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Graduate assistantships

Graduate assistantships are an instrumental part of the Center for Sport Leadership (CSL) experience. While not required, nearly every CSL student over the past decade has benefited from a graduate assistantship (GA). These experiences prepare students for a future in the sport industry, build their resume, and develop their network.

Students are encouraged to apply for GA positions once they have applied to the CSL for admission. Each student is limited to applying to a maximum of three (3) GA positions. Follow the instructions within each GA position description below when applying for a given position. If you have any questions about GAs within the CSL please contact Greg Greenhalgh 804-827-5148 or gpgreenhalgh@vcu.edu

  • Coaching

    Basketball

    Randolph-Macon College Men’s Basketball
    DESCRIPTION: Randolph-Macon College, a Division III institution and member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, is seeking a graduate assistant for the winter season (Oct 15-March). Responsibilities include assisting the coaching staff in all aspects of the program: practice preparation and responsibilities, assisting in social media, recruitment of prospective student-athletes and any other duties assigned by the coaching staff.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree, strong interpersonal and communication skills, previous competitive playing experience at the college or university level preferred. To apply for this position contact: Head Coach Josh Merkel: joshmerkel@rmc.edu.


    University of Richmond Women's Basketball
    The Graduate Assistant position provides valuable hands on experience as part of the University of Richmond Women’s Basketball staff. The successful candidate will work primarily with the Director of Basketball Operations to execute day-to-day operations. He/She will work closely with coaches, student-athletes, and other members of the UR Athletic Department. Travel and a flexible schedule are part of the expectations for the person holding this position. Some night and weekends will be required.

    Responsibilities:
    (Court Responsibilities)

    • Attend all practices, home and away games that do not conflict with Center for Sports Leadership activities
    • Film team training, individual sessions and games as necessary
    • Recording statistics as necessary

    (Office Responsibilities)

    • Develop and implement new strategic marketing plans to increase attendance through community outreach efforts and creatively targeting new prospects
    • Assist with correspondence with prospective student-athletes in accordance with NCAA rules
    • Assist in the day-to-day operation of the Richmond Women’s Basketball team as needed
    • Work in accordance with all staff members associated with the UR Athletic Department
    • Represent the Athletic Department in a positive manner
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned and needed

    Qualifications:

    • Enrollment in the VCU Center for Sports Leadership (CSL) MEd Program
    • Experience as a student-athlete preferred
    • Self-starter with initiative and creativity
    • Ability to work well with staff, students, and all UR Athletic Department employees
    • Works well under pressure
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

    Contact for Applying:
    Crystal Brown, Director of Women’s Basketball Operations
    University of Richmond Athletics
    cwillia8@richmond.edu.


    Cheerleading

    Univerity of Richmond Cheerleading
    This Graduate Assistant position provides valuable experience as part of the University of Richmond Cheerleading staff. The successful candidate will learn about and help execute day-to-day operations of a collegiate Cheerleading program at a highly selective academic institution. He/She will work closely with coaches, student-athletes, and other members of the UR Athletic Department. Limited travel and a flexible schedule are part of the expectations for the person holding this position. Some night and weekends for home events will be required.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist in the day-to-day operation of the UR Cheerleading team, especially in the preparation and organization of all practice sessions and game management
    • Attend all practices and games that do not conflict with work or activities with Center for Sports Leadership (CSL)
    • Help promote meets on and off campus as needed
    • Set up and coordinate a select few home game operations
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings when needed (compliance, practice planning…)
    • Work in accordance with all staff members associated with the UR Athletic Department
    • Represent the Athletic Department in a positive manner
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned and needed

    Qualifications:

    • Enrollment in the VCU Center for Sports Leadership (CSL) MEd Program
    • Self-starter with initiative and creativity
    • Ability to work well with staff, students, and all UR Athletic Department employees
    • Works well under pressure
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

    Contact for Applying:
    Cynthia McMillan, Head Cheer Coach
    University of Richmond Athletics
    cmcmilla@richmond.edu.


