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UREC Graduate Assistantship Information

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. For more information, contact the Senior Associate Director.

UREC will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year in November 2017 for the following positions:

  • Graduate Assistant for Aquatics and Safety
  • Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Group Exercise
  • Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports & Inclusive Recreation
  • Graduate Assistant for Marketing & Social Media
  • Graduate Assistant for Member Services
  • Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs and Youth Programs

Qualifications

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

Stipend

  • Approximately $7,911 for the academic school year plus full tuition waiver (for a maximum of nine credit hours per semester) 
  • $700 professional development stipend
  • $300 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. 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 Concentration

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!

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 the 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 Reservations & Event Operations
The Graduate Assistant for Reservations & Event Operations will provide leadership and supervision of Special Operations. This includes hiring, training and evaluation of student employees.  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 Reservations and Events for more information!

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. Contact the Assistant Director for Fitness & Wellness for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports and Inclusive Recreation
The Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports and Inclusive Recreation 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 Inclusive Recreation 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 Inclusive Recreation for more information!

Graduate Assistant for Marketing and 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. Contact the Assistant Director for Marketing and Social Media for more information!

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 45 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 alumni memberships. Facility supervision and operational responsibilities for the 278,515 sq/ft University Recreation Center and satellite facilities is required. Contact the Assistant Director for Member Services 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 50 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 Student Training and Development
The Graduate Assistant for Student Training and Development will take on a leadership role for the University Recreation (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, University Park, and satellite facilities are required. Contact the Assistant Director for Operations for more information!

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