Beyond the Diag - Off Campus Housing

We are currently hiring to the Program Assistant position for 2020/21 school year.

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Interested students should have have first-hand experience and knowledge of student safety issues occuring off-campus, prior leadership experience, and community building/safety planning knowledge. 

Facilitate and promote a student-initiated, University-sanctioned community development and student safety campaign into the University of Michigan campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Work directly with the Beyond the Diag Program Manager, the Dean of Students Office, other units within the Student Life, the City of Ann Arbor, and the various neighborhood associations surrounding the University of Michigan to augment community development efforts and raise safety awareness to all off-campus students.

Characteristic Duties:

Strengthen student neighborhood-based communities

  • Facilitate communication between University constituencies, neighborhood residents, city leaders, and law enforcement agencies
  • Contribute to the creation of Beyond the Diag literature
  • Organize and plan periodic, small-scale events for off-campus residents

Facilitate safety and community initiatives through partnership with the Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office provides support to students and the campus community in relation to critical incidents, campus climate, integrated learning, and intercultural communication.

  • Meet regularly with Beyond the Diag Program Manager
  • Brainstorm new components of Beyond the Diag program
  • Hold regular office hours

Work to enhance general safety awareness and education programs for off-campus students

  • Facilitate distribution of relevant information to students to coincide with high risk time periods and/or events
  • Collaborate with student governing bodies on safety initiatives pertinent to specific student interest

Oversee responsibilities of Neighborhood Ambassadors (NA) in Off-Campus Neighborhoods

  • Coordinate the planning and execution of neighborhood-specific events
  • Manage programming budget for each neighborhood
  • Host periodic training sessions and weekly meetings with NAs
  • Support NAs by regularly attending events
  • Assist NAs in resolving conflicts within off-campus neighborhoods
  • Responsible for all additional expectations outlined in the NA job description

Utilize online resources and social media to promote Beyond the Diag

  • Develop monthly, electronic off-campus newsletter
  • Aggregate content from variety of sources including University departments and City of Ann Arbor offices
  • Contribute written and visual material to social media sites

Other duties as assigned

Supervision Received: Supervised and evaluated by the Beyond the Diag Program Manager. Program Assistants are expected to work independently and to exercise good judgment in setting priorities and applying University and department policies and procedures.


Students are expected to have first-hand experience and knowledge of student safety issues from a University-wide perspective. Students should have prior leadership experience, development, community building/safety planning knowledge, and strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills to be effective in this position. Students should be able to effectively manage time, maintain office confidentiality, and be able to work with a diverse group of students, staff, faculty, and community members. A high attention to detail and level of accountability is also expected. Beyond the Diag Program Assistants must be enrolled at U-M as a full-time student and live off-campus.


Program Assistants receive $13/ hour working an average of 6 hours per week (during the academic year). Consult the Office of Student Financial Aid as the acceptance of a paid student staff position may impact your financial aid package.