Work Study at Avila

Finding Work Study Positions

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial needs.

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • Students must complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need as defined by the Department of Education.
  • It’s available to full-time or part-time undergraduate students.
  • Check your eligibility with Financial Aid, ext. 3600 before contacting a supervisor for an interview

Below you’ll find available positions with job descriptions and contact information.

Open Positions on Campus

Position Title:  Adult & Graduate Admissions Office Assistant

Supervisor:  Emma Carter: – Adult & Graduate Admissions

Job Description:

Be a valued part of the Adult and Grad Admissions Team by providing administrative support to the Director of Adult and Grad Admissions as well as the Admissions Reps. Assist in the daily operations of recruiting for adult and grad programs by performing clerical duties and by representing Avila at recruiting events.  Clerical duties include texting/calling perspective students, processing U.S. mail, making copies and scans of documents, data entry, and delivering documents to various departments on campus and other duties as assigned. Engage with perspective students on campus visits, tours, and open houses to help facilitate a smooth, welcoming, and position campus experience.

Qualifications/Skills Needed:

Must be detail orientated, highly accurate, and able to work independently. Customer service, collaboration, and phone experience desired.  Knowledge of Excel, Power Point, and CRM systems a plus.

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours per Week:

About 8 hours a week and we work around your student schedule. Main Hours would be anytime between 9am-6pm and events happen on some week day evening.

Total Positions Open:  1

Position Title: – IT Services – Student Assistant (Learning Commons)

Supervisor: Jonathan. Gambill – Associate VP for IT Services – – 816.501.2436

Job Description:

Provide first level assistance and support related to computer issues for staff, students & faculty. Answer helpdesk phones calls and assign tickets to IT personnel. Run diagnostic programs to resolve problems. Assist in resolving Wi-Fi issues and printing issues.

Qualifications/Skills Needed:

Computer skills, English speaking, Wi-Fi set- up, quick learner, Windows 10 knowledge

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours per Week:

Approx. 6 hours/week. High need times are 9AM-2PM Monday – Thursday also evening support as well.

Total Positions Open:  1

Position Title:

Writing Center Peer Tutor

Supervisor, Department:

Dr. Abigail Lambke, English Department

Job Description:

The Writing Center is seeking peer writing tutors to work one-on-one with other Avila students on their writing. A writing tutor welcomes Avila students to the Writing Center, guides a tutoring session based on the student’s writing, and enables the student to become a better writer going forward. This position demands excellent communication skills, the ability to explain and demonstrate a range of writing concepts, strong interpersonal skills, and ability to connect with diverse students. Peer tutors must be able to commit to a consistent weekly schedule, be self-directed, and have a strong attention to detail. Tutoring experience and a high grade in an Avila English course recommended. Training in peer tutoring provided.

Qualifications/Skills Needed:

Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, digital), the ability to explain writing concepts (e.g. grammatical rules, thesis writing, essay organization), strong interpersonal skills, and ability to make connections with diverse students

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours per Week:

4 hours per week / tutor selects a consistent schedule at the beginning of the semester

Positions Open:  1

Position Title: Advancement & Alumni Office Assistant

Supervisor, Department: Marie Kocher, Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations
email:, phone: 816-501-3602

Job Description:

The Advancement & Alumni Work Study student will assist with a variety of tasks. This can include, but is not limited to, mailings, special event preparation (décor, nametags, etc.), data entry, scanning or copying projects, making thank you calls to donors, and other tasks as assigned. This position may also be asked to present at board meetings during which the student will be asked to talk about their Avila experience. Scripts or talking points will be provided for thank you calls and meeting presentations.

Qualifications/Skills Needed:

Looking for a self-starter, independent worker, takes direction and constructive criticism well, with a sense of humor. This position is for a student that isn’t afraid to make thank you calls to donors (script provided) or interact with the alumni and guests that visit the Advancement & Alumni Office.

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours per Week:

A set schedule of 2-3 days per week, 6-8 hours total (can be any time between the hours of 8am and 5pm).


