  • Train Peer Financial Coaches utilizing CashCourse financial literacy training resources
  • Evaluate Peer Financial Coaches once per year on performance, strengths, and areas of growth
  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly 1:1 supervision meetings and weekly staff meetings
  • Manage NAVIGATE (student success management system) processes related to appointment-scheduling, documentation ,and student communications, which includes training PFC to manage own appointments. 
  • Manage data-collection process for intake forms and session feedback forms 
  • Support the development of financial education-based workshops; facilitate workshops as needed
  • Maintain positive campus partner relationships and collaborations
  • Manage room reservations for meetings, workshops, etc.
  • Coordinate Supplemental Training during weekly SAM Team meetings
  • Work with the Program Manager for Student Success Outreach to supervise the SAM “Communications Team” to maintain social media accounts, update website as needed, and design marketing

  General 

  • Develop and maintain programs and resources that encourage students to actively improve their present and long-term financial well-being. Maintain accurate and confidential records of every student interaction, including in-person visits, phone consultations, and email communication. Stay updated about current issues and trends related to college students' financial issues and concerns through active professional development.
  • Provide outreach and partnership management for financial literacy initiatives. Serve as a program and/or departmental representative for assigned campus committees and outreach events. 

  Student Success Initiatives 

  • Support unit-wide student success programming and logistics for programs such as Admissions events, New Students Orientation and Transitions events, departmental collaborations, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  Minimum Qualifications 

  1. Enrollment in Master’s or Doctoral program at UMass Amherst (Preferred: higher education or education-related program)
  2. Computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and database programs Experience in program planning and implementation
  3. Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks
  4. High level of organization and attention to detail 
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  6. Experience working with a large culturally diverse faculty and undergraduate student population  

Supervision Received 

Supervised by the Director for Student Success Outreach

How to Apply: Submit Resume

Email Contact: adamortiz@umass.edu

Building Address: 140 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01002

Phone: (413) 545-3947

Career Development and Professional Connections Hub Graduate Assistant

                                                                                   
Title: Career Development and Professional Connections Hub Graduate Assistant
Dates:  9/4/22 to 5/12/23
Hours/wk:  20 hours
Hourly Rate:  $30.33

Job Description:  Works under the supervision of the Associate Provost of Career and Professional Development and the Director of Student Development in the Career and Professional Connections Hub on a range of projects to meet the goals for student professional development. The graduate assistant develops and delivers online and in-person career-related presentations to groups, advises students one-on-one on career topics remotely and in-person, and develops innovative state-of-the-art resources. The graduate assistant will also oversee our 11 Career Communities in the Connect UMass platform in collaboration with the Alumni Association.

  • Designs and delivers career-related workshops for students, faculty and staff, such as: job searching techniques, cover letter and resume best practices, networking tips and career fair preparation
  • Meets individually with undergraduates and graduate students via video, phone, email or in-person appointments
  • Participates in outreach events such as: career fairs, networking events, Admissions and NSO programs, etc.
  • Assists in approving employers and opportunities in Handshake
  • Manages the Career Communities, including: curating resources and developing programs to increase student and alumni participation
  • Assists with collecting data and researching learning modules
  • Collaborates with Hub staff to market student development programs, employer events, and Career Communities using both hardcopy materials and social media
  • Other tasks as needed

Experience Required:

  • Excellent presentation and engaging communication skills
  • Organizational and research abilities
  • Interest in helping students from culturally diverse backgrounds to succeed in developing their future careers
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out a project/program from concept to completion
  • Comfort and ability to develop and record online presentations (including YouTube, Zoom, etc.)
  • Computer literacy (Publisher, Word, Excel, Google Docs, etc.)
  • Ability to work well independently, as well as part of a team

Preferred

  • Experience editing online productions to produce succinct, informative workshops and sharing on media platforms
  • Handshake knowledge is desired
  • Candidates interested in human resources, higher education administration or program development are encouraged to apply

Hours/Week 20 hours/week                                                                                     
Stipend GEO Contract
(Standard schedule, some evenings and weekends required)

Please send a resume, cover letter and a 5-minute video on career advice you would give an undergraduate student.

