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Hargis Leadership Institute Graduate Assistantships

The Hargis Leadership Institute at Oklahoma State University is a dynamic leadership training department with the mission of developing life-giving community leaders. Our team includes President Emeritus Burns Hargis, full-time professional staff, graduate assistants, student workers, and student volunteers. The Institute runs the prestigious President’s Leadership Council and McKnight Scholars Leadership Program as well as several other programs that include retreats, seminars, mentoring, and service.


Graduate Assistants with the Hargis Leadership Institute will have opportunities to lead programs; mentor students; engage in research, publications, and presentations; manage budgets; and work with a highly qualified professional staff that will serve as mentors. Graduate Assistants will gain the experience of building a crucial department at a large university where their voice matters.


All positions require a bachelor's degree and admittance to a graduate program. Some positions may require an early summer start date. Preference is given to Higher Education master’s students.



  • Stipend: $1,200/month
  • Tuition: In and out-of-state waiver
  • Parking permit to the Student Union garage




  • Leadership Programs


    • Meet with supervisor, Coordinator of Leadership Programs, for one-on-ones on a weekly basis (to be established between student and supervisor) for check-ins and opportunities for personal and professional growth.
    • Oversee the #LeadOrange social media campaign, including: Marketing and sharing nomination form to accrue nominations from students, Faculty, and Staff; Managing incoming nominations; Communicating with nominees to host nominee interviews; and, Collaborating with the marketing student employee to ensure social media posts are made.
    • Under supervision of the Coordinator of Leadership Programs, serve as the point person for the annual President’s Celebration of Leadership by managing pre-program logistics and day-of responsibilities, including: Room and catering reservations; Facilities management reservations; Communication to #LeadOrange nominees and winners; Coordinate communication and invitations to campus partners; and, Purchase awards and create Certificates.
    • Create curriculum for and facilitate the workshop series, Leadership Development Series
    • Work closely with the Director of Hargis Leadership Institute to collaborate and serve as the GTA for the Introduction to Leadership course, assisting with curriculum development, teaching lessons, and overseeing student assignments.
    • Support Coordinator of Leadership Programs and Undergraduate Student Director of Leadership Programs in execution of other co-curricular leadership programs.
    • Coordinate with employees from the Scholar Recruitment & Group Tours office to meet with prospective students interested in leadership programs.
    • As requested, assist with assessments for programs.
    • Other duties as assigned.



    • Admission to a graduate program at Oklahoma State University.
    • Preference given to those pursuing an advanced degree in Higher Education Administration, College
      Student Development, or other related fields of study.
    • Experience in program development/event planning preferred but not required.
    • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills and attention to


    Role Specifics:

    • Type of employment: Part-time
    • Length of employment: August 1 - May *Friday after Finals week // 2 consecutive academic years
    • Hours per week: 20 hours per week
    • Compensation: Stipend of $1,200 per month, to be dispersed once a month
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