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  • 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 fit with this GSSA position. Please include your University Department/Program affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references
  • A letter or email from your academic advisor confirming that:
    •  you are in good academic standing
    • you are not on fellowship support
    • the work described below fulfills your degree requirement or is considered academically relevant to the degree you are pursuing
    • you are approved for a 50% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to:

Job Summary

In order to provide students with a meaningful opportunity to expand their awareness, knowledge and engagement in DEI issues and efforts, the DEI professional development certificate Program serves graduate students at the University of Michigan. The mission is to cultivate DEI leaders and allies that are able to meaningfully contribute to and lead DEI efforts on campus and in their future workplaces. This position supports the Program Manager coordinating the certificate program. This GSSA position is ideal for scholars that are interested in working with graduate students to expand and apply their knowledge and skills related to DEI.

Appointment Period:  Fall 2018 (This position is for one term with renewal contingent upon completion of performance expectations and available funding)

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).

Course Description



Duties will include:

  • Draft monthly newsletter to certificate program participants in collaboration with Rackham Communications team and Program Manager
  • Hold office hours with certificate participants
  • Compile cultural competency and diversity opportunities and offerings on campus
  • Design and facilitate workshops (1-2) on DEI related to your area of interest and expertise
  • Read and provide feedback on participant post-reflections following the workshops/trainings that they attend
  • Apply rubric to read and provide feedback on the capstone diversity statements of participants
  • Compile and analyze program evaluation data and draft reports for stakeholders
  • Assist in the planning and execution of the final ceremony/celebration (Spring 2019)
  • Plan and implement DEI student programming, including support of the certificate orientation session (F18) and workshops as needed
  • Lead small group meetings of students in their respective "tracks" (research, teaching, engagement, leadership)
  • Compile a bio book for participants
  • Collaborate with Rackham Communication team to develop ideas for using video, social media and marketing to connect with students
  • Support the creation and maintenance of an online dashboard to track program participants in collaboration with Rackham ITS web app team
  • Facilitate and/or support DEI-related events, some of which may take place outside regular business hours

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.


Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham graduate program. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have reached candidacy. Students who are unsure if they are in a Rackham graduate program should check their graduate program listing in

  • The work described above for this position must be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the student is enrolled.
  • Strong background knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education
  • An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented and marginalized populations in higher education
  • Ability to handle multiple projects
  • Ability to collaborate effectively on a team
  • 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 community partners
  • Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as the task requires

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity and experience with Rackham DEI student programming
  • Project management experience
  • Previous experience developing resource materials

Additional Information

Expected Outcomes:

The GSSA position will strengthen professional competencies in the following areas:

  • Program development skills, including designing and implementing DEI related professional development programs
  • Program evaluation skills, including assessment of student development and program outcomes
  • Understanding of DEI-related scholarship
  • Best practices in graduate student success
  • Community-building in higher education environments
  • Student should be able to present a proposal/paper regarding their experience at a local/regional conference in their field.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to  Applicants may request the status of their application from the appointing unit.

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.

Debbie Willis, Program Manager for Professional and Academic Development is leading this search.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by July 31, 2018.

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.

Debbie Willis, Program Manager for Professional and Academic Development is leading this search.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by July 31, 2018.

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.