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Job Summary

Reports to: Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives and Student Engagement

Provide administrative and project support in advancing OUD’s five-year strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and broader Talent Management initiatives. The assistant will also provide general administrative support for the director. 


Fundraising staff, including our U-M student staff, must be able to grow, thrive and contribute openly to a diverse, equitable, inclusive workplace. OUD works to embody principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in hiring and recruiting, onboarding and training, promotions and compensation, in our day-to-day work environment and in internal activities and communications. We strive to make the University’s donor pool more diverse and inclusive, and partner with our development partners in other U-M schools, colleges and units in practices of DEI. 

The assistant will provide administrative and project support around the formalization of this long-term, multi-year proposition and its subsequent programming. Responsibilities include: 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Administrative and Talent Management Support: 70%

  • Administrative support for DEI CDO Taskforce (e.g., scheduling, reserving room, prepping materials, follow up, etc.)
  • Administrative support for DEI OUD Working Group (e.g., scheduling, reserving room, prepping materials, follow up, etc.)
  • Coordinating multiple input requests from university (e.g., collecting information for assessment and planning purposes, drafting documents for review, etc.)
  • Coordinating training needs (material prep, communication reminders, room scheduling, etc.)
  • Project coordination around action items detailed in the five-year DEI strategic plan
  • Event design and coordination including attendee guest list, calendaring, catering, room reservation and set up (tables/chairs, technology, etc.), note taking, etc. 
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

General Administrative Support: 30%

  • Managing schedule for director (e.g., communication, meeting requests)
  • Pcard hosting and reconciliation
  • Prepping materials needed by director daily
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three to five years progressively responsible administrative support experience, preferably in a fundraising environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines.
  • Excellent skills in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, etc.)
  • Experience in creating databases and generating reports from a variety of internal data bases.
  • Must be a self-motivated, highly dependable independent worker with the ability to efficiently and effectively prioritize work and problem solve without direct supervision.
  • Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written), sound organizational abilities, a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings, and a high degree of creative initiative.
  • Project coordination and/or management experience. 
  • Deep commitment to and demonstrated success discussing, integrating, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout a complex and dynamic organization.
  • Close familiarity with and commitment to higher education preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Discretion and an ability to interact with high-level donors and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Comfort with personal computers and software programs for retrieving, organizing and researching appropriate donor/prospect information, as well as data gathering and manipulation
  • An ability and willingness to quickly learn the University history, mission, demographics, faculty, current programs, departments, etc., as well as the University culture to be able to persuasively articulate how Michigan distinguishes itself from peer institutions.
  • Passion and appreciation for the role philanthropy plays within public institutions of higher education and society as a whole. 

Additional Information

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Mission Statement

The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges, and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.

The U-M development community is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse and thriving workforce, and demonstrating respect and inclusivity for all.

Application Deadline

Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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