Contact Person: Candice Serafino                                           E-mail: serafino@umass.edu

Address: 512 Goodell Building                                                    Phone:  545-2224

 

Graduate Assistant for Fraternity/Sorority Program - SEL

Title:  Graduate Assistant for Fraternity/Sorority Program
Department:  Student Engagement and Leadership
Supervisor:  Thomas J. Martin
Weekly Hours:  20 hours per week
Stipend:  $30.33 per week, paid bi-weekly
Appointment Term:  8/21/22 - 5/21/23 
Periods of Non-Responsibility: Please submit requests for time off to supervisor in advance. Appointment Renewal: Appointments are for the stated appointment term only and there is no guarantee of appointment renewal.

Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL)

Student Affairs and Campus Life is committed to providing meaningful assistantship experiences for graduate students, particularly when these experiences enhance SACL priorities and are relevant to the pursuit of a graduate assistant’s professional goals. It is within this context that SACL makes this assistantship available.

General Summary of Position

Serve as advisor for the assigned council and assigned chapters in the Sorority and Fraternity Life within Student Engagement and Leadership (SEL). This assistantship provides an opportunity to gain experience and further professional development in student activities advising, communication, programming, and event management as well as fraternity/sorority development in a large, complex university setting. Reappointment is dependent on department need, experience, satisfactory performance, academic standing, and funding.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Serve as advisor for the assigned fraternity and sorority council and for the assigned chapters.
  2. Assist with the advising and event management of the major program initiatives in the fraternity and sorority program (Homecoming, Greek Week, UMASS FTK (For the Kids), Greek 101).
  3. Advise assigned council and chapters on program development and event management.
  4. Assist with the design and delivery of developmental programs/workshops for the fraternity and sorority program.
  1. Work with national organizational staff and alumni advisors of sponsoring organizations.
  2. Participate in planning and executing fraternity and sorority related events within SEL including First Week, Homecoming, UMass Night Out, Winter Expo, The Sammies award ceremony, and others as needed.
  3. Assist with coverage of weekend and evening events (event support).
  4. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Compliance Requirements

Graduate students filling assistantships in Student Affairs and Campus Life have specific expectations placed on them as employees of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among these is the requirement to fulfill reporting responsibilities as prescribed and required under applicable federal and State laws. These include but may not be limited to requirements under Title IX; Clery Act; FERPA; HIPPA; Massachusetts Conflict of Interest laws. Additionally, this applies to adhering to University policies and agreements (e.g., collective bargaining agreement).

Fulfilling these expectations includes addressing and reporting related violations by students, staff, faculty or others. Related training will be provided to all SACL graduate assistants. These expectations may be amended in conjunction with changes in Federal and/or State mandated reporting requirements, and/or University policies or agreements. Graduate students unwilling to meet these requirements are not eligible for appointment to a SACL graduate assistantship.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. Enrollment as graduate student in good standing during entire term of appointment.
  2. Eligibility for appointment to this assistantship, as determined by the Graduate School.
  3. Availability to serve the entire assistantship term.
  4. Willingness to perform all mandated compliance reporting and related requirements.
  5. Experience in fraternity and sorority programming.
  6. Ability to work with diverse student leaders and department staff
  7. Graduate student in a degree program within an academic area related to job duties.
  8. Ability and willingness to work evening and weekend hours as necessary.

Note: The SACL GA orientation is TBD (usually in late August).

Some assistantships may receive additional compensation reflecting specific requirements of the assistantship. In the case of this assistantship, the following additional compensation is provided.

Application Page: use this LINK

Graduate Assistant Director/Coordinator of the Center for Educational Policy and Advocacy (CEPA) - SEL

TITLE: Graduate Assistant Director/Coordinator of the Center for Educational Policy and Advocacy (CEPA)
DEPARTMENT: SEL/Center for Educational Policy and Advocacy (CEPA)
SUPERVISOR: SEL Senior Director
APPOINTMENT TERM: 8/21- 9/3/22 and 9/4-5/27/23
HOURS: 20 per week 

STIPEND: $30.33 per hour  8/21-9/3 $1213.20     9/4-5/27 $23,050.80
APPOINTMENT RENEWAL: Appointments are for the stated appointment term only and there is no guarantee of appointment renewal.

