Graduate Student Programming Coordinator GSSA - GRAD STU STAFF ASST

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How to Apply

In addition to submitting your application through, please email the following information to:

  • 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 fit with this GSSA position. Please include your University Department/Program affiliation and year in graduate studies.
  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references
  • A letter or email from your academic advisor confirming that:
    • you are in good academic standing
    • you are not on fellowship support
    • the work described below fulfills your degree requirement or is considered academically relevant to the degree you are pursuing
    • you are approved for a 50% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to:

Course Description

There is no course affiliated with this GSSA Position

Job Summary

Rackham Graduate School seeks a GSSA to oversee and provide assistance with programming that supports our graduate student community.

The Graduate Student Programming Coordinator GSSA is a new position with the Professional Development and Engagement (PDE) Office that will assist the Manager for Graduate Student Engagement with the maintenance and creation of programs, resources, and initiatives for different affinity groups at Rackham. The aim of the position is to coordinate programs that support different graduate student populations. Examples include but are not limited to: (First Year Graduate Students, Graduate Student Parents and Caregivers, LGBTQ+ Graduate Students, Masters Students).

Under the direction of Manager of Graduate Student Engagement, the Graduate Student Programming Coordinator GSSA will also coordinate the recruitment, selection, training, and monitoring of graduate student programming assistants.

Appointment Period: Summer half-term 2022 and Fall 2022. (This position is for one term with renewal contingent upon completion of performance expectations and available funding).

Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours per week)

Compensation: This appointment provides tuition, required fees, stipend (at the GEO negotiated GSSA monthly rate), GradCare health insurance, and dental insurance (Option 1).

PLEASE NOTE: Late afternoon and early evening work may be required; possible weekend work may be required with advance notice. Schedule varies based on the needs of the program.

Expected Outcomes:

The GSSA position will strengthen professional competencies in the following areas:

  • Developing program design skills
  • Team management
  • Best practices in graduate student success
  • Community-building in higher education environments
  • Student should be able to present a proposal/paper regarding their experience at a local/regional conference in their field


Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Recruit, train, and oversee Graduate Student Program Assistants (GSPA) who will be responsible for organizing educational programs that directly benefit on of the following student affinity groups:

? First-Generation Students

? LGBTQ+ Students

? Masters Students

? Students with Children

? Students with Disabilities

  • Review current Rackham student resources for the following affinity groups;

? First-Generation Students

? LGBTQ+ Students

? Masters Students

? Students with Children

? Students with Disabilities

? Liaison with campus offices

? Assist Manager for Graduate Student Engagement with Graduate Student Leadership Academy initiative

? Benchmark other programs and services on campus and with peer institutions;

? Conduct focus group/needs assessment with student affinity communities when necessary;

? Coordinate programs/workshops when needed

? Create content for Grad School 101 Canvas portal for new students

? Assist with other signature events and initiatives as needed;

? Attend weekly team meetings;

? Draft documents and program materials;

? Assist with the development of program evaluation tools; and

? Generate outcome summary report.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.


Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham graduate program. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have reached candidacy. Students who are unsure if they are in a Rackham graduate program should check their graduate program listing in

  • Familiarity with the needs and challenges of graduate student-parents, LGBTQ+ students, and/or masters students;
  • Familiarity with diversity issues in higher education and specifically the challenges faced by underrepresented populations;
  • Previous experience with student support programming;
  • Experience delivering programming in virtual formats, including familiarity with Canvas, Zoom, and other virtual platforms;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and capacity to exercise independent initiative;
  • 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;
  • Strong organizational skills; and
  • Knowledge of personal computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and electronic communication, social media, and calendaring software packages.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience leading and managing teams in a professional setting Experience assessing needs and outcomes
  • Previous experience with administration and facilitation of peer mentoring programs; and
  • Reasonable knowledge of University and departmental policies and procedures, University organization, and University protocol and governance.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Applicants may request the status of their application from the appointing unit.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will be contacted for finalists.

Paul Artale, Manager for Graduate Student Engagement is leading this search. Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by June 15, 2022

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.

Paul Artale, Manager for Graduate Student Engagement is leading this search. Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by June 15, 2022

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.

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