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LGBTQIA+ Support Programs Graduate Assistant

Date: Nov 15, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, DC

Company: American University

About the Department/Unit

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) promotes a diverse, respectful, and inclusive learning, living, and working environment for the university community. CDI enhances the personal growth of our students by providing specialized university-wide educational programs and training; Intergroup Dialogues; supporting first generation, LGBTQIA+, multicultural students, and the Summer Transition Enrichment Program (STEP).

Summary/Objective

CDI is seeking a graduate student to provide support to the center’s LGBTQIA+ programs and initiatives. We are seeking a team player interested in enhancing the experience of all students, understanding the campus climate, and collaborating with campus partners and administrative offices. Successful candidates must be knowledgeable about multi-layered topics of identity, including ability, race, religious belief and practice, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
 
This position will report to CDI’s Assistant Director and will, in general, assist with various projects and initiatives.
 
Some Saturday and occasional evening hours are required to conduct trainings/events/programs.
 

Essential Functions

  • Assist with nurturing and supporting LGBTQIA+ students.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate community building, personal and social identity development, academic support and programming for LGBTQIA+ and ally students, in collaboration with the Program Coordinator of LGBTQIA+ Resources.
  • Assist with providing LGBTQIA+ resource support and connect students with appropriate resources on and off campus.
  • Participate in programs, events, trainings, organizations and conferences, on and off campus, related to LGBTQ issues and concerns.
  • Develop creative engagement with social media, manage website & other sources of communication.
  • Develop and implement special projects which includes, but is not limited to, initiatives to address current trends and issues, benchmarking, program development, and items of interest to the Graduate Assistant, time permitting.
  • Manage program logistics and provide administrative support (i.e. manage master calendar, room reservations and audio-visual requests).
  • Build and maintain positive relationships and opportunities to engage with campus partners.
  • Other duties to be assigned, in addition to assisting with general office tasks.

Qualifications

  • Must have knowledge of, experience with, LGBTQIA+, gender expression, and identity-based programs and services.
  • Demonstrated experience with academic, social, and/or cultural programming.
  • Critical thinker and innovative problem solver.
  • Able to work independently and take initiative.
  • Previous teaching and or training experience is a big plus, as is event planning.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Eagerness to work with individuals from different gender, sexual orientation/expression, national, ethnic, ability, social, religious and economic backgrounds.
  • Flexibility and creativity are a must.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office; website; able to learn new programs; and comfortable with technology.
  • Proficiency in social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

Education

Bachelor's degree and enrollment in a graduate program (Graduate students enrolling Spring 2023 can apply).

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

$17.10/hour for 20 hours of work per week.