Graduate Leadership Coordinator

Graduate Leadership Coordinator

At the present time, this position is filled for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Position Summary

The Graduate Coordinator is directly supervised by the Coordinator for Leadership and Administration.  This position assists in coordinating the various leadership efforts and programs for students offered by the Office of Residence Life including supporting the hall councils, co-advising the Resident Student Association, and the National Residence Hall Honorary and supporting administrative initiatives with the Coordinator for Leadership and Administration. 

Experience You'll Gain

  • Advising
  • Supervision and management


  • Full Tuition Scholarship
  • $11,635 Stipend
  • Meal Plan valued at $3,438
  • One-bedroom Furnished Apartment
  • All utilities covered (water, heat, electricity, basic phone and cable)
  • Reserved Parking Space
  • Private Office and Desktop Computer

Employment Term

Position filled for the 2023-24 Academic School Year.

Time Commitment

10-month, 20 hours scheduled per week, plus an additional 8 hours based on housing and meal plan compensation. This position includes additional evening and weekend hours with live-in responsibilities.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills

The Graduate Coordinator must be a full-time graduate student in College Student Personnel, Higher Education or a related field at Bowling Green State University. To be successful in this position, the Graduate Coordinator must have a demonstrated desire to work with leadership programs, staff supervision, and customer service in a residential setting. In addition, the Graduate Coordinator must have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and a demonstrated desire to work with diverse individuals and groups. Prior leadership experience working in a residential setting and experience advising student organizations or staff supervision is preferred. 


Major Responsibilities

  • Co-advise, and the opportunity to directly advise, the Resident Student Association (RSA) and/or National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
  • Implement and facilitate an advance leadership course (a one credit leadership course in the fall semester
  • Directly responsible for the design and implementation of the Leaders in Residence program during the spring semester, including the advertising, registration, program design, training of facilitators, budget, and assessment
  • Coordinate, implement, and provide direction in the area of leadership development for hall council members and the Resident Student Association, as well as other leadership development initiatives in the Office of Residence Life
  • Serve as an Academic Success Coach for residential and residential leadership students.
  • Conduct follow-up conversations with residents on academic success issues as identified by RAs during the Falcon Success and Retention Curriculum (FSRC) conversations.
  • Make resources referrals to Academic Advisors, Learning Commons, Counseling Center, Bursar, Financial Aid, and other resources relevant to academic success issues.
  • Talk with students about residential resources such as the Faculty Peer Mentors, Academic Peer Mentors, and Academic Resource Centers.
  • Help student identify their Academic Advisor, College Offices, DARS Reporting System, Etc.
  • Serve on the duty/on-call rotation
  • Counsel students and respond to crisis situations that may occur in the residence halls while on duty
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with residents, families, faculty, advisors, and other constituents found on-campus
  • Attend and participate in staff training sessions and meetings
  • Attend and participate in staff selection sessions and meetings
  • Participate on committees within Residence Life (student staff selection and training) to continue to move the Office of Residence Life toward its mission and vision
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities Include

  • Manage the leadership programming budgets
  • Create and facilitate professional and personal development for both Resident Advisor staff and professional staff
  • Instructor co-instruct the Resident Advisor class
  • Present or co-present sessions during student staff trainings (Resident Advisor, Community Assistant, Academic Peer Mentor, SMART, Student Desk Manager, and/or Desk Clerk)
  • Represent the Office of Residence Life at recruitment and large admissions functions
  • Support Bowling Green State University and Office of Residence Life initiatives

Application Process

There are many steps to the application process. To help you better understand the timeline, please review the schedule below:

Step 1
Apply and be accepted into a Graduate College.
Step 2 Send your resume and cover letter to
Step 3 Candidates are interviewed on an on-going basis.
Step 4 Decisions will be made on an on-going basis.  Notification letters will be sent to selected candidates.
Step 5 Graduate student on-boarding and training begins mid-July, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Residence Life’s live-in Graduate Student Assistants typically include the Graduate Hall Directors, Graduate Leadership Coordinator, Graduate SMART Coordinator and Graduate Academic Support Coordinator. This policy applies to any individual living within a Residence Life owned/operated apartment as part of the compensation for their assistantship.  

The following persons are eligible to live with the Graduate Student Assistant and will be considered a “roommate” for the purposes of this policy.  

