Chief Diversity Officer
Company: University Of Michigan
Posted on: February 23, 2021
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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. Job Summary This posting is an
internal search, limited to employees at the University of
Michigan. The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a new role at the
University of Michigan-Flint. The CDO provides overall leadership
for a comprehensive approach in building a vibrant culture of
diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at UM-Flint. The CDO guides
campus-wide implementation of a DEI strategic action plan in
support of a University ethos where everyone has an opportunity to
contribute and succeed. The CDO actively engages students, faculty,
and staff to promote behaviors, attitudes, policies, and practices
that support an environment of inclusion and equity for all, and a
campus community that embraces DEI as dimensions of institutional
excellence. The CDO role has a dual reporting structure to the
Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and will
oversee a future developed office. Although this position is a
full-time staff position, should a candidate have credentials and
scholarly achievement consistent with a teaching appointment at
UM-Flint, the possibility may be considered separately by the
appropriate school or college. The Chief Diversity Officer duties
include but are not limited to: Strategic Leadership
- Serve as advisor to the Chancellor and Cabinet, bringing to
fruition the collective institutional vision for diversity, equity
and inclusion (DEI) at the University of Michigan-Flint.
- Serve as liaison to Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs/Provost on the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion
within UM-Flint's Schools and Colleges.
- Act as a leadership voice in supporting a university
environment in which the principles of DEI are centrally embedded
within institutional frameworks, operations and practices.
- In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources, identify
evidence-based practices in recruitment, retention, and promotion
of a diverse, engaged workforce.
- Represent the Chancellor and the University in various
community, state, regional and other activities intended to advance
- Partner with stakeholders within the City of Flint and Genesee
County in service to the urban-serving mission of the
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Chancellor or VCSA.
- Provide administrative leadership, direction, and supervision,
- Provide direct oversight and management of the Intercultural
Center (ICC) and staff.
- Oversee annual budgets in accordance with State and university
guidelines, and monitor expenditures to ensure the office operates
in a fiscally sound manner.
- Serve as the key point of contact and resource for coordinated
response to DEI-related issues and incidents that may arise within
the University community.
- Develop and manage a scheduled process for regular, formal
assessment of campus climate in collaboration with the Office of
- Keep current on national best practices and emerging trends in
DEI/higher education.-- DEI Coordination
- Lead campus-wide implementation of UM-Flint's DEI strategic
action plan (SAP) while aligning existing diversity, equity and
inclusion initiatives for maximum impact and continuity.
- Develop institutional measures to monitor progress toward
established goals and outcomes in the DEI SAP; communicate to the
campus community on a regular basis.--
- Co-chair and regularly convene the campus-wide DEI Committee;
facilitate the transition of the committee from a strategic
planning group to a DEI Advisory Committee.--
- Partner with academic deans and other appropriate leadership to
incorporate DEI into the academic experience and learning of
- In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources formalize
faculty/staff training and professional development in support of
inclusive campus practices.
- Positively impact recruitment, retention, and graduation (RRG)
through coordinating DEI initiatives and activities with broader
campus RRG efforts. Consultation and Collaboration
- Engage appropriate leaders from across the university to
promote an institutional culture that (a) recognizes and responds
to the distinct interests of multiple constituencies; (b) fosters
an inclusive campus climate and sense of belonging; and (c) ensures
an equitable university environment where all can succeed and
- Partner with the UM-Flint Urban Institute for Racial, Economic
and Environmental Justice (UIREEJ), the Office of Institutional
Equity, University Advancement, and others, on campus issues,
community initiatives and funding opportunities, as
- Engage with communities where UM-Flint resides and beyond to
foster collaborations, create synergies, and develop mutually
- Leverage resources, insight, knowledge, relationships, and data
to ensure involvement, support, and success for DEI initiatives and
- Listen to and give voice to emergent issues of access, equity,
diversity and inclusion within the university and local community,
and nationally as it affects the university. Required
- Must be a current faculty or staff member at the University of
- Master's Degree in an appropriate area of specialization.
- Five years of successful experience overseeing DEI activities
and programming at a college or university.
- Student-centered leader with demonstrated ability to work
collaboratively with all constituents and stakeholders of an
- Knowledge of national best practices and theory as applied to
organizational learning, human development, diversity and
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and people management
skills. Desired Qualifications*
- Earned Doctoral Degree, preferably in sociology, cultural
anthropology, or related discipline.
- Seven or more years of progressive experience advancing
diversity, equity, inclusion, and community building in public
higher education, including 3 years in a leadership role.
- Demonstrated substantive understanding of theories of DEI, as
well as professional expertise gained through practice, advocacy,
scholarship, teaching and/or research.--
- Strategic leader who can unify stakeholders within schools and
colleges, and across campus, around a core DEI mission.
- High emotional intelligence, good judgement, authentic, and
approachable with an openness to all. U-M EEO/AA Statement The
University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
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