    Field Hockey

    Randolph-Macon Field Hockey
    POSITION: Assistant Field Hockey Coach – Graduate Assistant
    DESCRIPTION: Randolph-Macon College, a Division III institution and member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, is seeking graduate assistant for the fall season with the possibility of continuing duties during the non-traditional season. Responsibilities include assisting the head coach in practice and game day preparation, as well as coordinating travel, ordering equipment/apparel, aiding in fundraising efforts, performing tactical analysis of opponents, recruitment of perspective student-athletes and any other duties assigned by head coach or athletic director.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree, strong interpersonal and communication skills, previous competitive playing experience at the college or university level required. To apply for this position contact: Jessica Weiss, Head Field Hockey Coach, PO Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005; Email: jessicaweiss@rmc.edu; Cell: 215.264.8098; Office: 804.752.3778


    Lacrosse

    Randolph-Macon Women’s Lacrosse
    Graduate Assistant
    Available: August 1, 2017.

    Randolph-Macon College invites applications for the position of graduate assistant in women’s lacrosse. The successful candidate will be actively involved in the recruitment, retention, and day to day operations of the women’s lacrosse program. R-MC is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: The graduate assistant’s duties will include but not be limited to, assisting the head coach with all facets of training, recruiting, and retention for the women’s lacrosse program. The graduate assistant will be involved in daily practice planning, on field coaching, strength and conditioning program creation and supervision, as well as on and off campus recruiting.

    QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree is required. Collegiate playing experience or high school/collegiate coaching experience is preferred. The graduate assistant will be expected to demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.


    Randolph-Macon Women’s Lacrosse
    Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant
    Available: August 1, 2017

    Randolph-Macon College invites applications for the position of graduate assistant in strength and conditioning for the women’s lacrosse program. The successful candidate will be actively involved in all aspects of the women’s lacrosse team’s strength and conditioning program. R-MC is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III.

    The graduate assistant will be expected to:

    1. Assist with the development and implementation of strength, speed, and conditioning program for the women’s lacrosse program in conjunction with the coaching staff. Advise coaches on pre-game and pre-practice protocols as well as post activity needs.
    2. Design and implement winter break and summer workout plans and schedules.
    3. Communicate with athletic training staff regarding athlete limitations and adjust workouts accordingly.
    4. Adhere to NCAA rules compliance in and be fully informed regarding institutional compliance with the NCAA and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference rules.
    5. Help to supervise team weight room times in order to correct form and technique.

    QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate should already be NSCA (CSCS or CSCCA) certified or be the process of pursuing said certifications.

    To apply for this position contact: MK Geratowski, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach mkgeratowski@rmc.edu.


    Randolph-Macon College Men's Lacrosse Graduate Assistant

    Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

    Assist in the direction of the men's lacrosse team on and off the playing field. Assist in organization of all practice sessions. Assist in preparations for games and practices. Work in accordance with all staff members associated with the Randolph-Macon athletic department. Represent the Athletic Department in a positive manner.

    Recruit qualified student-athletes to participate in the program. Work with the admissions department in regards to scheduling appointments for prospective students. Conduct recruiting calls and recruit mailings. Carry out recruiting assignments as established by head coach. Assist the coach in monitoring student-athletes’ grades and activities.

    Possess ability to communicate to student-athletes the mission of Randolph-Macon College and the Athletic Department philosophy and goals. Demonstrate a commitment to the college’s mission and Athletic Department goals and learning outcomes. Comply with all rules of the college and NCAA Division III. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree. Collegiate lacrosse playing experience. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Prior collegiate or high school coaching experience preferred. Thanks for the consideration.

    To apply for this position contact J.B. Sheridan, R-MC Men's Lacrosse, 301-512-9321


    Univerity of Richmond Women’s Lacrosse
    This Graduate Assistant position provides valuable experience as part of the University of Richmond Women’s Lacrosse staff. The successful candidate will learn about and help execute day-to-day operations of a NCAA D1 Women’s Lacrosse program at a highly selective academic institution. He/She will work closely with coaches, student-athletes, and other members of the UR Athletic Department. Limited travel and a flexible schedule are part of the expectations for the person holding this position. Some night and weekends for home events will be required.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist in the day-to-day operation of the UR Women’s Lacrosse team, especially in the preparation and organization of all practice sessions and game management
    • Attend all practices and games that do not conflict with work or activities with Center for Sports Leadership (CSL)
    • Film team training, individual sessions and games when necessary
    • Keep and analyze statistics for training and games when needed
    • Help promote games on and off campus as needed
    • Set up and coordinate a select few game day operations
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings when needed (compliance, practice planning…)
    • Work in accordance with all staff members associated with the UR Athletic Department
    • Represent the Athletic Department in a positive manner
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned and needed

