Diversity/Inclusion Program Manager

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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. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program Manager will collaborate closely with ISR"s faculty DEI Director.  The DEI Program Manager should possess strong project management skills and well as previous work experience with advancing the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion work.  The DEI Program Manager will work closely with staff and faculty, as well as those who serve on the Institute's Diversity Committees.  Additional information on ISR's Mission and Diversity Initiatives can be found here and here.  

The University is entering a second, five-year phase of DEI planning and programming after an inaugural five year planning and implementation phase.  The Program Manager will help with project management of DEI initiatives, providing leadership and development of DEI training and education programs and help drive implementation of DEI initiatives and programming throughout the research centers and programs. The DEI Program Manager, along with ISR leadership, will manage diversity-related projects to ensure initiatives are moving forward as we strive to embed inclusivity and DEI initiatives to advance ISR's efforts to attract and retain a diverse workforce.  The Program Manager will ensure the research is reflective of the ISR's commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect throughout the Institute, our Centers, and programs.

Who We Are

The Institute for Social Research (ISR), the world's largest academically-based social science research institute, invites applications for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager to work with ISR leadership on the implementation and continuous improvement of its DEI efforts.

ISR is composed of five research centers and one administrative center, the Center for Institute Services (CIS), the home center for this position.  The ISR research centers include: Center for Political Studies (CPS), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Population Studies Center (PSC), Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), and Survey Research Center (SRC).  Centers vary in size and structure, each with its own governance and administrative structures designed to support Center specific scientific and intellectual research agendas.  ISR's consolidated annual operating revenue is derived almost entirely from external research grants and contracts.  ISR has 350 affiliated faculty and over 1,250 staff, including 600 contingent staff across the country. The Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM), housed at ISR, offers degree programs at the doctoral, master's, and certificate levels.

Why Work at Michigan?

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
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Learning resources and tuition reimbursement

Learn more about U-M benefits.


Program Management and Strategic Planning

  • Working with the ISR DEI Director, provide leadership in fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive scientific and educational environment.
  • Provide expertise to Institute constituencies, DEI committees, and Institute leadership to identify, develop, and support diversity change initiatives relating to implementing DEI best practices. 
  • Engage with a variety of committees and internal working groups to build mechanisms to receive employee input and support formal and informal DEI efforts and activities.
  • Utilize interdisciplinary scientific approaches to partner with programs and centers in implementing DEI best practices into the work and processes performed at ISR. 
  • Manage implementation efforts and on-going refinement of the strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as track outcomes and results.  
  • Work with DEI Director on the development, adoption and application of DEI policies and practices within the Institute in conjunction with the University's policies and applicable laws. 

Evaluation and Measurement

  • Provide reports on progress toward meeting the Institute's DEI goals, including year-end annual reports to central campus.
  • Identify methodologies and produce data (quantitative, qualitative) for measuring success and highlighting areas where improvements are needed.
  • Produce reports and monitoring systems to periodically review metrics relating to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students. 
  • Periodically review data with leaders and lead discussions to form observations from data to make recommendations for refinement and shaping of DEI strategies, policies and procedures.

Training and Culture

Provide leadership on the development and implementation of diversity related educational training, events and programs to build the ISR Community's knowledge, skills, and awareness. 

  • Manage process to identify ISR organizational DEI goals and values and drive culture shift to embed DEI principles into ISR processes. 
  • Conduct needs analysis to determine opportunities for enhanced skill development in the areas of cultural competence and inclusive practice. 
  • Develop or identify new programs and processes intended to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recruitment and Retention

Partner with ISR leadership and Human Resources in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students promoting bias reduction and supporting diversity recruitment initiatives. 

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to promote usage of selection mechanisms that contribute to the overall diversity of the Institute.
  • Partner with ISR HR and network with institutional peers in the identification of additional resources to expand and enrich the pool of diverse qualified job candidates. 
  • Support the work involving the recruitment of underrepresented job candidates and program students, with an emphasis on measurably improving ISR's attainment of increasing representation of diverse qualified job candidates. 

Networking and Relationship Building

  • Partner with other schools and colleges on campus and the central Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in benchmarking and addressing common issues relating to recruitment, developing and supporting under-represented populations. 
  • Build internal and external relationships with key individuals and organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration on DEI related programs.
  • In conjunction with the ISR Diversity Director, work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs to ensure the Institute's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are aligned with University Initiatives. Serve on University and/or Vice Provost task forces as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Science, Organizational Development or a related field of study.
  • 3+ years of successful, progressively responsible experience in guiding teams and organizations in implementing policies and programs focused on successful and productive culture.
  • Experience and commitment for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Experience facilitating and leading meetings.
  • Experience with needs assessment, facilitation, and change management initiatives.
  • Previous work experience in addressing issues through multiple lenses, e.g. race, sexual identity, ability, age, and socio-economic status.
  • Project management skills and ability to bring about change, including experience translating vision into strategy, objectives, goals, and actionable activities, as well as tracking progress.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Creative and proactive problem solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges related to DEI in higher education.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges integrating DEI with successful and productive teams and organizations. 
  • Previous experience managing employees.
  • Curriculum design experience, particularly with DEI topics.

Work Schedule

This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule, working at least three days per week on-site in Ann Arbor, MI after an initial training period. Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change dependent on the business needs of the hiring department, throughout the course of employment.

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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