2015-2016 GSA Position with the Genomics Outreach for Minorities (GenOM) Project

Application deadline:   April 22, 2015
Notification Deadline:  One week after application deadline
Acceptance Deadline:  One week after application deadline

The University of Washington Genomics Outreach for Minorities (GenOM) Project has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistant/ALVA Coordinator. The GenOM Project is an outreach program that targets underrepresented, first-generation and low-income undergraduate students interested in life sciences and computer
engineering+ research.

The UW GenOM Project sponsors a series of Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA) programs for undergraduate and high school students. We are adding two additional programs to our ALVA Series; ALVA Computer Engineering for high school rising seniors and ALVA Engineering with NSF/REM (incoming freshmen).  Both programs will be a 9-week residential summer internship program that will provide students with academic support, hands-on research experience, and professional development opportunities.

The ALVA Coordinator would help plan and manage these two new summer programs in addition to providing support and guidance to current GenOM undergraduate students, and assisting the Director with communication, planning and reporting.

The position transitions from part-time during the academic year to full-time during the summer.  For Spring 2015, the position is 50% FTE, for Summer 2014 the position is 100% FTE.  Funding permitting, for the academic year of 2015-16, the position reverts back to 50% FTE as is customary with Graduate Student Assistantships.


  • Serve as first point of contact for rising high school seniors and incoming freshmen applicants, participants, and faculty mentors for the ALVA Computer Engineering for High Schoolers and the ALVA Engineering with NSF/REM summer programs.
  • Facilitate the ALVA application and review process from outreach and recruitment to final selection and placement of students
  • With the GenOM Director and current GSA, plan and manage both new ALVA summer programs
  • Coordinate and/or lead Java and pre-calculus workshops for the high school senior ALVA program
  • Coordinate and maintain the program website and social networking sites to better facilitate communication with students
  • Assist in developing and maintaining student files and data
  • Assist with annual reporting
  • Arrange, plan, and organize meetings, seminars, and events with current GenOM undergraduate students
  • Coordinate and prioritize workload to meet all timelines and deadlines
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Experience working with undergraduates
  • Established and demonstrated commitment to diversity and serving diverse students
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience writing informational texts for use with the general public
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of social media tools and web communication platforms (blogs, twitter, electronic newsletters, websites) and experience with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Experience and background in Java and calculus
  • Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential student and program information
  • Ability to work varying schedule with some evening and weekend hours, particularly during the summer months.  Must be available full-time during summer program
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Condition of Employment / Terms

Candidates are hired through graduate appointments; applicants must therefore be enrolled at the UW and be in good standing with ten credits or more of graduate coursework during autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Applicants in state-funded programs will be eligible for the standard tuition waiver if these conditions are met.  Applicants in fee-based programs are eligible for quarterly payments towards their course fees that are equivalent to Graduate Tier 1 resident full-time tuition. Applicants must also be able to work 20 hours from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. The appointment carries a stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits.

Salary information: http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salaries/salary-schedules.shtml

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: UW/UAW Contract Preamble.

Application Process

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

The position transitions from part-time during the academic year to full-time during the summer.  For Spring 2015, the position is 50% FTE, for Summer 2015 the position is 100% FTE, and for the academic year of 2015-16, the position is 50% FTE as is customary with Graduate Student Assistantships, depending on funding

Application Timeline

Application review begins immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Notification Deadline: One week after application deadline
Acceptance Deadline: One week after application deadline

For complete position information, see UW Hires Req # 118403