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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/curriculum vitae. The cover letter should address reasons for your interest in this position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. In addition, please include contact information for 3 individuals who can serve as references.

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 is to empower people and institutions to leverage knowledge and skills around the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of diversity in order to create a truly equitable and inclusive society. To create a more equitable and inclusive society, we produce, catalyze, and elevate diversity research and scholarship. In this pursuit, we also build intergenerational communities of scholars and leaders to integrate these evidence-based approaches in addressing contemporary issues in a diverse society

As a part of the U-M provost’s new anti-racism hiring initiative, the NCID has been charged with developing and hosting an infrastructure and set of coordinated activities for U-M community engagement around research and action focused on anti-racism and racial justice. As such, NCID will be home to a new collaborative which will advance the fight against racism and injustice, both at the U-M and in society, and accelerate the dismantling of systemic bias and injustice that exists in the United States and around the world. This will be done through the integration of world-class scholarship, social action, and practice in society.

The collaborative will host a variety of activities such as grants, working groups on focused topics, and seminars to stimulate interdisciplinary connection and collaboration around innovative research and scholarship, public engagement, and practice/pedagogical approaches. These efforts will involve partnerships with a variety of U-M campus units in order to leverage, share, and apply the broad and deep scholarly and practice expertise on the U-M campus around racism, racial inequality, and racial justice in novel, synergistic, and impactful ways.

The program manager will take a lead role in managing activities and staff connected to the collaborative based at NCID.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.


  • Contribute to the advancement of NCID’s mission and change strategy
  • Collaborative Program Development, Management, and Operations
    • Manage the development and implementation of a set of coordinated, innovative, and transformational activities for U-M community engagement around research and action focused on anti-racism (i.e. grant programs, working groups, seminars, etc)
    • Manage communications and administrative functions in partnership with NCID staff and student interns and fellows
    • Supervise work of full-time associated staff and graduate students
    • Facilitate and organize meetings of faculty, staff and students associated with the collaborative
    • Track all documentation related to faculty collaborators, grants and programmatic initiatives
  • Strategic Planning and Partnerships
    • Serve as primary liaison to, and collaborator with U-M schools/colleges:
      • Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with relevant faculty and administrative leaders
      • Work closely with colleagues across campus to identify and build on opportunities for new audiences, partnerships, and collaborators
    • Develop written materials such as framing papers, and associated marketing and communication materials, that effectively communicate the goals and outcomes of programmatic initiatives
    • In partnership with NCID staff, connect existing resources to support the development of new strategic and innovative activities around clusters of U-M diversity scholars across departments,disciplines, and across rank (from early career to senior scholars)
    • Develop and track metrics for success, and implement action plans for improvement
    • Access and apply current research and scholarship to guide the development of impactful, transformative experiences for multiple audiences
  • Participate as needed in special department projects
  • Lead special projects and teams, as assigned
  • Participate in NCID community activities and events

Required Qualifications*

  • Passion for the vision and goals of NCID and its local and national leadership agenda
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, policy, social work, sociology, psychology, anthropology, ethnic studies, critical studies, or related field
  • Three to five years experience working within an academic community, particularly with faculty
  • Strong background and a sophisticated understanding of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and society, with a particular focus on anti-racism and racial justice
  • Experience framing and executing programming geared toward engaging scholarly communities, and drawing on relevant literatures to support programmatic efforts, particularly literatures focused on anti-racism and racial justice
  • Understanding and appreciation of interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning and development opportunities around scholarship and scholarship-based social action
  • Understanding of effective approaches for translating scholarship for public engagement and impact
  • Demonstrated project management and administrative skills. Ability to set priorities, work simultaneously on numerous tasks with multiple staff, strong attention to detail, and  meet competing deadlines. Ability to self-advocate and articulate resources needed for individual and team success
  • Experience communicating and building strong working relationships with diverse groups of scholars at all career stages
  • Proven experience effectively collaborating with, and working on teams with a very diverse group of colleagues, faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience supervising staff and graduate students
  • Intermediate to expert proficiency in MS Office applications, Google collaboration tools, and database management. Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new computer software and technologies. Demonstrated experience with social media platforms

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Five to seven years experience working professionally in a college or university setting
  • Experience with program evaluation and assessment

Additional Information

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


$62,000-$78,000.  The salary offer may be higher based on equity and the selected candidate's experience


This is a 5 year term limited position with the possibility of renewal.


The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit


Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.