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Graduate Assistant, Office of Organizational, Culture, Inclusion and Equity, Simmons University, Boston, MA

Title: Graduate Assistant (part time, 8 months)

Hours Per Week: 10-15 hours (occasionally additional hours may be required)

Reports To: National Urban Fellow & Senior Vice President of OCIE

Start/End Date: September 24, 2018--May 31, 2019

Compensation: $20/hour

Simmons University is committed to building a community that is equitable and inclusive of all its students, staff, and faculty members. The Office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity (OCIE) is dedicated to upholding Simmons' mission of providing a transformative and supportive learning environment.

At OCIE, we seek to effect the fundamental cultural and institutional changes necessary to establish and maintain a fully inclusive campus, and to promote ongoing, meaningful, and engaged diversity. In doing this work, we center a broad range of social identities and perspectives including, but not limited to, race, socio-economic status, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religious/spiritual affiliations, physical abilities, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and national origin.

We are seeking a graduate student to work with our office as an administrative and research assistant. The administrative responsibilities of this role will be reduced after 1-2 months. As OCIE is a new unit at Simmons University, the graduate assistant will also have the opportunity to contribute to the design and execution of our programming.

This graduate assistant will serve several roles within the program:

Research Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and provide support for the completion of research projects within the Office of Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity;
  • Assist staff members with literature review, data entry, and data compilation as required;
  • Assist staff with the preparation of presentations at conferences as needed;
  • Assist with research and conference proposal development.

Administrative Operations & Projects

  • Organize and maintain the workings of the Office of Organizational¬†Culture, Inclusion & Equity, including but not limited to processing of invoices, expense reports and credit card statements; ordering supplies, record and database maintenance requests and basic bookkeeping;
  • Work on discrete projects, providing project coordination, documentation, and support and other duties as assigned;
  • Coordinate the Senior Vice President's Office events and related programs.

Calendar Coordination & Meeting Planning and Coordination

  • Develop, plan and execute OCIE activities and events including working collaboratively with partners across Simmons College
  • Coordinate both programmatic and individual calendars for the Executive Vice President of OCIE, using judgment to prioritize and commit leadership time for meetings, appointments and travel based on an in-depth understanding of the Office's priorities and needs;
  • Schedule meetings and arrange conference calls for the Office as well as College wide faculty, staff, student meetings;
  • Coordinate meeting logistics including location reservations, catering and equipment;
  • Prepare meeting materials and presentations;
  • Draft and distribute meeting agendas;
  • Attend meetings and manage meeting minutes as requested by the Executive Vice President.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Minimum two years of research experience
  • Minimum three to five years of professional experience working with culturally diverse populations, such as people of color and the LGBTQ community.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading;
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality;
  • Proven ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, flexibility; discretion, judgment, diplomacy and tact;
  • Ability to multi-task, adapt to changing priorities, and meet deadlines;
  • Prior experience in higher education administration a plus.

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