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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 4190836
Title: Graduate Assistant
Functional Title: Graduate Assistant
Category Status: 04-Graduate Assistant
Applicant Search Category: Graduate Assistant
University Authorized FTE:
Unit: ARHU-Dean's-Living Learning Programs
Hiring Range Minimum:
Hiring Range Maximum:
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House, a living and learning program of the Office of Undergraduate Studies and co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, is seeking a highly motivated, reliable and creative individual to fill a 20 hr./week, 9.5-month graduate assistantship as Assistant Director, beginning in the Fall 2017 semester including a competitive stipend plus eligibility for benefits and tuition remission. Pending job performance and budgetary considerations, this position could be extended into subsequent semesters and include part-time summer compensation. Appointment to this position will commence in August 2017.

Administrative responsibilities include advising of undergraduate creative writers in a dynamic living and learning academic environment, outreach for recruitment and publicity purposes, and assisting with the planning and implementation of various programmatic activities (including planning and producing a visiting writers’ series, field trips, and other special events). Other administrative duties will be assigned as needed.

The ideal candidate will possess demonstrable leadership skills to support student learning and the capacity to exercise professionalism and effective time management skills while balancing the rigor of graduate level academic study. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director and Associate Director in supporting opportunities for students to experience the depth of cultural diversity and educational resources available at the University and beyond.

Minimum Qualifications:

The qualified candidate must be enrolled in a degree program as a full time graduate student at the University of Maryland in excellent academic standing who possesses superior written and oral communication skills. Candidates must be available on Wednesday evenings. Occasional weekend hours to support program events may be required within the 20 hours per week.


Highly preferred candidates will be enrolled in a degree program in Creative Writing, English, Education, Library Sciences, or other Arts and Humanities program, and possess two or more years of work experience in higher education or professional experience within an arts related organization. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who possess evidence of a significant body of critical and/or creative work in the field of creative writing.

Additional Certifications:

Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to do occasional driving.

Additional Information:

Under the discretion of the Director, the graduate assistant may receive additional travel support for attending conferences or events that are of benefit to the graduate assistant and the advancement of education initiatives within the Writers’ House program.

Questions concerning this position should be sent to Johnna Schmidt at

Posting Date: 04/19/2017
Closing Date: 05/30/2017
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration Date 05/15/2017
Physical Demands

Occasional lifting up to 30 lbs; ability to work with a computer monitor and phone, at the office 20 hours per week.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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