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How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials (applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered):
  • A cover letter, attached as the first page of your resume, describing how your experience meets the job requirements of this posting, is required for consideration of this position. Please include your University affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Current resume
  • Contact Information (email and phone) for three to five professional references
  • If selected as a finalist, a letter or email from your academic advisor confirming that you are in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and are approved for a 50% appointment (Please note: this letter may be submitted separately to

Course Description

The School of Nursing will be hiring two GSSA’s each for a 50% appointment (20 hours/week) for Fall 2017/Winter 2018 to assist the Senior Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) plan implementation. 


The University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN), seeks a Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) who will collaborate closely with the Senior Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and other UMSN community members on supporting undergraduate and graduate student recruitment activities, a DEI focused creative arts project, and a DEI fellows program.  GSSA’s will work to increase the participation of Nursing students, staff and faculty in the schools’ DEI activities.

  • Collaborate with Senior Director and other UMSN students, staff, and faculty on activities directly related to undergraduate and graduate student recruitment. 
  • Collaborate with Senior Director in activities related to a Nursing fellows program for a cohort of diverse undergraduate and graduate student applicants who will focus on producing peer-reviewed scholarship on critical, social and cultural topics in 21st century Nursing while exploring graduate, clinical and faculty-track futures in Nursing and receiving the one-on-one support that is critical for academic success.  
  • Collaborate with Senior Director on activities related UMSN Story Slams, an autobiographical, creative writing and performing arts project that creates a space for support, inclusion and personal and creative expression about the complexity of students personal journeys to and through nursing and higher education. 
  • Collaborate with Senior Director in increasing the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in the School’s DEI plan using various means such as reaching out directly to students, student organizations and groups, faculty, holding office hours, serving as a resource to students, and tabling. 
  • Collaborate with Senior Director in development of DEI Student Advisory Board.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Supervision is received from the Senior Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must be currently registered in a graduate program. 
  • The work described above for this position must be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the student is enrolled.
  • Familiarity and experience with University of Michigan Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Workshop and/or event planning and facilitation experience.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Ability to collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, prioritization, and follow-through.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the university community as well as external constituents.
  • Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as the task requires.
  • Demonstrated competency with modern computer productivity tools including work processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs.

Desired Qualifications*

  • The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize, work under pressure to meet deadlines, attention to detail, and thorough and reliable follow through while handling multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education.
  • An understanding of the challenges faced by the underrepresented populations in higher education.
  • Project management experience.
  • Previous experience developing resource materials.
  • Skills in graphic design, photography, video production, and competence with social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) a plus.
  • Basic data analysis and familiarity with Qualtrics a plus

Contact Information

Please visit for more information about the School. 
Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Rushika Patel (  

Decision Making Process

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will be contacted for finalists.
Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by August 29, 2017.  

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at and for the University Ombuds at

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.