Student Work Study Graduate Assistant-Academic Success (2018-2019 Aid Year-through 6.30.19)

Work Study
11862 Requisition #

Title:  Student Work Study Teaching Assistant - Academic Success (2018-2019 Aid Year-through 6.30.19)


Department:   Academic Affairs- Center for Academic Success & Excellence


Full Time/ Part Time: Part Time


Regular/ Temporary: Temporary


Location:   Offsite


Compensation: $15.00 per hour


Date:   Appointment through June 2019


Please do not apply until you have read and understood the following: If you have not heard back about this position by FRIDAY,JANUARY 25, 2019, this role has been filled and we are not moving forward with your application at that time. We post Federal Work Study positions on the Capella Careers site every quarter and encourage you to check the website for future roles that may be of interest to you.


What is Federal Work Study? 
The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) provides part-time employment to learners with financial need. Financial need is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) provided by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The award amount depends on your financial need and is based on expected weekly employment targets.  Unlike federal grants, funds from the Federal Work Study are paid to the learner on a bi-weekly basis after employment requirements have been met and wages have been earned.  The inclusion of Federal Work Study in your financial aid award is not a guarantee of the amount you will earn as you will be paid only for the hours that you actually work. 
All federal aid sources must be included in your financial aid, including the Federal Work Study Program. With this additional federal aid source, it may reduce the amount of federal loans you would be eligible for. Keep in mind that federal loans must be paid back (with interest) whereas the Federal Work Study Program funds are provided to you bi-weekly and do not require repayment.


Position Summary

The Graduate Assistant is responsible for instructional and academic support to learners in undergraduate courses. This support will be offered through:1:1 coaching and consultation, instructional materials and resources, and the facilitation of office hours or group study sessions. Primary responsibilities for this position, under the direction of a Faculty mentor, will include:   

  • Building an online community conducive to the spirit of learning and continuous improvement in a positive, learner-focused environment.
  • Developing and sharing learning resources to assist learners with course content, understanding concepts, and building competencies. 
  • Facilitating course room discussions
  • Planning and facilitating weekly interactive, collaborative study and review sessions that combine what to learn (content) with how to learn (study strategies). Through these review sessions, the GA will support Capella learners to become independent learners and successfully learn course material.
  • Assessing learning and comprehension through evaluation of course competencies; this may include informal assessments or formal evaluations utilizing rubrics for discussions and assignments.

This position requires 10-15 hours a week and is remote.  Most duties can be completed on nights and weekends, but some availability during regular business hours for training and weekly team meetings may also be required. This role is expected to continue through June 2019.


We are currently looking for Graduate Assistants to support the following courses:

  • COM2000
  • MAT1050
  • SOC2000
  • PHI3200
  • BIO1000
  • COM3700
  • MAT2001
  • ENG1000

If you have a preference for one or more of the above courses, please indicate that in your application.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Have completed the 2018-2019 FAFSA. 
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 3 quarters at Capella University with at least a 3.5 GPA.  
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be continuously enrolled as a learner during their appointment as work study Graduate Assistant
  • Agree to a commitment through June 2019. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of adult learning theory and practices, collaborative learning, and active learning strategies including those which have helped you to be successful as a learner
  • Must be currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at Capella


Essential Skills

  • Interest or experience with teaching or tutoring 
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact effectively with faculty, coaches, and learners 
  • Demonstrated effective time management skills
  • Excellent relationship-building, customer service, and problem resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail, initiative and follow-through.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Ability to plan and develop creative study strategies using a wide variety of identified learning strategies.
  • Insight on necessary study skills and habits of successful students.
  • Ability to assess individual and group learning needs and explain concepts in different ways.
  • Experience working with a diversity of learning styles
  • Comfortable using technology to facilitate learning
  • Demonstrated confidence and self -awareness


Hardware/Software Requirements
Minimum hardware, internet, and phone requirements (equal to learners’ computer compatibilities)



Job Location 
Many of our positions, including this role, are designed to be remote "home office" settings. 


Employees working out of a home office are responsible for providing an appropriate and safe office space, office furniture and organization, communication tools, and related items. These include:

  • arranging for high speed internet connection, printer and a dedicated phone line for business use. Specifics regarding expense coverage and reimbursement vary based on individual position categories. Capella will not provide office equipment or on-site set up assistance.  
  • the environment must be free from distractions and enable a highly productive and professional work environment.   
  • as with on-site positions, our off-site positions require that the majority of the time will be spent using a telephone, PC and monitors.  
  • any and all daycare arrangements must be made so that employees are not working while providing care for children or other family members at home.  
  • there are minimal lifting requirements unless otherwise noted. 


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act applies to work performed by an employee in any workplace within the United States, including a workspace located in an employee’s home. All employees are responsible for complying with the OSHA act and with safety and health standards.


About Capella


Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 35,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.



Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440


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