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Job Summary

The Digital Studies Institute (UMDSI) within the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is seeking an experienced, highly motivated, and organized leader to help guide and implement the Mellon Foundation-funded DISCO (Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Critique, and Optimism) Network.

The Digital Studies Institute integrates critical humanistic, social science, and artistic approaches to digital studies, and foregrounds questions about the cultural implications of technology in relation to race, disability, gender, sexuality, power, access, and class. The mission of DISCO is to build a national network to both analyze the ways that the digital perpetuates existing social and racial inequalities and envision a new anti-racist, anti-ableist digital future through a speculative, experimental, nuanced, and critical lens. We are a consortium of faculty-led labs at five universities: U-Michigan, U-Maryland, Georgia Tech, Purdue, and SUNY Stony Brook, coordinated through Michigan’s Digital Studies Institute.

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.

Responsibilities*

  • The DISCO Administrative Assistant provides assistance to the DISCO Director, DISCO Program Manager, and DSI Executive Director as related to the logistical work for the grant activities, including managing the DISCO Director’s calendar, scheduling network meetings and events, preparing and distributing meeting agendas, and taking effective meeting minutes (including identifying resulting decisions, assignments, and next steps).
  • Facilitate the cross-university selection processes for the postdoctoral fellows for the network.
  • Assist in the execution of network programming, conferences, and the DISCO track at the DSI Summer Institute.
  • Assist in updating existing content on the DISCO website.
  • Manage other ad hoc projects as required.

Required Qualifications*

  • High School diploma required, Bachelor's degree desired
  • At least 2 years of experience providing administrative/secretarial support to a senior executive
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, written communications, and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong project management, strategic planning, and peer-influencing skills 
  • Comfort working in an unstructured environment
  • A high level of problem solving skills, including demonstrated ability to anticipate next steps based on multiple inputs and prioritize decisions
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including ability to plan, organize, and follow through on a large and diverse workload, while attending to detail and meeting deadlines.
  • A high level of self-motivation in developing and executing a personal program of work that enhances the activities, impact, and reputation of the Digital Studies Institute and the DISCO Network.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with faculty, high-level executives, or nonprofit leaders
  • Bachelor's degree

Additional Information

  • This is a 3 year term limited position
  • This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified.
  • The salary range for this position is $29,000-$36,000.  Please note a higher salary maybe offered based on equity and the elected candidate’s experience.

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.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

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.