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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

This position supports, and reports to, the CoE Director of Leadership Development.  Together this division provides faculty and staff coaching and development opportunities to the CoE community. This team enhances the development of staff and faculty as individuals while fostering a culture of engagement, learning, and growth by providing intentional training and programs to the CoE community.  We also support community building and skill enhancement through communities of practice and coaching, both individually and cohort coaching.

The CoE Organizational Development Specialist plays a key role in the efforts to promote a positive, inclusive working culture where employees can thrive, feel like they belong and are valued.  This position is integral to the efforts of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as the integration of Staff Creativity, Innovation and Daring values. Finally, the Organizational Development Specialist is responsible for strategic thinking and implementing goals for Michigan Engineering organizational development. This involves working very closely with the Director of Leadership Development and collaborating with diverse teams across the college.


  • Develop standardized processes for the leadership development efforts of the College of Engineering. This includes consistent and professional event registration, materials sharing, attendance tracking, feedback mechanisms, and initiative documentation in alignment with priorities of the organization.
  • Support the marketing efforts to communicate and share the COE leadership development efforts in order to foster broader engagement across the organization. This includes, and is not limited to website development, promotion of offerings, email campaigns, etc.
  • Benchmark across the university and collaborate with other leadership development thought leaders to help envision new and creative approaches to the development of our people.
  • Provide administrative and project management support for assigned groups (e.g.; DEIC, Staff Professional Development, CID)
  • Ability to facilitate leadership development sessions which include 5-75 individuals.
  • Assist in the design and facilitation of development programs with full responsibility for the instructional design, implementation, and facilitation of select programs;
  • Manage and monitor development programs to ensure effectiveness;
  • Track and report on all organizational development initiatives including professional development sessions, coaching, DEIC;
  • Initiate special projects as necessary or conduct special assignments as requested by the Director of Leadership Development and the Executive Director of Resource Planning and Management;
  • Provide some administrative support for the Director of Leadership Development.

Required Qualifications*

The ideal candidate must possess strong leadership skills, an understanding of best practices in organizational development and a proven ability to meet objectives.  The candidate must demonstrate a high level of integrity and trust, be a self-starter and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment. The selected candidate will have a collegial, collaborative and accessible style and the creativity and energy needed to introduce and champion new ideas.

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five – eight years of relevant experience in organizational development
  • Excellent organizational and program coordination skills
  • Proficiency in standard computing software, including Microsoft Office and Google suite of tools, and able to adapt to specialized software
  • Familiarity with CRM processes and software
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse environment, including experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities
  • Ability to organize data and information in software (ex. Microsoft Excel)
  • Ability to work with minimal direction and supervision; able to set own deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Previous program management experience

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:

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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