Graduate Student Assistant Position Available in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives

The Graduate Student Employee will be responsible for helping the CDSJ Program Coordinator develop programs and events on campus and in Ithaca that support OADI’s mission...

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The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives wanted to extend information to our campus and community partners about a Graduate Student Assistant position that is currently available within our office. We would kindly request that this information be passed on to any students who may be interested in applying for the position. The Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Program is currently looking to hire a Graduate Student Assistant that provides Cornell's traditionally underrepresented and underserved students an opportunity to engage with the campus and surrounding communities towards positive social change. The CDSJ Graduate Student Employee will be responsible for helping the CDSJ Program Coordinator develop programs and events on campus and in Ithaca that support OADI's mission. This position requires comprehensive participation in the successful planning, organization and execution of a variety of programming initiatives focused on diversity, social justice, community building and service to create a sensitive, safe, respectful, and inclusive environment specifically for undergraduate first generation college students.

Interested graduate students should send their resume, cover letter, and three professional references to sea88@cornell.edu by noon on August 14, 2015.



For a full description, please see below:

OADI Graduate Student Employee – Community Development & Social Justice Programming
Job Description (Posting #58448)
Salary $15.00/ hour (NOTE: This position does not offer assistantship, including stipend, tuition and/or health benefits.)
Required Hours: 15-20

Overview:
The Graduate Student Employee for the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives’ (OADI) Community Development & Social Justice Programming is an essential component to the smooth operation of this specific area of OADI. OADI’s Community Development & Social Justice (CDSJ) Programming provides Cornell’s traditionally underrepresented and underserved students an opportunity to engage with the campus and surrounding communities in a mutually beneficial way through impactful practice of learning and service to increase participants’ intercultural awareness and action towards positive social change. The CDSJ Graduate Student Employee will be responsible for helping the CDSJ Program Coordinator develop programs and events on campus and in Ithaca that support OADI’s mission. This position requires comprehensive participation in the successful planning, organization and execution of a variety of programming initiatives focused on diversity, social justice, community building and service to create a sensitive, safe, respectful, and inclusive environment specifically for first generation undergraduate college students.

The Graduate Student Employee is also responsible for the evaluation of CDSJ Programming efforts, including the analysis and reporting of results and learning outcomes. The OADI Graduate Student Employee for Community Development & Social Justice Programming works with office staff in delivering excellent customer service, developing student-friendly procedures, and maintains 15-20 office hours per week.

Qualifications:

  • Required: Prior bachelor’s degree completion and current enrollment in a full-time graduate program at Cornell University.
  • Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills, particularly with traditionally underrepresented youth and undergraduate students.
  • Must have a strong commitment to diversity, social justice education and/or civic engagement.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience working with traditionally underrepresented youth and undergraduate students and with demonstrated past success with project/event management (planning and organization) that focused on diversity, social justice, Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. community development and/ or community service. 
  • Must be able to commit to attending and supporting programming, as appropriate.
  • Must be able to commit to the position for the full academic year. Position can be renewed for an additional two semesters, based upon availability of funding and/or mutual agreement between the Graduate Student Employee’s direct supervisor and the individual Graduate Student Employee. 


Responsibilities & Expectations:
Duties of the OADI Graduate Student Employee (1) for Community Development & Social Justice programming include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruitment and Promotion/ Publicity: Assist in promoting CDSJ programming to students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Be a central knowledge hub for CDSJ inside and outside of the office, fielding questions, and making short recruitment presentations. Assist with compiling and electronically distributing information to CDSJ participants and other interested partners on CDSJ program and related events.
  • Workshops and Events: Assist in the development, planning, and implementation of programming initiatives surrounding First in Class, Cornell University’s first generation student support initiatives. The CDSJ Graduate Student Employee is also expected to participate in OADI sponsored events, as appropriate.
  • Program Development and Evaluation: Assist in identifying and promoting (and occasionally attending) events that uphold the program’s mission and would be open to CDSJ participants. Benchmark other universities’social justice initiatives, and evaluate CDSJ events on campus and in the local area. Track and report these results to the CDSJ Program Coordinator, and work with the Program Coordinator to consider program improvements.
  • Graduate mentor: Assist in managing ten First in Class Mobilizers that work with the larger first generation student population at Cornell University. Oversee committee development, offer logistical and social support to ensure the success of First in Class throughout our office and institution. 
  • When appropriate, provide direction to OADI’s CDSJ Student Assistants and First in Class Mobilizers for related projects to promote CDSJ events, programs, recruitment, and other opportunities for support and development.
  • Meet weekly with supervisor to report on progress and provide ongoing evaluation on CDSJ efforts. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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