  • Spouse - Person of the same or opposite gender to whom an employee is legally married and defined by the BGSU Benefit Plan Eligibility PolicyPlease Note: the benefit policy document does not apply to the partner, but the criteria for eligibility to share the apartment is defined.
  • Dependent(s)

For more specific information regarding partners living on campus, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

There are numerous professional development opportunities on campus that are available to Graduate Assistants.  Every year both GAs and full-time staff attend and present at regional and national conferences. Commonly attended conferences included: ACPA, OCPA, OASPA, NASPA, NASPA-3E, and GLACUHO.

There are not funds that are provided from the Office of Residence Life, but there are professional development funds that are available through the CSP program, the Division of Student Affairs, and Graduate Student Senate.

Graduate Assistants are trained in a wide variety of areas prior to the beginning of the year and throughout the year.  Topics include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Crisis Management & Response
  • Desk Operations
  • Student Conduct
  • Hall Government
  • Supervision
  • Housing Occupancy procedures and protocols

RA training includes topics such as (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Listening Skills
  • Mental Health Referrals
  • Recognizing and Caring for Individuals in Distress
  • Diversity Resources on Campus
  • Inclusive Programming
  • Bulletin Boards

Although traditional programming does occur in the BGSU residence halls, it is part of an overall residential curriculum.  The Falcon Success and Retention Curriculum (FSRC) is the overall framework for community building, programming, and services in the BGSU residence halls. In addition to Social Interaction, the five areas (priorities) emphasized in the model (Academic Success, Safety and Security, Engagement, Inclusivity, and Personal Growth) form the basis of our curriculum and encourage our students to successfully transition to college life, invest in themselves and their hall community, build strong relationships with others in their buildings and on campus, and remain at BGSU through graduation from the institution.

Every Hall Director team is responsible for developing and implementing the FSRC for her/his area.  Through effective leadership from Hall Directors to RA staff and Hall Council leaders, the activities, initiatives, and interactions planned for the FSRC are attainable and measurable.

All Residence Education staff can select to participate in one committee per academic year. The following opportunities have been offered in the past:

Selection - Review and update position descriptions for RA, Student Desk Manager (SDM), and Graduate Assistant (GA), RA/SDM work agreement contracts; plan Selection schedule and RA/SDM/GA Recruitment Information Sessions; devise and execute marketing plan; create interview schedule for both CSP Interview Weekends; work with Residence Education Leadership Team for selection of GAs; connect with CSP for logistics of interview process and hiring.

Training - Set RA/SDM/SMART/Hall Staff training schedule and RA/SDM/SMART/Hall Staff training learning outcomes; create assessment plan; facilitate all training logistics (e.g., presenters, meals, room reservation, etc.).

Although many Graduate Assistants choose to take an internship or job at another institution over the summer for a different institutional experience, there may be internships available for Graduate Assistants who would like to stay and work/live on campus over the summer between their first and second year of the CSP program

The Office of Residence Life provides a furnished apartment for Graduate Assistants.  These are one bedroom apartments with a full kitchen, bathroom, and living area and have the following standard furniture:

  • (1) loveseat
  • (1) lounge chair
  • (1) end table
  • (1) coffee table
  • (1) dining table with seating for two  (based on the apartment layout)
  • (1) full sized mattress set and a metal bed frame
  • (1) dresser
  • (1) nightstand
  • (1) student desk & chair
  • A stipend of $11,250 full tuition scholarship
  • Staff housing accommodations valued at $10,000
  • 10% discount at Falcon Outfitters
  • Meal plan currently valued at approximately $3,438 will be provided during the 10-month period of employment*.  Full meal service is not provided during academic breaks and at times when the dining halls are closed  
  • A desktop computer and reserved parking space are also provided, but the student covers the cost of the parking permit (~$115/year)
  • All utilities including water, heat, electricity, basic phone service, laundry, and basic digital cable service are provided at no additional cost. All apartments are air-conditioned.  

*Compensation figures are based on 2019-20.  

Graduate Assistants are not permitted to own pets outside of those within the Residence Life Community Living Standards, except fish in an aquarium no larger than 20 gallons.

Please note: All position information, including the compensation, are subject to change. The information provided on this page is a reflection of the current academic school year position. If you have any questions about the Application Process, please email us at Thank you for your interest in the position!

Updated: 05/12/2023 10:37AM