Graduate Assistant - Advancement Office

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is actively seeking a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations. The Graduate Assistant will provide direct support for the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations by performing the following responsibilities:


  1. Provide high-quality administrative support and assist with fundraising, alumni engagement and donor relations efforts.
  2. Assist with the creation of fundraising appeals and other collateral to support giving campaigns.
  3. Interact (face-to-face, phone and electronically) with alumni, donors, prospective donors, students and UPIKE leadership to support fundraising, alumni engagement and stewardship efforts.
  4. Assist with alumni events, fundraising events, stewardship events, Alumni Board meetings and Advancement staff meetings as required.
  5. Help manage digital communication to drive alumni/donor engagement and support fundraising activities.
  6. Assist with data integrity by accurately updating records and linking contact information for constituent database.
  7. Enhance donor relations by engaging students and campus leadership to thank and recognize donors according to Advancement stewardship guidelines.
  8. Learn fundraising best practices according to CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) standards as well as IRS guidelines that govern contributions.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned and exhibit willingness to learn new skills.


  • Must have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree and be accepted into graduate program at UPIKE.
  • Must have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess excellent writing skills, ability to conduct research, critical thinking skills, high degree of attention to details, and be self-directed.
  • Must have experience working with office equipment (computer, copier, printer, scanner, phone) and be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be dependable, interact as a functioning member of the Advancement team and maintain strict confidentiality of donor information.

**Graduate Assistants receive tuition waivers of up to 6 hours of classes per semester, housing & a meal plan. However, if the GA does not reside on campus, then he/she will receive a monthly stipend in lieu of room & board. The meal plan covers the actual number of weeks that classes are in session during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 04/28/2023
Department: Advancement
Employment Type: Part-Time (20 hours)
Position Type: Student Worker