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Graduate Assistantship

Working for the Department of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Central Florida is not a job but a commitment to personal growth and professional excellence. We value a work environment that is diverse, inclusive, healthy, supportive and considerate of employees' work and personal life obligations. Thank you for your interest in joining our dynamic team and we look forward to reviewing your application materials.

Please take the time to review the information covered on the Qualifications, Responsibilities, Compensation, Selection Process and FAQ. If you have any questions, please contact us at housing@ucf.edu.

Qualifications

The Graduate Coordinator is a live-in position designed for a bachelor's level professional enrolled full-time in a graduate level program at the University of Central Florida. Graduate Coordinators work directly with professional and student staff to offer support in services and assistance to the members of the UCF's residence hall and apartment population. Graduate Coordinators supervise student staff, support community development, serve in the crisis response rotation, and assist in facilities management. Graduate staff will maintain 20 hours per week including evening hours for staff meetings, curriculum strategies, and in-community duties.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Approved to work in the US
  • Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student by start date
  • 3.0 GPA if current UCF graduate student, which must be maintained throughout the GRC assistantship

Strongly Preferred:

  • Supervision experience
  • Crisis response experience
  • Program/Event planning experience
  • Discipline/Student conduct experience
  • Student group advising experience
  • Driver's license and ability to operate a motor vehicle
  • Graduate Academic Programs; e.g. Higher Ed or related

As a Graduate Coordinator you will gain valuable training and hands-on experience. Each semester you will be evaluated by your direct supervisor to facilitate your professional growth and development. You can gain training and work experience in areas that include:

  • Higher education student development & learning
  • Leadership development
  • Community development and programming
  • Professional and administrative skills
  • Crisis response and conflict resolution
  • Fraternity and sorority life, living learning communities
  • Conference hosting
  • Presenting and publications
  • Assessment

Responsibilities

Position Descriptions

DHRL currently offers Graduate Coordinators of Residence Life and Education positions in these areas:

Annual and Academic Responsibilities
Graduate Coordinators assist in the supervision and management of a residential community and its undergraduate staff of resident assistants. Our annual communities are open year round (3 semester agreements) our academic communities are open 9 months (2 semester agreements).

Living Learning Community (LLC) Responsibilities
Graduate Coordinators for LLCs assists the Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives in the partnerships, design, and implementation of programs within these communities.

Greek House Responsibilities
Graduate Coordinators for Greek Houses assist in the supervision and management of a Greek residential community and its undergraduate residents.

Safety and Security
The Safety & Security Graduate Assistant of Residence Life and Education is responsible for the coordination and training of residence hall safety and security and assisting in the supervision of the Residence Hall and Apartment Patrol.

Compensation

The Department of Housing and Residence Life offers a competitive compensation package for a graduate residence coordinator position.

Pay

UCF Graduate Assistants receive a tuition waiver for full-time graduate enrollment (nine graduate credit hours) per semester (not including fees) and partial reimbursement for Student Health Insurance policy premium. Staff who depart prior to the end of the semester may be required to pay back the remaining balance on their tuition waiver. In addition, compensation includes a staff room at no cost to the student and $13.52/hour for the twenty hours worked. This monetary compensation is paid on a bi-weekly basis through direct deposit.

Tuition Remission

UCF Graduate Assistants receive a tuition waiver for full-time graduate enrollment (nine graduate credit hours) per semester (not including fees) and partial reimbursement for Student Health Insurance policy premium. Staff who depart prior to the end of the semester may be required to pay back the remaining balance on their tuition waiver. In addition, compensation includes a staff room at no cost to the student and $13.52/hour for the twenty hours worked. This monetary compensation is paid on a bi-weekly basis through direct deposit.

Residency

Graduate Coordinators receive a rent free single occupancy living accommodation or a shared graduate apartment as compensation for on-call hours worked beyond the 20 hour prescribed work week as assigned. This must be the primary residence of the Graduate Coordinator as a live-in staff member.

Graduate Coordinators will not be permitted to have pets that do not meet the set standards of the Department of Housing and Residence Life Community Living Guide.

