Graduate Assistant Program

The graduate assistant program at California Baptist University is designed to supplement students' graduate study, preferably in the applicant's particular field of study. In order to fulfill the role of a graduate assistant, one must be accepted into an approved graduate program of study in order to be considered. An approved graduate program is a post bachelor's degree program that results in a master's or doctoral degree (rather than a certificate) from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency. Once selected, each graduate assistant will be required to be enrolled full time each semester throughout the entire term of their appointment. Full-time enrollment varies based on the institution and program of study. Each graduate assistant will be required to submit proof of full-time enrollment during each term of appointment. 

The application period for 2018-2019 has closed.

Anticipated Graduate Assistant Positions

CBU offers a variety of graduate assistant positions. Applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one position. Below are short descriptions of each anticipated position. Full job descriptions are available in the Office of Leadership and Transitions.

ASCBU (student government): The GA will assist in the training and advising of the ASCBU executive council and student senate. 

AthleticsAthletic Training Rec Sports: The GA will further develop their knowledge, clinical skills, abilities and patient-centered care by gaining hands-on experience working with CBU intercollegiate athletics and recreation sports programs under the guidance of full-time staff members (applicants must be NATA certified).

Career Center: The GA will assist in Career Center programming created to professionally develop and equip students for their future careers. Duties include, conducting career counseling appointments, résumé reviews and assisting in the planning and execution of events and fairs. 

Community Life—Recreational Programs: The GA will assist in program development of various recreational sports and outdoor adventure programs both on- and off-campus. This GA will also assist in the selection, training and supervision of the Community Life undergraduate student leaders as well as multiple student referees. 

International Center: The GA will assist international students in their integration to CBU and American culture. This person will be involved in event programming, student leadership training, international student orientation, registration and administrative support for the International Center. 

Leadership and Transitions:  The GA will assist in the development and management of the student leadership program. Other duties will also include the development and intentional promotion of student development and learning through programming and collaboration with other departments.

New Student Programs: The GA will assist in the selection, training and supervision of the FOCUS (Orientation) interns and leaders. This GA will also assist in the planning and implementation of Welcome Weekend and the FOCUS class.

Spiritual Life—Compassion Ministries: The role of the Compassion Ministries GA is to assist the OSL staff in creating opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with Christ by tangibly serving others during weekly projects and weekend excursions.

Spiritual Life—Mobilization: This GA will assist in creating opportunities for students to grow in their relationship with Christ through training, development and participation in International Service Projects.

Spiritual LifeUniversity Ministries: The GA will assist in the recruitment and development of student interns, help coordinate men’s and student-athlete's ministries, help coordinate care of Third Culture Kids and help design and implement inroads for Spiritual Life to reach non-traditional populations. 

Spiritual Life—Women's Ministry: The role of the Women's Ministry GA is to assist the OSL staff in creating opportunities for female students to grow in their relationship with Christ through discipleship events and small groups. 

Recreation Center—Facilities This GA position focuses on facility management including safety, risk management, policy development/enforcement and day-to-day operations. In addition, they are responsible for assisting in developing, implementing and evaluating/assessing the development and training of student workers.

Recreation Center—Fitness: This GA position focuses on fitness programs, including development and assessment, and staff selection and training. In addition, they are responsible for assisting in developing, implementing and evaluating/assessing the development and training of student workers.

Residence Life: This GA position is a live-in position designed to assist the residence director with the day-to-day operation of an assigned living area. GA responsibilities include assisting with paraprofessional training and supervision, participating in the student discipline process, programming, mentoring and maintaining positive student relationships. In addition, a Residence Life GA will work in one of the three following special focus areas:

  1. Collaborative programming: The collaborative programming GA will provide assistance with all Residence Life large-scale programs, which include the Halloween event, Woo Fest, etc. This position will research and develop multiple opportunities for interdepartmental programming.
  2. Residential marketing: The residential marketing GA will assist in developing a professional and uniformed brand for Residence Life. They will assist living areas in creating attractive and creative advertisements and marketing plans. This position will train and develop RAs and professional staff in new and creative marketing and advertisement strategies. 
  3. Paraprofessional development: The paraprofessional development GA will play a major role in assisting with fall and spring trainings, as well as the monthly social and developmental RA meetings. This position will also have the opportunity to participate in the RA selection process throughout the academic year. Working closely with the assistant director of Residence Life, this GA will research and assist in frequent staff development opportunities.