Graduate Assistant for Residence Life and Academic Support

Overview of Position: The Graduate Assistant for Residence Life and Academic Support is designed as a learning experience for students in the Masters of Higher Education Program at Geneva College. The responsibilities associated with this position are designed to complement program learning objectives and provide opportunities for praxis learning. The Graduate Assistant will be mentored throughout the experience by Student Affairs professionals. This experience is designed to provide the student with a variety of experiences within the Student Affairs profession to better prepare them to be successful practitioners in the future.

Summary of Responsibilities: Responsibilities are split between academic support and the Living Learning Community, which falls under the Student Life Department. This person will work with Academic Support and Student Life to provide support and programming to students of Kuyper College. The position will encompass 20 hours a week.

Assistantship Responsibilities: Living Learning Community

  1. Serve as a participant-mentor in the life of the Living Learning Community
  2. Provide leadership through facilitation of a community, mentorship and setting a positive example.
  3. Develop Living Learning Community members in and through intentional community theory and practice, spiritual development, vision casting, conflict management and the development of a community covenant.
  4. Coordinate the recruitment and selection of Living Learning Community participants with the assistance of the Resident Director
  5. Participate in the life of the Living Learning Community (including weekly house meetings and meals)
  6. Meet regularly with the Resident Director and attend Student Life Department meetings on a regular basis.
  7. Academic Support
    1. Serve as an academic coach for students
    2. Look over students written work to provide constructive feedback
    3. Assist Director of Academic Support in organizing student tutors and alternate testing.
    4. Make appropriate referrals to counseling, student life and writing center

Academic/Learning Responsibilities:

  1. Meet regularly with Director and/or Assistant Director of Student Life to discuss integration of classroom learning into assistantship responsibilities.
  2. Meet with several local Student Affairs professionals for informational interviewing and networking.
  3. Be an active member of the Geneva College HESA program through:
    1. Attendance at institute meeting times in January and June
    2. Regular communication with classmates and professors
    3. Attending professional development opportunities as available.


  1. Must have a Bachelor’s degree; must be enrolled in Geneva College’s Masters of Higher Education Program
  2. Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be thoughtful and articulate Christians who understand and support the College’s doctrinal statement.
  3. Skill/Abilities:
    1. Organizational and time management skills
    2. Ability to promote ideas and involvement opportunities
    3. Self-motivated and work independently
    4. Ability to relate and work professionally with a diverse student population


  1. $6,500 Stipend
  2. Housing (private room, bath and office area)
  3. Meal plan (10 meals per week)
  4. 1/3rd Tuition Remission in Geneva’s Higher Education Masters Program
  5. Professional Development Funds

Application Process:

All interested applicants must apply and be accepted to the Geneva College’s Masters of Higher Education program in order to move on to on-campus interviews. You can learn more about the program and apply for admission by visiting

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and contact information of three references to Kuyper College, ATTN: Curt Essenburg 3333 East Beltline NE, MI 49525; or Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Kuyper College is an equal opportunity, non-discriminatory employer, and is committed to diversity within its community.