Division of Student Affairs

Assistantships for Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in considering a UNCW Student Affairs Assistantship. The Division of Student Affairs works directly with various programs within the UNCW Graduate School in providing their students employment and experiential opportunities, including assistantships and practica. 

If you are interested in applying for one of our graduate assistantships (listed below), please e-mail the contact indicated for each position to express your interest and learn more about the position and the interview process.  Please include a resume and cover letter in your introductory email in order to be considered as a candidate for the position.  If you plan to apply for multiple assistantships, please send a separate letter of interest and application materials to the listed contact for each position.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation GA Position Descriptions (PDF)

Reports to the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Fitness and Aquatics
Position Available '21-'22

Contact: David Parker

Responsibilities include planning, organizing, developing and implementing a comprehensive aquatics program; including special event, Learn-to-Swim, and Health & Safety programming. Directly responsible for coordinating Learn-to-Swim programs, Health & Safety programs and in-service trainings. Other responsibilities include Aquatic team member management (hiring, training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating); assisting with daily facility and pump room maintenance (including routine safety inspections); assist in the management of special maintenance projects that occur throughout the year (including break periods); assisting with student payroll and budget planning, policy development, and the equipment inventory/purchasing process. Previous experience in programming and organizing learn-to-swim programs, summer camps, staff supervision, pump room and water clarity maintenance preferred. Annual Compensation: $11,000. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position.

Preferred Certifications: WSI or WSI-IT, LGI or LGI-IT, CPO, and/or AFO.

Student Development
Reports to the Associate Director, Programming and Risk Management
Position Filled '21-'22

Contact: David Parker

Responsibilities include developing, organizing, managing and implementing the overall student development program for the Department of Campus Recreation. Develop, coordinate, market and lead the Seahawk Recreation Leadership Series (workshops/trainings/activities designed to promote professional and personal development in and out of the workplace). Work collaboratively to create goals, objectives and outcomes for the Seahawk Recreation Development Program. Coordinate, develop and lead our Beginning of the Year Training and other common trainings. Assist in the management and oversight of the Student Advisory Board and their programming efforts (student social event, service projects, etc.). Coordinate, develop, and lead new student team member orientations (onboarding program) to ensure consistent information and preparation is provided to all student team members. Create, design, and implement on-line training and/or development modules for use with leadership series and/or onboarding. Work collaboratively to plan and implement employee recognition awards and events. Assist in creating and developing new methods to improve student staff performance, engagement and morale. Conduct assessment and solicit feedback of trainings and development modules. This Graduate Assistant will work collaboratively with all professional staff members and Graduate Assistants within Campus Recreation. Produce bi-annual and annual training reports. Previous experience leading employee training, group facilitation, and team-building is preferred. Annual Compensation: $11,000. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position.

Competitive Sports
Reports to the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Competitive Sports
Position Available '21-'22

Contact: David Parker

The Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports will assist with planning, organizing, administering, and supervising competitive sports programs and team members as assigned. Specific duties include: recruiting, training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating (including video evaluation) officials for assigned intramural sports activities; training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating support staff for assigned intramural sports or Sport Club activities; maintaining accurate statistical records related to participation, budget, and equipment inventory; coordinating and communicating departmental programs and services to designated student representative groups; and conducting/instructing clinics and workshops on rules, playing techniques, officiating procedures, and intramural sports policies. Mentor assigned Sport Clubs; assist with Sport Club Council meetings and officer trainings, club budget allocation, roster and waiver management, home event planning and management, etc. Previous experience in programming and organizing intramural sports programs and previous experience officiating and/or officials' training is preferred. Annual Compensation: $11,000. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position.

