Graduate Assistant Position

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The Office of Residence Life at Lehigh University is taking applications for one Graduate Assistant position for the 2020-2021 academic year. Our Graduate Assistant works up to 20 hours per week supervising paraprofessional student staff (Gryphons), managing the department social media strategies and assisting with website updates, oversight of the Gryphon Social Committee and Gryphon of the Month program, as well as participation on the Gryphon Recruitment, Selection, and Training Committees. Please see the full position description below for more information. 
Compensation for the Graduate Assistant of Residence Life includes a fully furnished, 1 bedroom apartment leased through Housing Services, a bi-weekly stipend disbursed over the course of the academic year, and 9 credits of paid tuition per semester (18 total credits for the academic year)*. 
For priority consideration, please complete the online application by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 1. Completed applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
If you have questions about the position or the Office of Residence Life, please feel free to contact Keith Blankenship, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, via email at or phone at 610-758-6598

2020-2021 Residence Life Graduate Assistant Position Description

The mission of the Office of Residence Life at Lehigh University is to foster a safe and inclusive learning-focused community that complements the academic mission of the University and partners with students on their personal, professional, and civic development. The Graduate Assistant works up to 20 hours a week. The anticipated start date for this position is Monday, July 6, 2020. 


Gryphon Supervision

  • Oversee 8-10 paraprofessional student staff members (Gryphons).

  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings with Gryphons, Tuesday nights from 8:15-9:15 pm.

  • Hold individualized, bi-weekly, one-on-one meetings with each Gryphon. 

  • Facilitate the ongoing evaluation and development of Gryphons and administer progressive discipline when necessary in accordance with the department's progressive discipline process.

  • Ensure Gryphons are appropriately confronting and documenting behavioral issues and concerns, as well as ensure Gryphon duty procedures are followed.

  • Oversee implementation of strategies for residents which align with the department’s residential curriculum learning outcomes. 

  • Serve on a weekly duty rotation and referring resident concerns and questions to the appropriate staff member/office as needed. Document information via the appropriate Maxient reporting forms.

Departmental Marketing

  • Oversee engagement on all Office of Residence Life social media platforms, including but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

  • In collaboration with the Head Gryphon and professional staff, develop and execute effective social media campaigns to increase engagement across all platforms.

  • Oversight and manage the Head Gryphon (paraprofessional student staff member) who assists with updating content of social media accounts.

  • Work with Assistant Directors of Residence Life to promote events occurring across the community, including themed community and RHA events. 

  • In conjunction with the department staff, maintain and update the Office of Residence life website.

  • Creating and reviewing content to be posted onto the Office of Residence Life website.

  • Update Gryphon Society Course Site and reorganize information as necessary.

Gryphon Recruitment & Selection 

  • Serve as a member of the Gryphon Recruitment, Selection, and Training Committees.

  • Participate in the interview process, file review, and facilitate Gryphon Seminar groups for Gryphon selection process. 

  • Utilize social media platforms to promote Gryphon recruitment events.

Gryphon Social Committee and Gryphon of the Month

  • Work with appointed Head Gryphons to plan and execute social engagement events during the semester for the Gryphon Society, which consists of 119 undergraduate student staff members.

  • In collaboration with Head Gryphons, plan and execute a study break during the reading days of finals week at the end of each semester for the as well as a Fall semester dinner for the Gryphon Society.

  • Each month, solicit nominations from the Gryphon Society to determine the Gryphon of the Month, a student staff member who has excelled in the Gryphon position for that specified month. 

  • Organize a semesterly appreciation lunch, or other event, for the Gryphons of the Month for that semester. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Any additions or alterations to the position description will be communicated to the Graduate Assistant by department leadership. 

  • Explore other areas of interest within either the Division of Student Affairs or other divisions at Lehigh and seek opportunities to discover new disciplines to gain knowledge and experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Full time graduate student (minimum 9 credits per semester). Enrollment at Lehigh University preferred, but enrollment at other local accredited higher education institutions will also be considered. 

  • Documented authorization to work in the United States.

  • Successfully pass background check and Act 34 clearance. 

  • Availability to work outside traditional work hours to respond to student concerns and attend department trainings and meetings.

Special Skills and Knowledge:

  • Prior experience in Residence Life, or a related field, or experience as a Lehigh University Gryphon with positive recommendation from supervisor(s) strongly preferred.

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively to complete projects on time, within a stated budget, and communicate updates as needed.

  • Excellent administrative, organizational, and time management skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

  • Exhibit a high level of creativity, ability to take initiative, and problem solve. 

  • Work effectively with diverse populations of students.

  • Basic knowledge of social media platforms, including but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

  • Basic knowledge of website design.

  • Basic knowledge of Canva and/or similar marketing and design software. 


  • $12,730 stipend disbursed bi-weekly over the course of the academic year.

  • 9 credits of paid tuition per semester (18 total credits for the academic year). 

  • Fully furnished, 1 bedroom on-campus apartment leased through Housing Services.

Important Dates*:

  • Anticipated Start Date: Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Onboarding and Staff Training: Mid-July 2020

  • Gryphon Training: Friday, August 8, 2020 – Sunday, August 23, 2020

  • Fall Opening: Thursday, August 20, 2020

  • Fall Closing: Thursday, December 17, 2020

  • Winter Gryphon Training: Wednesday, January 12 , 2021 – Sunday, January 17, 2021

  • Spring Opening: Sunday, January 17, 2021

  • Meet the Gryphons: April 2021; Specific Date TBD

  • Gryphon End of the Year Banquet: April 2021; Specific Date TBD

  • Spring Closing: Thursday, May 20, 2021

* Please note dates subject to change based on department need, but any updates will be communicated in a timely manner.