**The application process for the 2020 Grad Group leaders is now closed. Check back in spring 2021 for information about how to apply to be part of the 2021 group of leaders. You can also refer to the information below (from spring 2020) to better understand what is expected of leaders.**
Georgia Tech’s Office of Graduate Studies seeks motivated graduate students to work as Group Leaders for Graduate Studies’ Grad Groups program from May 2020 through December 2020. This is an outstanding opportunity for any graduate student who is looking to diversify their resume and add leadership experience. Group Leaders will have the opportunity to mentor, counsel, and lead a group of first-semester graduate students as they acclimate to campus.
Grad Groups is now offered as a one-credit hour, pass-fail course (GT6000) that runs during the first eight weeks of the fall semester. Groups will meet once per week Aug. 17-Oct. 9 for the fall 2020 offering of Grad Groups. More information about Grad Groups can be found on the main program page.
Group leaders will work over the summer with the Grad Groups Coordinator (Dr. James Black) and Graduate Studies staff to prepare for the fall Grad Groups program. During the fall semester, group leaders will facilitate small group meetings, helping to foster and develop community, and plan activities for their groups. Group leaders will also manage their sections' grading (attendance, deliverables, and online module completion).
The expected time commitment is between 30 and 40 hours total between May and December. There will be two training meetings of all group leaders over the summer. As such, preference will be given to candidates who are on campus over the summer term. These summer organizational meetings will be used to review course content, train group leaders, and familiarize group leaders with campus resources available to graduate students.
Upon successful completion of group leader responsibilities, a $500 stipend will be awarded at the end of December. The group leader position does NOT come with a tuition waiver.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
- Currently enrolled graduate student.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
- Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively.
- Competency with group communication tools.
March 9, 2020: Group leader application opens.
April 17, 2020: Group leader application closes.
April 22, 2020: Group leader interviews.**
May 4, 2020: Offers extended.
**Due to changes in campus operations as a result of Covid-19, the in-person interviews (scheduled for mid to late April) will be replaced by interviews via Skype or a similar platform. The timeline for the group leader selection process for Grad Groups will continue as currently scheduled.
You will complete an online application (which is not currently available, as the application period has passed). Upload a one-page .pdf cover letter and an abbreviated .pdf resume that includes any leadership/group facilitation experience you have. In the cover letter, explain why you are interested in becoming a group leader, what you think you will bring to the position in terms of skills and/or experience, and please indicate whether or not you will be on campus over the summer term (this is not mandatory, but preference will be given to those candidates who are). Also, please indicate that you've discussed this opportunity and have received approval from your research/assistantship advisor (if applicable).
Questions regarding this application or the group leader position should be addressed to Dr. James Black, special projects coordinator in Graduate Studies.