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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.  IMPORTANT: The cover letter (3-page limit) must address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. It should also articulate your vision for a university that fully embraces DEI, and how you would engage with your constituents (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty and other staff) to reach that goal.

Job Summary

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:

CEE has an excellent opportunity for a well-qualified and high-performing candidate interested in serving as our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Outreach Coordinator (DEI Program Coordinator).  Reporting to the CEE Student Services Manager, the DEI Program Coordinator provides support for strategic planning, implementing, and evaluating initiatives outlined in our DEI Committee Roadmap, with particular emphasis on programs that primarily enhance DEI for faculty (~40), students (~450) and staff (~20).  The CEE DEI website can be found at:   This position will provide general administrative support to our graduate (8) and undergraduate (3) programs, including recruiting and outreach.

This position will merge administration of DEI programming for the CEE department with student services and support. The successful candidate will have a deep knowledge of societal inequities and best practices for enhancing diversity (through recruitment and retention) in an academic environment. DEI programming will include recruiting, mentoring and skill building for students, staff, and faculty; helping CEE strengthen our community and embrace inclusion as part of our culture; and facilitate safe reporting mechanisms for all CEE members. The CEE DEI Committee will work closely with the DEI Program Coordinator on all of these programming elements. In addition, this position entails providing support to students in one-on-one consultation, and having a comprehensive knowledge of resources to address a variety of student concerns.

Mission Statement

CEE Staff Mission:

To collaborate, create and innovate alongside our talented faculty and students.  We strive to be the best possible resource to the CEE community by being proactive, forward-thinking and streamlined in our work.  We support the global impact of the CEE community with our commitment to teamwork, cooperation, and mutual success toward common goals.

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:

Michigan Engineering provides scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world. We seek to improve the quality of life by developing intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, creating collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promoting an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good. Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) is committed to solving major societal problems by providing forward-looking education, enhancing multidisciplinary research, and performing broad-based service. Our faculty and students perform cutting-edge research at the intersection of the natural and built environments, in service to society, to educate the public about best practices and technological improvements at local and global levels.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

40% Coordinate DEI Programming, Initiatives, Events

  • Under direct supervision, provide administrative support for the DEI Committee and the Student Services Team 
  • Assist with ongoing coordination of the programming, training, and activities related to DEI
  • Create, gather, analyze, and/or interpret a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative data from DEI-related surveys, and other data sources.  Create oral and written reports for varying audiences.
  • Conduct and support DEI-related skill building and educational programs, including maintenance of records of training activities, employee progress, and program effectiveness
  • Under general supervision, prepare emails, presentations, and other communication materials (i.e., newsletters, brochures, manuals, promotional information, etc.) related to DEI initiatives and/or Student Services
  • Coordinate and arrange for meetings, skill building sessions, and special events of various sizes
  • Coordinate and promote outreach to external groups
  • Support and participate in DEI focused recruitment and retention efforts for students, faculty, and staff
  • Serve as point of contact for DEI and Outreach groups
  • Arrange tours and planning for prospective undergraduate and graduate student visitors
  • Collaborate with various committees, other departments and coworkers to plan successful, inclusive events
  • Seek out and schedule DEI workshops for members of the CEE community offered by Rackham, Organizational Learning and other university units
  • Update event information in shared files, including what went well and what could have gone better for continuous improvement
  • Work with student leaders to update student event information regularly to share with future student leaders
  • Make p-card purchases according to U-M policies and departmental guidelines

30% Student Support and Departmental Outreach

  • Organize recruitment events, commencement reception, homecoming luncheon, professional development series, and other events as needed within Student Services
  • Organize graduate student mentoring program, including identifying mentors, pairing them with incoming students, scheduling training, and soliciting feedback for continuous improvement
  • Be a resource regarding available processes for addressing student concerns, particularly those which may arise in the DEI space
  • Schedule rooms, speakers, catering, etc.
  • Create itineraries, flyers, email reminders and other forms of communication
  • Primary contact for reserving classrooms and conference rooms
  • Verify changes to CoE and/or Rackham Bulletins
  • Issuance of standard letters for Master’s and Ph.D. students
  • Assist with maintenance of all student files
  • Coordinate Undergraduate Research Projects, including such programs as UROP, SROP, SURE, and SHIP
  • Support UG and Graduate Student Councils
  • Assist student organization officers with meetings, career fairs, mailings, and brochures
  • Host student organization training sessions/orientations in conjunction with CoE
  • Update student profiles and photo boards annually
  • Support UG and Graduate Exit Interviews and Evaluations each term

15%  Maintain communications regarding DEI and Outreach

  • Coordinate with Marketing Specialist regarding updates to CEE, DEI or Strategic Planning websites using project management principles to identify, track and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Using a content management system (e.g., WordPress), and coordinating with the Marketing Specialist, create and maintain web pages.  Coordinate DEI related social media content.  Seek out stakeholder feedback for website and social media improvement and enhancements.
  • Help elevate the use of website and IT for student contact
  • Work with appropriate committees and staff to create and distribute marketing materials
  • Work with Marketing Specialist to use social media (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and make recommendations for enhanced social media strategy
  • Review text or content of marketing materials as the DEI resource and partner

15%  Leadership

  • Participate in staff development training sessions, faculty/staff meetings, and other venues for learning and sharing information
  • Coordinate with the College of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach to share resources, build partnerships and enhance our DEI impact
  • Coordinate with Rackham Graduate School on student recruitment, retention, and their strategic plan to enhance DEI in our graduate programs
  • Actively participate on the CEE DEI Committee, sharing knowledge, skills and abilities with others
  • In conjunction with the faculty chair, serve as the co-lead of the DEI Committee; schedule meetings, prepare agendas, take minutes, manage M-Box site, and prepare presentations
  • Interact with all DEI sub-committees to manage information and events sharing and ensure transparency of processes
  • Develop metrics to measure the success of recruiting, events, special programs, etc.
  • Build rapport with students, faculty, staff, and prospective students; gain the trust of faculty
  • Collaborate and network with others in similar roles within CoE and UM to learn and share best practices for efficiency, effectiveness, reducing liability, etc.
  • Capture policies, procedures and processes in writing to share with faculty, staff, students, new hires, colleagues, etc. to improve consistency/transparency of practices, train new faculty/staff, cross-training within our department
  • Utilize project management principles and practices consistently to stay organized and on-task while juggling multiple priorities and diverse stakeholders

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum two to three years of prior experience performing work related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment as well as work independently with minimal supervision
  • High level of proficiency with information technology applications including MS-Office and Google collaboration tools  (spreadsheets, word processing, calendars), M-Box and web management (Word Press)
  • Intermediate ability to compile, analyze and report statistical data
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to understand a variety of viewpoints and foster opportunities in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Excellent organizational skills, particularly related to managing projects/events, and demonstrate initiative
  • High level of critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making
  • The ability to set priorities and handle multiple assignments and deadlines
  • Learn quickly and stay calm in the face of concurrent tasks with competing deadlines
  • Display excellent judgment while operating in a flexible and highly professional manner
  • Be capable of performing with a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Show the desire/ability to identify opportunities for streamlining processes, procedures and duties
  • Be flexible to occasionally adjust hours to host and/or attend student events
  • Experience in a higher education setting working with and/or mentoring graduate students

Desired Qualifications*

  • Reasonable knowledge of UM policies and procedures, particularly relating to Student Services, Human Resources, and FERPA regulations
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Social Work, or a related field
  • Proficiency with data mining and reporting
  • Excellent computer skills including website management and social media
  • International experience and second language preferred

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

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.