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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.   Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

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Job Summary

The Rackham Graduate School Dean’s Office is seeking one (1) 50% (20 hours/week) Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) to assist with achieving the goals of the Rackham Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan. The GSSA will engage in activities that will expand the capacity of the Rackham Graduate School to implement critical student focused components of the plan. In addition, the GSSA will receive professional development opportunities and gain invaluable exposure in a cross-functional position that will partner with the offices of the Dean, Graduate Student Programs, Development, Communications, Institutional Research and Institutional Technology. The GSSA will report to Assistant Dean Mark Kamimura-Jimenez and have collaborative interactions with the associate deans and staff within Rackham. We are seeking an experienced and dynamic student with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

Appointment Period: Fall 2017 and Winter 2018

Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours per week)

Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance and dental insurance (Option 1).


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work in partnership with Rackham Professional and Academic Development to develop and expand offerings and programs related to supporting DEI education and training experiences for students.
  • Work in collaboration with Rackham Student Engagement to support programming for graduate student leaders’ learning and development around DEI and leadership roles.
  • Develop multiple forums and discussions inclusive of multiple constituencies (students, staff, faculty, postdocs, alumni) on the proposed five-year objectives.
  • Seek input from academic units and the leadership of student organizations on plan updates and revisions for Year 3 plan. Identify themes, gaps and new ideas from these discussions to begin the draft of the Year 3 plan.
  • Coordinate student input and student review of Year 3 plan.
  • Assist in the coordination and development of the DEI Advisory Board
  • Work with the Assistant Dean and Rackham Institutional Research to evaluate the overall DEI plan.
  • Develop with Rackham Institutional Research an assessment of training workshops.
  • Serve as the Rackham Student Liaison to students and student organizations.
  • Work with Rackham Communications on disseminating DEI progress to the students.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham 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.

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

Ability to collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts.

The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision.

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 word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs. 

This position requires the ability to ascend and descend stairs and to frequently move and/or position equipment including audio-visual equipment, tables and chairs, and event supplies.  The ability to travel to various locations on and off campus to deliver and/or pick up event supplies, as well as transport event supplies to locations throughout the Rackham building and to other event sites on and off campus is required.

Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.


Desired Qualifications*

In addition to the required qualifications listed, successful candidates will have:

Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education. An understanding of the challenges faced by 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

Questions regarding this position may be emailed Rackham Assistant Dean Mark Kamimura-Jimenez at

Decision Making 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

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.