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Job Summary

The ODEI Evaluation and Assessment (E&A) office is looking for a Research Area Specialist Senior to provide data analytic support to the strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion campus-wide planning and implementation process. You will be the primary staff member working in service to the central evaluation of the DEI strategic plans of U-M schools, colleges, and units by assisting with the development of a system and process for tracking DEI metrics and action items; assist with the coordination and reporting of the campus-wide climate survey processes; and provide consultation to the 50 campus units for data-related and statistical analyses. The Research Area Specialist Senior will help evaluate the central U-M DEI action items, including instrument development, data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, and the preparation of documentation for data sets. You will be an FLSA exempt position that reports directly to the ODEI Director of Evaluation and Assessment.

Mission Statement

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this outstanding institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at the University of Michigan leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, while fostering an inclusive and equitable University community. Our office also engages surrounding communities in mission-focused, mutually beneficial partnerships.

In support of this overarching effort, three units within our office - the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), and Wolverine Pathways - all work closely with ODEI to further the strategic vision of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan.

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

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at the University of Michigan, provides strategic leadership for programs and policies that result in increased access and success for all students, the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, and the development and expansion of academic programs that prepare all students for success in a diverse world. ODEI is responsible for defining campus aspirations for student and faculty diversity, consistent with the law, and for overseeing strategic planning to realize those aspirations. ODEI oversees the campus-wide DEI Strategic Planning and Implementation Process, including reporting and evaluation of the central action items. In addition, the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), Wolverine Pathways (WP), and Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) report directly to ODEI. The ODEI Evaluation and Assessment (E&A) office provides oversight and consultation to each of these units of ODEI.


  • Work with other staff to develop a system and process for the tracking of DEI metrics and action items.
  • Help with the coordination and reporting of the campus-wide climate surveys.
  • Provide consultation to the 50 campus units (including the 19 U-M schools and colleges) for data-related and statistical analyses related to the units' DEI Strategic Plans.
  • Help evaluate the central U-M DEI action items.
  • Perform all data analytic aspects of the research process, including instrument development, data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, preparation of documentation for data sets, and manuscript and report preparation.
  • Be the expert in statistical analysis, interpreting research findings, and writing up the results for reporting needs.
  • Lead/help prepare research papers and manuscripts for publication and presentation at conferences and workshops.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree in statistics or social science discipline.
  • 5+ years experience in data processing and complex analysis.
  • Knowledge of research principles and practices.
  • Advanced proficiency in the development of large-scale databases and dashboards.
  • Advanced skills in data management; including the cleaning and merging of datasets from multiple sources.
  • Quantitative research experience using statistical analysis such as ANOVA and regression modeling.
  • Proficiency with SPSS.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft computing environment
  • Experience with Qualtrics or other online surveying programs, and database management tools, such as Salesforce.
  • Experience providing technical assistance to academic researchers.
  • Knowledge of higher level multivariate statistical modeling and techniques.
  • Experience working with a broad range of students, faculty, and staff from diverse racial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and ability backgrounds also.

Underfill Statement

This position may be filled at the Intermediate level with a salary commensurate with experience.

Additional Information

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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.


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