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A cover letter, resume, and a response to the prompts below are required for consideration for this position, and should be consolidated into a single document before submitting.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

Prompt 1:  Describe a program or workshop that would engage Women of Color in the Academy Members at all stages of tenure.  Why would this program be relevant and engaging for WOCAP members?  What needs should be considered to encourage the greatest participation (max 2 pages)?

Job Summary

This position presents an exciting opportunity to assist in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and activities to strengthen the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women of color faculty at the University of Michigan. The Program Coordinator supports the Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) Steering Committee (comprised on tenure-track/tenured faculty), and reports to the Director of the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) to promote institutional change and the equitable treatment of women of color. Together, the WOCAP Steering Committee and the Program Coordinator will provide programming for women of color across U-M’s campus. The ideal candidate will have interest in, and awareness of, the issues facing women of color in the workplace and in higher education in particular. The candidate will also have experience working with diverse communities of color. To learn more about WOCAP please visit the website:

The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator include moderating Steering Committee meetings, program planning and development, administering the budget, and coordinating staff assistance when needed. The Program Coordinator will also need to monitor relevant university policies and procedures to ensure that the overall goals of WOCAP are not compromised. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), incumbents in this position currently meet the criteria for exempt status. Please note this is a part time, 50%, position eligible for full benefits. 


The WOCAP Coordinator is responsible for supporting the emerging needs of WOCAP members, including the following tasks related to program planning, development, advocacy, and community building.

Program Planning and Development:

  • Oversee planning of programs and activities developed with the WOCAP steering committee
  • Organize and execute programs and events (e.g. Shirley Verrett Award Presentation, writing groups, retreats, annual dinners, workshops, programs, etc.)
  • Collect and disseminate information relevant to women of color faculty on campus (e.g., e-newsletters, Facebook, website, bibliographies, new faculty orientation)
  • Manage WOCAP financial budget
  • Evaluate program activities and prepare work for conference presentations or publications

Advocacy and community building:

  • Work closely with WOCAP steering committee to identify areas/communities in need of advocacy efforts, and assist in the development and implementation of a plan of action
  • Identify areas around which to build a strong network of women of color scholars
  • Review the Record to identify events, news, life events, promotions, and awards that are relevant to WOCAP.  Relay findings to Steering Committee members and encourage them to send notes to women of color faculty as appropriate or send a note on behalf of the Steering Committee.
  • Create individual, personalized emails for major events and encourage Steering Committee members to personally invite faculty to events.
  • Distribute WOCAP marketing cards to departments to increase awareness of WOCAP across campus
  • Suggest action items to the Steering Committee to address issues on campus relevant to women of color faculty.  Follow-up on items deemed appropriate by the Steering Committee.
  • Attend WOCAP events as needed/appropriate, including retreats, workshops, programs, and ceremonies where WOCAP members are being recognized.
  • Maintain WOCAP’s social media presence and respond to emails from WOCAP members with appropriate resources and referrals.


The Program Coordinator reports to the Director of the Center for the Education of Women.

Required Qualifications*

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • M.A./M.S. or equivalent
  • Understanding of faculty life in the Academy and requirements for promotion and advancement
  • Demonstrated experience with program and event planning, development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Proven ability to initiate projects and carry them through to completion
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with excellent oral and written communication
  • Attention to detail and superior organizational skills
  • Ability and desire to work independently as well as be part of a team
  • Competence using Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Mail, Calendar), Facebook, and meeting scheduling software (i.e. Doodle); ability and willingness to learn new technology tools and software as needed (e.g., social media platforms, making website updates using a content management system, creating and administering online surveys using Qualtrics)

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. or equivalent
  • Competence making website updates using a content management system and to create and administering online surveys
  • Knowledge of University of Michigan practices, policies, procedures and regulations

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all 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.