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UREC Graduate Assistantship Information

Assistantships include enrollment in an academic program and involve a minimum of 20 hours of service per week at UREC during the academic school year. Graduate assistants will begin work prior to the start of the school year and the position continues through the end of the academic year. Also included in all assistantship positions are responsibilities related to the supervision and operation of the University Recreation Center and satellite facilities. Some evening and weekend hours are required. All assistantships are awarded annually and may be renewed by mutual consent. For more information, contact the Senior Associate Director.

UREC has completed hiring for 2016-17 graduate assistant positions  and will begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year in October/November 2016.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in related field 
  • Current GRE scores
  • Formal acceptance into a graduate program (individuals may apply prior to admission, however, an individual must be accepted into a graduate program before an offer may be extended) 

Stipend

  • Approximately $7,680 for the academic school year plus full tuition waiver (for a maximum of nine credit hours per semester) 
  • $700 professional development ttipend
  • Professional development opportunities 
  • Summer employment opportunities may be available in addition to the graduate assistantship contract

Application Information

Step 1: Apply online for admission to the Campus Recreation Leadership Graduate Degree program through the James Madison University Graduate School. Early Admission deadline is December 1 and the Regular Decision deadline is February 1. 

Step 2: Apply for a UREC Assistantship. The application includes the JMU Joblink Graduate Assistant Application, cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. You must apply online through JMU Joblink. Click on "login as applicant" click on "search job openings" under the position type drop down menu, click on "graduate assistantship," click on "search," select the position you are interested in, complete and submit application. You do not need to wait until you have been accepted to an academic program to apply for an assistantship. However, we cannot offer a position to a candidate who has not been accepted into an academic program.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Campus Recreation Leadership Master's Degree

JMU offers a Masters Degree in Campus Recreation Leadership in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. The curriculum (33 credit hours) includes: Facilities Management, Human Resource Management & Development,  Leadership,  Programming & Operations,  Group and Team Research  Theory & Facilitation,  Research Techniques,  Fiscal Management,  Legal Aspects,  Internship,  Assessment Methods, and College Student Development Theory. Learn more about the program!

Positions

Graduate Assistant for Adventure Programs
The Graduate Assistant for Adventure Programs will take on a leadership role in two of the five areas of concentration of JMU Adventure Program (trips, education, workshops, indoor climbing wall, TEAM Ropes Course, and Adventure Equipment Center) and assist in remaining three areas as needed. Other responsibilities will include planning and execution of special events, supervision of employees, program risk management, leader training, and general program administration. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required.  Contact the Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Aquatics and Safety
The Graduate Assistant for Aquatics and Safety will provide leadership and guidance for the Aquatics (LGIs, WSIs, and lifeguards) and Safety (EMT-B) Staff by: interviewing, orientating, supervising and evaluating all members of staff. This GA will aid in coordinating the Learn-to-Swim Program, implementing Dive-In movies, and teaching ARC Lifeguarding-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer-First Aid Certification Classes. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Canter and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics and Safety for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Facility Services (2)
The Graduate Assistant for Facility Services will provide leadership and supervision of Member Services and Special Operations. This includes hiring, training and evaluation of student employees. This GA will assist in maintaining and managing member services in the UREC and University Park Welcome and Equipment Centers: equipment issuing, facility access control, inventory control, locker and towel service management and budget processes. This GA will assist with the departmental reservation process and assist in the supervision and management of Special Operations Events in addition to hiring and training of the Special Operations staff. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Senior Assistant Director for Member Services for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Fitness Programs
The Graduate Assistant for Fitness Programs will co-coordinate the Fitness and Personal Training Programs. Responsibilities will include supervision, training, hiring and evaluation of the fitness staff. Assist with fitness program operations, including equipment maintenance, inventory, and budget processes. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Coordinator of Fitness Programs for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Group Exercise
The Graduate Assistant for Group Exercise will coordinate Group Exercise programs and supervise student staff. This GA will assist with program operations including instruction of in-house group exercise training program, staff training and continuing education, budgeting and special events. This GA will assist with hiring, evaluation and scheduling of group exercise employees. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Coordinator of Group Exercise for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports and Special Events
The Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports and Special Events will coordinate team sport officials training, supervision and evaluation. This GA will provide leadership to the Intramural Sports Site Manager and Officials student staffs. This GA will coordinate selected aspects of program planning and budget reconciliation. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Assistant Director for Intramural Sports and Special Events for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Social Media 
The Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Social Media will co-supervise the marketing student staff by overseeing the student marketing project assignments (assign, edit, set deadlines), sending weekly staff update emails, and participates in interviews and evaluations. This GA will monitor UREC Social Media on a regular basis and plan/implement several UREC social media campaigns each semester. This GA will coordinate the placement of UREC advertisements in The Breeze, the JMU Student newspaper and oversee the production of the End of the Year Video for the department. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Assistant Director for Marketing and Technology for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs
The Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs will coordinate programming and scheduling of JMU’s sport club program, which includes over 40 clubs and an Executive Council. This GA will coordinate planning and preparation of all components for UREC’s comprehensive Youth Program (including summer activity camp). This GA will be involved in the coordination of the UREC Alternative Spring Break trip. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Assistant Director for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Training and Development
The Graduate Assistant for Training and Development will take on a leadership role for the UREC Student Employee Training and Development Program. Responsibilities include facilitating and executing student professional development through a series of student leadership workshops, planning and implementation of UREC department-wide student trainings, student leadership meetings, and general program administration. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required.  For more information, contact the Assistant Director for Operations

Graduate Assistant for Blue Ridge Community College
The Graduate Assistant for Blue Ridge Community College will reports to the Director of the Blue Ridge Community College Recreation Center. GAs will complete their GAs weekly hours and responsibilities at the new state of the art campus recreation facility on the community college campus and will be enrolled in the Campus Recreation Leadership program at James Madison University. General responsibilities include training and supervision of student workers in conjunction with the director; monitor front desk, fitness and recreation areas; provide fitness instruction as qualified; supervise Intramural contests, as needed; officiate Intramural games as qualified and lead orientation sessions to the center.

Meet our Current Graduate Assistants - Click here to view!

UREC Graduate Assistant Awards - Click here to view!