  1.  General Description

Under the general programmatic direction of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the CEPA Advisory Board (Board) carry out the fiscal, administrative, and programmatic operation of CEPA including research, community education, state and federal lobbying, training, and policy advocacy on issues of concern to the undergraduate student body; involves supervision of student staff, time and budget management, and programming. This assistantship offers opportunities to apply theories of student and leadership development; utilize techniques of research and policy advocacy, and gain practical experience in program management. A one-year commitment to the program is expected; the first two months are probationary. Reappointment is dependent on department need, performance evaluation, experience, academic standing and funding availability.

  1. Required Duties
    1. In conjunction with the Board, develop and implement CEPA’s mission, goals, and objectives; develop and implement CEPA operating policies/procedures
    2. Oversee student advocacy activities relating to promoting, opposing, or influencing legislation and/or actions of governmental officials on matters affecting the general welfare of students
    3. Identify student advocacy needs and concerns, working with SGA; directly related campus education activities; design/approve research and training activities; oversee the development of proposals and reports for consideration by relevant university governance bodies in areas reflecting student concerns
    4. Hire student staff with Board approval; train, supervise and evaluate student staff; prepare and update job descriptions; organize duties and schedules to accommodate student staff career interests and program of study as possible. Promote staff effectiveness within a student-managed organization
    5. Assist interns with developing and implementing self-guided projects and programs
    6. Maintain working knowledge of current political, financial, and academic issues in higher education
    7. Direct administrative operation of CEPA; develop an annual budget for Board approval; present budget request to SGA and any other funding sources. Manage budget expenditures for operations, maintenance, and programs; prepare purchase requests, authorize invoice payment. Maintain computer records of all administrative, operations, and programming matters. Prepare program reports for use in Vice-Chancellor and Trustee reports each semester
    8. Manage facilities & security and environmental health & safety needs: maintain a relationship with building operations; place work orders; request personnel keys; serve as liaison to university administrative offices
    9. Perform other related duties as assigned by the CEPA Advisory Board
  1. Minimum Requirements
  • Graduate student enrolled in a degree-granting program related to the job duties and in good academic standing;
  • Experience working with student governance or student-run organizations
  • Demonstrated organizational/research skills and knowledge of the barriers to educational access and other public higher education issues and advocacy experience
  • Ability and willingness to address campus diversity issues as relates to the program
  • Time and budget management skills; ability to train and supervise students
  • Ability to use (e.g.) MS Word and Excel in Windows or comparable software applications
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekend hours as is necessary
  • Supervision Received

Report directly to the SEL Senior Director

Compliance Requirements

Graduate students filling assistantships in Student Affairs and Campus Life have specific expectations placed on them as employees of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among these is the requirement to fulfill reporting responsibilities as prescribed and required under applicable federal and state laws. These include but may not be limited to requirements under Title IX; Clery Act; FERPA; HIPPA; Massachusetts Conflict of Interest laws. Additionally, this applies to adhering to University policies and agreements (e.g., collective bargaining agreement).

Fulfilling these expectations includes addressing and reporting related violations by students, staff, faculty or others. Related training will be provided to all SACL graduate assistants. These expectations may be amended in conjunction with changes in Federal and/or State mandated reporting requirements, and/or University policies or agreements.

Graduate students unwilling to meet these requirements are not eligible for an appointment to a SACL graduate assistantship.

Minimum Required Qualifications

    1. Enrollment as a graduate student in good standing during the entire term of appointment.
    2. Eligibility for appointment to this assistantship, as determined by the Graduate School.
    3. Availability to serve the entire assistantship term.
    4. Willingness to perform all mandated compliance reporting and related requirements.
    5. Commitment to student development and similar concepts.
    6. Awareness and appreciation for issues of diversity within a collegiate environment.
    7. Experience with programming and developmental activities.
    8. Demonstrated ability to work with both staff and undergraduate students.
    9. Ability and willingness to work evening and weekend hours as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate student in a degree program in a related academic area.

