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Northern Arizona University has multiple Graduate Assistant positions within the Athletic Department available for Fall 2015. The positions begin in August 2015 and are 1-year (9-10 month) appointments with the potential to be renewed upon a successful performance evaluation.

The program will provide Graduate Assistants with practical, professional experiences.  The GAs are members of the department staff and will be fully exposed to the daily operations of a Division I Athletics Department in preparation for a future in the business of intercollegiate athletics.

Benefits may include full or partial tuition waivers, monthly stipend and/or books scholarships.


Graduate Assistantships 


Graduate Assistant Game Management/Facilities

Job Description

Northern Arizona University, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, is seeking applications for a graduate assistant to serve as the Game Management Coordinator for all home athletic events.  This 9 month position will be responsible for all aspects of event management including, but not limited to, serving as the primary game manager for all home athletic events, oversight of event set ups and tear downs, supervising a staff of student workers, and coordinating scheduling and payment of table crews for events.


Admission to the Graduate College and ability to work nights and weekends are required. 


Graduate school tuition waiver, books, and a $9,000 stipend will be provided.  No benefits provided. 

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, Beth Vechinski, at


Graduate Assistant Marketing and Promotions

The successful candidate must possess a willingness to learn, enthusiastic and creative attitude.  Must be timely and dependable and above all willing to get their hands dirty and have fun!  The successful candidate must be willing to work weekdays and nights, weekends and potentially games over break.

The job responsibilities are as follows but not limited to:

Coordination of ALL Louie the Lumberjack Appearances for Athletic Events, On-Campus and Off-Campus Events.  They will play a heavy role in the direction of hiring and advertising for new Louie candidates as the position is required.

The planning, execution, set-up and tear down of the Coors Light Fan Fest (Football) and True Blue Lounge (Men’s Basketball).

Lead “Painting the Town” Blue in August, which includes a city wide initiative to get our Brand in front of the Flagstaff Community.  Will be responsible for executing and planning this out with the help of our student athletes.

Direct, select games at the Scorer’s Table for Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer as well as assist in the creation and execution of marketing efforts for these sports.

Sole marketing contact for Indoor Track and Field, which includes coming up with a Marketing plan and being involved in Game-Day.

Sole marketing contact with direct supervision from the Assistant Director of Marketing for Soccer.

Send out day to day office requests such as print material requests from fans, mass emails for promotional aspects such as the coaches show and coaches luncheon reminders to ALL STAFF.  Coordination of making sure the Marketing Table is always looking good and fully stocked on the East Concourse.

Will play a key role in helping to continue to keep the attitudes and enthusiasm for our student staff UP and in good Spirits during the course of the year.

All other duties as assigned.

All interested candidates please contact Will Price at



Graduate Assistant Athletics Communications (2)

Northern Arizona University, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Big Sky Conference, is currently accepting applications for the position of two graduate assistants in the Athletics Communications Office. Both report directly to the assistant athletics director of communications. The application deadline is May 8. 

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: serving as the primary media contact for women’s soccer and men’s & women’s tennis; men’s and women’s cross country/track & field and women’s golf; assisting in designing, coordinating and producing all publications, including media guides, news releases and brochures; compiling statistics; maintaining archives; performing game day and press box operations; updating the athletics website; and serving as the athletics department liaison to local, regional and national media outlets.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous experience working in a university athletics communications office is a plus. Additional consideration will also be given to applicants with a working knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop and various Stat Crew Systems software packages. Applicants must be self-starters who have strong computer skills, can pay attention to creativity and detail, and the ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds. 

This position requires extensive hours, including nights and weekends. Applicants interested in pursuing a career in the media relations/sports information field are best suited. Admission to the Graduate College and ability to work nights and weekends are required. 

Graduate school tuition waiver, books, and a $900/month stipend will be provided.  No benefits provided. 

The expected start date is around August 8. For more information on Lumberjack Athletics, please visit

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a minimum of two writing/publication samples to Assistant Athletics Director for Communications, Denise Thompson, at


Student Workers/Interns



Louie the Lumberjack Position

Do you have the spirit of the Lumberjack? NAU Athletics is seeking a highly-motivated, energetic and spirited student to fill the Louie the Lumberjack position. The ideal candidate possesses strong communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, is physically fit and has a creative personality. While mascot experience is preferred, it is not required.


  • Perform as “Louie the Lumberjack” Mascot at athletics events and community events.
  • Commit entirely to the assigned scheduled opportunities for “Louie” to appear at on-campus and off-campus events.
  • Assist in creating routines for promotional entertainment.
  • Commit to appearances at campus and community events to promote school spirit.
  • Create a fun and entertaining experience by personally interacting with Lumberjack fans on and off campus
  • Work events throughout the year, including summer if applicable.
  • Attend weekly marketing meetings
  • Provide timely communication with athletics marketing staff


  • Full-time NAU student
  • Ability to work required events on scheduled nights and weekends
  • Comfortable performing in front of large crowds
  • Outgoing, dependable and committed with a willingness and desire to have fun
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and non-verbal
  • Physically fit and can deal with heat well
  • Ability to handle the demands of a full body costume
  • Mascot experience preferred, not required


Please submit a resume and answer the question, “Why do you want to be Louie the Lumberjack?” in two paragraphs or less to Will Price, Director of Marketing at . Applications will be open until Monday, April 27th, 2015 and auditions will be held at the Skydome on April 29th, 2015.

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