Sam Houston State University has announced three (3) Graduate Assistantships for the upcoming Academic Year in the following areas:
Outdoor Recreation and Camp Operations
All positions will assist in guiding the Recreational Sports Department in a manner consistent with the goals of the department, Division of Student Services, and the mission of Sam Houston State University.
The Graduate Assistant of Fitness will report to the Assistant Director of Fitness.
Propose, plan, and complete a yearly graduate assistant project
Assist in creating and conducting events, programs, and workshops
Prepare group fitness and specialty class schedules
Hire, train, and supervise group fitness, personal training, and lead staff
Develop and conduct training and evaluations for fitness staff
Assists in teaching the Group Fitness Instructor and ACE Personal Trainer Prep Courses
Conduct and plan monthly staff meetings and staff development opportunities
Purchase, inventory, maintain and assess equipment
Assist with promoting and marketing fitness classes, programs, and other Recreational Sports events
Update and implement instructor training and staff manuals
Assist with the administrative duties
Conduct EAP evaluations with Fitness staff
Assist the Recreational Sports department with other duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications: Nationally recognized Group Fitness and/or Personal Training Certification (ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NSCA, NASM) required. Experience instructing group fitness classes and/or personal training is required. Candidates must have knowledge/experience in recreational sports or sports management, strong human relations skills, and acceptance into SHSU graduate school. CPR/First Aid Certification preferred.
The Graduate Assistant for Aquatics and Safety is responsible for assisting with the organization and administration of a comprehensive Aquatics program, including but not limited to: recruiting, training, supervising, and evaluating student staff. Supervision of three aquatic facilities, develop and conduct student staff orientations and meetings, assist with payroll processes, equipment purchasing and perform other duties as assigned.
This position reports to the Assistant Director of Aquatics & Safety. This position helps supervise the day-to-day operations of the assigned program areas. The position also provides day-to-day direction, guidance, and supervision to the students assigned to support the recreational sports programs.
May include but are not limited to the following:
Assist in guiding the Recreational Sports Department in a manner that is consistent with the goals of the Department, Division of Student Affairs, and the Mission of Sam Houston State University.
Recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating undergraduate student staff
Supervision of the Recreational Sports Center and University Camp swimming pools mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekend hours.
Develop and conduct student staff orientation, in-service trainings, and workshops
Assist with payroll processes for student staff
Assist with purchasing, inventory, and maintenance of facility and equipment
Assist with scheduling of facilities, which include the HKC, swimming pool, and University Camp Swimming Pool
Assist with the operation of two Hydro Therapy tubs in the Johnson Coliseum
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Health Sciences, or related field. Candidates must have knowledge/experience in recreation or sports management, strong human relations skills, and acceptance into SHSU Graduate School. Basic Lifeguard certification or the ability to acquire. CPR/First Aid/AED Certification for the Professional Rescuer or the ability to acquire. Lifeguard Instructor Certification preferred. Water Safety Instructor preferred. Experience in maintaining pool chemicals.
OUTDOOR RECREATION AND CAMP OPERATIONS
This position reports to the Senior Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation.
This is an on-site position that includes private housing at the University Camp.
Serve as the on-site camp host
Facilitate groups and manage staff for the challenge course high and low elements
Communicate all relevant information to program participants
Assist in scheduling student staff (challenge course and program staff)
Assist with student payroll
Assist in the purchase, inventory, and maintenance of all challenge course equipment
Evaluate and recommend changes as needed in outdoor program activities and staff needs
Assist with policy development
Develop and conduct outdoor staff training clinics
Assist in the hiring and evaluation of the outdoor staff
Assist with promoting and marketing outdoor recreation activities
Assist in planning and conducting Recreational Sports special events
Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resource Management, Recreation, Business or related field. Candidates must have knowledge/experience in outdoor recreation, challenge course operation, strong interpersonal skills, and acceptance into SHSU Graduate School. Wilderness First Responder Certification and Challenge Course Certifications preferred.
All successful Graduate Assistant candidates will demonstrate the following:
Bachelor's Degree in a related area
Acceptance into the SHSU Graduate program and enrollment in 6 hours or more in graduate courses. If you are a new graduate student at SHSU and begin work during the summer, you must be enrolled in graduate summer courses.
Computer knowledge, including proficiency with Windows-based computer system and Microsoft applications.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse internal and external constituencies
Excellent customer service skills
Positions will be open until filled. Please indicate the position to which you are applying and mail or email the following items:
to: Recreational Sports Graduate Assistant Search, 801 Bowers Blvd #162, Huntsville, Texas 77340 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position may require driving and operating a university vehicle, therefore, a valid Texas driver license and driving record acceptable to the university’s insurance carrier is required.
If you are a citizen or national of the U.S. or a Lawful Permanent Resident, you are eligible for employment. If you are an alien (not a citizen or national of the U.S. or lawful Permanent Resident), your eligibility for employment is dependent upon your status. Employees must pass a security clearance, and provide a valid social security card to verify the employee's name and social security number for payroll purposes, and the identifying documents required to establish identity and employment eligibility for the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Verification of U. S. Selective Service Registration is required in accordance with HB 558. If you are a male between the age of 18 and 25, federal law requires that you must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service System, unless you meet certain exemptions under Selective Service law. Under HB 558, enacted by the 76th Texas State Legislature, if you are currently of the age and gender requiring registration with Selective Service, but knowingly and willfully fail to do so, you are ineligible for employment with an agency in any branch of Texas state government. For additional information regarding registration or status, you can contact the Selective Service System at 847-688-6888.
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215. Sam Houston State University takes seriously the initiative to make the needed extra efforts to remedy the areas of underutilization in our Affirmative Action Plan.
Additional Salary Information: Tuition waivers are granted to cover nine credits of course work during the fall and spring semesters, a $9,000 stipend from September to May and an option for summer employment. Graduate students have access to health insurance through the University. Graduate student is responsible for paying his/her own fees. Professional development assistance is available.
About Sam Houston State University Recreational Sports
The Department of Recreational Sports is a vital component of the Division of Student Services. It supports the educational mission of the university by providing comprehensive programs and services to a diverse campus community. Committed to advancing and enriching the collegiate experience, the department enhances campus life through excellence in programs, services, and facilities.
Recreational programs and services include Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Recreation, Fitness, Club Sports, Aquatics, Special Events, Bearkat Camp, as well as a 365-acre University Camp and management of Johnson Coliseum. Recreational Sports facilities include the Recreational Sports Center, Intramural Fields, the Pritchett Field Sports Complex, McAdams Tennis Center, as well as Sand Volleyball courts and other shared facilities. Marketing, facilities scheduling and maintenance programs support all departmental operations.
For more than 130 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The Measure of a Life is its Service,” echoes across SHSU’s seven colleges and beyond its Texas ...campus through student research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.
Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students’ success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields.
While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 20 bachelor’s and graduate degrees available entirely online, and more in development each semester, SHSU Online is quickly becoming one of the best online universities in Texas.
SHSU offers over 80 bachelor's degree programs, more than 50 master’s degree programs, and six doctoral programs, including nationally-recognized programs in Business, Fine Arts, Education, Mathematics and Criminal Justice. SHSU is classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being among the best in the country for online graduate programs. Also, for the fifth consecutive year, Sam Houston State University has made the list as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. To learn more about the Huntsville and Greater Houston community, visit www.huntsvilletx.gov. The university’s web page (www.shsu.edu) offers information about SHSU and the surrounding area.
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