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Graduate Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

We have a number of exciting fixed-term positions for a Graduate Assistant, starting in September 2021. The successful candidate will gain experience across all aspects of the school but your primary activities will be supporting our extensive co-curricular programme. Alongside this, you will provide general support to an academic department or departments, work with our Outreach and Summer School programmes, help the school deliver our annual calendar of events, and perform House Assistant duties within one of our Boarding Houses. The role is intended to utilize both the subject expertise and the individual enthusiasm of the person appointed.  

We believe in providing an all-round education for our pupils, involving them in a deep commitment to the full co-curriculum. Our diverse and busy co-curricular programme enables pupils to identify and develop skills and strengths through a huge variety of activities – from sports to music, art, debating, and theatre. 

Please note that we plan to invite shortlisted candidates to an assessment day at Eton College later this year. Whilst we hope to hold these assessment days in April, they could be delayed or conducted virtually due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. Further information will be given nearer the time.

Main Duties

  • Contributing to the school’s sports programme, taking responsibility for a sports team or teams each half (term), providing coaching, supervision and guidance, and accompanying away matches against other schools;
  • Participating in training sessions and refereeing sports matches;
  • Contributing to other areas of the co-curriculum (such as drama, art, music and debating) depending on individual aptitude, experience and preferences, and as agreed with the Head of Graduate Assistants;
  • Participating in the outdoor education programme including participation in outdoor trips;
  • Providing general support to an academic department / departments as requested by the relevant Head of Department – this may include (but is not limited to) general administration, marking exams (under direction) and providing cover for lessons;
  • Participating in society meetings and departmental trips;
  • Acting as an exam invigilator;
  • Contributing to the school’s ‘socials’ programme;
  • Providing logistical and administrative support to the Lower Master’s Office and Events Manager during major events, including (but not limited to), the school’s two major open days, Parent-Teacher meetings, and supervision of transport during the start and end of school holidays;
  • Working with the Summer Schools team to help deliver our Summer Schools’ programme;
  • Under the direction of the House Master, performing weekly House Assistant duties within one of the school’s boarding houses;
  • Supporting the Outreach team activities for and within our partner institutions;
  • Undertaking any other reasonable tasks as requested.

Some Graduate Assistants may also:

  • Undertake some ‘team teaching’ with an experienced Master;
  • With experience, undertake a small amount of classroom teaching;
  • Support pupils with university applications during the Michaelmas half.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A desire to be fully involved with the life of a busy boarding-school;
  • Demonstrable experience in a range of sports and/or other co-curricular activities, and the ability to communicate your enthusiasm for those activities;
  • Prior experience of coaching or playing football, rugby or cricket would be advantageous, however if you do not already have this experience, a willingness to learn how to coach a sports team is essential;
  • A strong academic profile, with a good undergraduate degree, and an enthusiasm for a particular academic subject;
  • The demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people;
  • Natural confidence and the ability to quickly build credibility with key stakeholders;
  • The ability to positively assert your influence and to maintain good order and discipline amongst pupils;
  • Flexibility combined with the ability to juggle a variety of tasks;
  • A collaborative nature, combined with the natural inclination to consider the perspectives and opinions of others and encourage people to share their views;
  • High levels of personal organisation and initiative, combined with the ability and to make things happen;
  • A competent level of computer literacy;
  • A commitment to uphold the highest standards of pupil welfare and safeguarding procedures.


This is a fixed-term contract commencing in September 2021 and ending in August 2023. 

This is a live-in role, and you will be required to live in your Eton-provided accommodation for the 40 weeks per year that you are required to work on-site. This accommodation is provided free of charge but there will be a small personal tax liability for you on this benefit. Please be aware, the accommodation is similar to a Halls of Residence and is only suitable for a single person or a couple. Alternative accommodation is not available.

About the College

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.

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