    Qualifications:

    • Enrollment in the VCU Center for Sports Leadership (CSL) MEd Program
    • Self-starter with initiative and creativity
    • Ability to work well with staff, students, and all UR Athletic Department employees
    • Works well under pressure
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

    Contact for Applying:
    Abby Houser, Asst. AD Business Operations
    University of Richmond Athletics
    ahouser@richmond.edu.


    Soccer

    Randolph-Macon College Women's Soccer
    Primary responsibilities of the position are:

    • Assist in the direction of the athletic team. Assist in organization of all practice sessions and game management. Be responsible for coaching at least one position.
    • Work in accordance with all staff members associated with the athletic department. Represent the Athletic Department in a positive manner.
    • Recruit qualified student-athletes to participate in the program. Work with the admissions department in regards to scheduling appointments for prospective students. Conduct recruiting calls and recruit mailings. Carry out recruiting assignments as established by head coach.
    • Assist in preparations for suitable playing and practice sites. Assist head coach in annual fundraising projects. Assist head coach in monitoring student-athletes’ grades and activities.
    • Possess ability to communicate to student-athletes the mission of the College and the Athletic Department philosophy and goals. Demonstrate a commitment to College mission and Athletic Department goals and learning outcomes. Comply with all rules of the College and NCAA Division III.

    To apply for this position contact: Jay Howell,jayhowell@rmc.edu, 804-972-1952


    Track & Field

    Univerity of Richmond Men’s/Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track and Field
    This Graduate Assistant position provides valuable experience as part of the University of Richmond Men’s/Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track and Field staff. The successful candidate will learn about and help execute day-to-day operations of a NCAA D1 Cross Country and Track and Field program at a highly selective academic institution. He/She will work closely with coaches, student-athletes, and other members of the UR Athletic Department. Limited travel and a flexible schedule are part of the expectations for the person holding this position. Some night and weekends for home events will be required.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist in the day-to-day operation of the UR Men’s/Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Track and Field teams, especially in the preparation and organization of all practice sessions and meet management
    • Attend all practices and meets that do not conflict with work or activities with Center for Sports Leadership (CSL)
    • Film team training, individual sessions and meets when necessary
    • Keep and analyze statistics for training and meets when needed
    • Help promote meets on and off campus as needed
    • Set up and coordinate a select few home meet operations
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings when needed (compliance, practice planning…)
    • Work in accordance with all staff members associated with the UR Athletic Department
    • Represent the Athletic Department in a positive manner
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned and needed

    Qualifications:

    • Enrollment in the VCU Center for Sports Leadership (CSL) MEd Program
    • Self-starter with initiative and creativity
    • Ability to work well with staff, students, and all UR Athletic Department employees
    • Works well under pressure
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

    Contact for Applying:
    Steve Taylor, Head Men’s Cross Country Coach
    University of Richmond Athletics
    staylor7@richmond.edu.

  • Corporate Sales

    Richmond Kickers Corporate Sales
    Organizational Overview
    Established in 1993, the Richmond Kickers are a full service soccer club with youth, adult, amateur and professional programs. The mission of the Richmond Kickers is to be the model for future American soccer programs by growing the beautiful game through a successful and vertically integrated club that entertains, invites community participation and inspires all. The club has a strong history of success on the professional and youth level. Since inception, the Kickers have consistently been one of the most successful professional clubs in America having qualified for postseason play 20 out of the past 22 seasons, and the youth program reaches over 8,000 participants through various programming options. Currently, the Richmond Kickers have 14 full-time front office executives and over 300 leaders & volunteers involved in the youth program.