Priority Deadline: June 23rd 2022                                                             Application Page: use this LINK

SEL Council Advisor - SEL

TITLE: SEL Council Advisor
DEPARTMENT: Student Engagement & Leadership
SUPERVISOR: SEL Supervisor
APPOINTMENT TERM: September 4th 2022 to May 27th 2023
*8/21/22 to 9/3/22 (required SACL & SEL training 20 hours)
HOURS:20 per week
STIPEND: $23,050.80 *Week Ending 9/3/22: $1,213.20
APPOINTMENT RENEWAL: Appointments are for the stated appointment term only and there is no guarantee of appointment renewal.

Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL)

Student Affairs and Campus Life is committed to providing meaningful assistantship experiences for graduate students, particularly when these experiences enhance SACL priorities and are relevant to the pursuit of a graduate assistant’s professional goals. It is within this context that SACL makes this assistantship available.

General Summary of Position

The SEL Councils Advisor GA is primary advisor for registered student organizations (RSOs) within 2 of 10 Councils: Academic, Cultural, Greek, Leadership & Service, Graduate Student Organizations (GSO), Recreation, or Religious & Spiritual, and possibly Advocacy & Political, Arts & Media, or Governance Councils. Work collaboratively with SEL staff, student group leaders, and campus offices for their services and collaboration. Oversee all aspects of routine student event planning and advising, including risk, travel, and budget management. Serve as a generalist and team member in all areas of SEL, including the development of campus-wide programs, events, organizations and student skills; may coordinate event planning for outside vendors and serve as liaison to other University departments to provide information on campus wide event planning. The assistantship provides an opportunity to gain knowledge of and practical experience in training, event planning, and program development. Reappointment is dependent on department need, satisfactory performance evaluation, experience, and funding availability.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Support RSOs in 2 Councils with programming, funding allocation, and trainings from SEL and other campus departments.
  2. Oversee all aspects of routine RSOs event planning: assess events for needs and parameters; approve events; ensure compliance with university policy; assess risk and implement management strategies; conduct contract negotiations; and oversee after-assessment.
  3. Advise/instruct RSOs on budget planning, travel, event management, contracts, risk management, and organizational development; refer them to or consult with business staff or campus colleagues as needed. Work as part of the SEL team to advise major event planning for organizations.
  4. Serve as event planning consultant to university colleagues and RSOs’ outside Advisors in SACL, academic and administrative departments, Athletics, and Alumni Relations as well as SEL agencies and clusters. Represent the department in professional regional, national and international organizations involved in event development and advising programs.
  5. Assist in planning large, annual and weeklong campus events - such as Welcome Week and Spring Concert - with supervisor, SEL team, Alumni Affairs, SACL and other campus departments.
  6. Attend and participate in required trainings including SACL GA orientation the last week of August.

Compliance Requirements

Graduate students filling assistantships in Student Affairs and Campus Life have specific expectations placed on them as employees of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among these is the requirement to fulfill reporting responsibilities as prescribed and required under applicable federal and State laws. These include but may not be limited to requirements under Title IX; Clery Act; FERPA; HIPPA; Massachusetts Conflict of Interest laws. Additionally, this applies to adhering to University policies and agreements (e.g., collective bargaining agreement).

Fulfilling these expectations includes addressing and reporting related violations by students, staff, faculty or others. Related training will be provided to all SACL graduate assistants. These expectations may be amended in conjunction with changes in Federal and/or State mandated reporting requirements, and/or University policies or agreements. Graduate students unwilling to meet these requirements are not eligible for appointment to a SACL graduate assistantship.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. Enrollment as graduate student in good standing during entire term of appointment.
  2. Eligibility for appointment to this assistantship, as determined by the Graduate School.
  3. Availability to serve the entire assistantship term.
  4. Willingness to perform all mandated compliance reporting and related requirements.
  5. Commitment to student development and similar concepts.
  6. Awareness and appreciation for issues of diversity within a collegiate environment.
  7. Experience with programming and developmental activities.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with both staff and undergraduate students.
  9. Ability and willingness to work evening and weekend hours as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate student in a degree program in a related academic area.

