Staff General Information

2016.8.10 RAsThank you for your interest in working with the Arkansas Governor’s School!  It is one of the most exciting educational experiences at the secondary-school level in the nation.  The AGS work experience is very demanding but it is also very enjoyable and very rewarding.  Our staff members are special people who enjoy challenges and believe it is a privilege to help shape the lives of Arkansas’ best and brightest young people.

Staff are selected prior to each session to work in the following positions.  Some of the positions’ major responsibilities are listed below.  A more comprehensive job description is available upon request.  (Click on the position title for more information)

Area IV: Residential Life

  • Hall Resident Assistant – builds community by helping students connect with each other, assists students with personal and academic concerns, supervises and monitors students inside and outside of residence halls, serves as a resource for the program, and upholds AGS policy.
  • Hall Director – manages operation of student residence halls, supervises RA staff, oversees facility maintenance, handles student conduct issues, and performs ancillary duties as assigned. (Prior Area IV experience is necessary)

Area V: Administration

  • Office Manager - the public face and voice of AGS, sets up office and coordinates the work of all office staff, responsible for scheduling classroom usage, and works closely with faculty, residential life staff, office administrator, and director. (Prior experience in the AGS Office is necessary)
  • Assistant to Office Manager - supports the Office Manager, responsible for scheduling (i.e. weekly calendar, building use, optional seminars), manages copy requests, and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned.
  • Media Specialist - shoots photos for AGS publications/social media/website, designs student yearbook, designs AGS student certificate, prepares end-of-program slide show, and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned. (Requires experience with photography and design software)
  • Social Activities Director - plans and executes major social activities and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned.
  • Recreation Director - plans and executes all recreational activities and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned.
  • Public Liaison - contacts speakers regarding travel plans and details of their presentations, transports speakers to and from airport, coordinates the College Fair, coordinates the AGS Blood Drive, helps organize field trips, and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned.
  • Audio-Visual Specialists - sets up all AV equipment for classes, required events, optional activities and social/recreational activities, keeps track of equipment used by faculty and staff, and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned. (Experience with Hendrix A/V systems is preferred)
  • Student Liaison - coordinates leave requests and any routine requests from parents with the Director and Area IV Coordinator, manages class attendance, organizes Invited Educator's Day, makes copies, runs errands, and keeps regular office hours with responsibilities as assigned.
  • Activities Monitor - monitors the computer lab and AGS social media.  No computer technical skills necessary.
  • Wellness and Athletic Center Manager - supervises personnel and activities at the Wellness and Athletic Center.
  • Climbing Wall Monitor (Part-time) - monitor and ensure the safety of climbers on the WAC climbing wall. Provide instruction on proper belaying and climbing skills.
  • Lifeguard (Part-time) - monitor and ensure the safety of swimmers in the WAC pool. Requires American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification.


Important Dates:

November 3, 2017 – Staff Applications Available Online

February 12, 2018 – Staff Applications Due

Late February/Early March – Finalists Notified for Interviews

Early March – Area V Interviews for Selected Finalists

Early March – Area IV Interviews for Selected RA Finalists

Early April – Letters/Contracts Sent to Hired Staff

June 4 to 9, 2018 – Orientation for Staff

June 10, 2018 – Opening of AGS

July 3 to July 8, 2018 – Mid-Session Break

July 21, 2018 – Closing of AGS

Important Information:

  • Before you apply, please take a look at the AGS Overview and the Workplace Expectations.
  • Please consider the session dates and your availability.  There will be regular required events and responsibilities for some positions occurring during evenings and on weekends.
  • All personnel will be hired on salary with social security and income taxes withheld.  Full-time salaries start at $2,700.00. Part-time salaries vary depending on position.
  • Appointments are for a single summer session.
  • All Area IV staff are required to have a background screening and live on campus in student residence halls.  Instructions for completing this screening will be provided if an Area IV position is offered and accepted.
  • Room and board are provided for employees at no extra cost.  Please note that AGS has no control over Hendrix dorm rooms or storage spaces in the days before orientation and after the session.  For this reason, employees must make their own provision for housing and storage during those periods.
  • Please be aware that application information may be subject to FOIA requests and, therefore, may become public.

If you have any questions about any of the staff positions listed above, please contact the AGS Office.