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Job Summary

Note:  A cover letter is required and should precede your resume in a single attachment.  It should address your specific interest in this staff position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  *Salary commensurate with experience.

As a comprehensive performing arts school set in one of the world’s finest public institutions of higher education, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is deeply engaged in the creation, practice, scholarship, and pedagogy of music, theatre, and dance. We aim to provide leadership, nationally and internationally, in all three fields. We assert and celebrate the value of the arts to the mission of the University of Michigan. SMTD is strongly committed to access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression as a means of enacting justice and achieving and sustaining excellence.

The SMTD Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CODEI) will provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of DEI initiatives at SMTD. The CODEI will report directly to the dean, act as a strategic partner, and serve as a member of the School’s senior leadership team.  The CODEI will lead a cross-functional office that collaborates with SMTD  faculty, students, and staff and university partners to advance DEI as integral to the School’s mission and ongoing success.


  • Serve as a member of the School’s executive team and provide leadership in promoting and fostering an integral approach to matters of DEI as they relate to teaching and learning, faculty and staff recruitment, student recruitment and services, and the SMTD’s overall climate and culture. 
  • Collaborate with other executive team members such as the Associate and Assistant Deans and Directors to ensure the development of a coordinated DEI approach that aligns with the mission of the School and University. 
  • Collaborate with U-M entities including: the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office; Student Life; Services for Students with Disabilities; and the Office of General Counsel, in responding to and educating the community about bias, discrimination, and harassment, and supporting SMTD’s compliance with relevant state and federal laws, and University policies (e.g., Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, etc.).
  • Design, develop, implement, and oversee programs to promote and ensure that DEI goals and objectives for the SMTD community are implemented and achieved; produce and track useful data for measuring success and areas where improvements are needed regarding the diversity of students, faculty, and staff; oversee the assessment process and report on key metrics to guide ongoing efforts.
  • Work with SMTD’s faculty on curriculum/programming to integrate matters of DEI into the fabric of the SMTD’s academic mission.
  • Work with the U-M community DEI leads to establish programmatic objectives and goals; monitor and update SMTD’s DEI strategic plan.
  • Participate in or help establish best practices surrounding conflict resolution matters for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Research, design, and implement solutions around the creation of a work culture that recognizes and respects the similarities and differences of faculty and staff at all levels.
  • Serve as the disability coordinator for the SMTD, ensuring compliance with applicable university and federal guidelines concerning student and personnel access and accommodations. Coordinate with the Director of Student Affairs to ensure that adequate accommodations are provided to SMTD students.  
  • Lead and promote SMTD events that support DEI initiatives and student-focused programming.
  • Work with the Director of Student Affairs and Dean of Students to develop resolutions for issues relating to critical incidents, student academic success, and integration of DEI principles into student affairs.
  • Manage DEI staff; manage budget for DEI initiatives.

Required Qualifications*

  • Significant experience advancing DEI initiatives in a leadership position within an organization of comparable size and scope. Experience leading DEI efforts in higher education strongly preferred.
  • Master’s degree required. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience in developing and delivering presentations to senior leadership.
  • Ability to foster change and translate need into strategy and action, with a results-oriented outlook. 
  • Proven record of implementing successful programs focused on DEI with an understanding and in-depth knowledge of principles, practices and theories in DEI and social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures, including those who represent historically marginalized populations; a strong record of working effectively with supervisors, staff and faculty colleagues in a manner that fosters an inclusive climate and culture.
  • A successful track record of managing a team, using an inclusive leadership approach.
  • Ability to oversee SMTD’s broad range of activities, and work with stakeholders to design and implement new programs.
  • Working knowledge of higher education law and policies, particularly related to Title IX and FERPA.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in developing and delivering a variety of programs that lead to productive structural change.
  • Ability and willingness to adjust to changing priorities on short notice as well as the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion and demonstrate a high level of personal integrity.


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


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