Student Engagement


June 1, 2022


The graduate assistant for the Office of Student Engagement is responsible for the planning and implementation of university sponsored programming and events throughout the year. This position gives direct oversight to Marbeck Activities Council (MAC) and through collaboration with leaders from various student groups and organizations, the graduate assistant provides meaningful opportunities for all students to promote campus vibrancy and a sense of belonging.


  • Education: A bachelor’s degree and be accepted into a Bluffton University graduate program.
  • Experience: 1-3 years of relevant work-related experience.
  • Special Skills:
    • The successful candidate will be self–motivated and possess strong communication skills, organizational ability, attention to detail and knowledge of relevant audio/visual technologies.  
    • Effective verbal and written communication between multiple internal and external audiences including students, faculty, and staff.
    • Ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions
    • Awareness of relevant technologies related to job requirements, including MS Office, EMS, and audio/visual equipment.
    • Ability to lift, push and pull 50 lbs.
    • Valid driver’s license


  •  Work experience in student development preferred.

Include but are not limited to the following

Campus Activities Programming:

  • Advise Marbeck Activities Council (MAC), the primary campus programming group, participating in member selection, calendar maintenance, program evaluation, and record keeping. Attend meetings regularly and consult closely with the director of student engagement on all aspects related to MAC.
  • Serve as primary organizer, contact and signatory authority with off-campus vendors, agents and artists. Convey to all performers the standards and objectives of Bluffton University as detailed in the student handbook.
  • Provide overall collaboration, communication, and continued education to student engagement. This includes marketing and promotion of all campus events through print, social media, etc.
  • Assemble and advise student planning groups for occasional major events including major concerts, festivals, and activities and signature events.
  • Be present on campus as needed for evening and weekend programming including, but not limited to, tailgating, intramurals, weekend trips and other events that require a staff member to be present.
  • Oversee use and maintenance of Bob’s Place gaming equipment.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist student workers when needed in carrying out the daily tasks of the mail room.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the director of student engagement.


  • Scheduled hours will be Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work
  • Weekend coverage hours will result in commensurate time off during the week.
  • This is a part time, 10-month position.


Reports to the Director of Student Engagement

Applications are considered complete when all of the following materials have been submitted:

Bluffton University employment requirements

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Please combine your cover letter, resume, three professional references and any additional materials as one PDF file attached to an email sent to both:

Holly Metzger, Director of Student Engagement

Candidates will be contacted via email upon receipt of their resume. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified of the next step in the process. 

Employment decisions are based on merit and university needs, and not on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law. As a religious institution, Bluffton University expressly reserves its rights to appoint faculty and staff who share a commitment to the Christian faith which is consistent with the Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs of the university’s founding and supporting church. EOE.