Graduate Assistant Academic Advisement and First Gen Student Outreach
Internal Number: 177770117
Ramapo College is currently operating under the RamaPro model which is a pilot program allowing for a remote component to work schedules where operations support that model
This is a 10-month position, September to June, 20 hours per week.
Compensation - $10,000 stipend and $8,000 tuition reimbursement ($4,000 per semester)
RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY:
Mission: Ramapo College of New Jersey is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo College emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, elementary education, nursing and social work. The College also offers articulated programs, including dental, optometry, chiropractic and health professions, as well as visual arts therapy and law, with colleges and institutions in New Jersey and New York.
Undergraduate students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with over 500 course offerings and more than 40 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and an average class size of 21, which affords students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty
The College offers part-time graduate programs leading to degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.
The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Academic Advisement and First Generation Student Outreach reports to the Associate Director of Student Success for Advisement with additional supervision by designated Academic Advisors in Student Success. The GA will support Ramapo College’s enrollment goals and efforts within the Center for Student Success, especially as they relate to first-generation students and other new students. The incumbent will be responsible for providing programming and direct support services to help students who are the first in their family to attend college and to make the transition to the Ramapo College community. The GA will pay particular attention to connecting students to available resources on campus, establishing a sense of belonging on campus, and working collaboratively with academic programs to recruit and support the success of first generation college students. In Advisement, the position will serve the Advisement Team in a broad spectrum of activities including but not limited to managing advisor schedules, supporting student appointments, preparing reports and helping to coordinate the assessment of advisement, events and initiatives. This position is 20 hours per week, 10 months per year, to be scheduled on a semester basis to support the needs of the Center for Student Success and the student’s learning.
Duties as they relate to Academic Advisement
Provide excellent customer service for the Student Success main office via in-person, phone, and email communications.
Help to manage academic advisor schedules and appointments.
In conjunction with a member of the Advisement Team or designee, provide assistance in the management of the Peer Advisors program. Regularly provide support to student staff/peer advisors.
In conjunction with a member of the Advisement Team, assist in the coordination, recruitment, selection and training of the Peer Advisors.
Advise students on an as-needed basis related to college policies and curriculum and student needs. Assist students with understanding College policies and procedures.
In conjunction with the Associate Director, assist with the coordination and promotion of Academic Advisement Months.
Assist with Group Advisement, Orientation Events, and other programming managed by the Center for Student Success.
Create materials and facilitate presentations to promote Academic Advisement and Center for Student Success services.
Assist with the development and implementation of assessment tools, collecting and summarizing data, and delivering recommendations on the services Academic Advisement provides to first-year students and other populations
Use technology for the delivery of academic advisement services, including CONNECT, U.Achieve, Banner, and more.
Serve as a test proctor in the Testing Center when needed as determined by the supervisor.
Participate on committees as determined by the supervisor.
Other duties as assigned.
Duties as they relate to the First-Generation Student Outreach Action Team
Create innovative programs that address the needs of first-generation students.
Participate in Executive Board and general body meetings of the First-Generation Action Team.
Assist with the design and development of retention activities and other initiatives for first-generation students.
Provide direct support services and advisement to first-generation students to address academic, social, and emotional needs.
Serve as a secondary First Gen Advisor to a caseload of first-generation students.
Collaborate with the Advisement Team to assist in the early identification of at-risk first-generation students using predictive analytics.
Create and provide resources to help first generation students navigate their college experience.
Eligibility for Assistantship.
The GA must comply with the following requirements to remain eligible for the graduate assistantship and provide the College with written documentation evidencing:
Enrollment in a graduate program at the College or another college/university for a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester or two (2) courses per semester, whichever is greater, during the academic year;
Proof of course enrollment and good academic standing each semester;
Active and satisfactory academic progress towards completion of a graduate degree in an approved graduate (Master’s) program with transcript provided to the Supervisor(s)/Human Resources Department at the end of each semester;
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and
Good academic standing during the term of the contract.
A Bachelor’s degree and enrollment in a related graduate program are required. Previous work with first-generation undergraduate students, a student-centered mindset, and understanding of the first-generation experience preferred. Undergraduate experience in academic and student affairs services is preferred. Excellent oral and written skills are a must. Potential candidates should have public speaking experience and a commitment to student academic and social success. Supervisory experience is preferred.
Ramapo College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Ramapo has a long history of advocating, advising, and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Examples can be found in its mission statement, strategic plans, degree and course offerings, community outreach programs, and diversity programs. Ramapo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the College; where the environment is welcoming, dedicated to social justice, respectful of freedom of expression, focused on educating and having an ongoing conversation regarding cultural competence and the benefits and importance of diversity.
"Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as sixth in the Best Regional Universities North category for public institutions, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes mistaken for a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,008 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border.Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor's degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing and social work. In addition, Ramapo College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers six graduate programs as well as articulated programs with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New York Chiropractic College, New York University College of Dentistry, SUNY State College of Optometry and New York College of Podiatric Medicine."