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Job Summary

NOTE: This is a 12-month term-limited appointment contingent on continued funding. A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to become a leader in informing, identifying, and testing new strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world. While rooted in an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, the focus of Poverty Solutions is an action-based agenda. The initiative engages with and leverages the resources of the university to partner with institutional, community and policy stakeholders to inform and test strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

Poverty Solutions is seeking a Student Engagement Coordinator to work closely with faculty, staff and students on providing support to students who are interested in actively engaging with the initiative.  This position reports to the Associate Director and will be housed at the U-M Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.  The Student Engagement Coordinator will have responsibilities in a number of areas, including student engagement and outreach; academic programming and advising; student activities and supervision, project management, liaison work; and dissemination. 


Student Engagement & Outreach
•    Serve as primary point of contact for students engaging the initiative. 
•    Oversee student programming including the Poverty Solutions Student Advisory Board and student facing events and simulations. 
•    Create and manage electronic, print and video messaging to promote student engagement.
•    Collaborate with the Poverty Solutions communications team to manage electronic, print, video and social media messaging across multiple platforms.
•    Develop written and online materials to engage the U-M student body in student facing initiatives. 

Academic Programming & Advising
•    Oversee planning and event coordination surrounding Poverty Solutions courses and the Poverty Solutions Certificate Program.
•    Liaise with the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor and provide advising support to students interested in the Poverty Solutions Certificate. 
•    Provide resource support to courses and interact with students enrolled in Poverty Solutions courses. 
•    Recruit student engagement in the initiative from across all units and campuses. 
•    Coordinate faculty and staff involvement in student engagement. 

Student Activities & Supervision 
•    Coordinate supervision of student research assistants and oversee undergraduate and graduate interns. 
•    Provide planning and coordination support for Poverty Solutions student facing projects and projects utilizing student research assistants, managing timelines and deliverables and coordinating the work of others. 
•    Track student office use and program attendance to inform strategic planning.

Liaison Work
•    Liaison with university, community and research partners. Collaborate with campus partners to provide student programming and volunteer and research opportunities.
•    Handle incoming requests for information and technical assistance from a wide variety of stakeholders. 

•    Working with initiative leadership to track student programming, maintain web-based resources, and produce and distribute reports.  
•    Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications*

•    Bachelor’s degree in higher education, counseling, public policy, social work or a relevant discipline
•    Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in poverty alleviation 
•    3+ years of experience with student engagement, overseeing and building academic and student programs, coordinating courses
•    Demonstrated supervisory experience engaging students and student organizations
•    Ability to effectively interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including effective interpersonal and customer service skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
•    Excellent computing skills, including the ability to learn new software packages quickly
•    Personal commitment to high quality work
•    Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
•    Strong organizational skills; attention to detail, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize efforts across multiple simultaneous projects
•    Ability to work both as part of a team and individually while meeting deadlines  

Desired Qualifications*

•    Master’s Degree.
•    Experience teaching, advising, counseling or coaching college students
•    Experience creating and overseeing certificate programs and courses
•    Strong understanding of social media 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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