Graduate Assistant – Dakota Wesleyan University

School: Dakota Wesleyan University
Position: Graduate Assistant
Organization: NAIA
Dakota Wesleyan University is accepting applications for the position of Graduate Assistant in the Men’s Basketball program.
This 10-month (August-May), part-time position reports to the Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
Essential Functions:
  • Perform 20-30 hours per week and other related duties as assigned by the head men’s basketball coach
  • Assist at with all aspects of conducting a varsity practice
  • Coach, develop practice plans and operate the junior varsity team during games and practices
  • Assist in organizing and operating youth camps
  • Overseeing student assistants and their responsibilities
  • Assisting coaches with scouting, breaking down film using Synergy
  • Assist in individual workouts and support staff in any related practice duties throughout the year
  • Keep inventory and organize all gear and equipment, including communicating with gear Rep
  • Meal coordination and team operations during travel and while in town
  • Other duties as assigned by the coaching staff and assist with recruiting prospective student-athletes to DWU
  • Bachelor’s degree completed from an accredited university (2.7+ GPA needed in Bachelor’s degree completion)
  • High motivation and commitment to the University, dedication to the team/staff organizational skills, the ability to self-start, be calm under pressure, meet deadlines, work without direct supervision, multi-task, problem solve, trustworthy, mature and relatable to a variety of personalities under diverse circumstances
  • Admission acceptance as a full-time student in DWU’s Master of Education program, effective Fall 2024
  • Dakota Wesleyan University offers a Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in either Educational Policy and Administration or Athletics and activities administration.
  • First aid and CPR/AED certified (Training can be provided if needed after hire and acceptance to MA program)
  • Must be authorized to work in the US. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Valid US Driver License or ability to obtain a valid US driver license for driving of team personnel.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Preferred candidates (one or more of the following characteristics)
    1. College playing experience from a 4-year college or university
    2. Multiple years of managerial experience while an undergraduate student, supporting a university’s men’s or women’s basketball program
    3. Former high school coach that desires to break into college basketball coaching
    4. College coach looking to complete a master’s degree program to advance career
  • A two-year commitment is desired, renewed after one year based on satisfactory academic and work-related performance (August 1st  – May 30th annually)
Applicant Information:
To be considered for this position, a complete application must be received. A complete application packet will include the following:
  • Letter of interest for the position
  • Resume including 3 references with accurate contact information
  • Application and Acceptance to DWU for Master of Education program
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process; official will be required upon hire to admissions)
Full tuition covered for graduate-level classes, $3,000 stipend for the 10-months and a commuter student meal plan through the university dining services.
– Locating off-campus housing is the responsibility of the selected candidate (on-campus housing is not an option)
A two-year commitment is preferred, renewed after one year based on satisfactory academic and work-related performance.
  • Employment offers are contingent on individuals being accepted into the graduate program and successful background check.
Apply and submit materials to [email protected]
Review of application will begin immediately and will remain open until filled.
Dakota Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
About DWU:
Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) is a private, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, granting associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The University’s mission is to provide a transformative learning experience that cultivates enduring intellectual growth, ethically grounded leadership, intentional faith exploration, and meaningful service. The University serves approximately 1,000 students from across the nation and around the world, including a significant number of first-generation students from the Great Plains region. Dakota Wesleyan’s profile is on the rise both regionally and nationally. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Dakota Wesleyan as best value school in the Midwest and as one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest. In the past decade, university donors have made possible a new health science center; a black box theater and alumni welcome center; a 90,000 sq ft sport and wellness complex; a new residence hall; and the new School of Business, Innovation and Leadership.
DWU is located in Mitchell, South Dakota, a community of 15,000, nestled in the heart of one of the country’s finest outdoor recreation areas. Mitchell is the sixth largest city in South Dakota and home to the world’s only Corn Palace. The University is within an hour’s drive of Sioux Falls, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest statistical metropolitan areas. It is within a six-hour drive of several major metropolitan areas (Omaha, NE; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO).
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