GSSA for Professional Development Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program (DEICP) - Spring/Summer 2023

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How to Apply

In addition to submitting your application through http://careers.umich.edu/ please email the following information to:rack-dei-certificate@umich.edu 

  • 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: rack-dei-certificate@umich.edu

Summary

Rackham is committed to enhancing the development and training offerings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through its Professional Development DEI Certificate program (DEICP). This program is designed to prepare participants to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity. The program cultivates DEI leaders to meaningfully contribute to and lead DEI efforts on campus and in their future workplaces. This position provides program support for the DEI Certificate program and reports to the Senior Academic Program Manager (Sr. APM) coordinating the DEICP. This GSSA position is ideal for scholars that are interested in working with graduate students to expand and apply their knowledge and skills related to DEI.

Appointment Period:  Spring/Summer 2023 (Beginning April 30, 2023) (Renewal for Fall 2023 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).

Course Description

This posting is for a GSSA position-no course is associated with it. 

Responsibilities*

Duties will include:

  • Timely address and prioritize inquiries sent to the rack-dei-certificate@umich.edu email inbox and keep inbox organized 
  • In collaboration with Rackham ITS team, manage, organize, and update the online dashboard to track the progress of program participants
  • Timely review, track, and approve all participants’ reflection forms, Diversity Statements, and Informational Interview write-ups and follow up with participants as needed
  • Conduct DEICP requirement audits upon request or when participants are near program completion
  • In collaboration with APM, Sr. APM, and Rackham Communications team, draft or update DEICP communications, materials, announcements, etc. to participants as needed
  • Compile, update, track, and analyze program evaluation and participant data, and potentially assist with drafting of reports
  • Virtually meet with DEICP participants upon request to address questions and conduct DEICP requirement audits 
  • Maintain DEICP Canvas site, including updating, editing, and improving online learning materials for asynchronous workshops
  • Design learning activities, assignments, and assessments for asynchronous Canvas workshops
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of DEICP workshops/programming, including supporting DEICP orientation sessions as needed
  • Assist in the planning and execution of the annual DEICP final ceremony/celebration
  • Thorough and timely review all fall DEICP applications for completeness
  • Collaborate with Rackham Communication team to develop ideas for using video, social media, and marketing to connect with students and promote the program
  • Serve as a liaison for the DEICP, including communicating and attending meetings with partners
  • If needed, apply rubric to provide feedback on the diversity statements submitted by participants to fulfill the DEICP requirements 

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.

NOTE: SOME FLEXIBILITY OF SCHEDULED WORK HOURS IS REQUIRED, INCLUDING EVENINGS OR WEEKENDS ON A PRIOR SCHEDULED BASIS. While much of the work hours can be done remotely, the position does require attending several in-person events for the program.

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 http://www.rackham.umich.edu/programs-of-study.

The work described above for this position must be considered academically relevant by the department or degree program in which the student is enrolled.

  • Strong background knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, and DEI in higher education
  • An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented and marginalized populations in higher education
  • Ability to handle multiple projects
  • Ability to collaborate effectively on a team
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, prioritization, and follow-through
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the University community as well as external community partners
  • Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as the task requires

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity and experience with Rackham DEI student programming
  • Project management experience
  • Previous experience developing resource materials

How You'll Grow

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

  • Program development skills, including designing and implementing DEI related professional development programs
  • Program evaluation skills, including assessment of student development and program outcomes
  • Understanding of DEI-related scholarship
  • 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.

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to rack-dei-certificate@umich.eduApplicants 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. Selected candidates may be asked to submit a writing assignment.  References will be contacted for finalists.

Viviana Hernandez, Senior Academic Program Manager, Professional Development and Engagement, and Askari Rushing, Academic Program Manager, Professional Development and Engagement are leading this search.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by February 20, 2023.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed following the posting deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Selected candidates may be asked to submit a writing assignment.  References will be contacted for finalists.

Viviana Hernandez, Senior Academic Program Manager, Professional Development and Engagement, and Askari Rushing, Academic Program Manager, Professional Development and Engagement are leading this search.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by February 20, 2023

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.


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