    Position Summary
    The Richmond Kickers are seeking Graduate Assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year. Candidates should be highly motivated, passionate and driven individuals that are seeking hands-on experience in a fast-paced, interactive and professional sports environment. The Graduate Assistant will participate fully in all aspects of the marketing & sales process, including making outgoing calls and setting up meetings and appointments with potential clients and promotional partners. The candidate will take an active role in prospect identification and follow-up, including proposal development & delivery, while developing new business by establishing a network of prospective partners through participation in local community events.

    Additional Duties and Responsibilities

    • Assist full-time members of the Front Office with tasks across all departments within the Professional Team and Youth Program, and in support of any club special projects
    • Assist with Youth Program operations (if needed)
    • Assist with any registration or administrative tasks needed by the youth club
    • Help to build a positive image of soccer and the Richmond Kickers all throughout central Virginia

    Minimum Position Qualifications

    • Position needs to be filled by a current graduate student, who is a highly motivated, aggressive, detail-oriented and reliable self-starter who works well in a team environment
    • Ability to develop, implement and execute strategic plans
    • Demonstrates a positive attitude and interacts professionally with club stakeholders
    • Demonstrate high level of professionalism, accuracy, thoroughness and willingness to learn and adapt in fast-paced environment
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Proficiency in MS Office programs; design capability a plus
    • Reliable transportation is required

    To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: Richmond Kickers - Attn: Santiago Lucio, Business Development Director Email: santiago@richmondkickers.com

  • Facilities

    SCOR - Sports Center of Richmond
    SCOR is looking for motivated and knowledgeable interns in the sports management program to learn, developing, planning, & business operations. Candidate must be motivated, hardworking, customer service oriented and a team player.

    Intern qualities, responsibilities and expectations:

    • Energetic personality
    • Great customer service
    • Enjoys working in a team environment
    • Able to work with children, parents and adults
    • Marketing and promoting SCOR events and programs
    • Planning and Hosting events; such as birthday parties, corporate events, meetings and special occasion parties
    • Represent SCOR at various public marketing events
    • Following up with customers after the event
    • Managing coaches and event staff
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Attend networking events
    • Shadow all positions at SCOR

    REQUIRED SKILLS:

    • Management
    • Administration
    • Business Planning
    • Accounting
    • Sales / Marketing
    • Team Leadership
    • Advertising

    If interested please contact: Eileen Wynne at info@scor-richmond.com or 804-257-7267.

  • Marketing

    Univerity of Richmond Marketing - Graphic Design
    The graphic design intern for the athletics marketing department will assist the New Media Manager with daily tasks and long term projects to help increase brand awareness for the Spiders. Athletics department interns will be responsible for helping with the day to day tasks within the marketing office, the execution of marketing and promotional plans, enhancing the brand of the Richmond Spiders in the community, and helping to create the best fan experience possible during games.

    Description of Role:

    • Assist in the day-to-day operation of the UR Cheerleading team, especially in the preparation and organization of all practice sessions and game management
    • Create print materials to promote upcoming games such as flyers, posters and banners
    • Design graphics for e-newsletters, social media, digital flyers, and website
    • Produce schedule cards and posters for select teams
    • Create graphics for videoboard to enhance the fan experience at games
    • Attend community events to increase awareness of our brand and promote upcoming games, as well as the Spiderlings Kids Club
    • Assist in marketing and execution of Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball games, as well as occasional Olympic Sports. This includes attending all revenue generating sporting events (Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball)
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned

    Qualifications:

    • Extensive Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign or comparable design program
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Self-starter with initiative and creativity
    • Ability to work well with staff, students and fans
    • Works well under pressure
    • Great customer service

    This position requires working nights and weekends, as well as some holidays.

    Contact for Applying:
    Taylor Blakely, Director of Marketing & Sales
    University of Richmond Athletics
    (804) 289-8518
    tblakely@richmond.edu.

  • Sport Communications

    Randolph-Macon College - Sports Information Office
    Assist with all aspects of the R-MC SID office for 17 varsity sports, including game operations (inputting statistics, clock and scoreboard operation, public address announcing, video streaming), writing for the athletics website (game stories, game previews, biographies for student-athletes and coaches), production of game programs, maintenance of photo library, maintenance of team records (single-game, season, career) and sports archives.

    To apply for this position contact: Phil Stanton, Sports Information Director Randolph-Macon College, Office: 804-752-7387 Cell: 804-836-5897