Priority Deadline: June 21 2022                                                                                 Application Page: Use this LINK

Graduate Assistant for Team Positive Presence (TPP) - SEL

TITLE: Graduate Assistant for Team Positive Presence (TPP)
DEPARTMENT: Off Campus Student Life & Community Engagement
PROGRAM: Team Positive Presence

SUPERVISOR: Senior Director of Off Campus Student Life & Community Engagement
APPOINTMENT TERM: September 4, 2022 to May 27, 2023
*8/21/22 to 9/3/22 (required SACL & SEL training)
HOURS: 20hrs/week
STIPEND: Fall 2022/Spring 2023-$23,050.80 *Summer 2022-$1213.20
APPOINTMENT RENEWAL: Appointments are for the stated appointment term only and there is no guarantee of appointment renewal.

General Description

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Director for Off Campus Student Life & Community Engagement, the TPP Graduate Assistant (GA) plans, coordinates, promotes, and implements initiatives to promote a safe environment during both University sponsored and student-initiated events. The GA helps lead and supervise a team of peer educators who staff Walk This Way neighborhood safety interventions and outreach, plan random acts of kindness activities, staff campus and community events as positive ambassadors for safe celebrations and positive social norming. The GA works collaboratively with the Off Campus Student Life GA who oversees operations of the Off Campus Student Center (OCSC, and on shared training, event planning and staffing community events. Reappointment is dependent on department need, performance evaluation, academic standing, and funding availability.

  1. Required Duties
  • Hire, train and supervise a team of up to 30 paid undergraduate student staff members
  • Develop active bystander training for large scale events in conjunction with UMPD, Associate Dean for Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement, Student Government Association leaders, and other stakeholders in event and communications planning
  • Supervise TPP at university sponsored and student initiated events, such as Superbowl, tailgating, World Series, Halloween, and Mullins Center concerts where student drinking and large crowds may impair health and safety.
  • Supervise Walk this Way student staff and coordinate programs, trainings, and evening shift supervision/management. Provide on site supervision during shifts during critical weekends and during staff training each semester.
  • Develop and manage social media approaches to educate UMass community about safety, pro- social behaviors, and responsible alcohol use
  • Assist with strategies and programs of the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High Risk Drinking, such as CPTED Subcommittee. Collaborate with OCSL Graduate Assistant on OCSL programs and initiatives, including Party Smart Registration, Off Campus Housing Fairs, Supply Closets, Neighborhood outreach activities, and community engagement opportunities
  • Assess program effectiveness and use data to drive decision making for innovative initiatives
  • Work requires late night, and weekend hours during academic year.
  • Schedule shifts, manage timesheets, and run staff meetings.
  • Coordinate volunteers, including professional staff members and community members, and RSO
  • Staff and assist with special outreach and marketing projects
  • Prepare annual reports and newsletter item
  1. Minimum Requirements
    Graduate student in higher education, public health, or other degree granting program related to the job duties and in good academic standing Experience with peer education and/or community programs including development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire students to actively participate in changing social norms and aspects of campus culture that condone dangerous drinking practices or large scale disturbances that negatively impact students and the community
  • Experience working respectfully with diverse cultures and community
  • Coaching or mentoring experience with youth or college students. Outgoing personality.
  • Ability to manage projects, strong writing and training skills
  • Social media skills

Compliance Requirements

Graduate students filling assistantships in Student Affairs and Campus Life have specific expectations placed on them as employees of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among these is the requirement to fulfill reporting responsibilities as prescribed and required under applicable federal and State laws. These include but may not be limited to requirements under Title IX; Clery Act; FERPA; HIPPA; Massachusetts Conflict of Interest laws. Additionally, this applies to adhering to University policies and agreements (e.g., collective bargaining agreement).

Fulfilling these expectations includes addressing and reporting related violations by students, staff, faculty or others. Related training will be provided to all SACL graduate assistants. These expectations may be amended in conjunction with changes in Federal and/or State mandated reporting requirements, and/or University policies or agreements. Graduate students unwilling to meet these requirements are not eligible for appointment to a SACL graduate assistantship.