Living Accommodations

Hercules, Lake Claire, Libra, Neptune, Nike, Apollo, Communities in Academic Housing (including Academic Initiatives and Safety and Security)

  • Accommodations (Cost = $0)
  • Efficiency with private bath
  • Full Kitchen
  • All utilities included (Cable TV, Local Phone Service, and Ethernet Connection)
  • Love Seat, Kitchen Table, 4 Chairs, Double bed, Dresser, and Desk

Fraternity and Sorority House

  • Accommodations (Cost = $0)
  • Efficiency with private bath
  • Full Kitchen
  • Washer and Dryer included in the house
  • All utilities included (Cable TV, Local Phone Service, and Ethernet Connection)
  • Love Seat, Kitchen Table, 4 Chairs, Full-Size Bed, Dresser, and Desk

Knights Circle and NorthView

  • Accommodations (Cost = $0)
  • Shared 2 bedroom apartment with private bath (shared with another GRC or student)
  • Full Kitchen with Dishwasher
  • Washer and dryer included in the shared apartment
  • All utilities included (Cable TV, Local Phone Service, and Ethernet Connection)
  • Love Seat, Kitchen Table, 4 Chairs, Full-Size Bed, Dresser, and Desk

Student Health Insurance

UCF provides full health insurance coverage for all of its graduate residence coordinators and university fellowships (working 20hrs/week). Information about the UCF Student Health Insurance Plan can be reached at here.

  • Graduate Coordinators may waive the health care coverage. This handle this directlythrough graduate studies.
  • If staff maintain fall/spring full-time enrollment, they will be provided with health insurance during the corresponding summer regardless of credit load.

Selection Process

Applicants should first apply to a UCF graduate degree-seeking program, if not already enrolled (certificate or non-degree seeking programs do not qualify individuals for the Graduate Coordinator role). Once a graduate program application is completed then a graduate employment application may be completed for our Graduate Coordinator position. Please check the graduate program catalog for application deadlines as they may differ by program.

1: Graduate Coordinator Website and Online Application

All qualified applicants should create a personal login and apply at ucf.erezlife.com site, and then complete the online application. Please be accurate in all of your application information. Remember, you must have applied to a UCF degree-seeking program at time of your application, if not already enrolled, in order to create an application with us. Graduate Coordinator candidates will not be interviewed without having applied to a UCF graduate degree program. There are 4 parts to the application:

  • Application
    • PID – if you have not been fully admitted to the school, you will not have a personal identification number. Instead please type in 0000001 in that field
  • Resume (pdf)
  • Cover Letter (pdf)
  • Two References (current and past direct supervisor preferred)

2: 1st Round Interview

Following a review of applications, selected candidates will be contacted by phone or email in order to schedule a first interview. Phone interviews run approximately 30 minutes. You will speak with a group of current Graduate Coordinators and Coordinators. After completion of the phone interview we will notify candidates that will not be moving forward in the process via email. We encourage all candidates to alert their references of a potential call after the completion of a 1st Round interview.

3: Reference Checks

Reference checks may be conducted prior to scheduling a 2nd Round Interview (on-campus/skype). We will contact the references listed in the applicant's online application. These references should include current and/or past supervisors. If we are unable to contact/complete references in a timely fashion, this is likely to affect consideration for this recruitment season.

4: Second Round Interviews

Once reference checks are completed we will invite selected candidates for a 2nd Round Interview. This interview will take place during the HEPS Visit Days. Additionally, all graduate students not in the Higher Education program or unable to travel will be invited to interview via Skype during the same weekend. During the second round, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with senior leadership, professional staff members and current Graduate Coordinators.

5: Conditional Offers and Criminal Background Check

After completion of the 2nd Round Interview our staff will review all candidates' interview materials and determine final hiring decisions. Conditional offers will be extended to finalist contingent upon results of a criminal background check.

Finalists that successfully pass the criminal background check will be provided with the contract and hiring paperwork. Details for moving into campus residence and official start date are also communicated at this time.

Residential Priority: Global Citizenship

Housing and Residence life intends to add value to the student learning experience by implementing our own curricular approach. Through the commitment and execution of strategies related to our four learning pillars, we believe UCF Housing residents will become active, engaged, and productive Global Citizens.

Community Engagement

Residents will be able to identify with at least one community through active participation within communities and effectively engage in conflict management.

Self-Awareness

Residents will expand their self-awareness by exploring their personal values and beliefs, developing strategies to manage their emotions, and learning to recognize how their words and behaviors impact others.

Cultural Competence

Residents will develop cultural competence by engaging in reflective and experiential learning that explores personal and global social identities; articulating the value in creating inclusive communities and practicing effective cross-cultural engagement.

Global Impact

Residents will be able to recognize their impact on a global scale by demonstrating personal responsibility, recognizing their role in local, national, and international communities, and continuously seeking opportunities to broaden their world view.

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