Facility Operations
Reports to the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Facility Operations
Position Filled '21-'22

Contact: David Parker

The Graduate Assistant for Facility Operations will assist with the overall operation of the Student Recreation Center for recreational programs. Prepare and supervise facilities for departmental programs; assist with scheduling of space and maintenance of equipment inventory; manage student team members including scheduling, training (conduct in-service trainings and staff meetings) and evaluating; evaluate facilities for continued operational effectiveness; and conduct risk management safety inspections. Additionally, the Graduate Assistant will assist in the management of special maintenance projects that occur throughout the year (including break periods). Previous experience in facility supervision, equipment inventory, and/or maintenance is preferred. Annual Compensation: $11,000. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position.

Reports to the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Fitness and Aquatics
Position Filled '21-'22

Contact: David Parker

Responsibilities include planning, organizing, administering, and supervising fitness programs and team members as assigned.  Specific duties may include:  team member management (hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating, planning and conducting in-service trainings) and staff meetings; assist with the planning and conducting of ACE Curriculum Fitness Instructor Training and Train To Be A Trainer classes; fitness assessments and personal training; supervising the fitness center; conducting incentive and activity programs; assisting in the organization and administration of the group fitness program to include video evaluation; overseeing statistical information, equipment, and facility needs; instructing various Strength/Cardio/Mind + Body programs; and well-being event planning, development and implementation. Previous experience with teaching group exercise (Strength/Cardio/Mind + Body ) classes, performing fitness assessments and personal training and knowledge of human anatomy, muscle physiology and biomechanics is preferred. Nationally recognized Personal Training and/or Group Fitness certification is required, or ability to obtain within first semester of graduate assistantship. Annual Compensation: $11,000. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position.

Reports to the Recreation Program Coordinator
Position Filled '21-'22

Contact: David Parker

The Graduate Assistant for Marketing will assist with organizing, developing, managing, and implementing the overall marketing plan, marketing strategies and projects for the Department of Campus Recreation or within assigned program areas. Assist the Recreation Program Coordinator with information fairs, special events and various activities within specific program areas. Other duties include development and management of website and social media, brochures/posters/flyers, public service announcements, and database management; strategy planning and targeting efforts; conduct presentations to designated groups; and assist with set-up/take down and logistical concerns for information fairs and special events. Manage the marketing student staff (schedule, train, evaluate), plan and facilitate marketing staff meetings (scheduling, creating/sharing agendas, incorporating in-service training & teambuilding), and assigns duties or projects. Directly responsible for the proofing process of all marketing materials created by marketing team members. Previous experience with marketing programs or events, Adobe Suite software (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.), graphic design and layout skills, working with a variety of social media platforms, photography, website development and management, creating and writing brochures and public service announcements and proofreading is preferred. Annual Compensation: $11,000. 20 Hours per week. 10-month position.

Campus Life

Arts & Programs & Student Employment
Position Available '21-'22
Contact: Stefanie Norris

The graduate assistant will assist the Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs in planning, executing, and evaluating co-curricular programming, unit operations, as well as direct administrative support for the Director.  

Specific responsibilities are:  

  • Plan, execute, and evaluate Boseman Gallery, Lost & Found Concerts, the Keepin' It Reel Documentary Series, Art for the Masses, & Leadership Lecture Series 
  • Assist with the promotion of Art and Programs events in coordination with the Assistant Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs and the Marketing Interns 
  • Work with academic departments, student organizations, and other campus and community partners to create supplemental programs to support the Lecture Series, Keepin' It Reel Documentary Series 
  • Assist as needed with program development, volunteer management, and program evaluation. 
  • Supervise two Art Interns and one Programming Intern 
  • Coordinate unit assessments under the guidance of the Director of Arts and Programs 
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of Arts & Programs 
  • Interface with inter-department and other campus areas on behalf of the Director (Printing Services, Campus Dining, ITSD/AV, Auxiliary Services, etc.) 
  • Help maintain unit web presence through the Campus Life website and social media platforms  
  • Assist with program development, program evaluation, unit operations, publicity and outreach, and volunteer management 
  • Attend meetings with the Campus Life Arts & Programs staff 

COMPENSATION: The position receives a stipend of $12,000 to be dispersed over 9 months (20 hours a week). 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send letter of interest, resume, and name and contact information for two references to Stefanie Norris, Director Campus Life Arts and Programs with the subject line “GA A&P 2020 Application - Last Name” 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed starting April 3, 2020 and until position is filled.