Minimum Required Qualifications

    • Enrollment as graduate student in good standing during entire term of appointment.
    • Eligibility for appointment to this assistantship, as determined by the Graduate School.
    • Availability to serve the entire assistantship term.
    • Willingness to perform all mandated compliance reporting and related requirements.
  1. Supervisor Received

Reports directly to Senior Director of Off Campus Student Life and Community Engagement.

Please send cover letter and resume to gasearchse@umass.edu

Application Page: Use this LINK

Priority Deadline Wednesday June 21, 2022 by 10AM

Student Engagement and Leadership Positions

Student Engagement & Leadership cultivates student learning by providing opportunities for leadership, recreation, connection and engagement in and beyond UMass. These opportunities promote a sense of pride, empowering students to take ownership of their UMass experience in accordance with their values and beliefs.

Please visit the Student Engagement and Leadership page for information on how to apply.

Teaching Assistantship - CHC Graduate Advisor

Type of Appointment:  Assistantship
Dept Name:  Commonwealth Honors College, Advising Unit
Dates of Appointments:  9/4/22 -  5/27/23
Hours per Week:  20 hours
Application Deadline:  8/5/2022

Job Description (No Clerical duties permitted):
Provide academic advising to CHC honors students with information concerning
University requirements and resources, graduation, and types of CHC opportunities and
events. Record accurate advising notes in students’ record. Attend Advising Unit staff
meetings and all-unit advising retreats. Read all Advising Unit meeting minutes and stay
abreast of policy and procedural changes. Participate in outreach projects for groups of
students to determine progress towards completion of requirements and follow up with
students as needed. Participate in all advising-related programming for CHC. Facilitate
group or individual advising sessions with new students to introduce CHC requirements,
processes & procedures.

Experience Required:
Prior experience as a teacher, mentor or advisor in a college or university setting.
Excellent interpersonal & written communication skills. Computer literacy. Ability to
learn, track and clearly explain detailed academic information.
Additional Information: We are especially interested in graduate students with a
background in Science & Engineering.

How to Apply:  Submit Resume to Dominick Usher at dusher@umass.edu

Dept. Name : Commonwealth Honors College, Advising Unit
Contact Person:  Dominick Usher
E-Mail contact: dusher@umass.edu
Bldg. Address: 201 Commonwealth Honors College Building, Bloom Honors Advising
Center Phone: 413-545-2483

Graduate School Prep Mentor - CMASS

Title: Graduate School Prep Mentor    
Department:  Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success
Program: Graduate School Prep
Supervisor:                Director
Weekly Hours:           20
Stipend:                      $30.33 per hour (or current GEO rate) for the appointment term, paid bi-weekly
Appointment Term:  Academic Year; specific dates subject to change
Periods of Non-Responsibility:    
Appointment Renewal:  Appointments are for the stated appointment term only and there is no guarantee of appointment renewal.

Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL)

Student Affairs and Campus Life is committed to providing meaningful assistantship experiences for graduate students, particularly when these experiences enhance SACL priorities and are relevant to the pursuit of a graduate assistant’s professional goals. It is within this context that SACL makes this assistantship available.

General Summary of Position

The graduate assistant provides mentorship to undergraduate students of color and first generation to college in order to support them in their application process and preparation to transition to graduate school. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Meet with students on individual or group setting, in person or remote to provide support and guidance as needed.
  2. Foster connection to relevant on campus/off campus resources to support progression and goal attainment.
  3. Offer workshops or activities to enhance skill sets i.e. networking, writing, presenting.
  4. Report monthly on student participation and goal attainment. 
  5. Collaborate with other areas within and outside of CMASS to promote service.
  6. Perform other duties as required including compliance related duties.

Compliance Requirements

Graduate students filling assistantships in Student Affairs and Campus Life have specific expectations placed on them as employees of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among these is the requirement to fulfill reporting responsibilities as prescribed and required under applicable federal and State laws. These include but may not be limited to requirements under Title IX; Clery Act; FERPA; HIPPA; Massachusetts Conflict of Interest laws. Additionally, this applies to adhering to University policies and agreements (e.g., collective bargaining agreement).