Position Title: Library Student Assisant

Supervisor: Thomas Pfeiffer,, 816-501-2912

Job Description:

One of the tasks of the student assistant is to be the public face of the Hooley Bundschu Library Learning Commons.  Customer service skills are essential.

On the job training is provided.

As a Student Assistant you will need to know how to effectively use databases, how to print, scan documents, check out books and laptops, answer and transfer phone calls to the appropriate staff person.

The library has several collections that we maintain including:  circulating books, s, Oversized, Folio, curriculum, student DVD’s, faculty DVD’s, journals, books, reference, plays, new books, and professor suggested reading.  Some of these collections are quite small, but each of them have their own location and rules.  You will be trained where each of these collections are located and how to help other students find them.  We use the Dewey Decimal system and a unique code for two other collections that you will assist students with as well as shelve and maintain order in it.   We continuously review the order of our materials in our collections to make sure that they can be quickly and easily be found for and by students and faculty who need them.

Books and databases are the mainstay of our collection.  You will need to become proficient in how to assist students to locate books in the Avila, Kansas City, and Mobius Catalogues.  We have subscriptions to over 30 databases which contain articles and videos.  Once you have mastered the basics of a few of the databases you will be able to navigate the more nuanced databases.  You will need to be able to help your fellow students in the basics of database searching.

Qualifications and Skills Needed:

If you love learning, are kind, have initiative, like problem solving and puzzles, enjoy order and detail, are responsible, have great customer service skills then helping the staff, faculty and student of Avila then the library may be a fabulous fit for you.

The Library/Learning Commons is open 7 days a week and has extensive hours for which Student Assistance Workers are needed.

Typing skills, teamwork, learn the Library’s computer program, and databases are a must. We will train you.

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours Per Week: 7-8 hours. These hours will be the same each week. Min. of 2-3 hours at a time to allow sufficient work on projects.


Position: Student Life Assistant

The Student Life Assistant functions as part of a fun and collaborative activities group called The A-Team.  The A-Team assists with the planning, promoting, implementing and evaluating of student activity events, programs, and campus celebrations. For example: New Student Orientation, Igniting the Flame: AU Kick-Off Celebration, Homecoming Week, Halloween Week, Week of Giving, Stress Relief Week, Valentine’s Week, Spring Fling Week, Ping Pong/Pool Tournaments, Eagle Madness, Avila Field Day and new events coordinated by the Student Life Assistant.

The Student Life Assistant will possess the following qualifications/skills:
Responsible, reliable, positive attitude, team player, dependable, organized, trustworthy, problem solver, effective communicator, creative, and computer skills.

6-10 hours/week, some evening/weekend work may be required.

Supervisor: Jason F. Baldwin, Director of Student Life


Position Title: Student Financial Aid- Student Assistant

Supervisor:  Laura Modick, 816-501-3609,

Job Description:
This position will assist office staff in the administration of federal, state, and institutional aid in accordance with applicable regulations, assisting the students for the institution with their financial aid needs.  The following are primary duties and responsibilities of this position: Use and electronic filing system (ImageNow) to scan, greet and assist walk-ins, answering questions at the front desk and on the phone, respond to email inquiries in professional and helpful manner, applying payments to balances,  data entry input of financial aid information, use a copy machine and fax machine, assist staff with special projects.

Qualifications/Skills Needed:
Computer literacy, excellent phone skills, helpful demeanor

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours per week:
Must be able to work at least a 2-hour shift in order to relieve staff for lunch.  Office is open M-F, 8am- 5pm


Position Title:

Food Pantry Attendant

Supervisor, Department:

Lindsay Beardall,, 816-501-2919

Job Description:

This person will assist the Food Pantry Coordinator and Food Pantry Assistant of the Feed Your Friends on campus food pantry with the following: day-to-day operations, unloading food from Harvesters, organizing and maintaining the pantry, and implementing health and safety protocols.  This person will work collaboratively with any volunteers and assist with marketing and promotion of the pantry.  A great opportunity for social work or psychology students!

Qualifications/Skills Needed:

Social work or psychology (not limited to)

Desired Schedule/Approximate Hours per Week:

Flexible – Monday through Friday afternoons, 4-6 hours/week

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