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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience 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 Scholar and Community Engagement Program Lead to manage the development and execution of initiatives and events that support the NCID’s efforts to engage our scholarly community including faculty (within and external to the U-M), scholars-in-residence, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. This will include managing the national Diversity Scholars Network (DSN); developing and coordinating programmatic and evaluative elements of the DSN; framing and planning national and local events focused on building and enhancing scholar engagement and connections to NCID. The Program Lead will also manage NCID’s Emerging Diversity Scholars Network (EDSN), a professional development network for graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment or have contributed to diversity research and scholarship.

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 local and 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 scholar and community engagement. This includes developing the framing for programs/events and coordinating evaluation and assessment efforts.
  • Manage the Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) which includes building relationships with existing DSN members as well as recruiting new members on a yearly basis; leading and developing current DSN activities and further developing network activities to the end of supporting scholar engagement goals.
  • Manage the Emerging Diversity Scholars Network (EDSN) which includes building relationships with existing EDSN members, as well as developing new activities that support EDSN goals. 
  • Manage NCID’s Knowledge Community initiative.
  • Represent NCID at a number of existing U-M committees, consistent with NCID’s priority areas and goals.
  • 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 understanding of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and society, particularly related to scholar development and support.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work independently and engage in creative thinking.
  • 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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