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Department: Center for Student Success

Position: Graduate Assistant for Orientation and First-Year Seminar

Schedule: 20 hours per week

Tuition Remission: 8 graduate credit hours of tuition remission during each semester of the award including the summer session and 4 credits over the J-term.

Stipend: $8,000


Carthage College’s Center for Student Success (CSS) is seeking qualified applicants for an Orientation and First-Year Seminar Graduate Assistant position. Ideal candidates will be enrolled in a two-year graduate program at Carthage College and meet the position requirements below.


CSS facilitates students’ successful transition to the College and supports ongoing academic success and persistence through graduation. Center for Student Success staff work closely with other college personnel to holistically address the academic, personal, and social needs of students, with particular focus on supporting underrepresented/underserved student populations. CSS supports students using a data-informed, comprehensive approach which leverages the expertise, influence, and resources of campus partners to support student learning and remove barriers to students’ success.


DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: The Graduate Assistant for Orientation and the First-Year Seminar will support the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Wellness and CSS Staff with projects related to International and Transfer Student Orientations and all aspects of the first-year seminar course, College Success Seminar, at Carthage. Duties may include, but are not limited to assisting with:


  • Recruiting and training College Success Seminar Peer Coach Leaders and Peer Coaches
  • Co-supervise College Success Seminar Peer Coach Leaders and Peer Coaches
  • Recruit and train students to participate in orientation programming
  • Complete Program Planning tasks, such as room and technology reservations, preparing presentations and facilitating trainings, developing and coordinating marketing and communication, identifying needed supplies and resources, implementing assessment processes, keeping track of related budget items, creating and updating course and programming materials
  • Attend regular CSS staff meetings and one on one meetings with supervisor
  • Attend campus meetings as appropriate
  • Assisting with the implementation of various CSS events/programs
  • Answering emails in the email account as appropriate
  • Engaging in ongoing professional development by learning best practices, etc.
  • Collaborating with office and campus staff and faculty and contributing to the overall function and mission of the Center for Student Success
  • Providing excellent customer service, demonstrating integrity and initiative
  • Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A bachelor’s degree is required. Admission into Carthage College’s graduate program is required. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail.

Applicant Information:

To be considered, complete the online application to the Graduate School, In addition, applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references via email to: Kelly Smith, Assistant Dean for Student Success and Wellness -



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