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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.  Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Job Summary

The Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan and offers a remarkably broad and rigorous array of graduate degree programs that are among the very best in the country in each field of study. The School is an international leader in the development of best practices for graduate education.

The Graduate Student and Program Consultation Services (GSPCS) team of the Rackham Graduate School seeks a highly motivated colleague to help shape, lead, and assess a number of new programmatic initiatives to support graduate student mental health and wellbeing. The GSPCS office serves as a coordinating hub of services that help graduate students and programs navigate progress to the degree such as conflict resolution and restorative practices, academic integrity, disability accommodations, and. through this new position, graduate student mental health and wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Advocate reports to the Director of GSPCS and is responsible for managing the programs and services of the Rackham Mental Health Advocate Program currently under development; collaborating with faculty and staff in Rackham graduate programs; creating and implementing action plans; preparing periodic reports;  program assessment; and contributing to the functions of GSPCS through support of its student services.

Because we are committed to diversity, we aspire to develop and nurture the individual and collective skills to recognize, celebrate, and deploy difference as a path to engagement, innovation, and the generation of new ideas and knowledge.

NOTE: This is a 3 year, term-limited position.

Rackham is currently offering hybrid work schedules to staff, requiring 2-3 days per week on-site with the remaining time being remote.

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In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Lead and manage Rackham Mental Health Advocate Program: In collaboration with the MHW committee, support the development, implementation, and assessment of a Mental Health Advocate program. Supervise Graduate Student Staff Assistants (GSSA) who will be involved in program implementation. Liaise with, and support the work of the Rackham graduate student mental health and wellbeing (MHW) committee. Serve as a resource for graduate programs helping them navigate the various campus resources that support graduate student wellbeing. Help guide, motivate, and indicate opportunities for structural change in graduate programs to better support the wellbeing of students in their program.

Manage Rackham programming to create a more welcoming climate for graduate students who need accommodations: Contribute to the development and implementation of a workshop on disability culture for graduate programs and faculty. Help guide, motivate, and indicate opportunities for structural change in graduate programs to better support graduate students who need accommodations in their program.

Support the work of the Graduate Student and Program Consultation Services team: Support and educate graduate students about policy administration and resources.

Collaborate with campus partner units: Coordinate programs and initiatives occurring at multiple levels and run by multiple offices, all aimed at supporting graduate student mental health and wellbeing, especially in academic programs.

Scholarship and research: Collect information indicating areas in the space of graduate student mental health that need attention and issues as they surface. In collaboration with the Rackham Institutional Research office, develop mechanisms to measure the impact of programs that try to address and improve graduate student mental health and well-being. Specifically, track mental health and mental health climate for different groups of students over time, and develop and champion efforts to reduce inequities. Collect data and develop initiatives that support the mental health and well-being of students from marginalized groups, including students of color. Prepare the publication of data and analysis of the various programs in peer-reviewed journals and/or white papers.

Engage in regular professional development related to graduate student mental health, graduate student disability culture, universal design, and graduate education more broadly.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education plus at least 1-2 years’ of experience in higher education required. Demonstrated understanding of the current graduate education landscape, particularly knowledge of graduate student mental health and wellbeing issues. Demonstrated understanding of disability issues in higher education, for example, accessibility, accommodations, disability studies, disability culture, universal design, ableism. Reasonable, increasingly responsible experience as a successful member of a high-level support team in program development, management and coordination in a university setting, including program planning and administration. Demonstrated experience creating and implementing effective and innovative programs and services for diverse audiences. Demonstrated experience in program evaluation and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative methodologies for assessing programs. Understanding, appreciation of, and strong personal commitment to the issues involved in programming for diverse students, particularly students that are historically underrepresented in their fields. Experience developing and implementing training programs on a university campus and coordinating large scale events, including both in person and virtual programs. Experience with speaking and presenting for academic audiences. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the capacity to build collegial relationships with students, faculty and staff within the Graduate School and across the University and the ability to work with a wide range of people who represent our diverse and multicultural society. Demonstrated ability to exercise a high level of initiative, creativity and judgment and to achieve organizational and operational change within a large and complex organization with multiple operations and constituencies.  Strong problem-solving skills, including the demonstrated ability to synthesize ideas, anticipate next steps, and prioritize important decisions. Demonstrated organizational skills to plan, organize, manage and follow through on a large and diverse workload with excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and graduate student constituencies, both orally and in writing, including the ability to exercise discretion and judgment in matters of a sensitive or confidential nature. Knowledge of personal computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, calendaring, scheduling, presentation, web-based video conferencing tools, and communication software packages.  Motivated to work in a student-centered, multidisciplinary and collaborative team environment. Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, and handle people with diplomacy under stressful situations and in matters of a sensitive and confidential nature. Knowledge of and strong personal commitment to shared teamwork, continuous business process improvement, and professional development. Understanding and value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization. Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends with prior notice, depending on requirements of individual workshops/presentations/etc.

Desired Qualifications*

Ph.D. in a related field. Experience implementing initiatives that require organizational/cultural change. Extensive knowledge of graduate education and the diverse cultures of schools, colleges, and units with which the graduate school interacts. Knowledge of university organizational structure, policies, procedures, and practices.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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