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Graduate Assistantship – Student Success Advisor (Filled)

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Graduate Professional Assistant/Lecturer
Student Success Advisor/Area Coordinator
Center for International Student Access

The Center for International Student Access at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA is seeking a Student Success Advisor to support the growing number of international freshmen enrolling in the ACCESS program, which grants “provisional” admission for one academic year. This advisor will monitor academic student success and offer adjustment counseling as well as teach one section of a tailored first-year seminar course for international students each semester. The advisor will also act as an area coordinator for one of our administrative or programming initiatives.

The Student Success Advisor 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. Due to the unique nature of the position, evening and weekend activities will frequently occur.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree is required. Must be enrolled in one of George Mason University’s graduate programs. Students studying in majors such as in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, International Education, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a related field are preferred. Previous experience working in a higher education setting as well as strong intercultural communication skills is also required. 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. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Must be reliable, responsible, self-motivated, confident, sincere, flexible, dedicated, and considerate;
  • Must exhibit exceptional professionalism and a strong work ethic.
  • Must be available and accessible for the time commitment involved.
  • 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, ability to fluently speak at least one language other than English and/or experience abroad;
  • An ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a constantly changing environment; and

COMMITMENT: The position requires 20 hours per week, year-round employment beginning as early as July 10, 2013. At times, the work will require extended hours and/or night and weekend work hours.

SUPERVISION: The Centers’ Assistant Director for Advising and Student Development will supervise the position. A significant amount of reading and training will be offered in this position, including membership and regional conference attendance to NACADA and NAFSA during the initial appointment year.


  • The position is for twelve consecutive months, beginning at the time of hire.
  • The Graduate Assistant position will consist of a total $16,000.00 compensation package (which includes summer work) in addition to a tuition payment of up to six credits at the Virginia in-state rate each semester (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014).
  • Funds will be distributed evenly via stipend on the 1st and 16th of the month for the remainder of the employment contract period.

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please visit and submit all application materials online after April 15th. We will not accept emailed documents in lieu of a full application.