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Martha Cook Community Coordinator

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Job Description


Martha Cook, a women’s residence hall at the University of Michigan, celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2015. It is a community rich with history, tradition, and pride. More information on Martha Cook can be found here. The Graduate Community Coordinator will focus on community engagement and inclusive student leadership development in Martha Cook, advise student groups, and provide support to students. They will learn about the Board of Governors who provide leadership to the cultural heritage of the buildings in collaboration with University staff.

The Martha Cook Graduate Community Coordinator will be directly supervised by the Martha Cook Hall Director. The start date for this position is August 12, 2020, and the end date is May 4, 2021.

Time Commitment

  • 20 hours per week
  • Must commit to the full academic year (mid-August to early May)   
  • Weekly, or biweekly, supervisory meetings with the Hall Director depending on need
  • Weekend and evening commitments. Maintain a presence in Martha Cook after hours and on weekends to assist with responding to critical incidents, live in Martha Cook
  • Attendance at weekly Resstaff and House Board meetings on Monday nights, and some of the events
  • Host set office hours in Martha Cook for resident interaction and support as a mechanism to identify resident needs
  • Flexibility will be needed as priorities evolve
  • Attendance at all training sessions during the academic year


  • Serve as the primary advisor to the Martha Cook House Board with a focus on community development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, restorative practices, and individual and collective leadership development.
  • Implement ongoing inclusive leadership training for the Martha Cook House Board with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Meet with the House Board individually to provide support and coaching in meeting responsibilities to the community. 
  • Assist the Hall Director in mediating interpersonal conflicts, group dynamics, and mental health concerns. After hours communicate with the Hall Director on Duty to ensure impacted students are supported holistically. Report incidents through the Advocate system.
  • Attend and participate in large scale traditional events organized by the House Board and the Director of Alumnae Relations & Traditions.
  • Manage All House Meeting logistics and absences
  • Compile need to know information about the resident experience and programming into an electronic newsletter to promote awareness and community development in consultation with the Hall Director. 


  • Must be enrolled as a full time graduate student at the University of Michigan.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
    • All Graduate student staff members will be expected to maintain a minimum 5.0 term GPA if on an 8.0 scale, or a 5.5 term GPA if on a 9.0 scale.
  • Must be in good standing with Student Life and the University. This includes upholding all policies and procedures as defined by the University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide, the University Housing Community Living at Michigan, the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibility, and any other applicable University policies and procedures.
  • Must comply with all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Must adhere to all roles, responsibilities, and expectations for the entire duration of the appointment including academic breaks where absence, including academic or personal leave, from these duties must be approved by the Hall Director.
  • Must be available for required training sessions. Our Trainings cover critical topics relevant to your role and the support of our students. It is also an important time to forge relationships with fellow staff members and supervisors.
  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) should consult with their academic department regarding eligibility to hold both appointments.

Desired Qualifications

Previous experience as a member of Residence Staff (at Michigan or elsewhere) or experience with community living is desired. Graduate students with previous community engagement and programming experience are encouraged to apply.


Compensation includes room, board, and a stipend of $300 per month.

How to apply

Please read instructions below and then visit our application site, eRezlife.

  • Enter your Uniqname and UM password in the UM WEBLOGIN screen then select Log In.
    • Incoming graduate students, applying for a Graduate ResStaff position, without UM uniqname and password should email GradResstaffSelection@umich.edu in order to gain access to eRezLife. Please note that it may take up to 2-3 business days.
  • Select My profile. Fill out all sections & save. Please note, if you applied to a position using eRezLife in the past, make sure all profile information is up to date as fields have changed.
  • Select Job postings.
  • Select the position you are interested in.
  • Select the Apply now (green button).
  • Select Questions. Fill out all required questions (with red asterisk) and any other questions related to the position you are applying for. If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you may select Save (located at the bottom of the form) and return to it later.
  • Once complete, select Save and Continue.
  • The system will direct you to the Submit application page, Click on the small box if you understand and agree to the statements listed below it. Then select the Submit button.
  • Once the application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automated email confirmation from eRezLife.

You should note that the application includes short essay questions and you should dedicate sufficient time to complete them.