Fulfilling these expectations includes addressing and reporting related violations by students, staff, faculty or others.   Related training will be provided to all SACL graduate assistants. These expectations may be amended in conjunction with changes in Federal and/or State mandated reporting requirements, and/or University policies or agreements.  Graduate students unwilling to meet these requirements are not eligible for appointment to a SACL graduate assistantship.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. Enrollment as graduate student in good standing during entire term of appointment.
  2. Eligibility for appointment to this assistantship, as determined by the Graduate School.
  3. Availability to serve the entire assistantship term.
  4. Willingness to perform all mandated compliance reporting and related requirements.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work cross-culturally, and sensitivity/awareness of the unique needs of students of color and first-generation students.
  6. Initiative to work independently in developing and managing projects.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  8. Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to cmass@umass.edu

Graduate Assistantship - Center for Health Promotion

Title:                           Graduate Assistant
Department:              Center for Health Promotion (CHP)
Program:                   Not Ready for Bedtime Players & Student Wellness Advisory Board
Supervisor:                Tommy Claire, Health Promotion Specialist
Weekly Hours:           20
Stipend:                     $30.33 per hour for the appointment term, paid bi-weekly
Appointment Term:     Academic Year August 29, 2022- May 26, 2023
Periods of Non-Responsibility:   N/A
Appointment Renewal:  Appointments are for the stated appointment term only and there is no guarantee of appointment renewal.

Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL)

Student Affairs and Campus Life is committed to providing meaningful assistantship experiences for graduate students, particularly when these experiences enhance SACL priorities and are relevant to the pursuit of a graduate assistant’s professional goals. It is within this context that SACL makes this assistantship available.

General Summary of Position

The Not Ready for Bedtime Players (NRBP) is a sexual health promotion and social justice peer theater troupe which performs in residence halls, Greek areas, and at campus events. This position involves recruiting, selecting and training students on sexual health and wellness-related issues as well as theatrical techniques. An additional component of the position is managing the social media presence of the troupe and creating multimedia content about troupe activities for various platforms: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The Student Wellness Advisory Board Graduate Assistant is responsible for developing, coordinating, evaluating a strategic student engagement plan and directly oversees student advisory council. Assists with general administration as needed for student outreach and engagement, as well as student centered health promotion programming.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist with recruiting, training, and supervising student NRBP members on behalf of the Troupe Director and the Center for Health Promotion.
  2. Coordinate and implement weekly rehearsals/trainings and two all-day rehearsals/trainings.
  3. Assist in the development of written, visual, and multimedia materials including video and social media content; coordinate advertising materials and promotion activities.
  4. Assist in the development of culturally-appropriate educational programs and materials.
  5. Assist with data entry and statistical manipulation of program evaluations. Prepare semester reports of program activities and program evaluations.
  6. Attend in-service trainings and meetings as well as attend weekly meetings with supervisor (Troupe Director).
  7. Available to conduct evening programs and maintain scheduled daytime office hours. 
  8. Provide wellness and sexuality information and/or referral services, as needed.
  9. Maintain ethical and professional confidentiality as well as cultural competency.
  10. Staff and assist with special Center for Health Promotion outreach projects, including social media.
  11. Work cross functionally with Student Affairs and Campus Life offices.
  12. Conduct needs assessment for student engagement across campus- identify points of access for student feedback, as well as structural assets and barriers for student input.
  13. Conduct needs assessment for student health topics to inform campus initiatives, media/communication strategic plan and special population areas to address health disparities.
  14. Plan, design, implement and evaluate student advisory committee according to Higher Education best practices.
  15. Incorporate social justice concepts and principles into health promotion and student engagement practices.
  16. Plans, implements and evaluates student advisory council meetings.
  17. Develops structure and institutionalizes programming for the function and longevity of the program.
  18. Establish accessible referral protocols for undergraduate students seeking Wellness Cluster services.
  19. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Qualifications

  1. Enrollment as graduate student in good standing during entire term of appointment.
  2. Eligibility for appointment to this assistantship, as determined by the Graduate School.
  3. Availability to serve the entire assistantship term.
  4. Willingness to perform all mandated compliance reporting and related requirements.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Tommy Claire, MPH

athom1@umass.edu