Student Job: HRD Assistant


Department: Administration


  • Current UMN-TC degree seeking student. See student employment eligibility
  • At least two semesters coursework at university/college level
  • Excellent time management and communications skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to perform in sensitive and confidential situations
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative on tasks with minimal direction

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or strong knowledge of Student Unions & Activities at the University of Minnesota
  • Majoring in Human Resources Development or related Major or strong interest in Human Resources
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical, problem solving, and decision making abilities
  • Available to work an average of 10-15 hours per week, during standard business hours

Job Code: 2222 Student Admin/Support Services

Level: Advanced

Essential Functions:

The HRD Assistant* provides leadership and consultation on the Student Unions & Activities (SUA) central training and development function. This position is responsible for working with the position supervisor to provide resources and opportunities for the development of student employees in all areas of the unions which include: Administration, Facilities, Finance, Marketing, Retail, and Student Activities.

*This position may satisfy the HRD internship requirement, if applicable.

Duties and Responsibilities:

65% Student Employee Training & Development:

  • Plan and coordinate the online and in-person Employee Orientation training for new student employees to include online onboarding module and in-person Student Development Outcomes (SDO) Workshop.
  • Plan and coordinate logistics and communications for Weekly SDO Conversations.
  • Maintain and revise the student employee orientation to maintain consistency of presentation and meet the needs of SUA.
  • Assist with the coordination of the student Performance Development Process.
  • Evaluate and make recommendations for the further development of training sessions and programs for student employees.
  • Assist in coordinating and developing training resources for supervisors of employees and SUA student employees.

25% Student Employee Initiatives:

  • Explore new initiatives, technologies and resources that contribute to the effectiveness of training and development for student employees within SUA.
  • Collaborate with supervisor(s) to identify opportunities and strategies to maintain and improve student employee engagement.

10% Other duties as assigned:

  • Assist SUA HR with SUA and HR initiatives, recruitment and special projects as needed.
  • Collaborate with other SUA units and student employees on various projects.
  • Coordinate SUA decorating contests, student appreciation events, and student awards, as applicable.

Opportunities for Skill Development on the Job:

Students participate in experiences outside the classroom which allow them to develop and demonstrate life skills. These skills and characteristics for success and citizenship are learned and refined during their college years and beyond. The Office for Student Affairs has developed seven Student Development Outcomes that the Student Unions & Activities has incorporated into the student employment system in the Unions. Here is a listing of the Student Development Outcomes with some examples of how you can learn or further develop your own skills set.


  • Able to remedy mistakes/missed deadlines and knows when supervisor should be alerted
  • Completes projects with little or no supervision
  • Can articulate and enforce area policies and is familiar with area supervisors and staff
  • Demonstrates ability to gather and analyze complex research and information


  • Develops and shares new ideas and initiatives that will improve work area with supervisor and co-workers
  • Able to independently manage time to complete special projects and tasks assigned
  • Trains others on how to access information systems within SUA and the University
  • Develops expertise in job tasks and is able to perform them without direct supervision

Goal Orientation

  • Takes on additional tasks and duties without any direction from supervisor
  • Seeks alternative ways to finish tasks in a more efficient manner
  • Can prioritize tasks by importance and time constraints
  • Proactively sets goals and takes necessary steps to achieve them
  • Analyze, decide, plan and follow through on commitments


  • Uses personal strengths to help meet departmental goals
  • Consistently demonstrates professionalism and acts as a positive role model for co-workers and customers
  • Can adapt communication style and strategies to meet the communication needs of others


  • Effectively handles last minute changes to tasks and can work efficiently under time constraints
  • Works through bad experiences by assessing what caused them, what can be done to repair them, and how to avoid them in the future
  • Adapts behaviors in response to instruction and constructive criticism from supervisor

Appreciation of Differences

  • Role models respectful behavior toward all customer, peers and supervisor and expects same behavior from others
  • Seeks out others with different backgrounds and/or perspectives to improve decision making
  • Is comfortable working with diverse groups of people, and can successfully address and resolve their concerns
  • Develop knowledge of primary areas of responsibility in order to take on complex projects

Tolerance of Ambiguity

  • Embraces a task without assurance of success or certainty about the outcome
  • Able to undertake a project with little or no direction and seeks out information independently of supervisor
  • Creates new and challenging initiatives for work area
  • Can embrace a duty or task without a personal need to fully agree or completely understand the reasons of the organization or supervisor

*The employer reserves the right to change or add duties to this position as long as the changes and/or additions are consistent with the job classification.