Wilson Commons Student Activities

Spirit Coordinator

Position Description:

The Spirit Coordinator Graduate Assistant is one of 3 part-time, para-professional staff members for Wilson Commons Student Activities in the Office of the Dean of Students.  This Graduate Assistant position is a joint position between Wilson Commons Student Activities and Athletics & Recreation.  The primary charge of this position aims to support spirit activities on campus including athletic events, community weekends and orientation.  This includes working closely with the Director of Wilson Commons and the staff in Athletics & Recreation to manage events, mascot appearances, and spirit initiatives on campus.  This position is ideal for an individual who was an involved student leader while an undergrad and pursuing graduate study at the University of Rochester. 

The primary areas of responsibility for the Spirit Coordinator are as follows:

Event Management:

  • Coordinate student mascot recruitment, auditions, and appearances
  • Coordinate cheerleaders, pep band, and mascot during athletic competitions
  • Coordinate student groups, youth athletic teams, or other organizations that wish to sponsor an activity or perform during a sporting event
  • Attend athletic events when special activities are occurring
  • Make arrangements for students to attend post season play activities including chaperoning the activity, and coordinating transportation, tickets, publicity, food, hotel, etc.Work closely with Wilson Commons staff to manage and implement logistics for Fall  & Winter Activities Fair
  • Assist in the planning of athletically focused programming of off campus special events

Program Development and Support:

  • Coordinate and oversee spirit initiatives on campus including Fill Fauver Liaison between WCSA and Athletics to determine games that are highlighted 
  • Create calendar of special events that are occurring at athletic events and communicate them to WCSA and Athletics & Recreation
  • Develop and maintain a manual of all spirit coordinator related duties 
  • Research/benchmark best practices for Club Sports 


  • Maintain mascot outfit and schedule
  • Report directly to the Director of Wilson Commons and serve as a member of the WCSA team
  • Meet bi-weekly with the Director of Wilson Commons
  • Meet with Athletics and Recreation staff members, as needed
  • Attend monthly Office of the Dean of Students staff meetings
  • Attend weekly programming committee meetings with the WCSA staff
  • Assist in the creation of a year-end annual repor
  • tAssist in WCSA and Student Organization sponsored large events such as College Community Weekends, Senior Week, Dandelion Day, Orientation, Welcome Back to Wilson Commons
  • Conduct office space reviews on behalf of WCSA
  • Other duties of special interest to the graduate assistant or as assigned by the Director of Wilson Commons or Athletics & Recreation staff

Time Commitment:

  • 20 hours per week including some evening and weekend events.  
  • Term of position is 10 month to a year, beginning July 1, with possible reappointment. 
  • Start date may be flexible depending on the needs of WCSA and the GA.


  • Minimum requirements for the position include, but are not limited to:
    • Must be a full-time, matriculated graduate student in a Masters or Doctoral program at the University of Rochester.
    • Strong student organization, campus programming or event planning, and leadership experience preferred.
    • Ability and flexibility to work independently and in conjunction with the University community in a fast-paced work environment.
    • Interest in a two-year appointment preferred but not required.


  • $12/hour


Phone: (585) 275-9390
Fax: (585) 273-5306
Email: wcsa@rochester.edu

Mailing Address:
201 Wilson Commons
University of Rochester
PO Box 270281
Rochester, NY 14627


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