Arts & Programs Graduate Assistant Job Description (PDF)

Campus Life Student Employment Program
Position Not Available '20-'21

Contact: Gillian Perry

This position is designed for a creative, organized, self-starting individual who seeks opportunities to develop leadership and employment skills in students. The Graduate Assistant for the Student Employee Program assists the Assistant Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs in managing the Student Employment Program, helping to train, motivate and develop approximately 120 student staff members. The graduate student assists with the planning and facilitation of all aspects of the Campus Life Student Employee Program. The graduate assistant provides a direct line of communication between the student employees and the Campus Life professional staff, working to ensure that the morale and satisfaction of our student employees remains high. Annual Compensation: $11,500; 20 hours per week. 9 months.

Graduate Assistant for Campus Life Student Employment Program Job Description (PDF)

Association for Campus Entertainment
Position Filled '20-'21
Contact: Kelly Wrobel

The Graduate Assistant for the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) will serve as the advisor for ACE. The ACE Graduate Assistant is responsible for advising several position on the board in all phases of programming and production, including goal setting, contracting artists, committee developments, marketing, and budgeting. The Graduate Assistant will serve the department additionally in planning and executing all celebration events including the Campus Life Student Employee Appreciation Week and the end of year banquet. This position also serves the overall Campus Life Arts and Programs department.  Annual Compensation: $12,000 hours per week. 9 months.

Graduate Assistant for ACE Job Description (PDF)

Event Support & Technology
Position Not Available '20-'21
Contact: Tom Baynes

The Event Staff team is responsible for the venue setup, audiovisual support, and event management of Campus Life spaces. The Graduate Assistant for Event Support & Technology will be responsible for providing audiovisual and technical support as a member of the production team, creation and maintenance of the events schedule, and serve as the senior staff member on site during events. Additionally, this position has the opportunity to participate as part of the Event Staff management team, develop and implement programs to improve the staff, and engage the student staff. Some evening and weekend hours required. Compensation: $13,300. 20 hours per week. 12-month position. Nights and weekends to be expected.

Event Support & Technology Graduate Assistant Job Description (PDF)

Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

Leadership & Service
Position Filled '20-'21
Contact: Erin Williamson

The Office of Student Leadership & Engagement Leadership & Service Graduate Assistant is responsible for the following:

  • Support the Director, Assistant Directors, Coordinators, & Administrative Associate
  • Co-advise in the recruitment, selection, advising, development, and evaluation of undergraduate student volunteers (Community Engagement Specialists)
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of the Civic Action Institute
  • Co-advise Seahawk Leadership Advisory Council with Assistant Director, specifically the Leadership team of two student Co-Directors, and primarily advise two Co-Chairs for the annual Seahawk Leadership Conference
  • Assist Coordinator in implementing signature community service programs including Halloween Carnival, Stop Hunger Now, Adopt-A-Family, Angel Tree, and Young at Heart
  • Assist in Election Engagement initiatives as needed, including facilitation of Election Engagement 101 workshop
  • Serve as a Small Group Facilitator for the annual ELEVATE Leadership Summit
  • Develop and facilitate content and various leadership workshops throughout the year on topics such as Civically Engaged Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership, True Colors, etc.
  • May serve as a Clifton Strengths Coach, facilitating to groups/classrooms and engaging in one on one coaching of students
  • Provide event management support at annual Cornerstone Awards
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Compensation is $11,000 to be dispersed over 10 months (August – May) 20 hours per week during the academic year.
  • Application Procedure:

    Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, list of three references, and the response to the below prompt to engage@uncw.edu.

