Position Available at GEO – Organizer/Diversity Coordinator

Organizer/Diversity Coordinator

The Diversity Coordinator is responsible for working with the members of the ALANAA/International Caucus and acting as a liaison between the caucus and GEO leadership as well as the broader GEO membership. The ALANAA (African, Latina(o), Asian, Native and Arab American)/International Caucus was formed to address the needs and issues of students of color and international students within GEO and the broader campus-wide community. In addition, the caucus was formed out of recognition for the need to address issues of institutional racism within GEO and increase the participation of people of color and international students within our union.

Additional duties include, but are not limited to:

Coordinating building coalition in conjunction with the rest of staff within the Caucuses (ALANAA/Women’s Caucus/Queer Caucus/Civil Rights Committee) to ensure maximum participation from the ALANAA/International student community within GEO.

Outreach and network with the various graduate student ALANAA/International student organizations (i.e. Chinese Students’ Association, Indian Students’ Association, etc…) to coordinate activities and facilitate relationships between GEO and these organizations on issues of similar concern.

Create a more solid support system across departments, coordinating and co-facilitating regular organizing meetings, and developing an information network for ALANAA and International students.

A willingness to sit on campus committees whose work relates to ALANAA and International students.

Serve as a liaison with GSS, the Office of ALANAA Affairs, and the Office of Recruitment and Retention.

Attend and participate in the GEO organizing Committee meetings and facilitate the integration of issues concerning ALANAA and international students with other GEO campaigns.

Record and document projects and campaigns carried  out during the term in order to serve as a starting point for the next ALANAA/International Student Organization Coordinator.

A willingness to run for and, if elected, serve on the UAW Local 2322 Civil Rights Committee.

Convene and Co-chair the standing GEO Civil Rights Committee as necessary.

Convene and Co-chair the standing GEO Committees and Caucuses as necessary.

Helping with office tasks as necessary.

Applicants with pre-existing contacts within ALANAA and International Student Organizations on campus are strongly preferred.

Every organizing position also comes with the requirement that the organizer be willing to help out in campaigns and organizing projects that are not narrowly related to their specialty, particularly at times when tasks within their organizing specialty are not at peak periods of intensity. Organizers are thus responsible for all aspects of assistance in the union’s organizing campaigns, including campaign start-up, committee building, assessments, developing literature and running meetings and workplace actions. Thus all GEO organizers should be self-motivated and have strong interpersonal skills.

All employees are expected to devote a portion of their paid working hours to office management tasks (i.e. holding office hours, answering phones, taking messages, in-taking grievances, greeting members who come into the office, etc.) and to attend meetings as required, including regular staff meetings. Some night and weekend hours may be required.

This position is for 20 hours per week for the 2010 Spring semester. The salary is the same as the average campus-wide stipend. GEO/UAW Local 2322 will provide training. People of color and women are encouraged to apply. We will pay for university health benefits, if necessary. In the past, all GEO staff employees who have needed tuition waivers have received them, but we cannot guarantee that this will continue to be the case.

In some cases, funding for these positions will come from UAW Local 2322.  In those cases, applicants must legally qualify for an internship with a non-university organization (UAW Local 2322).

Strong preference will be given to GEO members that have been active on campaigns and committees. All current graduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants should be committed to the general principles of social justice and collective action.

In order to apply, please submit:

A resume.
A cover letter stating the reasons you are interested in the position and your qualifications.
A completed GEO Staff Application Form (see second page of this document).
Be prepared to bring proof of your student status to your interview (e.g. a letter from your GPD confirming your status).

Applications should be emailed to hiring@geouaw.org by Monday, January 25th, by 4pm.



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  1. What kind of union activism, organizing, community or volunteer experience do you have? In what capacities have you been active with GEO?
  2. Why are you interested in being hired for this position?
  3. What skills do you possess that would be beneficial for this position?
  4. Do you plan on having another assistantship or paid position that will require a significant commitment of your time? If so, please provide details of this position.
  5. [OPTIONAL] Do you identify as a member of a protected class, which includes race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, ability, age and ancestry?

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