Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Graduate Research Assistant - Diversity Council and Office of Minority Affairs

The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to assist in planning and implementing a diversity plan for the University of Washington. The RA will work with the University Diversity Council, which is the primary advisory committee to the President on matters of diversity and equity at all three UW campuses. Members of the Diversity Council include members of the University administration, staff and faculty members; undergraduate and graduate students representing student groups and student government; and members of the community with an interest in diversity in higher education. Council members share diversity best practices, engage in institutional diversity planning, and make recommendations to University administration about student, faculty and staff diversity; inclusive climate and curriculum; and institutional transformation. This position also assists in planning and managing all events, research, and projects of the University Diversity Council. The RA reports to the Diversity Council Coordinator

Assist supervisor and Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity in working with all sectors of the University to establish plans and implement programs and activities to achieve University goals for diversity;

Writes, drafts, and edits communication materials, minutes, and academic documents related to the Council

Gathers and analyzes national and UW data on diversity at UW for reports, publications, and other communications tools

Coordinates meetings of the Council and its sub-committees and working groups

Updates the Council website and maintains a listserv and membership lists


Master's degree or equivalent in educational administration, educational policy, public affairs, or related field; research experience in diversity and social justice issues in an educational setting; exceptional oral and written communication skills, including experience in writing academic reports; proven ability to work with multiple constituencies and people of varied backgrounds; excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web authoring tools.

Desired: Knowledge of diversity initiatives, their goals, best practices, and impact; ability to articulate goals and strategies of diversity in higher education to diverse constituencies.

Application Process:
Candidates interested in this position should apply through the UW Human Resources Employment web site at http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/student_empl_links.html
For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Betty Schmitz, Coordinator, University Diversity Council, schmitz@u.washington.edu, 206-685-8276.