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Company: University of Central Oklahoma
Location: Edmond, OK
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Hours per Week:

Up to 20 hrs/wk

Position Overview:

The Graduate Assistant (GA) is a 20 hour per week graduate assistantship. The primary responsibilities of the GA are largely based on the specific duties from a college or division. The position will apply theory to practice for the specific office area in which the position is housed. The assistantship shall be for the academic semester, with the opportunity to continue for the following academic year if agreeable to the supervisor and the GA. GA positions are academic and should include significant mentoring and professional development. GA should be considered part-time professionals in the field and given projects reflective of that role. Individual may not hold other employment on campus without prior permission from college or division.

College/Department Overview:

The Department of Wellness and Sport currently supports over 14,000 students/patrons/members in a variety of group fitness classes, personal training programs, fitness assessments, events, educational presentations, and services.

The mission of the Department of Wellness and Sport is to live, learn and play well. The GA program will be facilitated by purposefully developing students and programs that create experiences which lead to growth, opportunities that are memorable, and meaningful connections that lead to lasting relationships. We strive to foster a positive environment that encourages inclusivity, lifelong learning, community engagement, and a commitment to Central. This goal may be achieved through practical application of classroom theory. This program will be part of the Student Transformative Learning Record for UCO students.

Note: Evening/Weekend work is occasional but required

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

  • Programming
    • Research and develop current programs around current trends in physical activity including
      • Group exercise offerings
      • Student interest
      • Fitness equipment offerings
      • Personal Training
      • The Yard Games (Outdoor Recreation Area) and other events
      • Educational presentations
      • Work with Success Central and Healthy Life Skills class programs to recruit participation
      • General Class Presentations/Speaking Engagements
      • Kinesiology and Health Studies Requests
  • Certifications
    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
      • Attend ACSM conference
    • International Association for Worksite Health Promotion
      • Attend IAWHP preconference
  • Marketing and student engagement
    • Serve on the wellness and sport student board
    • Promote and recruit students to participate in department of wellness and sport activities
    • Develop social media and other forms of communications to attract students to the Wellness Center
  • Input in personal training programming
    • Polar BodyAge testing, assessments, best practices around training
    • Recruitment, marketing, continuing education
  • Assist in overseeing the fitness floor staffing for opening and closing of the facility
    • Assist in oversight of fitness and front desk staff
  • Nutrition
    • Coordinate with Chartwell's (University food services contractor) and UCO nutrition department


Enrollment Requirements:

Fall/Spring Semesters: All student employees must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible to work any UCO student position. Half time enrollment for Fall/Spring is considered 5 hours for graduates and 6 hours for undergraduates. International students shall be enrolled full time to be eligible to work as a student worker. Full time enrollment is 9 credit hours for graduates and 12 credit hours for undergraduates.

Summer Semester: All student employees must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours to be eligible to work a regular student position. Students not enrolled in summer classes must be enrolled in Fall classes in order to work on campus, but they (and the department) will be required to pay FICA taxes.

If the number of hours needed to graduate is less than the minimum hours required to work, the student must obtain a letter from his/her academic advisor, stating the number of hours needed to graduate, to be submitted to Human Resources. This obtains to both regular and Federal Work Study positions. Call the Human Resources Department for further information.

Experience preferred:

Student must be enrolled in UCO's graduate college in pursuit of a master's degree in a related field. Preference will be given to those pursuing their M.S. in Wellness Management – Exercise Science in the College of Education and Professional Studies.


  • Graduate Student at UCO
  • Microsoft office suite experience is a must
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to problem solve and provide solutions
  • Ability to effectively communicate information to prospective and current students, faculty, staff and patrons.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Occasionally, as directed by supervisor, lifting up to 50 lbs. Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

This position requires the successful candidate to maintain a smart phone on which to receive telephone calls, email, and SMS messages from Wellness Center personnel.

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