    What is your philosophy of leadership and community engagement, and the importance of each to the collegiate experience? (500 word max)

Office of Student Leadership & Engagement Graduate Assistant Leadership & Service Position Description (PDF)

Fraternity & Sorority Life
Position Filled '20-'21
Contact: Lindsey Trione

The Office of Student Leadership & Engagement Fraternity & Sorority Graduate Assistant is responsible for the following:

  • Support the Director, Assistant Directors, Coordinators, & Administrative Associate
  • Co-Advise the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council and United Greek Council
  • Assist in the advisement of Order of Omega and the Fraternity and Sorority Life Programming Board
  • Meet with select Chapter Presidents on a monthly basis
  • Attend weekly Council President Meetings
  • Assist with assessment needs, including but not limited to gathering data and preparing reports related to Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Assist with the facilitation of leadership workshops, trainings, and retreats
  • Provide event management support at University Awards and Recognition processes
  • Write articles for various university newsletters
  • Maintain all social media accounts and update regularly
  • Regularly update the Fraternity & Sorority Life website
  • Attend and assist in co-facilitating meetings with alumni and advisors
  • Assist office in on-going communication with current fraternity and sorority students, alumni, advisors, administration, etc.
  • Attend weekly 1-on-1 meetings with supervisor
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings for the Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
  • Attend bi-weekly Fraternity & Sorority Life team meetings
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Compensation is $11,000 to be dispersed over 10 months (August – May) 20 hours per week during the academic year.
  • Application Procedure:

    Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, list of three references, and the response to the below prompt to engage@uncw.edu.

    What is the relationship between leadership development, community engagement and the fraternity and sorority experience? (500 word max)

Office of Student Leadership & Engagement Graduate Assistant Fraternity & Sorority Life Position Description (PDF)

Campus Activities & Involvement Center

Student Organizations and Event Planning
Position Not Available '20-'21
Contact: Andrea Ingle

The CAIC Graduate Assistant will provide support to student organizations, including WaveLink usage, new organization development, and event planning. This position will assist in the annual re-registration process for student organizations and the new student organization registration process, helping new organizations develop their constitutions, adhering to university policy and best practices. Additionally, this position will provide WaveLink training to student organization leaders, Involvement Specialists, and departmental staff and faculty members. This position will work with CAIC and Campus Life professional staff to collect and assess programming data and analyze this data from WaveLink to aid in the retention and persistence of students. The Graduate Assistant will also assist in the oversight of Involvement Specialists, and will provide support for CAIC and Campus Life major events alongside professional staff as needed and appropriate.

CAIC Graduate Assistant Job Description (PDF)

Career Center

Certified Internship Program
Position Available '21-'22

Contact: Jackie Pitone

The UNCW Career Center is seeking a graduate assistant (20 hours/week) for fall 2019 and spring 2020 to assist with the administration of the Certified Internship Program (CIP). The graduate assistant will work one-on-one with undergraduate student interns throughout the academic year, and will gain experience with marketing and promotion, written and verbal communication, program evaluation, individualized career guidance, event coordinating, networking with campus and community members, and an opportunity to work under direct supervision of Career Center staff. Link to apply - https://uncw.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2518842/share_preview

The Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement: Digital Communication
Position Filled '20-'21

Contact: Leslie Wright

Required Professional Development Engagement includes: Attending CC Staff Meetings – every Tuesday morning, 8:30 - 9:30, Bi-Weekly Check Ins with Marketing Team (on which you will serve) every other Tuesday after Full Staff meeting– 30 mins at most!, Taking the Strengths Finder and Jobzology - for personal and professional growth, Check-ins with supervisor at least twice a semester, Meeting with campus OUR reps for digital comm. and get familiar with UNCW’s policies/guidelines on social media

Required Projects for Student Engagement: Digital Communication: Working aside event planning committees to foster innovation and creativity for event promotions, Assist with back-end care of the CC website (with Jobs & Credentials Coordinator), Update/Maintain CC Marketing Guide – to include the event planning template as a section and resource for the team, Create posts for and maintain Social Media platforms, (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Create and implement a Digital Communication Workflow/Schedule, Oversee internship photo contest (promoting, gathering photos, preparing them for judging, contacting winners, and posting pictures in the CC gallery), Be present, work at and support CC events as class schedule allows. This includes tabling across campus.

