Job Positions

Graduate Assistant, Academic Advising

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Office of General Education


Messiah College

Date Posted:

Feb 8 2018

Close Date:

March 2, 2018

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Registrar & Coordinator for Student Retention, the graduate assistant will perform duties related to the College’s retention plan and serve as an active member of the Student Retention Team. This is a two year, 20 hours/week, appointment not to exceed 800 hours/year. Commitment runs from approx August 4th – May 30 each of the two years.


  • Assist students in developing an educational plan and strategy to improve student success
  • As needed, meet with students who are considered potentially at risk by virtue of enrollment classification; academic progress alert; chapel attendance alert or identified by an individual faculty member or office.
  • Assist such students by providing information on available academic resources designed to help students be academically successful.
  • Participate in student orientation as requested.
  • Refer students to internal programs for additional support services including tutoring and counseling and follow up as needed.
  • Assist with individual and/or group coaching on issues related to academic success.
  • Assist with the development and presentation of workshops for students on reading strategies, study skills, test taking, time management, note taking and other fundamental academic skills.
  • Monitor and follow up on early alerts from faculty, advisors or other campus partner offices.
  • As directed by the Coordinator of Student Retention, provide data summaries and/or individual student information.
  • Track and report early alert student outcomes.
  • Conduct intake interviews with students and provide information on established support services.
  • Maintain consistent and reliable attendance.

Application Process

Institution Information

Messiah College 1 College Ave Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Additional Information


Contact Information

Dottie Weigel


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, pursuing graduate degree in Higher Education Administration;
  • current enrollment in Master of Arts in Higher Education Program at Messiah College

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational, time management and independent thinking skills
  • Ability and willingness to follow through with assisting students
  • Demonstrated commitment to the student success
  • Knowledge of study techniques necessary to enhance grades and maintain good academic standing
  • Excellent people skills with demonstrable evidence of the ability to work with individuals of varying educational, financial and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal, listening, written, judgment and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills that reflect timeliness, the ability to prioritize projects and intentional follow up
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of campus constituents
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellent student (customer) service
  • Christian faith commitment required