GSSA for Rackham Alumni Engagement - Fall 2024

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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 fit with this GSSA position. Please include your University Department/Program affiliation and year in graduate studies.


 

Summary

The Rackham Development and Alumni Relations team seeks a Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA)  for the Fall 2024 term. The GSSA will support program design and facilitation for its emerging alumni/volunteer engagement activities related to the Rackham Career Pathways Council, Campaign Activities, and the 150th Anniversary of the first Ph.D. at Michigan. The GSSA will be responsible for supporting program design and implementation of these and other current and new initiatives.
 

The GSSA will participate with the team to better engage alumni/volunteers, especially those who are Rackham?s volunteer council members. The aim of the position is to ensure flawless development and implementation of new programming and resources for Rackham alumni and volunteers in order to garner support for graduate education at Michigan. This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in careers in university administration or non-profits. 

 

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.

 

Appointment Period:  Fall 2024 (This position is for one term with renewal contingent upon completion of performance expectations and available funding).

 

Estimated FTE: 50% (20 hours per week)

 

Number of applicants from last academic year: 6


 

Course Description

The GSSA will support program design and facilitation for its emerging alumni/volunteer engagement activities related to the Rackham Career Pathways Council, Campaign Activities, and the 150th Anniversary of the first Ph.D. at Michigan. The GSSA will be responsible for supporting program design and implementation of these and other current and new initiatives.


 

Responsibilities*

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Support and coordination for the Rackham Career Pathways Council (RCPC). The RCPC brings together alumni and friends of the graduate school who are today's leaders to share their knowledge, perspective, and connections in ways that will create the opportunities and experiences Rackham students need to reach their full potential and become tomorrow/s leaders in a global society. 
  • Collaborate with staff working on the RADC meetings
  • Participate in the development and preparation of materials for council meetings
  • Recruitment of students and faculty to participate on panels and as guest speakers
  • Prepare materials for pre and post work for members
  • Engage with council members during and in between meetings
  • Support Rackham?s participation in the university?s next capital campaign, set to launch in October 24. This will involve a wide range of activities, including event planning, material development, and prospect research
  • Conduct research, support program design, and communication planning for the 150th Anniversary of Ph. D.s at Michigan celebration occurring in Fall 2026. The GSSA will be responsible for supporting program design and implementation of these and other current and new initiatives. The position aims to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the celebration, including historical perspectives, alumni, student, and faculty engagement, communications planning, and building support for graduate education at Michigan. 


 

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must be currently registered in a Rackham doctoral program.  Preference will be given to doctoral students who have reached candidacy. Students who are unsure if they are in a Rackham program should check their graduate program listing in http://www.rackham.umich.edu/programs-of-study.
 

  • Interest in higher education or non-profit administration
  • Familiarity with diversity issues in higher education and specifically the challenges faced by underrepresented populations; 
  • 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*

  • Previous experience with administration and facilitation
  • Doctoral candidacy level student in the humanities or social sciences
  • Experience in philanthropy and volunteer management 
  • Reasonable knowledge of University and departmental policies and procedures, University organization, and University protocol and governance.


 

How You'll Grow

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

  • Developing and managing innovative professional development programs in a higher education setting.
  • Gain experience facilitating workshops/webinars.
  • Knowledge about fundraising and how alumni engagement supports development efforts 
  • Best practices in alumni engagement
  • Community-building in higher education environments
  • The 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-prof-dev@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. References will be contacted for finalists.

 

Michele Siegal (Director of Development and Alumni Relations) leads this search.

 

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by March 25 , 2024.


 

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.

 

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by March 25, 2024.


 

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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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.


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