Student Employment

Program Assistant


Job #: 111019
Location: Multiple Locations
Department: Intergroup Relations (IGR)
Rate: $11.00/hr.
Resume Required? Yes
Work-Study? Either, Work-Study or Non-Work-Study Available

Program Summary:
The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program that blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students’ learning around social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations.

CommonGround, a student-run program within IGR, provides workshops for groups of UM students (student organizations, courses, etc.) by request. The workshops aim to raise awareness about social identities, power, privilege, and oppression. CommonGround prepares undergraduate and graduate students to create and facilitate these interactive workshops.

The Programming Team is the group of undergraduate student staff and graduate interns that manages program operations and supports the selection, training, and coaching of the workshop facilitators in CommonGround. Being a member of the Programming Team is an opportunity to work collaboratively with other student leaders who are passionate about social justice education.

IGR is hiring two Program Coordinators for the CommonGround workshop program.

Job Description:
The role of the Program Coordinator helps sustain the program through workshop management, and upholding a healthy CommonGround community rooted in social justice.

The Program Coordinator’s main responsibility is managing workshops. Managing workshops includes fostering intentional relationships with requesters to aid the process of solidifying workshop goals, and coaching/collaborating with workshop facilitators/curriculum specialists to execute social justice based workshops.

The Program Coordinator is also responsible for investing time building relationships with Programming Team staff, and overall CommonGround co-hort. Most of the collaboration points entail, but are not limited to, on-boarding/training workshop facilitators, supervision meetings, planning/attending CommonGround meetings, and creating a sense of belonging for all folks involved in CommonGround.

Core Responsibilities:
Manage workshops: Conduct intake meetings, choose facilitators for workshops, organize and lead workshop planning meetings
Become familiar with CommonGround curriculum and other activity materials to develop workshop agendas
Advise and support workshop facilitators
Intentional community building with the Programming team, Workshop facilitators, and Curriculum Specialist
Create and agree to learning agreement for the academic year
Complete MLEAD competency self-evaluation

Programming Team work:
Provide leadership and direction for CommonGround program
Attend 1.5 hour weekly Programming (staff) meetings
Help create and lead training sessions for workshop facilitators
Assist with recruiting and selecting new staff and facilitators
Attend weekly supervision meetings and perform other administrative tasks/responsibilities as assigned by supervisor
Commit to a regular 10-12 hour/week schedule, with some additional night and weekends for training retreats and meetings

Job Requirements:
An ideal candidate will see this as more than just a job but as a calling that fulfils their passion for social justice work.
Must be able to start working as earliest as August 1, 2021
Must be a current/enrolled undergraduate student at the University of Michigan
Strong understanding and commitment to social justice education & intergroup relations; knowledge of social identities, power, privilege, and oppression
Passionate about creating spaces for intergroup dialogue
Willing to be vulnerable and step outside comfort zone
Excellent organization & time management skills, attention to detail, reliable, self-motivated, and can meet deadlines
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
Can work independently and in a team environment with other students and staff
Preferred: experience with teaching, training, or facilitation

To apply: Please upload your resume and responses to the following questions:
Why are you interested in the Program Coordinator position and being part of IGR/CommonGround?
What relevant skills/experiences would you bring and how do you hope to grow in this position?
In what ways do you think about your social identities as it relates to engaging with other student leaders?

Educational Value:
Students will learn and develop skills related to peer education/facilitation, relationship & community building, program development and assessment/evaluation.
Students will increase their awareness of diversity, inclusion, social justice issues.
Students will begin to explore communication preferences, feedback, and conflict styles, at the intersection of supervision, and working across differences.
Students will be challenged to learn about wellness as an important pillar for social justice.

Available Openings 2
Hours 10.0 hours per week
Hourly Rate $11.00/hour
Time Frame Fall/Winter
Contact Name Cesar Vargas-Leon
Contact Email
Work Location 1214 S. University Ave. 2nd floor, Suite B **Will most likely be returning to in person work for Fall 2021/Winter 2022