Human Resources  

General Employment

Aquinas College accepts resumes with cover letters as positions become available.
For student job postings, please visit Career & Counseling Services.

Employment opportunities can be found below or on the following websites. If searching for open positions on the sites listed, use keyword "Aquinas": Full-time Faculty Positions -; Full-time Staff Positions - The Grand Rapids Press
Part-time or adjunct teaching assignments are filled by the individual academic department.

Aquinas College is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition. Aquinas College provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good. Aquinas College values: Faith, Learning, Service and Community.

Aquinas Benefits Fact Sheet (pdf)
Unless otherwise specified, please submit all letters of interest and resume to: Aquinas College, Attn.: Human Resources, 1607 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. E-mail:

Current Employment Opportunities
Job Posting: Administrative Assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs at Aquinas College seeks a full time assistant to join a forward-focused Academic Affairs team. This is a 12 month position and will be located in the Academic Building, room 115.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum and Associate Degree preferred and two years of relevant experience required, with experience working in higher education preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including advanced Excel functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage many projects at one time with the ability to prioritize activities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to professionally interact with internal and external constituent groups, including faculty, students, administration, and the general public.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have an interest in working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills, have the ability to work effectively with minimal direction both independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have dedication to responsive, timely and proactive service.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance in support of faculty and general activities of the Office of Academic Affairs
  • Create word-processing and spreadsheet documents and reports as requested
  • Communicate by phone, letter, and electronic methods with individuals inside and outside of the organization to assist in department and college operations
  • Arrange and participate in meetings, office activities, and campus events
  • Other administrative responsibilities as are needed in the Academic Affairs office

Sample of Work Hours:

Plan A
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: Noon – 4 pm

Plan B
Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 6:45 pm
Friday: 9 am – 2 pm

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to

Review of applicants will begin August 3, 2015 and continue until a suitable individual is identified.

Job Posting: Manager of Stewardship & Donor Relations

Aquinas College seeks Manager of Stewardship & Donor Relations for the Foundation department. This position ensures the successful operation of a comprehensive stewardship program that involves Foundation staff & board and other key constituents.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or a related field
  • Experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, higher education, development, stewardship, communication, advancement services, prospect research, or a related field
  • A high level of independence in performing the responsibilities of the position
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An ability to interact comfortably, tactfully and effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills, particularly with Microsoft platforms and database software (Raiser’s Edge or similar)
  • Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in donor relations preferably in higher education
  • Prior experience with cultivation and recognition events
  • Prior experience working in a staff capacity for senior administrators

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Foundation Office staff to develop and implement stewardship strategies that strengthen long-term relationships with donors
  • Develops and coordinates the management of the Foundation scholarship process; work with donors on scholarship criteria changes; work with Donor Services Coordinator for maintenance of donor records
  • Supports constituent relationships such as staff, faulty, donors, volunteers, and alumni; works with outside vendors and student employees
  • Helps to coordinate special initiatives, projects and events supporting the Foundation Office
  • Establish a base level of acknowledgement, recognition and engagement for gifts at various levels and of various types, and implements programs to ensure this level is met (i.e. giving clubs)
  • Manage the process of reviewing and sending thank you letters from student scholarship recipients to their beneficiaries
  • Ensure that details of stewardship plans are compiled and communicated to all involved parties, and that the plan is documented and implemented; work with the Marketing and Communications Department to ensure consistency among various stewardship materials
  • Work with Business & Financial Aid Offices in preparation of annual reports for endowed funds; submit annual endowment reports to donors
  • Identify best practices at other organizations for stewardship planning and operation
  • Attend stewardship and cultivation events as needed
  • Plan and manage the Aquinas College Foundation Annual Scholarship Dinner
  • Staff Manage selected donors
  • Implement scholarship software solutions for applying and awarding scholarships: AwardSpring; Manage administrative duties with database; manage internal and external communications relating to the scholarship database
  • Manage data and records as it relates to endowed and annual scholarships
  • Maintain communications with internal stakeholders (Foundation staff, Marketing and Communications, faculty and staff across the College, members of the Cabinet) and external stakeholders (Foundation donors, volunteers and board members)

Key Skills:

  • Excellent organization skills, detail oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Collegial, collaborative style
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple requests
  • Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions
  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to fundraising
  • Understanding of a donor-centered approach

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to

Deadline to apply: August 3, 2015.


Job Posting: Adjunct Professor – Principles of Accounting I (Financial Accounting)

Aquinas College seeks an adjunct instructor to teach a Principles of Accounting I (Financial Accounting) for the Fall semester of 2015 (2015 – 2016 academic year).

Essential duties would be to teach the courses as follows:

  • AG 210 Principles of Accounting I - Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A qualified candidate is a CPA or CMA with a master’s degree and at least five years of relevant accounting experience
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position

To apply, submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three professional/teaching references to Cindy VanGelderen, Accounting Department Chair at


Job Posting: Web Designer/Programmer
Aquinas College seeks a part time (28 hours/week) exempt Web Designer/Programmer for its Marketing and Communication department. This position is responsible for creating, editing and programming graphics and technical elements for the Aquinas College website ( and other College-owned web properties including the intranet, email templates, etc. This role will assist in ensuring concordance with Aquinas branding and web policy. Serves as a member of the communication team, collaborating on strategic marketing strategies for Aquinas’ online presence. Collaborates with the communication team on digital graphic creation, and website programming and execution.
Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Designs, programs and implements updates to and various interactive elements for Aquinas College web properties including
  • Designs, implements, and trains users on email templates for College mass mailings.
  • Designs and programs websites and other digital elements for special projects and campaigns.
  • Recommends and assists with development of new digital/web design to support and promote College goals.
  • Works with Communication Manager to ensure web design and programming supports College’s overall communication/marketing strategy.
  • Adheres to an established budget for approved projects.
  • Assists with long-range strategic plan for Aquinas College’s online presence.
  • Defines special features to provide optimal level of customer service to end users.
  • Designs, programs and incorporates interactive elements to enhance visitor experience.
  • Evaluates new web technologies, designs and trends for application in higher education.
  • Researches design/programming elements and unique features of competing sites for benchmarking purposes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and minimum one year of relevant experience
  • Proficiency in programming of CSS, JS, HTML, Drupal and WordPress
  • Proficiency with contemporary software and applications including Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Demonstrated experience adhering to corporate branding guidelines
  • Understanding of e-marketing tools including capabilities, utilization, application software and analytics
  • Comfortable working in a PC environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and team working skills
  • Exceptional design creation and editing capabilities.
  • Ability to manage and complete multiple projects and assignments concurrently.
  • Ability to verbally interface with all levels of internal and external contacts.
  • Excellent written skills with versatile style for all types of content development.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to
Deadline to apply: Close of business operations on August 7, 2015.

Job Posting: Library - Evening Supervisor
Aquinas College, a Catholic liberal arts institution rooted in the Dominican tradition, seeks a dynamic, public service oriented paraprofessional to fill the position of Evening Supervisor (34 hours per week/31 weeks per year) in the Grace Hauenstein Library. The primary responsibility will be to provide supervision of student assistant(s) and to provide reference assistance to students, faculty and staff Sunday through Thursday evenings, August through May. Other responsibilities may include online record maintenance, gathering statistics, copy cataloging and other duties as assigned.  Required Qualifications: BA degree. Excellent interpersonal communication and collaboration skills. Dedication to responsible, timely and proactive customer service. Proficient computer skills.  Preferred Qualifications: Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.  Supervisory experience. Experience with electronic databases. Knowledge of Innovative Interfaces Millennium system. Start date for the position is August 20, 2015. Review of applications will begin on July 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to

Job Posting: Area Coordinator - Residence Life Office

The Residence Life Office at Aquinas College is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month, live-in Area Coordinator (AC) who would be responsible for completing administrative, supervisory, and programmatic duties for a residential area housing 250-320 residents. Anticipated starting date for this position is August 3, 2015.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Supervise, train, and evaluate student staff (including 10-14 RAs and, if applicable, 10-15 front desk workers); Advise Residence Hall/Area Council; Participate in on-call duty rotation for campus; Adjudicate cases through student conduct process; Mediate conflicts; Direct programmatic initiatives and community development for area; Provide support and referrals to students facing personal or academic challenges; Oversee all administrative aspects of area, including opening & closing, room changes, facilities work requests, and budget management; Share responsibility for departmental projects, including housing selection, staff selection, and summer operations; Collaborate with other student affairs colleagues to implement programs and services that promote the retention, growth, and success of students.


  • Education: Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel/Student Affairs Administration, Higher Education Administration, or other related field preferred; Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience: At least one year of work experience as an undergraduate/graduate in residence life required
  • Abilities: Ability to prioritize tasks and projects; Ability to meet deadlines; Ability to remain calm during difficult situations; Ability to maintain confidentiality; Ability to maintain good professionalism and ethical behavior; Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; Ability to take direction; Ability to apply independent judgment and sound decision-making
  • Skills: Strong supervision and management skills; Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; Strong public speaking skills
  • Sound knowledge in student development theory and best practices in student affairs and higher education.
  • Willingness and ability to live on-campus and work a flexible schedule including some evening, weekend, and on-call hours.
  • Candidates must be able to represent and promote the Dominican ideals of Aquinas College.
  • A commitment of sensitivity to, and respect for, the diverse cultural backgrounds of Aquinas college faculty, staff, and students.
  • Must be able to perform job functions with or without accommodation.

Aquinas College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity is a blessing, which brings a richness of perspectives to our intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual life. We value experiences that contribute to the diversity of our community and seek to hire faculty and staff dedicated to fostering an inclusive campus for all.

Compensation: Includes professional salary and benefits, furnished apartment, dining services during academic year, and professional development funding.

Interested individuals should submit cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references to Julie Blaszak, Director of Residence Life, at Questions about this position can be directed to Julie Blaszak, Director of Residence Life, at or (616) 632-2945. Applications should be received by July 6, 2015 for first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Posting: Assistant Registrar

Aquinas College seeks a full-time Assistant Registrar for the Office of the Registrar Summary of Duties

Assists the Registrar in transfer equivalency analysis, DROA reporting, evaluation and implementation of software enhancements to our college administrative system. Guides the front desk service staff emphasizing customer service to students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. Guides the Administrative Assistant for CE applications, VA certification, verifications and maintenance of Colleague course catalog.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Office contact for transfer credit evaluation; evaluates courses, approves guest applications, maintains the Michigan Transfer Network, transfer guides, updates database on academic majors, minors, 2 year plans with academic departments at Aquinas, etc.
  • Leads team members responsible for CE admission applications, veterans administration certification, update of Colleague course catalog, room assignments, telephone, front counter and email service to students, monitor registration of UDM students, guest applications, verification of attendance and degrees within FERPA guidelines, e.g., grades, registration data, athletic eligibility, message system to faculty and students (ex: grades, registration information, class lists, progress reports, etc
  • Assists Registrar in evaluation, recommendation and implementation of technology applications in support of enhanced services offered through Registrar/Advising Center.
  • Office contact for production of DROA reports.
  • Collaborates with administrators, faculty, IT and staff to facilitate and improve services to students, including catalog, registration, records and policy questions.
  • Oversees the archive of past records in the Registrar/Advising Center.
  • Participates in professional development activities and serve on college committees that support the goals and objectives of the College

Knowledge and Education Requirements

  • Minimum Bachelors Degree in business, computer information systems or related discipline or experience.
  • Masters degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of Colleague system software.
  • Experience working in a Registrar’s Office.
  • Ability to lead team members via coaching, training and mentoring.
  • Interprets software application capabilities and recommends implementation.
  • Adjudicates student records conflicts toward acceptable outcomes.

Decision Making & Problem Solving Requirements

  • Ability to lead team members via coaching, training and mentoring.
  • Interprets software application capabilities and recommends implementation.
  • Adjudicates student records conflicts toward acceptable outcomes.

Communication Requirements

  • Excellent verbal skills to convey College registrar standards in conflict situations.
  • Good written skills for committee participation and policy development.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Leads team members by persuasion, role modeling and coaching.
  • Provides performance appraisal input to Registrar for staff annual reviews

Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Office environment

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Resumes will be reviewed until position is filled.


Job Posting: Dean of Science and Sustainability

>Read the Job Description