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Graduate Student Staff Assistant
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 05/20/2022
Admin-Student Affairs and Services
Employment Type Part-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials (applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered):

  • A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. If you have previously held a staff position, internship, or student organization role tasked with engaging student communities, please highlight these experiences on your cover letter. In your cover letter, please answer these questions: 

    • What is your University affiliation and year in graduate studies?

    • How do you understand the role, value, and/or impact of student participation, feedback, voice and engagement in University DEI work? 

    • Answer one or both of these questions to demonstrate your experience with and/or understanding of student engagement: 

      • How have you helped facilitate student engagement? 

      • What are the best mechanisms for facilitating student engagement?

  • Current resume 

  • Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references

  • Current transcript

  • If selected as a finalist, a letter or e-mail from your academic advisor confirming that you are in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and are approved for a 50% appointment (PLEASE NOTE: this letter may be submitted separately to washingn@umich.edu).


  • As a member of the DE&I Team, your primary responsibilities will focus on fostering student engagement within the School of Public Health

  • In collaboration with the DEI Program Manager, develop plans for:

    • Student engagement in sharing the results of the evaluation of the first five year DEI Strategic Plan (DEI 1.0)

    • Student engagement in the development of the next five year DEI Strategic Plan (DEI 2.0)

    • SPH community engagement in the development of the next five year DEI Strategic Plan (DEI 2.0)

  • Assist in thinking through student engagement more broadly, including but not limited to:

    • Best practices when communicating with students

    • Developing avenues and pathways for student feedback regarding DEI-related issues, including but not limited to creating Qualtrics surveys or Google Forms, etc

    • Creating compelling communication. How do we translate data into compelling communication resources? How do we take the information we have and make it interesting to people? 

  • Liaise with SPH Student Organization DEI Leaders & Student Life 

  • Attend weekly 1:1 meetings with DEI Program Manager (DEI PM) and bi-weekly small group meetings with DEI PM and DEI Program Assistant 

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education

  • Experience developing student engagement tools & programming 

  • 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 constituents

  • Ability to work collaboratively or independently, as the task requires

  • Demonstrated competency with Microsoft and Google productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs

Desired Qualifications*


Contact Information

Questions regarding this position may be emailed to Mateen Zafer - mzafer@umich.edu. 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of fourteen calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the fifteenth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Whitney Peoples, School of Public Health DEI Director, and Mateen Zafer, School of Public Health DEI Program Manager, will review all applicants and determine final selection regarding this hire.

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 June 30, 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 https://oie.umich.edu/ and for the University Ombuds at https://ombuds.umich.edu/

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 https://spg.umich.edu/policy/601.38 , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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