Recreation & Operations Graduate Assistant, Davis Student Commons


Position Title

Recreation & Operations Graduate Assistant, Davis Student Commons


Student Life



Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant for the Davis Student Commons is a paraprofessional staff member and will work directly with supervising the facility’s student employees. The Graduate Assistant will also manage the building reservation system and all logistics pertaining to client needs within the building’s designated spaces throughout the academic term. The Graduate Assistant will also develop and execute internal departmental programs within the facility. Additionally, the Graduate Assistant will monitor building safety, cleanliness and maintenance.

The Davis Student Commons houses the Buccaneer Game Room, Nimnicht Fitness Center, Ross Theater, Usen Auditorium, various meeting rooms, a fast casual dining option, and professional offices. The Graduate Assistant for the Davis Student Commons will serve in the capacity to support the mission, vision and goals of the Department of Recreation and Operations, the Division of Student Affairs, and Jacksonville University.

Essential Job Duties

  • Supervise Student Employees – Student Supervisors and Student Assistants
    • Hire, train and evaluate student employees
    • Develop staffing schedules, coordinate all HR paperwork, submit payroll
    • Facilitate Davis Student Commons staff meetings and Recreation & Operations group training sessions
    • Serve on-call for emergencies after business hours, weekends, and holidays
    • Collaborate with Director to design and create monthly and annual reports
  • Manage building programming – regular programs throughout building
    • Help promote and execute weekly and monthly student events throughout academic term
    • Survey student body regarding activity preferences
    • Keep all records of activity planning and participant list
    • Serve as professional staff in charge during scheduled activities
  • Manage facility reservation system for internal clients
    • Approve reservations and place events in reservation calendar
    • Conduct walk-throughs and site visits with campus departments and student organizations
    • Coordinate space set-up, program logistics, staffing and equipment needs
  • Monitor facility upkeep, cleanliness and report maintenance issues
  • Participate in ongoing evaluation to assess your growth and development
  • Participate in event staffing for Student Affairs events throughout the year
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Admission to – as well as continuous enrollment and satisfactory academic progress in – a Jacksonville University Master’s Degree program or University of North Florida Master of Education program;
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Demonstrated leadership in the college and university setting;
  • High level of comfort with frequent student contact, with residing on campus, and being accessible outside of traditional office hours;
  • Ability to advise diverse student groups;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully balance, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks in an active, fast-paced environment, while providing superior constituent service;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented, student-centered environment; and
  • Excellent oral, written, computer, problem-solving, critical thinking, and fiscal management skills.


  • Stipend of $10,000 over a 10 month period, August 1 – May 15.
  • Graduate assistants are provided housing on campus in a private residence hall room furnished by the university, with utilities and parking provided.
  • A partial meal plan is provided, subject to the schedule of on-campus dining facilities.

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should electronically submit a letter of application, professional resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to the Division of Student Life at

Applicants should include “SL Graduate Assistant DSC” in the subject line of their electronic mail message. To ensure full consideration, application materials should be submitted prior to April 12. Review of candidate credentials will commence immediately, and will continue until the positions are filled.