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Job Summary

The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning invites applications for our newly created diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist to champion the vision, development, implementation and on-going refinement of the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Reporting directly to our associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives, the DEI specialist collaborates with faculty, staff and students to create programs, initiatives and opportunities articulated in the college’s strategic plan. They leverage the assistance of relevant stakeholders to ensure that the efforts are sustainable across all units and for all constituents with a goal of furthering the school’s commitment to a respectful, diverse, and inclusive culture.



  • Manage implementation efforts and on-going refinement of the college’s strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Develop new programs and processes intended to promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the college, with an overarching goal of creating an environment where matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the school’s mission and ongoing success. This will include determining the needs and opportunities for enhanced skill development in the areas of cultural competence, inclusive teaching, and community-engaged research.

  • Collaborate with the director of communications in coordinating the DEI public relations activities. Provide significant visibility to DEI initiatives and issues through regular engagement in college events, functions and activities.

  • Provide guidance and support to all college constituents in managing DEI issues, conflicts or crises.

  • Review and evaluate results of programmatic activities. Identify various assessment methodologies and produce data (quantitative, qualitative) for measuring success and highlighting areas where improvements are needed.

  • Provide regular reports on progress toward meeting the college’s DEI goals to the dean, executive committee, faculty and staff.  

  • Partner with other schools and colleges on campus to address common issues related to recruiting, developing and supporting underrepresented populations.  Build and nurture internal and external relationships with key individuals and organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration on DEI-related programs.

  • Identify and develop grant proposals to fund and facilitate partnerships.

  • Work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs to ensure the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are aligned with University initiatives. Serve on University and/or Vice Provost task forces as needed.  

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience, passion, and commitment for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

  • Project management skills and ability to bring about change, including experience translating vision into strategy, objectives, goals and actionable activities, with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies.  

  • Experience working with faculty in a consultative role.

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.  Ability to present strong and persuasive oral and written communications and to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Creative and proactive problem solving skills.

  • Bachelor’s degree.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Leadership experience in programs focusing on diversity and/or community outreach objectives.

  • Record of implementing successful programs focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Subject knowledge relating to urban planning and/or architecture.

  • Graduate degree.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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