Western Illinois University, a member of The Summit League Conference, Missouri Valley Football Conference, and sponsor of 19 Division I sports is seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year in the following areas:
Graduate Assistant for External Relations (1 Position) The position of Graduate Assistant for External Relations will work closely with the Assistant Director of Athletics for Development and assist with development operations
Responsibilities include: Writing and designing development plans, improving donor engagement, hosting donor events and other duties as assigned.
The External Relations GA will also work closely with the Assistant Director/Ticketing, Events & Annual Fund to create and implement a comprehensive ticket plan, manage season ticket accounts, handle single-game sales and ticket window(s), and other duties as assigned. This position includes various game day duties and requires the ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Experience with donor and ticketing software is a plus.
Candidate must possess strong communication, interpersonal and creativity skills. Successful candidates must be willing and available to work some evenings and weekends. Previous experience in a collegiate or professional Development or Ticketing office preferred. Experience supervising student employees is also preferred.
Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training (Multiple Positions) The position of Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training is responsible for directly assisting the Director of Sports Medicine with providing first class healthcare to all Western Illinois student-athletes. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to; maintaining proper medical records, coverage of practice/home/away events as assigned, treatment/rehabilitation of orthopedic and general medical injuries/illnesses, refer patients when appropriate to WIU team physicians/student health center, transport student-athletes to physician’s appointments as needed, and other duties as assigned. These positions require the ability to work morning, evening, and weekends as determined by the sports schedule.
Qualifications/Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training, BOC Certified Athletic Trainer by July 2020,State of Illinois Licensure, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or Healthcare Provider, Valid Driver’s License, Ability to lift, move, push and pull equipment or boxes in excess of 25lbs, Ability to handle outdoor temperatures for a reasonable period of time, Must be able to move around campus which includes gym, turf, fields.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience traveling with a sport team; desire to work in the collegiate/professional setting as a career choice; BOC certified athletic trainer; Advanced sports knowledge through internship or clinical rotation
Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications (1 Position) The position of Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications is responsible for directly assisting the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications with the promotion/publicity of all Western Illinois University student-athletes and coaches. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to; planning and implementing communications strategies for assigned sports, in-game activities with statistics, updating stats for website publishing, writing press releases, game notes, and game programs, updating the department website, submitting honors for conference and national recognition, and other duties as assigned. This position requires the ability to work flexible hours.
Graduate Assistant for Radio (Play-by-Play)/Athletic Communications (1 Position) Candidates for this position will serve as the football and men’s basketball radio play-by-play broadcaster for the 2020-22 seasons. Interested candidates should have the ability to set up and troubleshoot broadcast equipment, interview, and edit audio. The position will also be responsible for SID assignments, covering at least three sports during the calendar year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; play-by-play broadcasting for assigned sports, conducting interviews with student-athletes and coaches, cutting commercials, planning and implementing communications strategies for assigned sports, in-game activities with statistics, updating stats for website publishing, writing press releases, game notes, game programs, updating the department website, submitting honors for conference and national recognition, and other duties as assigned. This position requires the ability to work flexible hours.
Graduate Assistant for Business Operations (1 Position) The position of Graduate Assistant for Business Operations is responsible for directly assisting the Business Manager with managing, coordinating, analyzing, and monitoring the accounts of 19 Division I teams. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to; processing invoices, tracking payments, reviewing transactions, depositing funds into appropriate accounts, and processing team and individual travel expenses in accordance with university and conference policies. Candidate must possess strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and be able to interpret and apply policies and procedures.
Graduate assistant positions include a monthly stipend plus tuition (employment is contingent upon proof of admission to the Graduate School). For all positions, email cover letter, resume and three professional references to Shelby Borchardt, at Sb-Borchardt@wiu.edu. Please list the position of interest in the subject of the email. Review of applicants will begin March 1, 2020 and will continue until positions are filled. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience in the position applied for. All application materials must be submitted to be considered for the position. All positions require the ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
THE DEPARTMENT: Intercollegiate Athletics is a NCAA Division I Institution and is a charter member of The Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conference (FCS). For more information visit: http://www.goleathernecks.com.
THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.
More than 66 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation. Outside the classroom at Western, concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more are performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, as well as a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home ...to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.
The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.
WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,432): A traditional, residential four-year campus with offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).
WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,192): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.