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Job Summary

The College of Pharmacy is seeking applicants with an interest in serving as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer.  The primary role of the Chief DEI Officer is to provide visible leadership and guidance on issues that pertain to diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Pharmacy.  The Chief DEI Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing DEI initiatives articulated in the College’s strategic plan by leveraging the assistance of relevant stakeholders to ensure that the efforts are sustainable across all units and for all constituents.  An academic appointment is possible for individuals with appropriate qualifications.


Work with stakeholders to develop innovative strategies, initiatives, goals and professional development activities aimed at enhancing DEI in the College of Pharmacy with regard to climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring, mentoring, curriculum, scholarship, training and service.  Work directly with College unit leads, department chairs, committees, faculty, staff, students, etc. to implement these initiatives with the goal of ensuring that the principles of DEI are central to all College functions, services and business practices.  Develop and implement a plan for tracking, assessing and documenting the progress in achieving the associated goals for such initiatives.  Provide creative leadership in obtaining funding for DEI initiatives and in leveraging existing resources.  

Provide leadership to the College of Pharmacy regarding DEI issues that is informed by prior experience, national models or documented best practices. Build relationships with College leadership (deans, chairs) and constituents (faculty, staff, students, fellows, alumni, etc.). Provide significant visibility to DEI issues and initiatives by hosting regular events and activities and by maintaining a presence at various College events and functions. Provide guidance and support to all College constituents in managing DEI issues, conflicts or crises.  

Represent the College of Pharmacy with regard to DEI issues at the campus level by building relationships with other University of Michigan DEI officers and with colleagues from relevant academic programs. Consider opportunities for collaborative work when possible.  Provide representation on DEI issues to outside agencies and constituents.  

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree is required.  A master’s degree or higher is preferred.  Academic training in pharmacy or another health science discipline is desirable
  • Experience that is relevant or translatable to the duties and responsibilities of this position
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to develop and deliver presentations to various audiences
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare written reports and professional communications
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and interact with individuals at all levels and from all backgrounds
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others and in developing professional alliances
  • High level of competence and accountability in providing service to others
  • Effectiveness in managing multiple priorities and in meeting deadlines
  • Ability to support the College’s broad range of activities, which includes attending after hours and/or weekend events


Desired Qualifications*

  • Leadership experience, preferably in a higher education setting
  • Familiarity with issues or programs focused on diversity, equity and/or inclusion
  • Familiarity with issues of health disparities and health inequities
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultures and communities
  • Evidence of creative and innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Familiarity with innovative uses of technology and social media 
  • Experience in securing external funding  

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.