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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 Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (CEDO) is seeking a collaborative, energetic, enthusiastic, hands-on, and well-organized leader who embraces and initiates change. The program manager will significantly contribute to the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan. Specifically, the program manager will be responsible for coordinating efforts to help with the recruitment and preparation of students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented and underserved in engineering for engineering faculty positions.

The program manager will collaborate with college leadership, as well as other university partners, both internal and external to:

  • encourage undergraduate and graduates students to consider engineering faculty positions
  • prepare students for engineering faculty positions
  • design and implement strategic efforts to diversify the Michigan Engineering faculty
  • track the placement of program participants in engineering faculty positions
  • maintain a network of program participants

Several partnerships include the CoE Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education, CoE Office of Students Affairs,  CoE Office of Academic Affairs, and the Rackham Graduate School. Some seasonal travel, evening and weekend hours are required.


Coordination and administration of the various College programs/initiatives for the development of a diverse pipeline of future engineering faculty:

  • 70% - Coordination of the NextProf Future Faculty program, including:
    • Draft agendas, maintain and process applications, find and vet potential speakers, prepare communications, conduct program surveys, draft final reports, oversee budget and program logistics, maintain participant database, file storage, and tracking past participants
    • Other duties as assigned


  • 10% - Support Professional Development Efforts:
    • Collaborate on the design and delivery of innovative, interactive workshops and programs related to faculty careers with campus partners, such as the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and the Engineering Career Resource Center. Work with these partners to increase the awareness of related professional development efforts across Michigan Engineering.


  • 20% - Support DEI Strategic Plan:


    • Work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to support efforts to diversify faculty searches and postdoctoral opportunities.
    • Work with ADVANCE to facilitate College participation in the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
    • Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities

  • Willingness to become a certified administrator proficient in DEI topics (i.e. IDI, CQ, unconscious bias) in order to facilitate workshops within NextProf and across Michigan Engineering

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree required with 5 or more years of full-time experience in business, STEM fields, higher education or career development work. PhD encouraged to apply.
  • Experience as a successful member of a highly functional support team in program development, management and coordination in a university setting, including staff work, program planning, and administration.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including the demonstrated ability to synthesize ideas, anticipate next steps and prioritize important decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff and graduate student constituencies, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience with program evaluation and needs assessment.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills, communication and presentation skills; the ability to generate enthusiasm and understanding with a variety of audiences and partners.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Training and/or certified administrator credentials for DEI topics (i.e. IDI, CQ, unconscious bias)
  • Knowledge of University organizational structure, policies, procedures, and practices; and working familiarity with an appreciation of the diverse cultures of the schools, colleges, and units of the University.

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission, and values can be found at .

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at .

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening 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.