Graduate Student Advisor Assistantship (50%), Early Identification Program/McNair Program

Deadline: August 13, 2012

Graduate Student Advisor, 2012-2013

The Early Identification Program (EIP)/McNair Program in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is now accepting applications for a Graduate Student Advisor (GSA) position. The appointment will begin in or around September 14, 2012 and continue through the end of the academic year, June 15, 2013. GSA must however be available a week before for training. This position is contingent on funding. EIP provides services designed to give undergraduate students a competitive advantage when applying to graduate schools. This program was formed in 1985 to encourage undergraduate students to enter graduate programs and assist them with the application process. Although EIP offers assistance and support to all qualifying students who are considering graduate and professional careers, the program places special emphasis on encouraging underrepresented and educationally/economically disadvantaged students to pursue the doctoral degree.

The McNair Program prepares low-income, first generation undergraduates and undergraduates from underrepresented groups for doctoral study. In 1999, the University of Washington received funding for this program from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to increase the representation of economically and educationally disadvantaged groups in academic and research positions. The program accepts 25 students per year as McNair Scholars.

Graduate Student Advisors’ responsibilities include: (1) meeting regularly with undergraduate students, (2) assisting with the coordination and implementation of our joint spring quarter research conference (scheduled next year for May16-18, 2013) (see:, and (3) helping guide students through the graduate/professional school application process. In addition to meeting with EIP and McNair students, Graduate Advisors also assist the Director, Associate Director, and Program Coordinator with other administrative duties, including the planning of program events, outreach efforts and recruitment, program evaluation, database management, and e-mail and web page development and updates.

Applicants must: (a) be currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Washington, (b) have significant teaching, mentoring, or advising experiences in college or university settings, (c) have a demonstrated commitment to working with underrepresented and educationally/economically disadvantaged students, (d) display strong writing and public speaking skills, and (e) possess strong computer and technical skills (i.e., familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Page Maker/InDesign, Pine e-mail platform, Word Press, and HTML/Dreamweaver/MS Expression Web). We give priority consideration to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs. While we welcome applicants from any discipline, we especially encourage students who are enrolled in STEM-related programs (e.g., Biology, Biochemistry, Engineering, etc.) or who possess an undergraduate background in these areas to apply (IF in social science or humanities, we expect exceptionally strong writing, journal editing, and advising experience and skills with strong/solid quantitative background or high motivation/willingness to train in this area). The position requires a year commitment, and compensation will be at the 50% FTE rate, ranging between $1,525-$1,761 per month. This pay scale reflects the 2012-2013 regular Graduate Student Services Appointment Salary Schedule (, and may adjust (change) with the upcoming collective bargain contract. This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your 1) curriculum vitae and 2) a letter describing your interest in the position as well as any relevant experiences via email ( The University of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450/206.543.6452 (tty) or All application materials must be received in the EIP/McNair offices no later than Friday, August 13th, 2012 by 11:59pm that same day via email ( Applicants should be available for an interview between August 28-31, 2012 if at all possible.
If you have any questions, call (206) 543-6460 or email

For a detailed position description, see: