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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) seeks a highly motivated, organized collaborator to serve as the LSA Associate Director of IGR. The Program on Intergroup Relations is a joint academic and student life program concerning social diversity and social justice. As such, we have a shared leadership model across the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) and Student Life. IGR offers a minor in intergroup relations education, opportunities for undergraduate research, co-curricular programming, national consultations and campus outreach.

This is an interdependent position with posting requisition 151554 to teach 3 courses each academic year. Candidates must apply for both positions and be qualified for both in order to be considered.

The LSA Associate Director for IGR assists in providing campus leadership in student learning in the area of intergroup relations and social justice education. The associate director assists in strategic planning efforts, vision and long-term planning, supervision and empowerment of staff, and administrative and fiscal responsibility. In particular, this individual guides IGR’s curricular activities and serves on the IGR curriculum committee. The associate director is also an academic advisor for the IGR minor. This person is responsible for the selection and training of graduate student instructors and leads our course recruitment efforts. Additionally, this individual oversees the administration of the LSA operations of the joint unit and liaises with the College on operations of the unit such as finance and HR matters. Additionally, this person must have the skills, expertise, and interest to conduct intergroup dialogue/relations research and mentor student research assistants. This position requires domain knowledge, skills, and abilities pertaining to intergroup, intercultural, social justice education, student development, identity development, and group facilitation and may consult with campus and national constituents on these matters. The LSA Associate Director serves in the LSA Director’s absence.


Academic & General Program Administration [Fall/Winter 40%] [Spring/Summer 40%]

  • Assist with overall program administration;
  • Serve on the IGR Leadership Team to share in leadership of the unit in strategic planning including the development and articulation of annual goals and objectives;
  • Manage and lead the IGR recruitment team and the development and implementation of recruitment materials for our courses and minor. Provide programmatic coordination and oversight for all recruitment efforts;
  • Guide IGR’s curricular activities, serve on the IGR curriculum committee and organize instructional materials;
  • Serve as an academic advisor for the IGR minor;
  • Conduct formal and informal evaluations based upon professional standards and apply theoretical knowledge to assess measured outcomes;
  • Develop and conduct needs assessment to identify and prioritize student needs and learning goals;
  • Participate in selecting student peer facilitators;
  • Foster an inclusive, welcoming workplace climate, empower staff to make ethical decisions which promote student, organizational, and institutional success;
  • Perform job duties in accordance with principles of good practice and ethical decision-making;
  • Maintain professional and academic knowledge-base including theory, new research, trends, and best practices in intergroup relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education;
  • Establish/provide an inclusive classroom climate;
  • Exercise professional judgment and specialized knowledge to provide guidance, advice, and support to students, staff, and faculty in a culturally competent manner.

Operations Administration [Fall/Winter 25%] [Spring/Summer 20%]

  • Budget authority in collaboration with the LSA Director to provide responsible stewardship of resources;
  • Assist in assessment of unit resource needs; develop and recommend annual unit and project budgets;
  • Prepare and assist in the preparation of budget projections and budget reports;
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of annual, special, and periodic reports on the unit and its program activities;
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of the annual gap analysis;
  • Ensure compliance with University policy and local and state legal requirements;
  • Serve in Co-Director’s absence.

Supervision and Personnel Management [Fall/Winter 15%] [Spring/Summer 5%]

  • Direct supervision, coaching, and evaluation of Student Administrative Assistant, Intermediate and other LSA IGR staff as relevant;
  • Provide performance management (work planning, professional development, coaching and feedback, performance appraisals) for those supervised;
  • Recommend salaries, rewards and recognition;
  • Supervise, coach, and evaluate a student intern(s);
  • Select, hire, and ensure training of Graduate Student Instructors.

Research [Fall/Winter 10%] [Spring Summer 20%]

  • Work collaboratively with IGR faculty, staff and students to establish and maintain research projects that contribute to a body of knowledge in the fields of intergroup dialogue and social justice education;
  • Conduct research on intergroup dialogue or related topics;
  • Train, supervise and mentor research teams of undergraduates and possibly graduate students to conduct intergroup relations research;
  • Write articles for IGR’s Working Paper series or for publication;
  • Provide leadership in incorporating research-based knowledge into best practices;

Campus and Consultation Liaison Role [Fall/Winter 5%] [Spring/Summer 10%]

  • Provide consultation to students, staff, and faculty regarding intergroup issues and social justice education;
  • Serve on the LSA Undergraduate Education Climate Committee and actively engage in subcommittee work;
  • Participate in the annual IGR National Intergroup Dialogue Institute;
  • Possible travel on behalf of IGR to other universities to consult in establishing intergroup dialogue programs nationally;
  • Collaborate and partner with key university departments, units, and community agencies to provide intergroup and social justice education opportunities for university constituencies and the community;

Other duties as assigned [Fall/Winter 5%] [Spring/Summer 5%]

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in higher education, psychology, sociology, social work or related field;
  • Expertise in intergroup relations theory and intergroup dialogue pedagogy;
  • Demonstrated administrative success in program management and supervision;
  • Demonstrated success in working with and participating in academic programs about diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills, especially in the creation of democratic, non-hierarchical environments;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple projects and prioritize deadlines;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication, attention to detail;
  • Commitment to equal partnerships between academic and student life including a working knowledge of student development theory;
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with students, faculty, and staff from a wide-range of experiences and identities;
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative research agendas.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, social work, education or related field;
  • Strong communication skills with a student-centered philosophy;
  • Demonstrated research expertise, particularly in quantitative methods.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

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.