A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
NOTE: THIS IS A TERM LIMITED POSITION ENDING APRIL 2018!
The Debate Program is committed to student learning and development via participation in intercollegiate policy debate. Through a varsity traveling team, summer national high school debate institute, urban debate outreach efforts in Detroit, and hosting of a national high school debate tournament each November, the Debate Program facilitates and enriches the educational experience of current and potential University of Michigan students.
The University of Michigan Debate Program, a department within the Division of Student Life that reports to the Dean of Students, seeks a motivated, student-centered, and team-oriented individual for a Program Specialist position.
Under direct supervision, provide general support to the Director and Assistant Director of the Debate Program. Receives and responds to routine correspondence following established procedures to keep the Director and Assistant Director informed of the progress of research assignments, practice debates and speeches, and bi-weekly team meetings. Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment, employ basic reasoning skills, and a familiarity with national-level collegiate policy debate.
U-M Debate Team Coaching- 80%
• Travel with the debate team to approximately ten tournaments per academic year (5 per semester), assuring adherence to University policy and best practices. • Meet with Debate Team periodically for coaching, assistance and mentoring as described by Director. • Assist the debate team’s research, which involves planning assignments, editing files and producing numerous amounts of evidence for the students before each tournament; teach students how to retrieve and synthesize information. • Engage in pre-round scouting and preparation with debaters during and for tournaments. • Help determine debate team argument selection and research prioritization. • Develop and implement coaching instruction for debate tournaments and other training formats, such as mini-camps and work weekends. • Contribute commitment of one-half judging at each tournament attended to help fulfill the debate team’s obligation to the tournament.
Debate Institute Preparation- 10%
• Help identify potential faculty and staff for annual summer debate institute. • Provide assistance in targeting top high school debate students for institute merit and need-based scholarships.
• Travel to several high school debate tournaments every year to scout and meet with potential recruits and their parents and coaches. • Recruit promising high school students to attend the summer debate institute. • Assure recruiting comports with Office of Undergraduate Admissions expectations. • Represent the University of Michigan honorably during all recruiting activities.
• Bachelor's degree • Minimum five (5) years of policy debate experience • General understanding of the special obligations of working with college students • General understanding of the educational and developmental purposes of college-level policy debate.
• Extensive knowledge of theories, concepts, and best practice of collegiate policy debate education and college student development. • Experience working and interacting with high school and college students of varying experience levels and backgrounds on debate issues and subjects. Experience fostering and promoting a positive team culture and successful debate partnerships. 1-2years of administrative experience. Advanced experience with administrative tools such as Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office.
PLEASE NOTE: Relocation will not be offered for this position.
Position Criteria: • Ability to work independently and make sound educational, ethical and appropriate decisions • Strong organizational skills • Demonstrated commitment to regulatory, legal and ethical standards • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The position work schedule is generally Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., but travel to intercollegiate debate tournaments is required.
This position requires the ability to travel to various campus and off campus locations to provide event support. The person in this position may need to transport and move items weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds
The person in this position routinely moves through campus to attend meetings/events and access files or information.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For..." survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.