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Graduate Assistantship Overview

JMU offers a unique Master’s degree program in Sport and Recreation Leadership – Campus Recreation. Designed and instructed by successful professionals in the field, you’ll gain a theoretical basis for your work and have the opportunity to directly implement and practice your studies in JMU’s nationally-recognized Recreation Department (UREC) as a Graduate Assistant.

Assistantships include enrollment in an academic program and involve 20 hours of work 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.

UREC will begin hiring for the 2022-23 Graduate Assistantships in November 2021. Please stay tuned for open positions and application details!

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in related field.
  • Formal acceptance into the Sport and Recreation Leadership graduate program. Individuals may apply prior to academic admission, however, an individual must be accepted into a graduate program before consideration will be given for a graduate assistantship. 
  • Preference for UREC graduate assistantships is given to those admitted to the Sport and Recreation Leadership – Campus Recreation Concentration.
Stipend
  • Approximately $8,628 for the academic school year plus a tuition waiver (for a maximum of nine credit hours per semester) 
  • Professional development stipend
  • Academic book or dining benefit
  • 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 James Madison University Graduate School for the Campus Recreation concentration in the Sport and Recreation Leadership Master’s program in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. In your Goal Statement (which is a part of your application packet), please make it clear that you are interested in the Campus Recreation Concentration. Applications for the Campus Recreation concentration are accepted on a rolling basis. The 2022-23 admission review will begin on December 1, 2021. 

Step 2: Apply for the UREC Graduate Assistantship. The application includes the JMU Joblink Graduate Assistant Application, cover letter, resume, goal statement (see Other Document #1 on Joblink application), 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 a UREC Graduate Assistant position from the list, complete and submit application. Applications for UREC Graduate Assistantships are accepted on a rolling basis and will remain open until filled. Initial review for these positions typically takes place mid-December.

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Academic Program

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

Position Descriptions

Graduate Assistant for Adventure & TEAM Programs
The Graduate Assistant for Adventure and TEAM Programs will take on a leadership role each semester in one of the four areas of concentration of the JMU Adventure Program (trips, 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.

Graduate Assistant for Aquatics & 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. 

Graduate Assistant for Facilities & Operations (2)
The Graduate Assistant for Facilities and Operations will take on a leadership role in the facilities, operations, event management, and student employee training/development areas. The first year of the position is focused on reservation and event management and the second year on operations and student employee training/development. This GA will administer timelines, facility reservations, order forms, prepare status reports, and payroll submissions for operations, reception and reserved event areas. Responsibilities also 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.

Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Group Exercise (2)
The Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Group Exercise will take on a leadership role in the Fitness, Group Exercise, and Wellness program areas. Responsibilities will include supervision of student employees, staff training and continuing education, management of fitness & group exercise activity spaces, and general program design and administration. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for a 278,515 sq. ft. University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. 

Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports & Youth Programs
The Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports and Youth Programs will coordinate team sport officials and site managers 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 Intramural Sports and Youth Programs program planning and budget reconciliation. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. 

Graduate Assistant for Marketing & Social Media 
The Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Social Media will work to promote UREC. Responsibilities will include supervision of student marketing employees, managing marketing projects, facilitating marketing team staff meetings, and serving as an administrator for UREC Social Media. This GA will also create photo and video marketing content, including 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. 

Graduate Assistant for Member Services 
The Graduate Assistant for Member Services will provide leadership, co-supervision and staff development for the Member Services student staff. Responsibilities include hiring, training and evaluating over 55 student employees. This GA will assist in maintaining and managing the UREC Welcome Center and Equipment Center as well as the University Park Gatehouse. Other duties include assisting with equipment inventory, facility access, locker and towel service contracts, and memberships. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. 

Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs & Inclusive Recreation
The Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs will take on a leadership role in the programming, scheduling and leadership development of JMU’s sport club program, which includes over 50 clubs and an Executive Council. This GA will be involved in the programming of the Inclusive Recreation program as well as staff supervision.  Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required.

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