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TRIO Student Support Services Graduate Assistantship

(formerly Educational Advancement Program)


Number of Vacancies: 1

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Department Mission Statement: Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program committed to the success of first-generation, low-income, and/or scholars with disabilities. Our mission is to support and empower our participants to succeed from orientation to graduation.

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree at the time of employment and must be able to matriculate into a graduate program at the University of Tennessee.
  • A successful candidate will be able to work well in a team-oriented environment, possess strong work ethic, have a positive attitude, be motivated, and possess the ability to maintain appropriate professionalism with students.
  • Applicants with a background similar to that of project participants highly desirable (first generation, low-income, and/or student with a disability).
  • Must possess a high level of cultural competency and experience/interest in working with the project’s participants (first generation, low-income, and/or students with a disability).
  • Exceptional organization and planning skills.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and outreach skills.
  • High level of initiative and motivation.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and intake of new SSS participants, including during summer orientation, outreach to campus partners, etc.
  • Provide direct services (one-on-one and group) to SSS participants supporting their academic progress, retention, and ultimately graduation.
  • Maintain accurate and complete documentation of services, contacts, and activities in SSS student tracking database.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity for the SSS Student Leadership Council (SLC).
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and training of SLC members.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of SSS programs, services, and workshops, including Path to Achieving Student Success workshops and the SSS Research Institute.
  • Manage social media outlets to advertise SSS events and services, as well as to connect the SSS community to campus events and services.
  • Assist with the development of SSS newsletter, flyers, and website content.
  • Assist project staff in the development and implementation of new activities and services to promote participants’ continuing engagement in the project.
  • Other duties and assignments as required to support the development and implementation of the project.


  • $1,275.00 per month stipend
  • Full tuition waiver (including out-of-state tuition)
  • Free Health Insurance while enrolled in class


  • 20 hours a week, 12-month at-will appointment
  • Position involves occasional night (after 5pm on weekdays) and some weekend work.

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