Graduate Assistant 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, listed below, and contact the office directly

The ideal time to apply for graduate assistantships is May-June for the fall semester,  and November for the spring semester. Offices must have assistantship positions filled by August 1 for the Fall semester.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Current openings

The ideal time to apply for graduate assistantships is May-June for the fall semester, and November for the spring semester. Offices must have assistantship positions filled by August 1 for the Fall semester.


Position Type
Graduate Assistantship

Hours Per Week

Work Location
Murray, Main Campus

Office of Development

Work Hours
Days, evenings
(dependent on Director’s schedule)

Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree

Christian Barnes, Director of Annual Giving - - Email your resume, cover letter, and reference list to Mr. Barnes.  

Summary of Job Duties & Responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant for Annual Giving will report to the Director of Annual Giving. The primary duty of the Graduate Assistant position is to support the Annual Giving program, including some supervision over the Racer-Thon student fundraising program. In this capacity, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing general administrative support to the Director of Annual Giving
  • Assisting the Director of Annual Giving with direct mail projects, including reports
  • Some communications oversight – social media
  • Responsibility for assisting with special projects assigned by the Director of Annual Giving

Racer-thon Student Fundraising Program

  • Completing/Revising loading calling pools for the evening
  • Scheduling/Coordinating interviews, trainings and evaluation processes
  • Analyzing project data reports
  • Supervise/Coach student shifts/calls
  • Verify Credit Card information
  • Monitoring incoming voicemails
  • Verify pledges over $250
  • Make real-time decisions towards optimizing our productivity for each shift
  • Develop & utilize motivational techniques for student callers

Other duties as assigned by the Director of Annual Giving may include:

  • Assist with promotions of fundraising campaigns
  • Assist the Assistant Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations with special projects
  • Assist with general office duties
  • Assist the Office of Development and/or Office of Alumni Relations with campus events

Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements

  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Great interpersonal skills, supervisory, multi-tasking, and organizational skills required
  • Must be able to quickly adapt to address changing circumstances and personalities

Preferred Education and/or Experience Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Nonprofit Management, Communication/Marketing, or related field
  • Experience in event planning
  • Experience with graphic design

Department:Campus Recreation & Wellness

Job Title:Fitness - Graduate Assistant

Reports to:Director

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with hiring and training of new fitness staff
  • Assist in creating a group fitness schedule
  • Assist in assigning clients to personal trainers, as well as tracking personal training revenue and obtaining client feedback
  • Instruct group fitness classes
  • Train or assist with personal training clients in a one-on-one and/or group setting
  • Administer or assist with fitness assessments
  • Marketing and campus outreach to promote programs
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Windows OS and Google productivity suite
  • Must have or be able to get a valid CPR/AED certification
  • If MSU Undergraduate: minimum 1 year working at the Wellness Center required, 2 + years preferred.


  • $10 hour (Graduate)
  • $9 hour (Undergraduate)

Contact Information:

Travis Rawe, Director of Campus Recreation & Wellness


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to the Director of Campus Recreation. Accepting applications until the position is filled.


This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity M/F/D, AA employer.


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