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DEI GSSA - School of Social Work

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Market Title: GRAD STU STAFF ASST Posting#: 216732

Department: School of Social Work

FLSA Status: Exempt

Effort: 50% PART-TIME

Work Schedule:

Application Instructions: All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. In order for the Career Portal system to accept a cover letter please include a cover letter as a page of your resume document.

The School of Social Work’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) invites applicants to apply for the DEI Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) position. The GSSA will work toward achieving goals outlined in our School’s DEI Strategic Plan. The position will be grounded in social work values and ethics and would support the student’s educational and professional development. We envision this position as contributing to student development while also advancing our School’s overall DEI plan.

Appointment Period: Fall 2022 (this position is guaranteed for one term, with renewal for Winter 2023 contingent upon completion of performance expectations).

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
The School of Social Work DEI GSSA would contribute to the implementation of the DEI strategic plan in the following ways:

Education and Scholarship

Ongoing assessment of the implementation of the DEI Strategic Plan; Updating the strategic plan based on progress and issues
Create reports on the survey outcomes of relevant student, faculty or staff DEI trainings or workshops
Be a student representative on the PRAXIS (Promoting Action for Intersectional Social Justice) Committee that is chaired by the DEI Office
Coordinate efforts among SSW Units (ex. Office of Global Activities, Continuing Education, PhD Program, Community Action and Social Change Minor, Office of Student Services, etc.)
Provide a content analysis of the SW 505: Diversity and Social Justice course evaluations to ensure that instructors are consistent in delivering DEI topics
Assist in the DEI Year 6 evaluation process, through collection and evaluation of existing data
Recruitment and Retention

Work with the Office of Student Services on the planning and execution of a welcome session for underrepresented admitted students
Aid in the coordination and implementation of a webinar or panel for underrepresented prospective and admitted students
Meet with prospective students who are invited for individual visits to the SSW as part of the DEI recruitment efforts
Track the enrollment outcomes of attendees from special DEI recruitment events
Coordination of DEI Activities

Publicize and document relevant DEI resources in the school, on campus, and in the community
Help plan and facilitate student DEI discussions
Provide resources and support for students who experience incidents of discrimination or “othering”, based on their lived identities
Engage in outreach and support to relevant student organizations to collaborate and to further the mission of their organizations, as well as the DEI Office (ex. Association of Black Social Work Students, LatinX Social Work Coalition, Common Roots, Black Radical Healing Pathways, Queer Alliance Coalition, Jewish Communal Leadership Program etc.).
Increase transparency by disseminating DEI progress reports to students through quarterly Newsletters
Develop marketing materials that incorporate DEI themes and appeals to a diverse set of audiences (website, social media, etc.)
Develop various methods of gathering ongoing feedback on the strategic plan from students, faculty and staff
Professional Development

The DEI GSSA would work closely with the DEI Office Director and Program Manager, both licensed MSWs, who would provide professional level training and supervision. The GSSA will receive both individual supervision, along with group supervision during weekly DEI Team meetings. The DEI Program Manager would also work with the DEI GSSA to create a post-MSW work plan, to ensure that the student felt prepared to showcase their newly honed skills during their job search and interview processes.
In addition, we would support the GSSA attending relevant DEI events and trainings as outlined below.

Attend the Undoing Racism workshop in the Fall sponsored by the School of Social Work
Participation in the Rackham DEI Professional Development Certificate Program
Ability to attend other SSW initiated DEI events and report back impact of these events to their work
Attendance at a local professional conference
To meet the demands of this position and balance the workload of being a full-time graduate student, some flexibility of scheduled work hours is possible, including evenings or weekends on a previously scheduled basis.

Appointing Office: Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The GSSA position will focus on two key areas in our DEI strategic plan -- Education and Scholarship and Recruitment and Retention -- in addition to overall coordination of our DEI plan. We have identified these activities as being particularly suitable for student learning and development and for the strengths and perspectives that a graduate student would offer.

Contact Information
Questions regarding this position may be emailed to

Decision Making Process
If selected for an interview, a letter or e-mail from your academic unit will be requested confirming that you are in good academic standing, not on fellowship support, and are approved for a 50% appointment.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2022

Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed following the application deadline and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Every effort will be made to have a hiring decision by August 26, 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.

Applicants must be currently registered in a graduate program at the University of Michigan. Preference will be given to students who can work both Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 semesters.

Familiarity and experience with diversity, equity and inclusion issues.
Workshop and/or event planning and facilitation experience
Ability to handle multiple projects
Ability to collaborate in a teamed staffing approach on various efforts
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 modern computer productivity tools including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation programs

In addition to the required qualifications listed above, successful candidates will have:

The ability to work, problem solve and make decisions with limited supervision
Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize, work under pressure to meet deadlines, attention to detail, and thorough and reliable follow through while handling multiple projects simultaneously
Experience with DEI issues in graduate education, student development, leadership development, and diversity issues in higher education
An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented populations in higher education
Project management experience
Previous experience developing resource materials
Skills in graphic design, photography, video production, and competence with social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) a plus
Basic data analysis and familiarity with Qualtrics a plus

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