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GPA, Academic Advisor - International Pathways Program (Fall/Spring)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The department will not accept e-mailed documents in lieu of a full online application. For full consideration, current George Mason University graduate student applicants only may apply for position number GPB769 at http://jobs.gmu.edu/, complete and submit the online application, and upload: * A brief cover letter that describes your interest and relevant administrative experience; * A CV/resume; * A copy of your current transcript showing most recent graduate degree coursework; * A list of four references with contact information; and * A “Personal Learning Outcomes” essay which specifically describes how this position meets the learning outcomes for your academic program, academic coursework, and how the position would help you to develop future employment skills in your chosen field (in field labelled 'Other Doc'). Review of applications begins after May 26, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Desired employment start date is August 14, 2017.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Provost
Alternate Department Description

INTO Mason, Academic Division

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Job Category Graduate Assistant (Teaching/Research/Lecturer)
Role (State) Job Title GPA, Academic Advisor - International Pathways Program (Fall/Spring)
Working Title GPA, Academic Advisor - International Pathways Program (Fall/Spring)
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number GPB769
Recruit Number Faculty - 7030
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band
Salary $10,085-$11,505 and up to six credits of tuition benefits in the fall semester and spring semester at the Virginia in-state rate (fees not included).
Web Announcement

GPA, Academic Advisor – International Pathways Program (Fall/Spring)

Internal Search: Open to currently enrolled George Mason University graduate students only.

INTO Mason in Fairfax, Va., invites current George Mason University graduate student applicants only for an internal search for a Graduate Professional Assistant (GPA), Academic Advisor to support the growing number of international students enrolling in the International Pathways Program. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities:

This position will monitor academic student success and offer adjustment counseling to international multilingual students. The advisor may also act as an area coordinator for one of our administrative or programming initiatives.

The successful candidate will regularly meet with international students for one-on-one and group advising/instruction, promote programs and activities using technology, as well as participate in workshops and strategies to both aid and track student academic skills and personal success.

Required Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a higher education setting as well as strong intercultural communication skills;
  • Must be reliable, responsible, self-motivated, confident, sincere, flexible, dedicated and considerate;
  • Must demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Must demonstrate proficiency with computer applications and ability to use technology to enhance the student experience;
  • Must be able to articulate a thorough understanding of student development theory and its application;
  • Must demonstrate strong organizational and planning skills;
  • Cultural expertise and ability to fluently speak at least one language other than English, and/or experience abroad;
  • Must exhibit exceptional professionalism and a strong work ethic;
  • An ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a constantly changing environment; and
  • Must be available and accessible for the time commitment involved.

Eligibility requirements, as outlined in the George Mason University Office of the Provost publication, Graduate Student Hiring and Support Guidelines. Requirements for George Mason University GPAs are as follows:

  • Students must be admitted to a graduate degree program at George Mason University;
  • Students must have full-time enrollment during the semesters they are GPAs (whether their GPA is full-time or part-time). Monitoring the GPA’s enrollment will be conducted by the hiring department. Exceptions to the six-hour enrollment requirement are considered only for students who need fewer than six hours to complete their degree and graduate. If the student falls into this category, the student’s Graduate Coordinator must forward a written request to carry a reduced load to the Dean’s Office by the latest schedule adjustment date. This request should include the student’s status in his or her program, and the number of remaining hours and specific courses that remain. If all dissertation or thesis hours have been expended, the student must still register for one credit of dissertation or thesis work per semester. F-1 and J-1 international students also need the approval of the Office of International Programs and Services before dropping below full-time (as defined in the University Catalog);
  • Students must be in good academic standing, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and may not have any recent (as defined by the Dean’s Office) unsatisfactory grades at the time the offer letter is created;
  • Students must meet George Mason University’s English proficiency requirements. Individual programs reserve the right to set higher minimum scores. Please visit the Admissions section of the current University Catalog; and
  • Students must submit the necessary hiring paperwork; for details, see Section II, Hiring Paperwork, of the Graduate Student Hiring and Support Guidelines publication.

Preferred Qualifications:

Students studying in majors such as College Student Personnel, Higher Education, International Education, Social Work, Psychology, Linguistics, Counseling or a related field are preferred. Special consideration will be given to individuals with experience working as an academic advisor in an intensive English language program and/or with international students in higher education settings.

Commitment:

The position requires 20 hours per week, year-round employment beginning August 14, 2017.

Supervision:

The program’s Academic Advisor(s) will supervise the position(s).

Compensation:

  • The position is for the 2017-2018 Academic Year (Fall and Spring);
  • The GPA position will consist of a $10,085-$11,505 stipend as well as up to six credits worth of tuition benefits in the Fall and Spring semesters at the Virginia in-state rate (fees are not included); and
  • Funds will be distributed evenly in 18 payments during the employment contract period.
Special Instructions to Applicants

The department will not accept e-mailed documents in lieu of a full online application. For full consideration, current George Mason University graduate student applicants only may apply for position number GPB769 at http://jobs.gmu.edu/, complete and submit the online application, and upload:

  • A brief cover letter that describes your interest and relevant administrative experience;
  • A CV/resume;
  • A copy of your current transcript showing most recent graduate degree coursework;
  • A list of four references with contact information; and
  • A “Personal Learning Outcomes” essay which specifically describes how this position meets the learning outcomes for your academic program, academic coursework, and how the position would help you to develop future employment skills in your chosen field (in field labelled ‘Other Doc’).

Review of applications begins after May 26, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Desired employment start date is August 14, 2017.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: May 26, 2017; this is a nonbinding date; this position may close at any time.
Posting Date 04/13/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? No
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a current or newly admitted student in a graduate degree program at George Mason University?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. Transcript
  4. List of Professional References
  5. Other Doc (as specified in Special Instructions)
Optional Documents