Opening for Graduate Assistantship Positions

Graduate students that meet the minimum requirements and are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should follow the proper steps to completing an application:

  1. Contact your academic department for any openings
  2. View published openings of graduate assistantships listed below and contact the office directly if interested

The ideal time to apply for graduate assistantships is May-June for Fall and November for Spring. Offices must have assistantship positions filled by August 1 for the Fall semester. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact msu.gradstudies@murraystate.edu.

Current Openings

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Office of Development

Graduate Assistant

The Office of Development is responsible for coordination of philanthropic activities for Murray State University.

Graduate Assistant – will work closely with the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, but will also assist other development projects as needed.

  • Able to work 20 hours per week
  • Schedule availability between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during our regular office hours.
  • Occasional evenings will be required (Sunday – Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Salary: 20 hours per week for 15 weeks at $14.85 per hour

Job Description Summary:

  • Assist with interviews and training in Racer-Thon call center
  • Prospect research
  • Create fliers for events and/or brochures
  • Assist Manager of Research and Records with data entry
  • Assist with event planning
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education

  • Education/training in higher education, public relations, journalism, marketing or related communications field.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Good public relations writing skills
  • Good oral communications skills
  • Dependability and self-motivation is a must
  • Good typing/computer skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail is a must
  • Application letter, resume and references required
  • Driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Telecommunication or sales/fundraising experience.
  • Understanding of the university departmental structure.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to research individuals as possible new donors to the university
  • Ability to interview individuals from a variety of academic and administrative areas by phone, email and in person
  • Tact
  • Confidentiality
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Familiarity with Google Drive applications (Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office
  • Ability to take direction and constructive criticism

Documents Needed to Apply

Please forward the following Required Documents to:
Kimberly Newbern, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Office of Development
200 Heritage Hall, Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
*Documents can also be submitted by email: knewbern@murraystate.edu
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Application
  3. References
  4. Expected Graduation Date

Campus Recreation & Wellness – Intramural Sports

*Spring 2016

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work with a variety of students from diverse backgrounds and provide effective leadership is necessary.
  • Demonstrate sport officiating experience and experience training officials.
  • Strong customer service skills and a dependable professional attitude are a must. Evident organizational skills, record keeping, written and oral communication skills are desired.
  • Red Cross CPR and AED certifications and/or recognized certifications in fitness, group exercise, or personal training are preferred but not required.
  • Position is contingent upon admission to Murray State University and enrolls as a full-time graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Position Duties:

  • Plan, organize, publicize, administer and evaluate the intramural program.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate, and schedule intramural officials and supervisors.
  • Hold informational meetings for team captains, officials, and supervisors.
  • Maintain sportsmanship and fair play for all participants.
  • Develop and assist with revisions of policies and procedures as appropriate.
  • Oversight of day to day operations in the absence of professional staff.
  • Monitor safety, security and risk management for daily operations and events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Steve Leitch, sleitch@murraystate.edu. Position will remain open until filled.  

Faculty Development Center

Public Relations Intern (Spring 2016)
  • Able to work 20 hours per week during the spring semester.
  • Schedule availability between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during our regular office hours.
Salary: 20 hours per week for 15 weeks at $11 per hour.)

Job Description Summary:

  • Create a campaign to raise the Faculty Development Center’s profile with faculty and administrators.
  • Conduct interviews and surveys.
  • Research best practices in Faculty Development Centers (also known as Centers for Teaching and Learning) marketing and communication.
  • Write news releases that will be sent to traditional and new media.
  • Create fliers for events, social media posts and/or brochures for center.
  • Create and manage social media accounts for center.
  • Assist with promotion of FDC events, including our Spring Speaker series on March 31, 2016.
  • Update campus calendars with FDC information.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Copy edit Teaching Tuesday newsletter each week.

Required Education

  • Education/training in public relations, journalism, marketing or related communications field.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of how to construct a news/feature story.
  • Knowledge of Facebook and Twitter for promotion.
  • Good news/feature/public relations writing skills.
  • Good oral communications skills.
  • Dependability and self-motivation a must.
  • Good typing/computer skills.
  • Application letter, writing samples and references required.
  • Driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional writing experience.
  • Understanding of the university departmental structure.

Special Requirements

  • Accuracy.
  • Correct grammar and punctuation both as a writer and an editor.
  • Ability to thoroughly research background for stories.
  • Ability to interview individuals from a variety of academic and administrative areas by phone, email and in person.
  • Tact.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Google Drive applications (Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Forms)
  • Familiarity with PowerPoint
  • Ability to take direction and constructive criticism.

Documents Needed to Apply

Please forward the following Required Documents to Dr. Elizabeth Price, Director, Faculty Development Center, 107 CENTER Applied Science, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071, or by email to eprice4@murraystate.edu
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Application
  3. Writing Sample

Posting Specific Questions

  1. Describe your writing experience, specifically related to News, Feature and/or Public Relations writing. (Open Ended Question)
  2. Describe your project management experience, particularly in terms of public relations. (Open Ended Question)
  3. Which public relations courses have you taken, and how will you apply those skills to this position? (Open Ended Question)
  4. Why are you interested in this position? (Open Ended Question)

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