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Graduate Assistantship

Work at the UD Center for Leadership as a Graduate Assistant

Join a team that specializes in bringing the nation's top thought leaders together to provide the most unique leadership programs in the Dayton region. The UDCL Graduate Assistant will serve as an integral part of a high performing team who works with our 40+ partner organizations to develop leaders who enhance the region and make an impact on the world. The UDCL Graduate Assistant will primarily be responsible for working with the Event Operations & Business Manager, Associate Director, and/or Assistant Director(s) in areas pertaining to: program logistics and preparation, administrative and financials, program management, registration systems, etc. for 20 hours per week (typical work schedule falls Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm). The successful candidate will utilize such skills as attention to detail, strong work ethic, commitment to high performance, and customer service excellence to make a positive impact on people's lives every day.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter addressing the minimum qualifications to Preference will be given to applications received by February 22, 2021.

Duties Include:

  • Assist the Event Operations & Business Manager with program logistics and preparation, administrative and financials, and registration system.
  • Coordinate program logistics and preparation for UDCL partners and participants for on-site, virtual, and/or blended programs, cohorts, and graduations.
  • Create, update, and maintain program details and participant enrollment in the registration system.
  • Responsible for assisting UDCL professional staff with providing on-site support, including program facilitator introductions, observing leadership programs and interacting with participants to gain consumer insights, program knowledge, and ensure program and partner satisfaction.
  • Train and/or supervise a group of student staff involved in program logistics.
  • Create and foster long term relationships with participants and partner organizations.
  • Assist in marketing and promotional assignments in order to ensure programs have strong attendance.
  • Represent UDCL at various internal and external events, some evenings required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Interest in leadership and/or training and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong organizational, time management, and follow-up skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to speak in front of a group.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.).
  • Ability to work physically on campus and remotely, if needed.
  • Valid driver's license, low risk driving record, and ability to be insured by the university.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, human resources, training and development, education, or communications.
  • Previous experience in operations, training and development, or leadership development programs.
  • Experience working independently as well as collaborating in a team environment.
  • Experience in customer service with both internal and external clients.
  • Demonstrate superior written communication skills and a strong attention to detail.
  • Previous success teaching or giving presentations.
  • Success in coaching and delivering feedback to others; having difficult conversations.
  • Experience learning new technology, including databases, software applications, web-based applications, registration systems, and Adobe Suites; experience with Cvent and/or Zoom is a plus.
  • Previous sales and/or marketing experience.
  • Confidence in working with leaders at all levels of an organization.

Conditions for Eligibility:

Candidates must be enrolled as full-time students in a degree-seeking program to be employed as a graduate assistant.

Graduate assistants are expected to balance their academic workload with the requirements of the assistantship. Failure to remain in good academic standing will result in employment termination.

Candidates may apply for an assistantship even if they have not been accepted into an academic program at the time of application. The application process outlined here is NOT linked with the application process and/or academic entry to graduate/professional education at the University of Dayton. Please submit any needed application materials to the academic program(s) of your choice, according to those separate guidelines, while pursuing the graduate assistantship. An official offer of a graduate assistantship for 2021-2022 is contingent upon the candidate’s acceptance into an academic program.

Candidates must be in good disciplinary standing in order to be employed as a graduate assistant. Additionally, candidates must possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in order to be considered for an assistantship.

Being employed as a graduate assistant may affect a candidate’s financial aid status. Candidates are responsible for inquiring with financial aid to determine the degree to which the compensation package will impact their financial situation before acceptance of the assistantship.

As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God's creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic values and dignity of all people, including and individual's race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis) ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference.  We commit ourselves to eliminate discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.


Center for Leadership

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7025