Technical Skills: Ready to use on day one –Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (especially for groups or entities other than your personal account), MS Office, Photoshop and other photo editing programs, Dreamweaver or other website editing and design software, Dabbled in and/or want more exposure to - Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Spark, Illustrator etc…), Cascade (web content management)

Link to apply - https://uncw.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2777623/share_preview


Assessment, Research and Planning

Not Available '20-'21

Contact: Paul Cole

The ARP Graduate Assistant will assist in statistical analysis of departmental, divisional, and university assessment data and report writing. Student Voice support for the Division (when needed). Conducts assessment workshops and focus groups as needed. Assists with presentations and publications as needed. Hire Date: August 1st, 2017. Annual Compensation: $10,000. 20 Hours per week. 10 month position.

Assessment, Research, & Planning GA Job Description (PDF)


Positions Available '21-22'

Contact: Nicole Barr, MSEd, LCMHC
Conduct Interventions - Work under the Direct Services Coordinator at CROSSROADS to deliver early intervention services to UNCW students referred through the university conduct system. Application Deadline: April 1st, but the positions will stay open until filled. Annual Compensation: $5,500. 10 hours per week. 10 month position. 

Housing and Residence Life

Position Filled '20-'21

Set Sail at UNCW

Contact: Brittany Philbert
(910) 962-8597

The Assistant Residence Coordinator is a live-in position that works alongside the Residence Coordinators in the management of on-campus housing. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to; the selection, training and supervision of Desk Receptionists; key management; primary advisor to Area Council; various committee work within the department; serves in the campus crisis response duty rotation; and assumes duties in the absence of the Residence Coordinator. This position is approximately 20 hours per week (however, hours may vary during heavy weeks of the year), 9 month position with possibility for paid summer employment. Other benefits include: a monthly stipend of $627, fall and spring meal plan, on-campus parking pass, free apartment and utilities, $1000/year in professional development funds and a tuition adjustment (out of state rate will be adjusted to in state rate).

To apply, please email Brittany Philbert at philbertb@uncw.edu with your resume, letter of interest/cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references.

For more information please visit: https://uncw.edu/housing/employment/arc.html.

Transition Programs

Position Filled '20-'21

Contact: Christina Logan

The Graduate Assistant for Transition Programs provides support for family programming, event coordination, and family communication. The Office of Transition Programs oversees the coordination of new student orientation, convocation, family programs, peer mentor programs for freshman and transfer students, and commencement. This position will assist with the planning and implementation of family & guest orientation, family weekend, and spring family day; develop a family welcome guide, monthly family newsletter, and family video chats; research best practices and new ideas to engage families.  

This is an 11-month position from August 2019 – June 2020 and receives a total stipend of $11,600. Twenty (20) hours per week are required, including some evenings and weekends, from August to May and forty (40) hours per week during the month of June. Additional compensation includes professional development funding to attend the regional conference for the Association of Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA), meals during orientation sessions, and uniform polos, t-shirts, rain jacket, and nametag. 

Transition Programs Graduate Assistant Job Description (PDF)

 Office of International Programs

(Not Student Affairs positions)

UNCW ESL (English as a Second Language Program)
Application Open '19-'20 and Summer '19

Graduate students with an interest in working with international students are encouraged to apply for the ESL Global Liaison Coordinator position (ESLGLC). In this role, ESLGLC be working with us to create, promote, and facilitate various programs as well as other program-related projects that match their set of skills and interests. Our intensive English as a Second Language Program has students from many countries around the world who are here to improve their English. We do a lot of activities and social programming for them as well as their American Conversation Partners and Friendship Families.

