Executive Director for Culture, Community, and Equity

University of Michigan
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Michigan Engineering Working Title:  Executive Director for Culture, Community and Equity


Job Summary:

The Executive Director Culture, Community and Equity serves as a member of the Michigan Engineering Dean’s cabinet, with strategic responsibility for promoting and enabling inclusive excellence for faculty, students, and staff. The position reports directly to the Dean with some functional supervision received from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Chief of Staff. 

The Executive Director Culture, Community and Equity provides leadership, expertise, and vision for Michigan Engineering’s model for diversity and inclusion. The position serves in a collaborative and coordinating role with college leadership and department and unit employees who are responsible for diversity and inclusion activities. The Executive Director Culture, Community and Equity facilitates sharing of best practices and identifies opportunities for greater alignment and more unified efforts across Michigan Engineering.  The Executive Director will also be responsible for leading the Culture pillar of the ME2020 Strategic Plan

Priorities for this role are strategy and engagement; coordination and alignment; communications and issues management; and an assessment framework. Working with the appropriate cabinet member, the Executive Director Culture for Community and Equity will focus on learning and research; recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff; community relations; and assist in college communications.



    Lead the culture pillar of the College strategic plan Responsible for the College’s DEI strategic planning and implementation activities Coordinate and assist in the implementation of the DEI initiatives across the College of Engineering. Serve as a DEI content and practitioner expert for College units as needed. Manage the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (CEDO) including direct supervision of CEDO’s Managing Director. Develop and consult with a high profile external advisory board to assist with strategic planning and metrics of success. Assist with the recruitment and retention of underserved student populations. Collaborate with ADAA and Sr.Executive Director of RPM to develop and achieve faculty and staff DEI objectives. Assist with communicating DEI and culture priorities and progress. Provide assistance and leadership in grant writing and fundraising

Qualities and Qualifications:
Michigan Engineering seeks a proven leader with demonstrated vision and the ability to execute for results. The successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities present at a large, comprehensive research university or comparably complex enterprise; a record as a champion of diversity and inclusion; and an enthusiasm for advancing Michigan Engineering’s strategic initiatives. In addition, candidates should possess the following:

    Master’s degree (Doctorate preferred) in a related field with five years of relevant experience. Ability to develop a clear vision and strategy consistent with Michigan Engineering’s mission and values. Demonstrated leadership skills that result in the production of high-quality services and exceptional standards. Strategic thinking with the capability of contributing at the senior administrative level and leading other leaders. Experience implementing and managing effective diversity change efforts. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that reflect effective listening and authentic engagement with individuals at all levels. Strong collaboration skills with individual and group partners Ability to facilitate and sustain a culture of trust and confidence. Knowledge of contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and educational approaches that inform and address these issues. Fundamental knowledge of how varied forms of institutional data can be leveraged to benchmark and track accountability for the diversity mission. Understanding of laws, regulations, and policies related to equity and diversity in higher education.

Mission Statement:

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.umich.edu/ .

 The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/diversity.

How to Apply:

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.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:  https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/197021/executive_director_for_culture_community_and_equity