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Graduate Area Coordinator

The Graduate Area Coordinator (GAC) is responsible for ensuring the successful management of approximately 2-3 residence halls that reflects the department’s vision, mission and diversity statements, as well as Mars Hill University’s academic and educational goals. Specific hall responsibilities are based on individual hall needs but GAs will be responsible for: staff supervision, providing leadership of a safe living and learning environment that supports student engagement and success. The Graduate Assistant will work approximately 25 hours per week and reports directly to the Assistant Director of Residence Life.


  • Supervise, train and evaluate Resident Assistant (RA) staff in conjunction with programming efforts, student development, etc.
  • Conduct regular individual meetings (1-on-1s) with student staff member in supervised halls
  • Conduct weekly staff meetings with all area building staffs
  • Provide staff with skills necessary to mediate conflict resolution with residents
  • Provide formal and informal evaluations of RAs, thus providing constructive and positive feedback regarding performance.
  • Encourage Student Engagement and Community Development
  • Work with RAs and residents to develop community in the hall and on individual floors
  • Teach RAs to actively listen to students, address roommate conflicts and confront situations
  • Meet with students to assist in their personal growth and development
  • Participate in student programs and establishing contact and visibility in order to develop community
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources


  • Assist in the selection, training and evaluation resources of resident assistants
  • Ensure efficient management of the residence hall
  • Communicate, enforce and clarify policies to students and student staff
  • Maintain updated health and wellness inspection paperwork, room condition inventories, and additional administrative records
  • Complete assigned tasks and daily responsibilities by established deadlines
  • Make oneself available to students, staff and University administrators during business hours


  • Maintain and initiate open communication with supervisor, department staff, MHU Campus Security and any other pertinent individuals within the division
  • Prepare for and attend weekly individual meetings with the director supervisor
  • Serve on departmental committees
  • Participate in 24 hour crisis response campus- wide on-call rotation
  • Respond on site to personal crisis, safety and emergency calls
  • It is expected that the GA will be regularly available to residents, respond to crisis situations or emergencies and assist as necessary
  • Actively participate in all professional staff training
  • Participate in department open houses, room and staff selection processes
  • Attend weekly professional staff meetings and additional meetings as assigned

Other Responsibilities

Participate in an on-call duty rotation with the other campus graduate assistants.

Participate in collateral assignment based on your area of interest and the departmental needs. This individual will focus on Intramural Sports.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor and/or the Department of Residence Life and Housing

The graduate assistant must be available to report to duty on August 1, 2018 and remain on campus until Tuesday, May 12, 2019. The GA will be given time off for breaks and holidays. Other time will be given off as needed.

Compensation: Remuneration includes an apartment meal plan (when dining facilities are in operation) valued at $500.00 each semester.  A stipend of approximately $10,000.00 (minus applicable taxes) is paid over a 10 month period. Graduate assistants are required to live on campus in a furnished on-campus apartment within their respective area of supervision.

Education: Graduate assistants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Mars Hill University has a Masters of Education program to offer; however, graduate assistants can choose to enroll in another graduate program in close vicinity to the institution (Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, UNC-Asheville, etc.,) or an online Master’s program. Individuals not enrolled in graduate programs will be considered on an individual basis.

If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to contact DeAndre Howard at (828)689-1406 or via email at

To apply, submit a letter naming the position, a completed college application, and your resume via email to: 


Mars Hill University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.

To file a complaint with Mars Hill University, contact:
Jennie Matthews
Office of Human Resources
Box 6664
Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC 28754
828 689-1197
828 689-1256 Fax
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:
USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410
Washington DC 20250-9410
Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642
(English Federal- relay) or (800) 845-6136
(Spanish Federal-relay).
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