The ESLGLC must be able to complete the 14-passenger van training and drive students to events. The ESLGLC will also assist the ESL team as needed. Compensation: $5,500 per semester; $11,000 per year.  (Prefer a year appointment.) Start date: Monday, August 7, 2017. Hours: 20 hours per week. Priority application deadlines: preference given to applications received by March 1st. To apply: send letter of interest, resume, and list of 3 references via email to esl@uncw.edu. Put “Global Liaison Application” as the subject line.

Education Abroad - Graduate Assistant
Position Available '20

The Education Abroad office at UNCW offers 1,000+ programs for students in over 50+ countries. Graduate students with an interested in international education are encouraged to apply for this position. This GA position is a great opportunity to learn more about the functions of an education abroad office as well as a good opportunity for marketing experience. Primary duties will include:

  • Assist with marketing of programs
  • Help manage social media accounts for the office
  • Learn to utilize TerraDotta (our office database for education abroad programs/applicants)
  • Assist with day-to-day office tasks
  • Assist with events on campus
  • Completing health and DOS checks for applicants
  • Creating flyers for education abroad programs
  • Opportunity to shadow advising appointments
  • Other duties as assigned

Students interested in applying for this GA position can email a resume and cover letter to Natalie Palmer at palmern@uncw.edu.

Global Liaison
Application Open '20-‘21

Contact: Jennifer Fernandez-Villa

Graduate students with an interest in working with international students, communications, and marketing, are encouraged to apply for Global Liaison position in the Office of International Students and Scholars. In this role, the Global Liaison will manage communication and marketing aspects for the OISS office including, but not limited to; international student and alumni blog, LinkedIn OISS groups and pages, social media management and content development, websites, covering and marketing OISS events, and developing campus partner and alumni digital newsletters. Additionally, the GL will work to grow the international alumni network through LinkedIn and other outreach efforts. The GL will also assist the OISS team as needed. Adobe Suite, photography, and strong writing skills are preferred. Compensation: $5,500 per semester; $11,000 per year. (Prefer a year appointment.) Email international@uncw.edu with resume and cover letter to apply. 

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

(Not Student Affairs position)

Student Office Assistant
Position Filled '19-'20

The UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking an organized, committed, and innovative thinker to serve as Student Office Assistant from August 2019 – May 2020.

$6,000 stipend for 20 hours a week July – June (stipend may change if unavailable for the entire requested time period)

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Major projects include small business and entrepreneurial research
  • Assist with finding and applying for grants
  • Work closely with the manager on programming and operational projects
  • Maintain the CIE website and social media
  • Print and update calendars including Gmail and Outlook
  • Ensure facility is clean and orderly (kitchen, co-working space, and event space)
  • Deliver mail and packages to offices and boxes
  • Set up event space for upcoming events including cleaning projector area, wiping down tables, and testing audio and projector system
  • Send out weekly email blasts including setup and event details for rentals
  • Schedule appointments for interested walk-ins/members with office hours
  • Follow up with any calls/voicemails/emails and record all on google doc
  • Help troubleshoot any operational problems (maintenance requests, printing services, tac)
  • Assist with the planning of events (transportation, marketing, food and beverage, etc)
  • Guide walk-ins to designated offices for interviews/appointments
  • Provide tours to interested members/tenants
  • Work with team on all student events including planning, marketing, and implementing
  • Cultivate and foster town-and-gown relationships with outside businesses, the City of Wilmington, and New Hanover County
  • Help plan all areas of events open to the public and CIE members
  • Other administrative duties as needed
  • Must be well organized, punctual, possess strong written and oral communication skills, and be a team player

If interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to cie@uncw.edu