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Graduate Assistant: Parkside Purpose Project

The Graduate Assistant for the Parkside Purpose Project will provide leadership over the Spring 2024 Parkside Purpose pilot. This position will accomplish the following tasks:

  • Event management: Coordinate and lead two events for participating students. Assess the effectiveness of events by collecting and reviewing event analytics.
    • Event #1 – Awareness Event – Introduce Parkside Purpose to participating first-generation college students and coordinate appointment schedules.
    • Event #2 – Implementation Event – End-of-year celebration to review and revise their goals and learn about ways to continue working on their academic/career plans and professional development in preparation for their second year at Parkside.
  • Career Coaching: Lead appointments with participating students in one-on-one and group meetings to discuss Parkside Purpose goals that are related to their career and professional development.
  • Caseload management: Use EAB Navigate to communicate with assigned caseload and provide appointment notes.
  • Professional development: Participate in mandatory training workshops required by the University and the department.

Required Qualifications:

  • Student must be enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as a graduate student
  • Ability to demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Must possess a strong customer service orientation and have the ability to exercise good judgment
  • Ability to work and communicate with a diverse staff and student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Clinical and Mental Health Counseling graduate student
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Experience in a coaching, educating, or mentoring role
  • Experience working with students or clients in an individual or group setting

High Impact Practice Statement: By incorporating classroom learning into hands-on work experience as well as receiving supervision and coaching, students gain the necessary tools to grow and contribute as professionals. 


Alignment with NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Critical Thinking:

  • Guide students in their career and professional development through goal-setting and reflection
  • Plan and facilitate engaging events that will meet the needs of students in the Parkside Promise program
  • Assess event outcomes and evaluate effectiveness through analytics


  • Communicate with students in the Parkside Purpose program regarding goals, appointments, and events
  • Collaborate with the Advising & Career Center team through email, phone, and in-person conversations/meetings


  • Collaborate with Advising and Career Center team and other stakeholder groups to plan, organize, and facilitate Parkside Purpose events and programming


  • Utilize the following technologies to communicate, record data, and develop the program: Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, EAB Navigate, and others as appropriate
  • Approach new or unfamiliar technologies with a growth mindset


  • Serve as a role model for students in the Parkside Purpose program
  • Work independently to manage caseloads and provide effective career coaching


  • Positively represent the institution through Parkside Purpose events, programming, and communication
  • Participate in mandatory training workshops to polish and add to current skill set

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

  • Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different cultures and engage in anti-racist practices
  • Address systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities and underrepresented/underserved populations