Recreational Sports and Fitness (RSF) Graduate Assistantship for Facility Operations
Description of Opportunity
Position duration – This position is for no more than 19 hours/week for: 10 months (AY), with the GA’s option for a 2-month summer position. Position dates: 1- May 31.
Brief Position Description
- Assist in the overall administrative and management of the Recreational Sports and Fitness program.
- Assist the Assistant Director for Business Operations & Memberships.
- Assist in the scheduling, planning, supervising and leading student staff in the development of the facility operations and memberships area.
- All RSF GA’s must be accepted into the MSU Graduate School and enrolled in a masters or higher degree level program.
This position will be evaluated and reviewed each semester by an RSF supervisor using the GA review form provided by The Graduate School.
Field-based skill description
- To learn leadership and management strategies that will aid in supervision and management of student positions.
- To work with various campus recreation professionals that will guide each GA to learn the job responsibilities and develop their own management style.
Transferable/portable skill description
- To acquire management and business skills transferable to any industry.
- Will learn planning, scheduling and marketing skills.
- Will learn how to be a team player on a very dynamic, visionary, and fast moving RSF team.
- How to apply passion for our industry to move into a career.
- Managing, projecting, interpreting fiscal budgets.
- Proven experience working as a team player
- Experience working with Fusion facility management software
- Experience working on a facility operations team
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Competence in basic word processing and spreadsheets
- Two years working with a campus recreation department or other similar organization
To apply for a position, please submit the following to Kelsie Bourque at [email protected] by Jan. 17, 2020 (We will continue to accept applications until the GTA positions have been filled).
- Current resume or CV
- Two professional letters of recommendation.
- Letter of interest for this position to address:
(Please limit responses to no more than 500 words per question)
a) Why you are interested in the position and any special areas of interest you may have in the position?
b) What can you contribute to RSF and the MSU students as a whole?
c) How you will use your area of study to not only better the RSF Department and MSU students, but also the Graduate School and the MSU community?
d) What do you see as the greatest challenge for students to participate in campus recreation programs and facilities?
As a degree-seeking graduate student, you will be expected to meet all the Graduate School’s requirements:
- Enrolled in at least 6 credits at the graduate level in each semester at MSU
- Maintain term, cumulative and program of study GPA of 3.00 or better
- Make progress toward the achievement of the degree (e.g., sit and pass comp exams)
*This assistantship is a union represented position under the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) bargaining unit, represented by MEA-MFT. If workplace issues arise, the student in the position will need to take concerns to their supervisor or the University’s Human Resources department.
Kelsie Bourque, [email protected]
Position Description: RSF Operations
- Support the overall operation of the 168,000 square foot Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center that includes multipurpose gymnasiums, climbing wall, 15,000 square foot fitness and weight areas, three group fitness studios, and 9 racquetball/squash courts.
- Assist in the review and development of all risk management policies, procedures, and training of student staff.
- Supervise the membership desk, reception desk, multi-purpose domes and equipment room operations including equipment inventory for rental and retail sale, equipment orders and budget, point of sale transactions, Fusion software, and troubleshooting.
- Assist in recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, scheduling, and evaluating of student staff members.
- Provide leadership within the Fitness Center by providing support to student staff, the Assistant Director for Business Operations & Memberships, and the other GA’s and full-time staff.
- Participate in professional staff meetings.
- Other duties as assigned
Works primarily with:
____ X_____ Undergraduate students
_____X_____ Graduate students
- College students and their development
- Higher education leadership, administration, and organization
- Institutional and program evaluation, assessment, and accreditation
Aligning with the graduate programs:
- The GAs will be mentored by professional RSF staff members in their own leadership development but also to learn how to train student leaders. RSF has a structured training program with clear job descriptions to help students succeed.
- The GAs will have the opportunity to interface with departments across campus on a regular basis; i.e. Office of Student Engagement, Residence Life, Student Success, Sports Facilities, Health and Human Development and more.
- Each program unit is required to turn in a “year-end report”. The GA will help with this report by documenting participation numbers and changes to the program. They will help evaluate the success of each activity and make recommendations to improve, cancel or change the activity to guide resources to increase participation and engagement in line with the mission and goals of MSU and RSF.
- While we have a very engaging and flexible assistantship, there will be more supervision in the first few months and it is our hope that as the GA learns the duties and responsibilities, they will be able to function more autonomously. The supervisor will be there as needed and work with the intern to help the intern work towards their career goals.
- It is important that the GA interact closely with our team of professionals. There are several members on the RSF Team that can offer great advice and will work with the intern to match their experience with their career goals.
Performance and Feedback
- Each GA will receive a formal evaluation each semester. This is important to make sure both the assistant and the supervisor are achieving the goals set out at the beginning of the term.
- We believe that regular feedback is critical to keep everyone on track and focused on the duties and charges for the term. This usually comes in the form of goal setting, personal meetings and staff meetings where we often provide Kudos to those staff members that go above and beyond.
- Stipend: Minimum of $1,100/month for an appointment requiring no more than 19 hours a week.
- RSF will cover the cost of 10 credits tuition/semester for GA’s accepted into this program. University fees and other fees are the responsibility of the student.
- Additional payment by RSF: Mandatory additional payment of $130 per month for living expenses, as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
- Professional development is very important to us: RSF will provide compensation to attend a limited number of regional professional development conferences and workshops. There are also funds available to attend national or world conferences, but the assistant must apply for these funds.
- Exercise a sense of responsibility, judgment, and integrity on and off campus. This includes, but is not limited to, compliance with all RSF and MSU policies; the Student Conduct Code; local, state, and federal laws.
- Know, understand and adhere to University policies. Be well versed in the rationale behind them so that you can inform students of this information properly.