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Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. To apply, please complete the application on the U-M Careers site. A one-page 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 this position and outline experience that directly relates to it.

Job Summary

Positioned at the intersection of the University’s scholarly and curricular work and community engagement, MBGNA is a unique living laboratory and demonstration site within higher education. We are a center for rich and diverse nature-based experiences for the University of Michigan and its surrounding communities, and that manifests in three primary areas: visitor engagement, university and community education, and research.

MBGNA has spent the last several years pursuing the foundational work necessary to put our commitment to equity and justice into action at the “cellular” level. We consider this commitment to action as catalytic and central to how our organizational future – and our collective future – manifests. As such, we seek a colleague to lead our approach to questioning our value structures at every turn and position equity and justice as functional catalysts to build our organizational future – a leading voice to guide how that approach shapes our internal and external practices, programs, collections, partnerships, decision making, and daily work. This position reports to the Director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

For more information about Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit

Why Work at 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


  • Review current plans and impacts and initiatives and co-create the next five-year DEI strategic plan with the MBGNA DEI Committee and partners
  • Chair MBGNA’s DEI committee to surface DEI vision across the organization and to implement strategy, assess outcomes, and lead continuous improvement efforts
  • Provide leadership informed by experience, national models or documented best practices
  • Work with colleagues across MBGNA to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion best practices into decision-making, collections, educational programs, decolonizing initiatives, and relationship building and partnerships 
  • Expand efforts to enable the visions our diverse communities have for themselves within the contexts of MBGNA’s assets and reach
  • Align our efforts to the broader work being done at the university by partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and serving on project teams and committees 
  • Co-create communications regarding DEI efforts and goals; lead or deliver executive-level content, presentations, and briefings
  • Facilitate DEI-related learning opportunities for internal and external audiences
  • Utilize project management skills to manage deadlines and report to leadership
  • Utilize creativity to obtain additional funding such as grants for programs and activities promoting our DEI goals

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 2+ years of experience leading and implementing DEI-related initiatives
  • Applied experience developing and implementing strategic plans and reporting on outcomes
  • Formal training in critical race theory, anti-racism, restorative justice principles, inclusive teaching, and/or other topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion and experience training others in this content
  • Experience developing content for inclusive and emerging communications needs
  • Experience building relationships with, and co-create processes and initiatives with a variety of, internal and external stakeholders
  • Intermediate level experience using data to assess programs and build communications

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with experience. Expected hire range is $52,500 to $57,500.

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.