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Diversity Scholars Network Program Lead
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
 
 
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Date Posted 02/15/2021
Category
Faculty-Education-School Psychology
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

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.

The Diversity Scholars Network (DSN), a key NCID initiative, is a scholarly community committed to advancing understandings of historical and contemporary social issues related to identity, difference, culture, representation, power, oppression, and inequality — as they occur and affect individuals, groups, communities, and institutions. This 900+ scholars network represents more than 200 institutions across the world, composed of tenured, tenure-track, clinical and research faculty (including lecturers), research staff, and postdoctoral fellows.

The Diversity Scholars Network Program Lead serves as the point person for the national Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) and also manages other major diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programmatic efforts and initiatives that elevate and catalyze the work of diversity scholars toward the end of recruiting, retaining and promoting diversity scholars, locally and nationally. The Program Lead will work across NCID initiatives to support scholarly community building and empowerment among diversity scholars, catalyze interdisciplinary scholarship and scholarly collaborations, and facilitate research dissemination and application.

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.

Responsibilities*

  • Contribute to the advancement of NCID’s mission and change strategy
  • Drawing on research and best practices, manage the development and implementation of strategic initiatives that elevate, catalyze and connect intergenerational communities of diversity scholars and their work. This includes developing the framing for programs/events, managing logistical tasks and coordinating evaluation and assessment efforts. Programs and initiatives managed by the Program Lead include:
    • The National Diversity Scholars Network (DSN):
      • Organize local/national events and programs
      • Monitor trends, research, DSN member interests and resources to identify new opportunities to enhance programming. Connect with scholarly/professional communities
      • Develop and implement recruitment strategies
      • Manage U-M DSN Advisory Committee
      • Serve as primary point of contact for for DSN inquiries
      • Write and publish a monthly DSN newsletter
    • New and existing collaborations between U-M diversity scholars
      • Collaborate with other NCID staff and campus partners on initiatives focused on community building and professional development for diversity scholars
      • Support the development and implementation of new tools and resources to connect diversity scholars across campus
  • Elevate Diversity Scholarship
    • Curate content for social media channels
    • Connect Diversity Scholars Network members to NCID’s established infrastructure/platforms for promoting and disseminating the work of diversity scholars - Spark, an online magazine and Currents, a scholarship-to-practice journal
    • Author original content that features and elevates the work of Diversity Scholars Network members
  • Support Emerging Diversity Scholars
    • Serve as a point of contact for undergraduate, MA, and PhD students who work at NCID.
    • Assist in implementing professional development series for undergraduate, MA, and PhD students who are aspiring/early career diversity scholars
    • Connect with other U-M units that work with students who may be interested in careers as diversity scholars
  • Participate as needed in special department projects
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate student interns
  • 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, psychology, sociology, 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, grounded in the latest research/scholarship, of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and society, particularly related to diversifying academia
  • Experience framing and executing programming geared toward engaging scholarly communities, and drawing on relevant literatures to support programmatic efforts
  • Demonstrated project management and administrative skills. Ability to set priorities, work simultaneously on numerous tasks, strong attention to detail, and able to meet competing deadlines. Ability to self-advocate and articulate resources needed for individual and team success
  • Understanding and appreciation of interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning and development opportunities around scholarship and scholarship-based social action.
  • Experience communicating and building strong working relationships with diverse groups of scholars at all career stages
  • Demonstrated experience communicating the work of diversity scholars with academic and non-academic audiences. Ability to summarize and represent complex information and craft it into clear and effective forms that resonate with defined audiences within short timelines
  • Proven experience effectively collaborating with, and working on teams with a very diverse group of colleagues, faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students
  • Intermediate to expert proficiency in MS Office applications, Google collaboration tools, Salesforce, 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
  • 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

Compensation

$58,400-$73,000. The salary offer may be higher based on equity and the selected candidate's experience

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 http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

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.

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