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A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in the position and outline the particular skills and experiences that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) represents a commitment by the University of Michigan (U-M) to affirm the central value and undeniable importance of institutional diversity to the mission of all colleges and universities. Our vision requires that we organize knowledge, build tools, and inspire courage to vigorously advance a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity in higher education and U.S. society. 

The NCID seeks a Fellowships and Research Program Lead to manage the development and execution of initiatives and events that support the NCID’s efforts to diversify academia.  This will include managing the application process for postdoctoral fellowships; developing and coordinating programmatic and evaluative elements of the fellowships; framing and planning national and local conferences/events focused on promoting research to practice, and providing related support to the unit. 

We are especially interested in candidates who have strong organizational and program development skills, and who have experience with higher education policy and research. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds. We seek a creative, hardworking colleague with strong problem-solving abilities, initiative, and a commitment to customer service who shares our passion for the vision and goals of NCID and its national leadership agenda. 


Drawing on research and best practices, manage the development and implementation of specific strategic initiatives that support the NCID’s goals related to the “diversifying academia” priority area. This includes developing the framing for programs/events and coordinating evaluation and assessment efforts.

Promote and publicize postdoctoral fellowship opportunities organized and sponsored by the NCID and manage efforts related to the application and review processes. 

Establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external groups related to the unit. 

Monitor expenses and ensures adherence to budgetary guidelines in assigned areas.

Compile and interpret information drawn from demographic data and scholarly work related to diversity issues.

Compose substantive correspondence and written material.

Participate as needed in special department projects.

Lead special projects and teams, as assigned.

Mentor graduate and undergraduate student interns.

Serve as a member of the departmental leadership team.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

Master’s degree in education, policy, social work or other appropriate field.

Strong background and a sophisticated understanding of issues related diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and society, particularly related to diversifying academia.

Demonstrated project management skills. Organized, comfort in juggling multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment.

Demonstrated experience and ability to communicate with and write for an academic audience.  Ability to summarize and represent complex information and craft it into clear and effective forms that resonate with defined audiences within short timelines.

Excellent judgement and ability to work independently and embrace organizational priorities.

Experience communicating and working with a very diverse group of colleagues, faculty, staff, students and visitors. Experience working directly with faculty is highly desirable.

Experience supervising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Experience with program evaluation and assessment.

Superior interpersonal skills.  Positive customer service-oriented attitude, flexibility and the ability to work both independently and as a team member.

Highly proficient on a computer and at ease operating in Microsoft Powerpoint, Word, and Excel including formulas, linking, etc.

Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new computer software and technologies

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: -Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. -Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.