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Application Instructions

Candidates should submit the following as one document: 1. Resume 2. Cover letter that addresses your specific interest in the position and outlining skills and experience that directly relate to the GSSA position. Describing the ways that you have incorporated a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion and anti-racism into your previous experiences and how that would inform your work in this position. 3. Contact information for three professional references.

In order for the Career Portal system to accept a cover letter, please include this as a page of your resume document.

Application Deadline  -  In order to receive full consideration for your application, please submit your bid within the first seven calendar days of this posting.  UM job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days and the SSW may start the review/selection process as early as the eighth day after posting. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Job Summary

The School of Social Work’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is seeking one 50% (0.50 FTE; 20 hours/week) Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA). The DEI GSSA will work toward achieving goals outlined in our School’s DEI Strategic Plan. The position will be grounded in social work values and ethics and would support the student’s educational and professional development. We envision this position as contributing to student development while also advancing our School’s overall DEI plan. 

The GSSA position will focus on three key areas in our DEI strategic plan -- Education and Scholarship, Recruitment and Retention, and Promoting an Equitable and Inclusive Community. We have identified these activities as being particularly suitable for student learning and development and for the strengths and perspectives that a graduate student would offer. 

Appointment Period:  Fall 2020 (this position is guaranteed for one term, with renewal for Winter 2021 depending upon performance).

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


The School of Social Work DEI GSSA will contribute to the implementation of the DEI strategic plan in the following ways:
Education and Scholarship
·    Serve as a student member on some of the following groups: Promoting Action for Intersectional Social Justice (PRAXIS) Committee, Critical Justice Fund, SEED Student Orientation Planning Committee, and/or Undoing Racism Workgroup
·    Lead efforts to revamp the Social Work & Social Justice Dialogue Program to promote transformative conversations within the School of Social Work
·    Share outcomes of relevant student, faculty or staff DEI trainings or workshops
Student Recruitment and Retention
?    Involvement in mentorship program with our HBCU partner institutions
?    Work with the Office of Student Services on the planning and execution of a welcome session for underrepresented admitted students
?    Meet with prospective students who are invited for specialized visits as part of the DEI recruitment efforts
?    Communicate with prospective/admitted students interested in DEI initiatives within the SSW program
Promoting an Equitable and Inclusive Community
·    Support the implementation efforts of the DEI Task Force
·    Update and publicize relevant DEI resources from the school, on campus, and in the community through our toolkit (anti-racism information, wellness support, training opportunities, etc.)
·    Outreach and support to relevant student organizations to collaborate and further the mission of their organizations, as well as the DEI Office
·    Help plan and facilitate student DEI discussions
·    Provide resources and peer support for students who experience DEI related incidents
·    Assist with planning of annual DEI Impact Awards Ceremony and nomination process
·    Develop content for monthly newsletters to share DEI updates and progress on strategic planning efforts to increase transparency to the SSW community
·    Initiate the development of a historical timeline of DEI efforts at the SSW
These identified responsibilities may evolve over time, as our DEI efforts aim to respond to the ever-changing needs and priorities of our community.
Professional Development
The DEI GSSA will be a part of a small, committed team including the DEI Director, Assistant Director and MSW interns. They will receive direct supervision from the Assistant Director, who will provide professional level training, while connecting their projects to social work competencies and values. Individual supervision will occur weekly, along with Team meetings each week. In addition, we will support the GSSA’s professional growth and development through attending relevant DEI activities including, but not limited to the opportunities outlined below:
?    Rackham DEI Professional Development Certificate Program
?    Social Justice Dialogue Program Facilitator Training
?    SSW’s Undoing Racism Workgroup offerings
The GSSA will also have some opportunities to attend other relevant DEI trainings and report back the impact of these experiences to their work in consultation with their supervisor.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be registered in a graduate program at the University of Michigan for Fall 2020. Preference will be given to students who can work both Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters.
?    Familiarity and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion issues 
?    Commitment to advancing anti-racism
?    Some combination of knowledge or experience with workshop, event planning, and/or facilitation experience
?    Ability to handle multiple projects
?    Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize, and follow-through while handling multiple projects simultaneously
?    Excellent oral and written communication skills
?    Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively with the University community as well as external constituents
?    Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as the task requires
?    Experience with computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs

Desired Qualifications*

In addition to the required qualifications listed above, ideal candidates will have:
?    The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision
?    Experience with DEI 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
?    Basic data analysis and familiarity with Qualtrics a plus
NOTE: To meet the demands of this position and balance the workload of being a full-time graduate student, some flexibility of scheduled work hours is possible, including evenings or weekends and remote work on a previously scheduled basis.

Contact Information

Application Deadline

Application Deadline  -  In order to receive full consideration for your application, please submit your bid within the first seven calendar days of this posting.  UM job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days and the SSW may start the review/selection process as early as the eighth day after posting. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Selection Process

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.

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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.