Job Description Summary Graduate Academic Advising & Engagement, housed within the Office of Academic Services, assists Bentley graduate students both with their academic goals by encouraging academic achievement and timely degree completion and provides graduate students with support and engagement opportunities outside of the classroom to enhance the graduate student experience. In regards to Graduate Engagement, Graduate Academic Advising & Engagement coordinates Graduate Student Orientation, assists students with finding involvement opportunities and provides assistance with searching for off-campus housing. Graduate Academic Advising & Engagement is a dedicated office to help graduates students identify resources on campus which can make their graduate student experience one that is robust, engaging and meaningful.
Graduate students in the Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business are enrolled in a wide range of programs that currently include 6 Master of Science programs and an MBA program with multiple formats. There are approximately 1,200 graduate students that represent 60 different countries (about 40% of our graduate students are F-1 visa holding international students). At Bentley, we blend the breadth and technological strength of a large university with the values and student focus of a small college. All of our graduate students commute from the surrounding area with 40% of our graduate population are part-time students who are usually working in the Boston area.
Objectives of the Position The purpose of this position is to provide oversight to the graduate student organizations at Bentley University and to provide a meaningful preparatory experience for a student enrolled in a higher education/student affairs Master's program. These goals are accomplished through hands-on programming, advising, a supportive and learning-focused supervisory relationship, and opportunities to work alongside a team of full-time student affairs professionals. Opportunities to apply classroom learning, explore other functional areas, and network within Bentley's community are intentionally integrated into this experience.
Description of Duties Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Graduate Programs & Engagement, the Graduate Assistant provides support to Bentley's University's Graduate Student Association and other graduate student organizations through program planning and implementation, direct advisement of graduate student organizations, development of graduate orientation programs, and other initiatives that promote Bentley Graduate School identity and community.
Advise and provide guidance of the Bentley Graduate Student Association who implement engagement opportunities and advocate for the needs of graduate students.
Responsible for communicating graduate student organization policy, connecting with respective faculty/staff advisors, completing travel and liability processes for off-campus and risk events, processing contracts for organization programs, facilitating student leadership development, and promoting a strong connection between the organization members and Graduate Academic Advising & Engagement
Manage the oversight of the graduate student activity fee budget that is disbursed to graduate student organizations.
Provide direction for 11 graduate organizations with resources and tools to provide successful programs.
Maintain the tangible & online resources for Student Club & Organization Leaders & Advisors.
Help to plan and implement student club/organization and advisor trainings.
Assist in the planning, creation and implementation of the organization registration process and new organization process
Assist in the implementation of Graduate Orientation which includes an online orientation and on-campus, in-person orientation.
Assist and refer incoming graduate students with questions regarding transition especially for incoming students who will be arriving internationally.
Participate in weekly meetings with Assistant Director to provide updates on progress of work.
Participate in the ongoing assessment and evaluation of Graduate Engagement programs and services.
Manage the graduate student lounge (Dandes Room) and develop programming opportunities to engage graduate students.
Plan and execute Graduate Engagement programs and collaborative projects with campus partners.
Complete other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Successful candidates must be enrolled in a two-year Master's program in higher education/student affairs administration or related field during time of employment and should have a passion for programming, advising, and student development.
Hours This is a twenty hour per week, nine month position, running from mid-August to mid-May. Start/end dates for the Fall 2021 semester will be August 16-December 17, 2021; start/end dates for the Spring 2019 semester will be January 3-May 20, 2022. Start/end dates are flexible based on the Graduate Assistant's schedule and needs of the department. Some evening and weekend work is required as schedule allows and in consultation with the Assistant Director.
Bentley University is planning to have staff, faculty and students return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester; however, this position may have the opportunity for some remote work.
Location Bentley University is located about 10 miles from Boston in Waltham, MA. Waltham is on the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, and campus is accessible by local bus. The Graduate Assistant would have access to the Bentley Harvard Shuttle, which runs regularly between campus and the Waverley Square in Belmont.
Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.
Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.
Bentley University is one of the nation's leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader and one with the deep technical skills, the broad global perspective and the high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. To achieve our goal, we infuse our advanced business curriculum with the richness of a liberal arts education. The results are graduates who are making an impact in their chosen fields and turning their passions into success stories. Located on a classic New England campus just minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers.