How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Our Mission: With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as our framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities. Our work is accomplished through a student-centered, intersectional lens.
NOTE: THIS IS A LIMITED TERM POSITION ENDING JUNE 30, 2019!
Community engagement work at the Spectrum Center prioritizes creating meaningful community connections as well as opportunities to learn about queer and trans experiences, and similarly-identified groups, in ways that are guided by the communities themselves. The Program Specialist for Events and Partnerships, with the support of undergraduate student leads, coordinates the Spectrum Center’s efforts in bringing together critical education and community/coalition building through events and programmatic initiatives. Additionally, this position will advise the Spectrum Center Programming Board, a group of undergraduate and graduate students leading programmatic efforts.
Candidates are encouraged to learn more about the Spectrum Center and its programs by visiting: spectrumcenter.umich.edu.
Programs and Events (50%)
- Plan and publicize programs and events, including signature events (e.g. Transgender Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation, etc...), in collaboration with students organizations and other campus and community constituents.
- Work with the Assistant Director in the assessment of current outreach and campus programmatic initiatives.
- Contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of a social justice community organizing model within the Spectrum Center.
- Manage funding decisions regarding collaborations with and support for student organization events as well as performer requests to come to campusBuild and sustain meaningful relationships with University affiliates and community partners.
- Organize and manage tabling needs for the Center.
- Manage Spectrum Center’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) in coordination with the Communications Team.
Spectrum Center Programming Board (30%)
The Programming Board is a volunteer leadership opportunity, with graduate and undergraduate students selected through application and interview. The Board plans a few events during the Fall and Winter semesters related to queer and/or trans identities as well as provide support to all signature events. Ideally provide autonomy for the Engagement Team Student Lead to be able to facilitate weekly meetings.
- Advise the Spectrum Center Programming Board with support from the Engagement Team Student Lead.
- Provide guidance to the Board and its members through a variety of individual and group learning opportunities.
- Coordinate with Graphic Design Student Lead about graphics/publicity needs for Programming Board events.
- Oversee a budget designated for Programming Board events and initiatives including allocation, reconciliation, and decision-making processes.
Theory, Research, Data (10%)
- Draw upon best practices in community engagement, including community driven models, and non-profit organizing practices to inform the Engagement Team’s work.
- Work with the Assistant Director for Engagement in the evaluation of Engagement Team efforts and assist in the semesterly Engagement Team Assessment Report.
- Submit proposal to at least one conference (local, regional, or national) to share effective methods of college student organizing or similar practices/topics.
All Staff Responsibilities (10%)
- Publicly represent and answer questions about the Spectrum Center at informational events, such as orientation fairs, campus programs, and community events.
- Perform other duties necessary to the effective functioning of the Spectrum Center as a whole.
- Attend Spectrum Center, Student Life, and University-wide professional development opportunities.
- Completed Bachelor’s Degree by start date.
- In-depth knowledge of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and attractionality.
- Engagement with the complex and intersectional experiences of queer and trans people, with specific focus on race and ethnicity.
- Highly organized and self-motivated, able to take direction, and work autonomously and in team settings.
- Familiarity with gender, sexuality, and student identity development models.
- Familiarity with bystander intervention skills and practices.
- Experience in social justice organizing.
PLEASE NOTE: Relocation will not be offered for this position.
- Ability to represent the Center through in-person and online communications
- Communicate effectively with Spectrum Center staff
- Experience with various types of facilitation including dialogue, educational trainings, group meetings, and one-on-one conversations
- Experience planning events and programs for students in a higher education setting
- Demonstrated effectiveness in building community, and designing and implementing initiatives
- Manage Spectrum Center Programming Board Budget including allocating budget projections and expense reconciliation
- Position is a two-year term-limited position, beginning from negotiated start date and ending June 30, 2019. This position is benefits eligible.
- Work is 40 hours per week (non-exempt position), with regular evenings and weekends required
- This position directly supervises Undergraduate Student Lead(s).
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.