How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for one of these positions and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and outline skills and experience as related to this position. You are encouraged to indicate which program(s) you would be most interested in working with. Please submit contact information (email and phone) 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 (posting #193291) at http://careers.umich.edu/ will not be considered.
Rackham Graduate School seeks two (2) temporary program assistant/residential life leaders to serve as active and visible staff members responsible for supporting the residential life component of all the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), The Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Opportunity Program, and the Ready for Rackham (R4R) Program. 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 Academic Program Manager for Outreach.
These temporary program assistant positions will be performing pre- and post-program work. Dates of employment are May 1-26, 2021 and August 7- August 31, 2021(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 27 through August 6, 2021. 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 http://careers.umich.edu/ and search for keyword “193291”. Interested applicants should apply for both positions. More information on the three programs can be found in that posting.
Personal commitments that would require absence for an extended amount of time will eliminate applicants from consideration.
Currently, we are planning to offer the programs as an in-person experience. Decisions to move the program to a virtual format offering will be made following public health guidance from the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. Staff will be notified of any and all changes to the program in a timely fashion.
PLEASE NOTE: Late afternoon and early evening work will be required; possible weekend work may be required with advance notice. Schedule varies based on the needs of programs.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: Work with professional staff in the Rackham Graduate School to assist in the execution of activities that will be part of the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) and Ready for Rackham. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assisting academic program manager with the execution of program content; working closely with Rackham staff, departmental faculty, and other university administrators to plan event logistics; facilitating cohort building activities; meeting with participants individually and in small groups; assisting students with graduate school applications; one-on-one meetings with student participants; assisting with the development of program evaluation tools; facilitating communication between staff and participants; anticipating and resolving participant problems or concerns; completing related administrative tasks such as drafting documents, data entry, data management, and attending weekly meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Familiarity with diversity issues in higher education and specifically the challenges faced by underrepresented populations
- Demonstrated experience in mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds
- Experience delivering the required qualifications in both in-person and virtual formats, including familiarity with Canvas, Zoom, and other virtual platforms
- Demonstrated experience in and understanding of program development and implementation
- Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to maintain confidentiality in matters of a sensitive and confidential nature
- Ability to handle multiple projects with excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
- Ability to work as part of a team and capacity to exercise independent initiative;
- Demonstrated customer service skills
- Knowledge of personal computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and electronic communication, social media, and calendaring software packages
- Previous experience in SROP, MICHHERS and/or R4R
- At least one year of graduate school experience at the University of Michigan
- Reasonable knowledge of University and departmental policies and procedures, University organization, and University protocol and governance
- Research and scholarly interest in graduate student development.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.