The purpose of the Athletics Graduate Assistant program is to support promising individuals who are committed to a career in intercollegiate athletics and to continuing their education at the graduate level.
The graduate assistant appointments include: a full waiver of graduate tuition (student is responsible for paying associated fees), a monthly stipend, health insurance coverage and other benefits provided to athletics department employees (benefits vary, but may include complimentary admission to athletic events).
Graduate Assistants are required to work an average of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Hours required may vary by assigned area. Duties will vary with area of assignment.
This listing is a rolling listing that will stay open through summer 2023. Hiring managers will pull applicants from the pool as positions become available. If you are a chosen candidate, you may expect a response from a hiring manager directly, no later than June 2023. If you no longer would like to be considered for a position during this time, you can remove your application through your profile at any time.
Below is a comprehensive list of each area within athletics with graduate assistant positions. However, vacancies vary by semester.
An Assistant Academic Advisor works with student-athletes in individualized sessions on skills that are important in developing the prepared student. The sessions also help students learn useful study techniques and improve problem solving strategies. Assistant Advisors also teach students how to utilize their unique learning style to maximize the time spent studying for their classes. Graduate Assistants are assigned to an academic advisor, reporting grades and status updates to coaches and sport administrators. Assistant Academic Advisors are provided professional development workshops to further advance their workplace skills and knowledge of athletic advising. The assistant advising program prepares graduate assistants for a career in academic advising and academic support services.
Assist Director of Community Relations with day-to-day task related to promoting the OU brand in the community. Duties include, but not limited to: coordinate request for student-athletes, staff and spirit members for appearances, speaking engagements, etc. in the community and request for autographed items. Assist with scheduling Sooner Jr. FANS Assemblies at local schools, Adopt-a-School program and the Sooner Jr. Kids Club.
The Athletics Compliance GA assists the Director of Compliance for Financial Aid/Athletic Scholarships within the office, with opportunities to assist in other areas as well. Primary responsibilities will be ordering checks for student-athletes, assisting with bursar account questions, maintaining aid spreadsheets, creating book lists and maintaining the SAF Clothing Fund process.
Sooner Club graduate assistants help with the day-to-day operations of the advancement office. Participating in a wide range of activities including donor relations, game day hospitality, membership engagement, and special projects. As part of the fundraising arm of the athletics department, a graduate assistant will gain hands-on experience with donor engagement and fundraising initiatives.
Graduate Assistants with equipment will either work with a specific sport or in the equipment room assisting equipment managers with daily operations, practice duties, and assisting with competition set up and breakdown.
Event Management GAs assist with the planning, execution and evaluation of all NCAA events, University events, special events and championships hosted by the University of Oklahoma. GAs also assist with facility operations, game management, risk management, and set up/tear down of all events.
The Headington Hall graduate assistant will have the following duties: Supervision of Desk Staff or Resident Advisors, Assist with Headington Hall Student Leadership Association, Assist with Student Conduct, Lead Student Staff Selection, Training, and/or Recognition initiatives, Participate in Duty Rotation, Participate in Check-in / Check-out for Headington Hall, Lead recruiting tours for potential residents, and Assist with event management for conference space on JD Lewis Family Floor.
People & Culture
The Athletics People and Culture graduate assistant will assist in training compliance monitoring, onboarding of new staff members, staff development initiatives and programming, department-wide staff events, and other human resource related duties. The P&C GA will also assist the Assistant Athletics Director of People & Culture with retention and hiring initiatives.
The Athletics Marketing Graduate Assistant will assist the full-time marketing staff in the marketing and promotional efforts of assigned sports. They will develop and implement promotional plans and gameday activities for assigned sports. This position will also oversee the hiring, scheduling, and supervision of the student internship program.
Athletic Trainer is a credentialed, licensed health care professional providing primary medical care for intercollegiate athletes.
The PROS graduate assistant manages day to day administrative duties for the PROS office and staff. Duties may include coordination of group assessment services, management of office assessment inventory, and communicating with the Athletics Business Office. Additionally, the GA maintains office documents (i.e., HIPAA documentation, security and safety training certificates). GAs schedule clients for appointments and help coordinate the schedules for the PROS psychiatrist.
Strength and Conditioning
Assist full time staff with the physical development of OU student-athletes. Graduate assistant may be assigned full sport-specific responsibilities and oversight based on competency.
The Ticket Office Graduate Assistant will assist in the daily operations of department in handling (but not limited to) customer service, email management, event management and maintaining staff development activities. The position is part of a high-energy office setting and requires several night and weekend hours to assist on event days.
Work closely with the Director of Sport Science to provide applied sport science services to all OU student-athletes. Serve as the primary sport scientist for specific teams (designated by the Director of Sport Science). Develop effective sport-specific educational presentations and handout materials for student-athletes. Maintain ongoing communications with coaching staffs, strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers, team physicians, mental health staff, and administration regarding preparation and recovery issues affecting student-athletes. Assist with individual and team gameday operations related to preparation assessments and recovery strategies. Assess and analyze preparation and recovery practices, including needs analysis, physiological and biomechanical assessments and customized recovery protocols. Assist research, analysis and translation of scientific inquiry and research studies for sport science initiatives. Potential travel with various teams is possible. May be required to perform additional duties deemed necessary by the Director of Sport Science or coaching staffs.
Required Education: Bachelor's degree. Must be current or incoming OU Graduate Student and enrolled in the SUMMER and/or FALL semester(s) worked. If not yet enrolled for classes, please attach document explaining actual or estimated application and/or enrollment date in the area reserved for class schedule. Applicants need not be admitted into the Graduate College to apply. However, no offer of employment will be extended without verification of Graduate College and program acceptance and enrollment. Please be advised of Graduate College and intended program deadlines which may be sooner than graduate assistant application deadlines.
- Must attach class schedule
Skills and abilities:
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
- Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
- Strong initiative to solve problems
- Communicate and interact effectively, respectfully and appropriately with diverse populations in the Department, the University, and the community.
- Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills with colleagues, student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks in a high stress environment.
- Ability to gain and maintain working knowledge of university, Big 12, and NCAA rules and regulations
- Valid driver’s license may be required for specific assignments
Advertised Physical Requirements:
- Must be able to engage in repetitive motions and communicate.
- Some assignments may require ability to stand for long periods of time and/or lift up to 25 pounds.
Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy. To view the policy, visit https://hr.ou.edu/Policies-Handbooks/TB-Testing.
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