Beyond the Classroom is seeking a Graduate Assistant for 2013-2014 Academic Year (9.5 month position)!

Beyond the Classroom (BTC) Living and Learning Program is seeking a Graduate Assistant to contribute to helping prepare undergraduate students for professional leadership in the nonprofit and civil society sector.

Title: Graduate Assistant
Department: UGST-Dean-Beyond the Classroom
Posting Number: X0004057
Job Summary: The Beyond the Classroom (BTC) Living and Learning Program, which focuses on civic engagement and social change in a global context,  is seeking a Graduate Assistant to contribute to helping prepare undergraduate students for professional leadership in the nonprofit and civil society sector.

• Compiling, writing, and disseminating the BTC Program Updates listserv to students, and assisting with social media outreach strategies and efforts.
• Coordinating all aspects of the recruitment process including: outreach to student groups and in courses; making presentations about the program; attending targeted events; answering student inquiries; collecting and organizing applications; and following up with admitted students about program requirements.
• Supporting curricular and extracurricular activities of the program, including planning and coordinating events such as seminars, film series, receptions, community service opportunities, civic learning trips, career forums, and course- related activities.
• Advising Beyond the Classroom’s students about community service, internship and experiential learning opportunities.
• Developing and implementing marketing campaigns, including the writing, design, duplication and, distribution of program newsletters, press releases, etc. 
• Actively participating in the BTC community.
• Assisting with other duties to be delegated by the Director, based on the candidate’s skills, interests, and expertise.

• Effective written and oral communication skills, attention to detail and highly organized.
• Team player who works well in a collaborative, dynamic, interdisciplinary environment.
• Committed to and passionate about social, political, and civic issues; and able to think critically about those issues.
• Able to use various social media platforms as well as develop creative strategies to maximize their input.


Must be currently enrolled in a full-time graduate degree program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Candidates in any major and college are eligible to apply, but with a preference for those candidates who are committed to multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and global perspectives. Demonstrated ability and interest in working with undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary and integrative living and learning program focused on civic engagement and social change in a global context. Prior teaching, communications, and advising experience is very helpful. Please note that this position requires working some evening and weekend hours.

PREFERENCES: Preference will be given to candidates with previous community service experience and/or experience in the nonprofit and civil society sector.

STIPEND: This assistantship requires 20 hours of work per week. Beginning stipend for this Graduate Assistant (9.5-month) position is $ 16,577.16. The proposed starting date for this position is August 26, 2013.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS INFORMATION: As a fringe benefit, the Graduate Assistantship (GA) provides up to ten credit hours of tuition remission for each of the Fall and Spring semesters and up to four credits for the Winter session. In addition, the administrative graduate assistant will be eligible for employee health insurance.

TO APPLY: Please submit a comprehensive C.V. (with teaching and administrative background), the names and contact information for three references, a short writing sample about an important civic issue (3-5 pages) and a cover letter.

If you are interested in applying for this position, you can apply for the position on the University of Maryland employment site at:


James V. Riker, Ph.D.

Director, Beyond the Classroom Living & Learning Program

University of Maryland

0200 Calvert Hall

College Park, MD 20742-9206 USA

Phone: 301-314-6622

Fax: 301-314-6623



“Civic Engagement and Social Change in a Global Context”