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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 address and phone number) for three professional references.
  • A letter from your academic advisor 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

Course Description

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) office at U-M School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is seeking a 50% (0.50 FTE; 20 hours/week) Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA). The GSSA will be responsible for implementing goals SEAS DEI Strategic Plan and support student-facing equity and inclusion programs as part of the SEAS DEI Strategic Plan. The DEI GSSA will work closely with the DEI Director and Program Manager and will focus on two key areas in our DEI strategic plan: Building an Inclusive Community and Professional Development and Retention. The main project of the GSSA will be to design and conduct focus groups and interviews, as well as to summarize and apply results.


Professional Development and Retention

  • Organize and facilitate alumni focus groups to assess DEI professional skills needed in the environmental sustainability field.
  • Conduct interviews with alumni on DEI competencies to assist in development of SEAS DEI professional development workshops.
  • Summarize results from focus groups and interviews for a research article in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Support the design of workshops on DEI professional development for current students and alumni.
  • Share monthly progress and updates on DEI goals with students throughout term.

Building an Inclusive Community 

  • Provide event planning and logistical support for annual DEI multicultural programs.
  • Partner with student leaders to ensure the DEI office is responsive to equity and inclusion needs of student population. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Currently registered in a graduate program at the University of Michigan.
  • Ability to work both Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters .
  • Familiarity and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion issues, preferably as related to environmental sustainability contexts. 
  • Experience with developing and facilitating focus groups and interviews.
  • Experience with data analytics and data reporting.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Ability to collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts.
  • Demonstrable organizational skills, attention to detail, prioritization, and follow-through.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively within the SEAS community as well as external constituents. 
  • Ability to work independently, as the task requires.
  • Demonstrated competency with modern computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Understanding and experience with racial equity and racial justice in the United States.  
  • Experience in presenting and lecturing on diversity, equity and inclusion topics.

Additional Information

Appointment Period: Fall 2020 (this position is for one semester term with renewal contingent upon meeting performance expectations). 

Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance and dental insurance (Option 1).

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to

Application Deadline

GEO 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

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by August 28, 2020.

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. 

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression (whether actual or perceived), 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, medical conditions including those related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, arrest record, 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 for 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 their preferred assignment, they 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.

Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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