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A cover letter (one page) is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume.  The letter should specifically outline the reasons for your interest in this position and describe your particular skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  Please submit contact information (phone and email) for 3-5 professional references along with your resume.  Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

NOTE: Applicants who do not apply for both this position and the Resident Advisor position will not be considered. To apply for the Resident Advisor position go to 

Job Summary

The Summer Research and Opportunity Program (SROP) and the Michigan Humanities Emerging Scholars (MICHHERS) programs are signature programs coordinated by Rackham Graduate School. The goals of these programs are to broaden participation in graduate education by providing students with the opportunity to engage in research with faculty at the University of Michigan. SROP is a 10-week (May 26-July 31) research based experience and MICHHERS is a 2-week (June 7-20) exploration of graduate studies. The combined number of participants from both programs will be approximately 70 students. 

We are seeking two (2) temporary program assistant/residential life leaders to serve as active and visible staff members responsible for supporting the residential life component of both programs. This includes pre-arrival administration, supporting students’ safety and well-being, facilitating community-building, documentation of best practices, and program evaluation. These positions will be supervised by the Rackham Director of Recruitment, Engagement and Partnerships.

These temporary program assistant positions will be performing pre- and post-program work.  Dates of employment are May 1-20, 2020 (20 hours a week) and August 1-August 31, 2020 (20 hours a week).  See note below regarding employment during program dates.

 PLEASE NOTE:  There are two Resident Advisor positions associated with this posting which will include living in the residence hall with program participants from May 21 through July 31, 2020.  The Resident Advisor position includes a stipend, room & board, and parking.  Applicants must be available for both this temporary Program Assistant position and the Resident Advisor position in order to be considered. 

To review responsibilities associated with the Resident Advisor position and to apply, please go to  Interested applicants should apply for both positions.



Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Meet weekly with supervisor, with the expectation that there will be more frequent contact as needed

Meet weekly with SROP and MICHHERS teams to discuss issues of concern and work together to develop solutions


Participate in mandatory orientation/training

Assist with the development of SROP, MICHHERS, housing and administrative policies

Assign students to residence hall rooms

Assist with developing residential life goals and methods for evaluation

Develop a crisis management plan, including emergency procedures

Develop a housing and residential orientation for SROP/MICHHERS students

Prepare residence hall with appropriate signage

Prepare student arrival materials

Post Program:

Develop evaluation questions related to residential experience to be integrated into broader SROP post-survey

Summarize all programmatic activities

Assist with summarizing residential life activities and practices for inclusion in the SROP and MICHHERS process manuals

Prepare a list of recommendations for next year’s programs

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Two years’ experience in student services/affairs program, residence education or related field

Strong leadership skills

Experience with conflict resolution and negotiation

Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to read, analyze and interpret documents

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures

Be able to effectively speak with diplomacy when interacting with diverse populations (i.e. students, faculty, and staff)

Experience working and interacting with college students


Desired Qualifications*

Graduate student preferred

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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