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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The newly formed Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center seeks applications for an administrative assistant. The aims of the Center are bold—to re-imagine and re-create how mainstream U.S. culture engages with narratives about Indigenous Peoples. We are working toward a society in which all individuals not only learn about Indigenous Peoples but also learn from Indigenous Peoples. Our mission is three-fold: 1) To conduct rigorous multidisciplinary research centering Indigenous Peoples’ voices and experiences; 2) To build, support, and sustain a multi-university pipeline of Indigenous scholar-activists; 3) To put research into action by working with artists and activists who use the Center’s research to propagate accurate, expansive, and empowering narratives of Indigenous Peoples.

We seek an administrative assistant who is ready to jump in and support a growing team of scholar-activists. The assistant will work directly with the Director, Executive Director, and senior Center personnel. The applicant should be passionate about racial justice and eager to work flexibly across disciplines and sectors to create societal change. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, especially those from Indigenous backgrounds and/or those with a strong record of community engagement involving Indigenous Peoples.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


Effort. 80% administrative; 20% operations

Duties. The administrative assistant will provide administrative support to the Center, including:

  • Event Coordination and Communications (70%)
    • Maintaining the Center’s website;
    • Receiving and responding to inquiries about the Center’s work;
    • Scheduling and planning in-person and virtual meetings of Center personnel, collaborators, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities;
    • Making travel arrangements and coordinating reimbursement;
    • Drafting, proofreading, producing, and distributing event materials and Center communications;
    • Serving as a liaison between the Center and external vendors; and
    • Developing and analyzing attendee feedback surveys for Center meetings and events.
  • Support for the Director and Executive Director (10%)
    • Coordinating Principal Investigator and Executive Director’s calendars;
    • Assisting in preparation of talks, correspondence, memoranda, charts, tables, and other documents as necessary; and
    • Other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Operations (20%)
    • Coordinating use of the Center’s physical and digital resources;
    • Basic bookkeeping;
    • Overseeing supplies ordering and packing/shipping for the Center;
    • Organizing electronic and paper documents;
    • Preparing expense reports;
    • Coordinating with the Center’s executive assistant;
    • Supervising hourly staff working on narrative change research and social action;
    • Assisting with day-to-day operations;
    • Coordinating efforts of the research, social action, and communications teams; and
    • Other operational duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

High school degree or higher

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree preferred. Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in administration, OR equivalent education/experience. Strong organizational, analytic, and communication skills, including:

  • Relentless attention to detail;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to exercise poise, tact, and diplomacy in working with diverse groups and individuals;
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Dropbox, Zoom, and mass communication platforms (e.g., Mailchimp);
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and interruptions with ease and good humor;
  • Ability to respond to the demands of a fast-paced work environment, analyze problems, and develop results-oriented solutions;
  • Record of self-directed work and initiative taking;
  • Ability to receive and integrate feedback;
  • Positive, team-oriented, mission-driven attitude; and
  • Experience working with people from diverse communities, professional sectors, and disciplinary backgrounds.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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