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Graduate Assistantships

New England College Graduate and Professional Studies offer students the opportunity to apply and participate in Graduate Assistantships, while receiving a tuition discount.

Coursework and other academic obligations are priority responsibilities of graduate students at New England College. Graduate assistantships typically require 20 hours/per week, with specific schedules determined by the supervisor. Most involve evening and weekend commitments.

If you are interested in applying to become a Graduate Assistant, or are seeking additional information on any of these positions, please contact graduate admission at:

Application (download and then fill out this PDF form electroncially)

Listing of Potential Assistantships

Creative Writing Department

The Creative Writing Department is planning a series of high-visibility events for the 2019-2020 academic year; most notably, we will be hosting poets, scholars, cultural ministers and artists from China for a Symposium scheduled for late October that will attract cultural and media attention from New England region media to continue to position New England College as a high-visibility destination for the arts in New England. In addition, in part due to merging with the NHIA, there will be a series of high-visibility events scheduled throughout the year that will require on-ground planning and management assistance: Example: The New England College Creative Writing Reading Series that will bring writers of note to campus for workshops and readings throughout the academic year; The New Hampshire Poetry Festival event (the undergraduate program will assist the NEC MFA program and the NH Poetry Society in this endeavor (we provided undergraduate volunteers last year, but would like to increase professional visibility in this area); the New Hampshire Humanities Council New American Voices collaborative venues/events); promotion and marketing of The Henniker Review that has moved into national publication status; coordination with The NHIA Creative Writing department to help assist in “onboarding” to New England College through merging events in order to assist in creating a collaborative event management system for the two departments. 

Health Educator

The primary objective of this position is to assist the Health Educator to utilize evidence and theory-based principles to plan, develop and implement wellness initiatives on campus, with a focus on substance misuse reduction, and the goal of achieving measurable improvements to health behaviors and in support of student success. Methods include: instruct students in principles of wellness through group or individual instruction; assist in training and supervising Peer Health Educator(s); coordinate student-centered wellness events and observances; and develop awareness campaigns using various mediums (fliers, ads, bulletin boards, social media, etc.) to address alcohol and other drugs and health related issues.

Graduate Admission

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Graduate Admissions will assist admissions counselors and program directors for graduate education programs. The GA will develop, implement, and assess evidence-based marketing and recruitment plans for each of the graduate education programs, including our MS in Higher Education Administration and our Doctorate of Education. The GA will work closely with program directors, admissions staff, and other program stakeholders. Additionally, the GA will attend recruitment events on behalf of New England College.

Intramural Sports

The GA will organize a sports schedule of intramurals and rec sports that will give our students the ability to compete in a healthy nature, as well as help with stress management, meeting new people, and aid in retention efforts of our students. The graduate assistant will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of all intramural sports, as well as working with other departments such as Residential Life & Housing and First Year Experience to help support organized sport competitions like flag football, dodgeball, etc.

Outdoor Education and Adventure Bound

The Graduate Assistant will oversee the Adventure Bound Program that is offered to students on the ground and enrolled at NEC. This starts with the NEWT program that is NEC’s Outdoor Orientation Program and continues throughout the year with educational and outdoor skills as well as opportunity to train and mentor Outdoor Education students. The Adventure Bound Program serves to deliver outdoor educational opportunities for students to engage with and in nature. The Graduate Assistant supports the students within the club to design and implement these opportunities throughout the year. 

Student Conduct

Reporting directly to the Director of Student Conduct, the GA will be responsible for adjudicating lower level policy infractions, assessing several areas related to Student Conduct, including student satisfaction and retention, and researching best practices as it comes to the field of Student Conduct. This person will also gain valuable knowledge in the areas of crisis management, computer software (Advocate), training, and advising/supervising.

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement hires and supervises between 15-20 work study students for various positions, and a Graduate Assistant plays a huge role in the supervision and training of these students on a daily basis. The Graduate Assistant would be working during the afternoons and evening supervising the Charter Coffeehouse space which is open 7 days a week (4pm-1am). This space serves hundreds of NEC students; a Graduate Assistant is instrumental in assisting in its daily operations, running events, staffing, and supply maintenance. A Graduate Assistant is also vital in helping advise OSE’s student organizations and clubs, helping with event management. A GA is important to the planning and implementations of major campus-wide events and traditions (River Day, Pancake Breakfast, NEC Takes Over the Peak, Up All Night, etc.). Finally, an OSE Graduate Assistantship offers a student in NEC’s Higher Ed master’s program a practical experience in addition to theoretical course work. 

Student Success Coach (2 positions available)

Creating a connection to a college community is a vital component to student retention.  Having a graduate assistant in the Academic Advising office would allow more students to benefit from a hands-on onboarding experience.  Making this connection to an office/individual early on in a student’s college experience will offer a consistent contact for a student should any problems arise, and allow for the retention specialist to proactively provide resources. 

More individual attention could also be paid to a student’s interests allowing for connections to be made to clubs and organizations, creating a tie to the NEC community. Each graduate assistant would be connected with an academic division to liaise and work with specific faculty and specified student cohorts based on program or major of interest.

Assistantships will have overlapping responsibilities with each encompassing a specific area of emphasis to improve retention: data analytics, first-year experience, success coaching, and the utilization of technology.