Graduate Assistant- New Student and Family Programs

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 12, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Company Description:

Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs. Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about 4,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate and professional students. FSU offers 35 bachelor's degrees with 55 specialized concentrations, 63 minors, and 26 master's degree programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our community takes pride in empowering student success by providing a superior education, leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong first-year experience.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence, encouraging a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity and that we are the only public institution in Massachusetts recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

Learn more about our career opportunities at

Job Description:


  • Assist with the recruiting and hiring processes for three student-leadership positions: Black and Gold Orientation Leaders, Wet Feet Retreat Leaders, and Foundations Peer Mentors.
  • Assist with the coordination, implementation, and oversight of
    • May Transfer Orientation
    • First-Year Orientations in June
    • June Transfer Student Orientation
    • August First-Year and Transfer Orientations
  • Serve as part of the supervising team for 17 Orientation Leaders and 1 Senior Orientation Leader and assist with development, planning, and facilitation of Orientation Leader training.
  • Develop and implement a consistent social media plan (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) throughout the spring semester and summer.
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for orientation staff and incoming students.
  • Provide logistical support to professional and student staff during orientation.
  • Assist with development and implementation of Family/Guest Orientation.
  • Assist with office communication, including but not limited to: mailings, e-mails, social media and phone calls.
  • Provide logistical and office support throughout the spring semester and summer.
  • Develop and manage a project of the Graduate Assistant's choice related to orientation, new student transition, or student leadership development.
  • Duties subject to change as necessary in response to COVID-19 restrictions.


Team of student undergraduate Black and Gold Orientation Leaders


Director, New Student and Family Programs
Assistant Director, New Student and Family Programs


May work around standard office conditions; repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation; use of manual dexterity; lifting, moving and working long hours during orientation days. Telework option will be utilized as COVID-19 restrictions are in place.



  • Interested applicants should be enrolled in a Higher Education Administration/College Student Personnel/Student Affairs or relevant Higher Education graduate program and should have completed at-least one semester by the start of the Graduate Assistantship in January 2021.
  • Applicants should be familiar with student development and have experience with student-leadership positions.
  • Demonstrated communication and organization skills required.
  • Experience in orientation, training student-leaders, and new student programs preferred.

Additional Information:

Spring Semester: Expect a commitment of approximately 120 hours during the spring semester. Hours are flexible based on graduate student's programmatic requirements.

Summer: Approximately 280 hours during the summer (May 17- August 13, 2021). Hours may vary week to week with flexible hours required during training and orientation days.

This is a part-time non-benefited, contract position. The pay rate is $13.50 per hour.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement*,
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by 12/2/2020.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or


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