SUNY Oswego

    Graduate Assistantship - EXCEL-First Year Experience

    Department: EXCEL/Academic Affairs

    Graduate Assistant for Academic Support
    20 Hours per Week

    Unit/Division:  EXCEL/First Year Experience

    Semester(s) Graduate Assistant is Needed:  Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Name of Person who will Supervise GA:  Mallory Bower

    Supervisor Job Title:  First Year Coordinator

    GA Supervisor Email:

    Number of Hours Expected to Work Each Week:  20

    Location where GA will Report to Work:  145 Marano Campus Center

    Job Description and Key Responsibilities, including Virtual/Remote Expectations:
    Up to 25% Remote work possible.

    Position Description: First Year Experience (FYE) helps students integrate into the SUNY Oswego community by introducing them to campus-wide resources, services, and experiences that will help them thrive academically and socially. The First Year Experience Graduate Assistant will assist the FYE Coordinator and EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning in administering high-impact transition and retention programming. 

    This is a campus-based position, but some work may be done remotely with the supervisor’s permission.


    • Assist with hiring, training, supervision, and professional development for 15-20 First-Year Success Coaches
    • Facilitate 1-2 sections of a 1-credit transition course
    • Research changing needs of incoming first-year college students 
    • Develop helpful and timely resources for first-year students and peer mentors
    • Provide support for academic programs such as FYE courses, Service-Learning, and First-Year Signature Courses
    • Assist with the assessment of first-year experiences and programs through surveys, focus groups, and other appropriate methods 
    • Analyze first-year experience data and design compelling reports for the campus community
    • Update First Year Experience website, social media posts, and other written materials
    • Manage communication with students, families, faculty, and staff through email, phone, listservs, and newsletters 
    • Provide support for EXCEL initiatives as needed
    Required Skills/Competencies:
    •  Desire to work with new SUNY Oswego students during their transition to campus
    • Creativity and the willingness to “think outside the box”
    • Positive attitude and ability to demonstrate empathy for first-year students and their families
    • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of first-year students and peer mentors
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with proven interpersonal skills
    • Ability to collaborate and work with a dynamic and diverse team
    • High level of organization and attention to detail
    • Motivation to take the initiative, work independently, and meet important deadlines
    • Proven problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities
    • Ability to collaborate with other offices to plan events for first-year students 
    • Confident in making decisions that can alter the campus community 
    • Advanced computing skills, including database management, word processing, and website design (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps, Drupal, etc.)

    Preferred Skills/Competencies:

    • Knowledge of SUNY Oswego campus resources
    • Prior involvement in student organizations, other on-campus activities, or employment
    • Career goals that include teaching, counseling, higher education, or wellness management

    Learning Outcomes related to the GAs Academic Program:
    - Demonstrate effective facilitation and teaching strategies
    - Utilize strategies to motivate first-year college students and peer mentors
    - Develop mentorship/supervisory skills that can be transferred to multiple industries

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