Housing & Residence Life – Graduate Assistantship for Training and Special Projects

Graduate Assistantship

Scope of Position 

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Training and Special Projects is supervised by the Associate Director for Residence Education and works collaboratively with the Residence Education team in supporting the training and teaching initiatives within the department of Housing and Residence Life. Projects include assisting in the development of training programs within the context of the department’s Community Learning Model (Residential Curriculum) in addition to supporting staff onboarding and emergency training processes. Additionally, the GA will benchmark institutions’ best practices in developing training programs and other relevant areas that may contribute in department’s overall success. The GA position will assist in various phases of research, program development and implementation, and project management. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in the design, implementation, and assessment of training programs for the department of Housing and Residence Life, including semester trainings for new student staff (approximately 300) at various levels within the department.
  • Research and develop training programs, designed to support staff transition to their positions, ongoing professional development, and retention in positions.
  • Assist with all training-related outreach.
  • Assist in the development of learning outcomes and development of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, e.g., focus groups and surveys as it relates to training programs.
  • Identify opportunities and develop ideas for learning initiatives targeted for each job position (resident assistant, desk receptionist, office assistant, and night desk receptionists).  
  • Serve on departmental committees, as appropriate, such as the Training & Development and Assessment Committees.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Core Experiences

Following are the specific topical areas and duties covered during the assistantship period: 

  • Research: assist with research and identifying best practices and initiatives related to training programs residential curriculum, and staff development. 
  • Training design and implementation: assist in implementing programs that support staff onboarding and professional development in addition to supporting professional growth. 
  • Administration: review and revise training learning outcomes, assessment tools and teaching/content strategies. 
  • Technology: assist with planning and implementation of training programs in module and flipped learning formats as needed.

Related Experiences 

Following are experiences designed to complement the core experience and provide a greater understanding of Housing and Residence Life and Student Affairs: 

  • Shadow the Associate Director for Residence Education to gain first-hand exposure to implementing a pre-eminent training program. 
  • Meet with key academic partners and student affairs administrators to develop networking skills and understand the relationship between Housing & Residence Life, Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at Old Dominion University.
  • Attend various meetings (administrative staff, summer staff, committees, one-on-ones & training).

Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Assistant in this position will be able to: 

  • Develop knowledge and skills related to conducting, interpreting, explaining research by assisting with various training research projects. 
  • Describe the broad challenges and complexities of student affairs leadership related to partnering with campus partners. 
  • Articulate the key components of the organizational purpose and primary objectives by assisting with the development of training learning outcomes, mission statement, and strategic plan. 
  • Identify most appropriate academic/student support services for students seeking assistance through developing target-specific learning initiatives and residential learning programs. 
  • Apply the relationship between student developing theory and practice through interactions with students, staff, and campus partners.

The position requires a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week. This is a 10 month position. The term of this position is July 2020– May 2021 and the stipend is $10,000.