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Graduate Assistant for Parent & Family Programming

Background Information:
The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a central hub for questions and concerns related to student support across campus. Dean of Students staff have responsibility for Student Care, the administration of the Student Conduct process, Student Accessibility Services and leading Parents & Families efforts across campus. This graduate assistant position will work directly with the leadership of Parent & Family efforts, including but not limited to: (1) Family Weekend, (2) Parent & Families communication, (3) social media development and execution for this population, and (4) the development and execution of additional programming focused on increasing family awareness of supports for students to support student success and retention of students.
Reports to:  Allyson Rafanello ( )
Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students
118 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Terms of Employment:
  • For the fall semester: 10 hours per week, beginning August 21, 2023 and ending December 15, 2023. Does not include the week of Thanksgiving Break.
  • For the spring semester: 10 hours per week, beginning January 16, 2024 and ending May 10, 2024. Does not include the week of Spring Break.
  • Half time (10 hrs/week) assistantship stipend for 2023-2024 is per $2779.00 per semester.
  • Salary will be prorated on a weekly basis for a late start.
  • Graduate Assistants may qualify for in-state tuition and fees.
  • Graduate Assistants receive University holidays and do not work during Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, or the interims between semesters. 
  • Professional development opportunities are supported, but the degree of support is determined by the availability of funds.
  • For more information on the Graduate Assistantship System and procedures: 

Position Description:
  • Assist in facilitating Family Weekend, including serving on planning teams and providing on-site leadership through out the actual weekend.
  • Engage with campus partners to gather information to create content for the web and social media that will provide information and resources to parents, family members, and supporters of students that will in turn support the success and retention of our students.
  • Lead the development and execution of monthly communication to parents and family members.
  • Assess the interests and needs of parents, family members, and students in additional opportunities for engagement with each other and the UNI campus community during times of the year other than Family Weekend.
  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student in a UNI residential graduate program, preference may be given to applicants in the Postsecondary Education and Communication programs.
  • Must be enrolled in 9 qualifying graduate credits each semester of assistantship. 
  • Maintain a UNI cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.00. A newly admitted graduate student must have at least a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate or previous graduate work of at least 8 graded credit hours.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and organization skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and to conduct oneself in a highly professional and ethical manner.
  • Preferred candidates will be comfortable using various forms of technology, updating websites and proficient with Microsoft Office Suites.

Application Process and Deadline
  • Students applying for the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs program, you are required to submit your personal statement: Resume, cover letter, and the Application for Graduate Assistantship to Dr. David Schmid (
  • Students applying to other graduate programs should complete the application form for a Graduate Assistantship (found at, then email your completed application, your resume and cover letter to Allyson Rafanello ( 

Anticipated position for 2023-2024
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.