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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 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. Please include your University affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Current resume.
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references.
  • Where applicable, a letter or e-mail from your academic advisor or Graduate Coordinator 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 ketra@umich.edu).

Job Summary

The School of Kinesiology is seeking one (1) 50% (0.50 FTE; 20 hours/week) Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) to work with Kinesiology’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to assist with the implementation of the School Year 4 DEI Strategic Plan.

Appointment Period: Fall 2019, with the potential for renewal during the Winter 2020 term

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

Please note, the nature of this role is not related to a specific course.

Responsibilities*

Primary Responsibilities: Graduate Student Support Programs and Graduate Student Recruitment

  • Graduate Student Support Programs:
    • Kinesiology Graduate Student Bridge Program: This Bridge program was designed to facilitate the successful transition to UM Kinesiology for students who are underrepresented in graduate school in general and in Kinesiology graduate programs in particular.  The Bridge Program includes a week-long orientation (which features a panel presentation, networking activities, leadership activities, and other activities to familiarize the students with UM and Ann Arbor).  In addition to assisting our Graduate Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and the Associate Dean with the logistics for the Bridge Orientation, the DEI GSSA will also assist with various Bridge Program “touch-points” activities throughout the year to facilitate the connections and sense of community students need to thrive during the graduate education process.
    • Kinesiology (Student) Diversity and Inclusion Network (KDIN): The purpose of KDIN is to support and facilitate diversity and inclusion among Kinesiology students. KDIN is an officially recognized UM student organization, and its membership is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students.  The DEI GSSA will be expected to contribute to this group in a student leadership capacity by developing and assisting with activities and events that promote a culture of DEI and foster a sense of belonging for our graduate students.
  • Graduate Student Recruitment:
    • While the primary responsibilities for graduate student recruitment lie with the Associate Dean and Graduate Coordinator, the DEI GSSA would be expected to assist with some outreach and engagement activities with students from communities that are underserved in Kinesiology graduate programs. Such endeavors include assisting with the logistics of graduate students’ on-campus visits (schedules, transportation, lodging arrangements, meals, activities with current students, meetings with graduate faculty, etc.); assisting with graduate e-information sessions for students at our MSI partners; and assisting with the update of our MSIs databases, email groups, and list serves.

Additional Duties:

  • Develop and participate in the School of Kinesiology DEI programs and events in general, and those targeting students in particular.
  • Create materials (agendas, handouts, etc.) for DEI student programs and events.
  • Revise, write, and/or edit a variety of written communications related to DEI (emails, documents, web content, reports, posts for social media outlets, etc.).
  • Support DEI student program evaluation through development and implementation of assessment tools (surveys, student interviews, etc.).
  • Work with Kinesiology administrative staff on DEI student program logistics (rooms, food, materials, etc.).
  • Coordinate communications with students about DEI programs.
  • Lead and facilitate meetings of students related to Kinesiology DEI programs.
  • Interact with students at DEI events.
  • Develop and update DEI resource materials.
  • Synthesize information for DEI program reports.
  • Maintain filing systems and documentation of programs.

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must be currently registered in a graduate program at U-M.
  • The work described above for this position must be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the student is enrolled.
  • Event planning and facilitation experience.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects.
  • 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.
  • A willingness to travel and to participation in DEI related recruitment, training, and professional development endeavors on and off-campus is preferred.

Desired Qualifications*

Desired Qualifications:

  • In addition to the required qualifications previously listed, successful candidates will have: the ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision.
  • 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.).
  • NOTE: SOME FLEXIBILITY OF SCHEDULED WORK HOURS IS REQUIRED, INCLUDING EVENINGS OR WEEKENDS ON A PRIOR SCHEDULED BASIS.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Dr. Ketra Armstrong (Kinesiology’s Director of DEI) at ketra@umich.edu.

Application Deadline

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

Decision Making Process

Dr. Ketra Armstrong will assess how each candidate application meets the required and desired qualifications.  This assessment will determine the interview and selection process for this role. Feedback from reference checks will be given consideration in selection of the final candidate. 

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 27, 2019.

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 hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.

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 hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

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.