Halftime Program Graduate Assistant
center for student formation
Reports to: Helen Ha, Assistant Director
Hours per week: 20 hours per week
Position start and end date: June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016 (includes summer)
Stipend/Salary/Compensation/Remuneration: The Halftime Program Graduate Assistantship compensation is full tuition remission (including summer classes), a computer to be used for the duration of the assistantship, and a yearly $20,000 stipend.
Objectives of position: The Center for Student Formation is looking for a Graduate Assistant to work 20 hours per week for 12 months to serve as the Halftime Program Graduate Assistant. This position is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extending 1 additional year (2 years max).
Halftime Defined: The Halftime Program is a retreat, rooted in Jesuit education that challenges undergraduate students to begin a life-long search for what is best in them and most rewarding to them so they can give it to others.
Position responsibilities: The Halftime Graduate Assistant will be responsible for the overall administration, student training, participant recruitment and execution of five Halftime retreats per year. The position will serve as the public face of Halftime, and will represent the program within and outside the University.
Interpersonal duties include the advisement and mentoring of undergraduate & graduate students individually and in groups. The position will facilitate a positive environment that supports students' academic and personal success. This person will also recruit, select and train other graduate students to serve as Retreat Directors, and supervise their ability to adequately guide and train individual retreat leader teams. In order for these environments to develop, the Halftime graduate student must make significant connections with their Retreat Director staff and student leaders. Strategies for success include maintaining individual and group contact, a thorough knowledge of campus resources, planning and implementing activities, marketing and communications, and responding to group and individual concerns.
Additional responsibilities will include partial supervision of Ascend, a program designed specifically for sophomore women to create space for community, conversation, and connection through weekly small group meetings, supplemental readings, group outings and retreats. The position will assist in recruiting, selecting, and training senior women leaders, and will supervise their ability to appropriately facilitate small group conversations.
Organizational duties include organizing and designing multiple retreats, follow up programs, and student staff selection processes. Management of participant database, marketing and recruiting. Coordination of retreat training materials, packets, and Halftime and Ascend events. Ability to work with a team and accept responsibilities outside of assigned areas.
- Proven experience in retreat design and leadership.
- Understanding of and experience with Jesuit education and student development.
- Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, communication, and counseling skills
- Demonstrated ability to develop, plan, coordinate and implement event planning and marketing.
- Demonstrated confidence and ability in public speaking.
- Proven experience in facilitating group conversations.
- Experience in leadership positions within a university environment.
- Proven ability to collaborate with peers, faculty and staff.
- Proven computer skills, with proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & FileMaker Pro.
- Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as needed and have flexible work hours.
- Preference for candidates with strong understanding of the Boston College student culture and an interest in continuing to work in Jesuit higher education.