Graduate Assistant – Marketing and Membership Marshall Recreation Center

Marshall Recreation Center
Hiring Unit Marshall Recreation Center
Overview CENTERS, established in August 1998, is the first company in the United States organized solely for the purpose of providing management services for university recreation, fitness, and wellness facilities. Our management team has more than 100 years of professional experience in planning and implementing recreation facilities and programs, with a focus on market responsiveness, mission sensitivity, cost effectiveness, and a commitment to excellence on behalf of our clients.
About Graduate Assistants The Graduate Assistant of Marketing & Membership is responsible for assisting with the planning of marketing campaigns, pursuing corporate sponsorships, and researching new marketing venues.  Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to writing press releases, editing website copy and representing the department both on and off campus.  Also responsible for scheduling and daily management of undergraduate marketing staff, capturing video/photos, designing layouts, assisting with MRC special events.
A Graduate Assistant at Marshall University will gain essential work and educational experience needed to obtain full-time employment in the field of campus recreation. A Graduate Assistant is required to work 20 hours per week in their area and in Graduate Team activities ($7,000 annual stipend for Fall and Spring) and may work up to 20 paid hours per week during the Summer ($10.00 per hour x 30 hours x 16 weeks = $4,800) in various capacities throughout the recreation center (i.e. facility manager, intramural Supervisor, membership representative, fitness instructor, lifeguard, etc.). A Graduate Assistant receives a ½ tuition waiver (for in-state or out-of-state residents). Graduate Assistants must be accepted into the College of Graduate Studies at Marshall University (minimum of 2.75 GPA).
Primary Responsibilities  Staff Management:

  • Assist with hiring, training and supervising undergraduate marketing staff.
  • Coordinate the efforts of the marketing team to develop appropriate media and to meet established deadlines.


  • Assist with the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing and media campaigns.
  • Develop and administer assessment tools
  • Collect market data and report findings

Content Management:

  • Collect program content from department professionals, edit content and distribute to the appropriate marketing channels
  • Produce print and digital marketing materials
  • Assist with the advertising placement plan
  • Maintain social networking accounts
  • Assist in maintaining website and social media outlets
  • Developing and editing copy for publications

Special Events:

  • Assist in developing recreation special events
  • Develop and manage individual event budgets
  • Collaborate with other campus departments to develop special events
  • Staff tables at campus orientations and events
  • Search out and attend Huntington area events


  • Develop and maintain sponsorship marketing material
  • Contact new companies about sponsorship opportunities
  • Maintain proper communication with existing accounts
Other Responsibilities
  • Attend Graduate Supervisor Training Week & Staff Retreat in August
  • Assist with the All Staff Training in the fall and spring
  • Conduct evening supervision of the Marshall Recreation Center on a rotating basis
  • Hold regular office hours each week
  • Evening/Weekend work responsibility as required
  • Work within a non-smoking environment
  • Pursuing a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies at Marshall University.
  • Experience in marketing, advertising, design, event planning or other related experience.
  • CPR/AED and First Aid certifications.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Web design, development or editing experience.
  • Proficiency with Adobe design software (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver).
  • Photography and/or Videography shooting and editing experience.
  • Ability to work as part of, and lead a team that collaborates effectively with colleagues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of standard practices and demonstrated experiences in Campus Recreation.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm; strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Analytics skills to: identify problems, assess alternatives, and render consistent, logical decisions.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that values high expectations, accountability, and balanced life choices.
Anticipated Start Date    August 4, 2014