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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.

- A letter or e-mail from your academic advisor confirming that you are in good academic standing, and are approved for a 50% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to


Job Summary

The Office for Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity (dije) in the School of Education (SOE) would like to announce the search for one (1) 0.50 FTE dije Graduate Student Services Assistant (GSSA). This position plays a key role in the development, implementation, and administration of dije programs on campus for undergraduate and graduate students in the SOE. The GSSA is expected to create innovative new programs and initiatives to engage the SOE community. There is a specific interest in a GSSA who can create and organize student events and programming that focuses on addressing anti-Blackness and the transnational colonial imaginary in educational settings. 

Course Description

Appointment Period: 2020-2021 Academic Year

Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours per week) 

This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend ($22,433 for the AY 20-21/$11,216.50/term), GradCare health insurance and dental insurance (Option 1). 


  • Develop and participate in student programming that promotes the work of diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity in the SOE, including identifying presenters, public relations/marketing and session facilitation;
  • Support the development of innovative new programs and initiatives that explore topics such as intersectionality, antiracism, decolonization, healing and liberation in education.
  • Provide support for signature programs such as the Black Lives Matter in Schools Week of Action.
  • Develop school-wide education and training for students. 
  • Provide administrative support for the dije strategic plan, specifically initiatives that pertain to student and community programming;
  • Work with the dije co-implementation leads to assess needs, services, and trainings for the SOE, including interpreting and analyzing relevant climate, cultural competency, and other diversity-related data;
  • Work with dije implementation co-leads to develop and manage the communications strategy for dije work in the SOE;
  • Create materials (agendas, handouts, etc.) for workshops and major programs;
  • Revise, write and edit a variety of written communications (emails, documents, web content, reports, posts for social media outlets);
  • Support program evaluation through development and implementation of assessment tools (surveys, student interviews, etc.);
  • Work with dije co-implementation leads on program logistics (rooms, food, materials, etc.);
  • Coordinate communications with students about programs;
  • Lead and facilitate meetings of students related to School or College DEI programs;
  • Interact with students at events;
  • Develop and update resource materials;
  • Synthesize information for program reports;
  • Maintain filing systems and documentation of programs; and,
  • Perform related office work such as data entry, data management, photocopying, mass mailings, and responding to email.

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.
  • Familiarity and experience with the SOE’s dije programs.
  • Workshop and/or event planning and facilitation experience.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Ability to collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts.
  • 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.


Desired Qualifications*


In addition to the required qualifications listed above, successful candidates will have:

  • Knowledge of current issues in equity, inclusion, justice, and diversity and the ability to communicate that knowledge to others in an effective manner.

  • The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision.

  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize, work under pressure to meet deadlines, attention to detail, and thorough and reliable follow through while handling multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education.

  • An understanding of the challenges faced by historically minoritized populations in higher education.

  • Project management experience.

  • Previous experience developing resource materials.

  • Basic data analysis and familiarity with Qualtrics.


Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eleventh day after posting. 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 26, 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.