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Graduate Professional Assistant of Aquatics

Company: George Mason University
Location: Fairfax
Posted on: January 27, 2023

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University Life

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Mason Recreation

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Graduate Assistant (Teaching/Research/Lecturer)

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Graduate Professional Assistant of Aquatics

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Graduate Professional Assistant of Aquatics

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Fairfax, VA

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$26,400 compensation package

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Graduate Professional Assistant of Aquatics

Open to George Mason University graduate students enrolled for the 2023-2024 academic year

George Mason University's Division of University Life is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, team-centered, and forward-thinking individual for the role of Graduate Professional Assistant of Aquatics in Mason Recreation. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Department:

Mason Recreation is a dynamic organization that includes a strong team consisting of 24 full-time professionals and over 400 student staff members. We support multiple programs including The EDGE: Team Development and Experiential Learning challenge course located on Mason's Sci Tech Campus, Outdoor Adventures, Fitness, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Aquatics, and Well-Being. Our Fairfax campus facilities include the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) (125,000 square feet), the Aquatics and Fitness Center (AFC) (91,000 square feet), Skyline Fitness Center (11,000 square feet), four Fields (natural grass and turf), Tennis Courts, and nature trails.


The Graduate Professional Assistant position will consist of a $26,400 compensation package that includes a stipend payment of $16,800. The remaining compensation will be applied towards tuition, evenly distributed between the Fall and Spring semesters. The position will be from August 10, 2023 to May 9, 2024.


Personnel Management:

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and schedule lifeguard and swim instructor staff;

  • Assist with staff development through the development and implementation of new employee orientations, in-service trainings, safety audits, and staff meetings;

  • Aid in the editing and maintaining of operational manuals to include customer service, staff development, and employee expectations and responsibilities;

  • Facilitate employee incentive and appreciation program; and

  • Disseminate a comprehensive body of information to employed student wage and wage staff to ensure effective team functioning through newsletters, staff meetings, etc.

    Facility Management:

    • Review and track staff communication logs, aquatic chemical and oxygen contracts, and budgets;

    • Track and maintain inventory of safety equipment, first aid supplies, event equipment, chemicals, and recreational swim equipment;

    • Manage cleanliness of pump room to include chlorinators, lint and hair strainers;

    • Review and maintain daily cleaning logs, pump room log, and equipment safety checks to include lane lines, ladders, etc.;

    • Perform minor pump room repairs to include re-starting pool pumps, acid feeders and chlorinators;

    • Learn day to day operations of facility; and

    • Serve as lifeguard when needed.

      Program Management:

      • Oversee the administration of our swim lesson programs to increase offerings;

      • Track and maintain all aquatic assessments to include swim lesson and safety course registrants, patron usage, etc.;

      • Coordinate and collaborate with university peers for aquatic events to include dive in movies, RA events, and others as requested;

      • Assist with planning and coordination of annual Splash Night event;

      • Assist with all event set up and serve as part of event administrator rotation; and

      • Other duties as assigned.

        Required Qualifications:

        • Bachelor's degree required from an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to candidates specializing in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Kinesiology, or other related field;

        • Students must be admitted to a graduate degree program at George Mason University;

        • Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA;

        • This position requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, and is eligible for renewal upon mutual agreement; and

        • Must become American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Certifications within 6 weeks of employment.

          Preferred Qualifications:

          • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Certifications;

          • Current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification; and

          • Current American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification.

            Special Instructions to Applicants

            For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

            For Full Consideration, Apply by:

            January 22, 2023; this is a nonbinding date; this position may close at any time.

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            Mason Ad Statement

            Great Careers Begin at Mason!

            George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

            Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

            If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

            George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

            Equity Statement

            George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

            Campus Safety Information

            Mason's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at http://police.gmu.edu/annual-security-report/

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