2015-2016 GSA Position with the College of Engineering Diversity & Access Team

Open until filled.  Application review begins April 1, 2015.

The CoE Diversity and Access Team has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistantship (GSA) to work with the STARS Program. Flexible schedule and 20 hours per week for the 2015-2016 academic year (entire academic year commitment preferred). The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program provides entering UW engineering students from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds with a specialized first year curriculum designed to build learning skills and academic preparation. The STARS program helps participants build the necessary skills and support systems to successfully navigate and graduate from UW engineering programs.


The graduate student appointment involves many aspects of student services and administration, organization, programming, and advising, with a particular emphasis on working with students from low-income, underrepresented minority and first-generation-college backgrounds.


Candidates must be accepted into a University of Washington graduate program for the 2015-2016 academic year. The successful candidate will have:

  • Genuine, demonstrated interest in working with and assisting students
  • Strong commitment to going the extra mile to ensure the success of all students
  • Comfort reaching out and working well with diverse populations of students, parents, faculty and staff [GSA will regularly communicate with and reach out to several offices across campus, as well as off-campus constituents and alumni]
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent multi-tasking, prioritizing, organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and must be highly detail and deadline-oriented
  • Savvy computer skills (experience with MS Office Products, working with databases and spreadsheets and ease with learning new software)

Preferred: Experience with student advising, teaching, or related experience at the college level preferred but not required. Program planning, organizing and implementation experience preferred. Experience in marketing and promotion and social media communications is a plus.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

GSA may assist the Assistant Director of Diversity and Access (Lead STARS Program) with any of the following student services and administration including but not limited to:

  • Assisting in developing and maintaining communication processes with STARS students
  • Assist with recruiting, outreach and admissions, including organizing and coordinating STARS application process resulting in identifying the new STARS cohort and possibly attending some off-campus recruitment events and meetings
  • In general, assist with program development, coordination and implementation of the STARS Transition Week
  • Assist in the development and revision of STARS handouts, web site, and other informational items
  • Assist in initiating, planning, coordinating, and implementing STARS volunteer opportunities and mentor programs
  • Stay informed regarding University policies and regulations and College of Engineering and departmental policies and requirements
  • Assist in managing and maintaining day-to-day operations of the STARS program, including general administrative duties
  • Collaborate with other Diversity and Access programs including Math Academy and NSF REM
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Director of Diversity and Access (Lead STARS Program) and the Associate Director of Diversity and Access.
  • Some evenings and weekends required
  • The graduate staff assistant may also work with other College of Engineering Diversity and Access programs.

Candidates must possess the maturity, leadership, teamwork, conscientious attitude and other personal qualities to work interdependently with professional staff and undergraduate students, take initiative and ownership of assigned tasks and projects and work at times with minimum supervision. STARS is a growing and emerging program and the candidate must be able to exercise good judgment, have an open mindset and be open to learning new skills.


The best candidates for this position are those working toward a master’s degree (or higher level) in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, social work, public or health administration, communications, intercultural- communications, or other related fields.


This 20 hour per week GSA position includes salary payment, benefits and tuition waiver for graduate students. The salary range is fixed and dependent upon academic standing, qualifications, and experience (effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

Graduate Staff Assistant must register for and carry throughout each quarter except summer quarter a minimum of 10 credits in formal courses or in research, thesis, or dissertation work. These credits must be in courses that are applicable toward an advanced degree. For summer quarter the appointee must register for and carry a minimum of 2 credits.

How To Apply

Persons interested should submit resume, letter of interest summarizing qualifications and relevant experience, and the names and contact information—via email only–for two (2) references from past or present faculty, administrators, or employers to: sgc4@uw.edu. Please include from where you learned of the position.

For questions specifically related to this position, call Sonya Cunningham (206) 685-9537 Application Deadline: Open until filled. Review of applications will begin April 1st.

Start date: September 16th (preference is for a starting date of August 1st and thus hourly work/pay up until September 16th.)

Please see http://www.engr.washington.edu/curr_students/stars.html for more information on the STARS Program.