11 Apr 2017

Filled First in the World Graduate Assistant

Karen ValentinoAnywhere

Job Description

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (Research Foundation for SUNY) invites applications for two Graduate Assistantship positions for the Transfer Gateways and Completion program funded through a Department of Education First in the World (FITW) grant.

I. Job

First in the World Graduate Assistants are committed to helping 2 year college transfer students persist and succeed in their academic endeavors. FITW Graduate Assistants should understand the demands and challenges that low income, first generation students face at college. Both Graduate Assistants will work with other staff members to provide a welcoming campus environment that offers transfer students new opportunities to create meaningful academic and social campus connections. The successful candidate must have the capacity to identify problems, articulate solutions and help enrich the transition experience for transfer students. To learn more about transfer services and the First in the World grant, go to: https://www.oswego.edu/transfer-services/

II. General Responsibilities for GRADUATE ASSISTANTS 

  1. Transfer services
    • Assist with development of Passport to Oswego advisement guides
    • Assist with setting up and implementing Transfer Connections Workshops
    • Know and understand transfer issues and student support services
    • Inform students about their social, cultural, academic and athletic opportunities and responsibilities
    • Commitment to diversity and to diversity initiatives
  1. Collaboration
    • Communicate and collaborate with Transfer Success Advisors from grant partner institutions: SUNY Oswego, Onondaga CC, Mohawk Valley CC, Cayuga CC and On Point for College
    • Coordinate campus tours for students from First in the World partner institutions (weekday and Saturday tours)
    • Assist in the organization of transfer events for students, both before and after transfer
    • Attend staff meetings and development opportunities and/or committees as requested
    • Assist with Articulation Agreements, Degree Works, and registration process
    • Present or co-present at transfer events such as: Open House, workshops, orientations, campus visits
    • Assist in the development of academic and student success strategies and in publicizing of transfer educational materials and resources
  1. Confidentiality
    • Demonstrate professionalism by adhering to FERPA policies and procedures for maintaining confidentiality
  1. Availability
    • Maintain reliable and regular office hours (some evenings and weekends included)
    • Completion of duties in a timely manner
  1. Technology
    • Web creation and development
    • Assist with tracking student progress, data collection and assessment

III. Minimum Qualifications and skills:

  • Must be a full-time, matriculated graduate student at SUNY Oswego
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Attention to detail and an understanding of the larger picture
  • Flexible and able to work effectively and independently and in a group or team atmosphere
  • Possess excellent human relations and interpersonal qualities

IV. Preferred Qualifications

Work experience in one or more of the following: Undergraduate student leadership, programming, student government, orientation, residence life, community service, research projects, and/or related experiences

  • Experience and knowledge of community college programs and student populations
  • Experience working with commuters and adult students, Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) or TRIO programs, community colleges, and/or first generation students

V. Dates and Other Information

Review Date: Review of applications will begin May 10, 2017, and will continue until the positions are filled.

Date of Appointment: Summer 2017

Terms of Employment/ Compensation: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018: up to 20 hours/week at $17.50/hr.

Additional benefits include: Health insurance available

Free employee parking, 10% off new textbooks from the college bookstore, and opportunities for professional development.


If you have any questions or would like more information about this position please contact Karen Valentino by email: karen.valentino@oswego.edu or by phone: 315.312.2645.

VI. How to Apply:

Please send the following materials to Karen Valentino at karen.valentino@oswego.edu

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (official copy required upon hire)
  4. Contact Information for three professional references


The SUNY Research Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction.

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