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Job Summary

The University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN), seeks a temporary program staff assistant who will support the planning activities for the UM Rackham Faculty Allies (RFA) and Student Ally Diversity Project with the School’s Rackham Faculty Ally. The hire is expected during the Spring/Summer semester 2018 to complete planning of all activities and sessions for implementation of the Professional and Academic Development in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Doctoral Studies in Nursing Project during the 2018-2019 term. The University of Michigan School of Nursing is a community that is built from diversity. We believe that diversity, the presence of difference, must be joined with equity, the parity of difference, and inclusion, an open welcome to difference. We are not excellent if we do not welcome all experiences in our community. The School’s component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at:

The RFA Project focuses on providing opportunities for Alumni graduates to connect with current students in the program and those transitioning into graduate studies and specifically doctoral studies. The plan focuses on improving the outcomes for all persons (especially as defined by a social determinants and social justice approach that focus on inequities in society and are also applicable to academic and professional equity for our students).

The main responsibility of program staff is to support the planning and administration of the Rackham Faculty Allies Grant (RFADG) Project. The successful candidate will be responsible to the primary Faculty Ally, Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, to assist in the planning and implementation of the RFADG Project. The student is expected to conduct the post-award work during the Spring/Summer semester 2018.


Responsibilties include, but are not limited to:

  • Help with the development of marketing strategies, messaging, services, and communication methods.
  • Proficiently use social media to maintain and communicate with the existing members, market to possible new members, facilitate awareness and support specific marketing efforts.
  • Collect and organize students' and event speakers' bios, photos, publications.
  • Perform a variety of clerical/administrative functions to support the timely execution of project planning.
  • Resolves most questions and problems and refers only the most complex issues to higher levels. Works under minimal supervision. 

Required Qualifications*

Qualified candidate must have:

  • Must be a graduate student; nursing graduate student preferred.
  • Familiarity and experience with University of Michigan Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
  • 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 aspects of the project simultaneously.
  • Strong and effective communications skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the university community, as well as external constituents.
  • The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision, as the task requires.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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