Individual Health Education Graduate Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Student Affairs
University Health Services


The purpose of this position is to conduct health-based educational services offered by University Health Services. This assistantship provides practical, hands-on experience with the delivery of individual health education and involves occasionally conducting alcohol education workshops for students. Graduate Assistant reports to the Coordinator, Educational Services in Health Promotion and Wellness. The graduate assistant will conduct Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and the Marijuana Intervention Program (MIP) individual sessions; assist the Coordinator with follow-up and tracking of students seen in the Emergency Department for alcohol-related care who are required to complete BASICS; assist the Coordinator in planning, implementation, and evaluation of BASICS and MIP; participate in training and professional development activities related to assistantship responsibilities; conduct health promotion programs on alcohol for student groups as requested; attend Health Promotion and Wellness staff meetings and assist Health Promotion and Wellness staff with various health promotion initiatives. this experience the GA will learn about and utilize motivational interviewing and harm reduction strategies while conducting individual student sessions. Primary responsibilities include providing brief screening, individual assessment, intervention and referral for students with alcohol and/or marijuana policy/legal violations or alcohol-related hospital visits. The GA will have the opportunity to use active listening skills and demonstrate empathy, integrity, and compassion in interactions with others. The GA will also develop an understanding of health issues affecting college students and the connections between health and academic success. Full-time enrollment in a Master’s or Doctoral graduate program, preferably in Counselor Education, Biobehavioral Health, Higher Education, Human Development and Family Studies, or related field. Knowledge of and special interest in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues and intervention strategies is preferred. delivering culturally competent, health-based educational programming is preferred. The successful candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong computer skills required. The successful candidate must be available to occasionally conduct educational workshops in the evening and weekends. This is a 20 hour per week (half-time) assistantship and includes tuition and stipend.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088