Graduate Assistants at Colorado Christian University (CCU) are responsible for assisting the head coaches in all areas necessary to ensure the spiritual, academic, and athletic success of the program. The graduate assistant must understand the dynamics of a small university setting and be a committed member of the CCU Department of Athletics as well as the program.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is "grace and truth," which comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character, and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
Bachelor’s degree (required) with acceptance into a CCU graduate program.
Strong knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations and ability to pass NCAA coaching test.
Two to four years of collegiate-level coach/player experience at the NCAA level preferred.
Ability to integrate Christian faith into coaching.
Desire and ability to disciple/mentor student-athletes in their Christian faith through the platform of volleyball.
Experience with integrating discipleship and evangelism into a volleyball program desired. Willingness and ability to minister to those outside the team with the gospel through the platform of volleyball.
Strong knowledge of volleyball and ability to communicate that knowledge effectively to student-athletes.
Excellent communication skills and ability to interact appropriately with college student-athletes.
Experience in a similar private Christian institution desirable.
A valid drivers license. Willingness to obtain a CDL license is required. Able to drive distances and maintain eligibility for proper auto insurance.
Key Job Duties
Contribute to CCU’s mission: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The Women’s Volleyball Graduate Assistant is responsible along with the Head and Assistant Coaches, to foster Christ-centered community and spiritual development among student-athletes, invest in the team’s ability to succeed in their individual academic and athletic goals, and provide opportunities for the team to engage with the world through meaningful service.
Provide assistance to the coaching staff in all functional areas of the program including:
Practices for varsity team
Home and away contests
Other aspects of the program as determined by the Head Coach (e.g. recruiting fundraising, travel)
Integrate Christian faith into coaching, including Christian mentoring/discipleship of female volleyball athletes
Minister to those outside the team with the gospel through the platform of volleyball
Assist coaching staff with any additional responsibilities as assigned
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. You will be required to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends. Local and regional travel is expected. National travel is possible.
Graduate Assistant Program Details
The Graduate Assistant position is a minimum of a two year commitment and coincides with the entrance into and completion of a graduate program at CCU. Students may take 2-3 years to complete their academic program, depending on the program selected. Graduate Assistants are expected to complete a minimum of two years of service, and to stay in their role through the end of the fiscal year (June 30) in which they complete their graduate program.
The Graduate Assistant must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and be accepted and enrolled in one of CCU’s graduate programs. A complete listing of degree opportunities and admissions requirements is posted at http://www.ccu.edu/ccu/grad/. The standard workweek is 25 hours per week and will not exceed an average of 29 hours per week during the year.
Compensation includes a monthly stipend of $583 and tuition waiver for completion of a master's degree through Colorado Christian University's College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The recipient is responsible for student fees each semester.
About Colorado Christian University
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.