Job: Graduate Assistant for Foundation Year Program (UT-Austin)

Deadline for Applications: August 8, 2016

KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) Foundation Year
Position Posting: Graduate Assistant for Foundation Year Program

International Student & Scholar Services is looking for a GA to assist with the coordination of the KAUST Foundation Year Program. This program supports a talented group of pre-matriculated undergraduate Saudi Arabian students who are preparing to enter U.S. universities in the STEM field. We are looking for a graduate student to provide support to the Foundation Year Coordinator and to provide academic and personal support for the students during their Foundation Year program.

Hours: 20 hours per week. The hourly rate is $13 with an opportunity to increase to $14.
Starting: August 15, 2016
Additional: This position is benefits-eligible.
Deadline to Apply: August 8, 2016
How to Apply: Email Genevieve Countryman at gcountryman@austin.utexas.edu

Position Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate pre-arrival information and support the arrival of students, including airport pick-up and logistical arrangements.
  • Support students in their studies through outreach and small group discussion sessions.
  • Support the development of publications and written information for the students.
  • Organize orientations, meetings and receptions (both formal and informal).
  • Provide student support in the form of frequent communication with the students, informal tutoring, and transportation to events.
  • Provide administrative support in the form of clerical assistance or other duties.
  • Assist with development and execution of intercultural programs for the students, including weekend excursions.
  • Lead a mentor program specific to this group of students and their academic and personal needs.
  • Coordinate volunteer opportunities.
  • Assist with general advising of students about university applications procedures. 

Required Qualifications: Must be a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin and in good standing at the university (eligible to work). Experience working directly with college/university students. Ability to demonstrate initiative and has strong administrative, organizational, and problem solving skills.  Ability to work with diverse populations and to work collaboratively within a team atmosphere. Advanced oral and written communication skills.  Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment. Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.

Preferred Qualifications: Relevant international experience; experience working with international students or scholars; graduate student in Higher Education Administration, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies Department, or related fields.