Student Involvement

ASWSU Grad Assistant

Appointment Status

Graduate Assistantship

Organization and Location

ASWSU-Student Involvement, Pullman, Washington

Educational Objectives

With the support of their supervisor and other staff, the Graduate Assistant will coordinate and advise the ASWSU student-led conferences, advise ASWSU committees and student organizations as assigned, and help plan, implement, and develop department/student organization trainings, programs, and events, as needed.

Specific Responsibilities

In collaboration with the supervisor and other staff, the Graduate Assistant will serve as principal advisor to coordinate and support the student lead conferences for Shaping, Cashe, and Vibes. The Graduate Assistant will advise the ASWSU Committees as assigned and support them in the planning, implementation, development, and execution of their organizational goals for the year. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for training students, helping groups adhere to university policies and procedures, overseeing the organizations budget, reviewing contracts, and making sure they follow the university process, providing opportunities for leadership development for the organization, and assisting with program development of the organization and its goals.

The Graduate Assistant will work with the conference chairs for each conference to ensure proper execution and coordination of their conference efforts, coordinate with office and departments including but not limited to: Admissions, Multicultural Student Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Attorney General, etc.

The Graduate Assistant will assist with department programs and initiatives where appropriate if they do not take away from their principal roles related to conference support and student organization advisement. The Graduate Assistant will serve on Student Affairs and University committees as appropriate. The Graduate assistant may look for opportunities to support the department in programs and services related to the organizations they advise and their overall goals.

Reports to

ASWSU Coordinator- Primary Supervisor & Associate Director Student Involvement- Secondary Supervisor

Supervisor Responsibilities

Advise and support Student-led conferences, advise Chartered Student Organizations, and support volunteer undergraduate students within ASWSU committees and auxiliaries.

Work Requirements

9 months, 20 hours/week* (Aug 16-May 15)

Average of 20 hours per week is expected throughout the academic year, INCLUDING periods in which no classes are held (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring Break); but schedule may be adjusted to account for those weeks and to schedule for some weeks involving more hours than others.*Position may begin earlier than notes if needed.

Tentative Breakdown of duties

  • 20% time Administrative- emails, meetings with supervisors, department, and division meetings, etc.
  • 40% time Advisement- meeting with student organization, committee chairs, supporting student and their organization goals.
  • 30% time programing and event management- The event management at the actual program and the support leasing up to the event, during, and following the event.
  • 10% Other duties as assigned.

Additional Requirements:

  • Most of the work is performed in an office environment but some activities will occur outside in any weather condition and include late night and weekend work.
  • Occasional travel off-campus to accompany student groups to retreats, events and conferences.
  • Light lifting may be necessary on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to travel across campus and access various types of buildings.
  • Speech, visual, and hearing abilities that are sufficient to read and view written materials and effectively communicate and interact with WSU staff and the public—both in person and over the telephone. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and acceptance into WSU Pullman-based graduate program.
  • Ability to work 20 hours a week in a graduate assistantship position. 
  • Basic knowledge of and experience with programming, advising, and related issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to, and experience successfully advocating for diversity and the values of diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability in using current computer technologies (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), email, and the internet.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Acceptance into WSU Pullman-based graduate program in Cultural Studies or an Education-related program. 
  • Experience with student organization membership and/or advisement.
  • Equity, Inclusion, and/or Diversity training. 
  • Experience working with and or supporting multicultural communities.
  • Team leadership and or management experience.

Pay and Benefits

Position receives an estimated $13,000 per academic year, plus in-state* tuition waiver. Employee is responsible for some benefits and service fees. *Being a Washington state resident is not a requirement for this position, but the waiver is for the amount of in-state tuition only.

Application Information

Submit a resume and a cover letter of application addressing your qualifications to: The application process, supplemental questions, and a timeline will be shared with all applicants after the application deadline.

Student Involvement CUB 320
TaMisha Greathouse
Washington State University,
Pullman, WA  99164-4107