DEI Certificate Academic Program Specialist

University Of Michigan Ann Arbor , MI 48103

Posted 2 months ago

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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Contact information (email and phone) for three to five professional references should be included.

Job Summary

The Horace H. Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan and offers a remarkably broad and rigorous array of graduate degree programs that are among the very best in the country in each field of study. The School is an international leader in the development of best practices for graduate education.

Rackham is committed to enhancing the development and training offerings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through its Professional Development DEI Certificate program. This program is designed to prepare participants to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity. The program cultivates DEI leaders to meaningfully contribute to and lead DEI efforts on campus and in their future workplaces. The program has expanded significantly since its inception in 2017.

The DEI Certificate Program is seeking a collaborative, energetic, enthusiastic, hands-on, innovative and well-organized program specialist who embraces creative work in a fast-paced environment. The program specialist will significantly contribute to all aspects of the program's mission; including cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community of scholars and advancing Rackham Graduate School's Strategic Vision. This position provides program coordination and student support for the DEI Certificate participants and would take responsibility for managing all associated administrative tasks. The program specialist reports to the Program Lead Senior who leads the DEI Certificate program.

Because we are committed to diversity, we aspire to develop and nurture the individual and collective skills to recognize, celebrate, and deploy difference as a path to engagement, innovation, and the generation of new ideas and knowledge.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a 3-year term-limited position with renewal contingent upon the success of the program, completion of performance expectations and available funding.


Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with the development, planning and implementation of all DEI Certificate student workshops and training

  • Manage the online dashboard to track program participant progress in collaboration with Rackham ITS team, including approving all submitted reflection forms

  • Assist with the collection and analysis of program data, maintain program records and monitor student progress

  • Work with the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) manager at Trotter Multicultural Center to compile and analyze program evaluation data

  • Serve as an advocate, resource and point of contact for program participants

  • Create and manage a menu of outreach activities and virtual learning opportunities for program participants

  • Serve as a liaison for the DEI certificate program and communicate and/or attend meetings with established partners across the university, i.e. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), etc.

  • Develop and lead various virtual community building activities among DEI Certificate participants

  • Facilitate and lead workshops and meaningful learning experiences for the DEI Certificate curriculum

  • Lead small group meetings of students in their respective "tracks" (research, teaching, service and engagement, leadership and collaboration)

  • Work in collaboration with the program lead and university partners to develop an online platform to broaden the scope of the program's reach

  • Work in collaboration with the program lead and university partners (i.e., The Program on Intergroup Relations) to develop a graduate student Intercultural Dialogue Series

  • Assist with the implementation and launch of new programs and special projects

  • Draft regular announcements to certificate program participants in collaboration with Rackham Communications team and program lead

  • Collaborate with Rackham Communication team to develop ideas for using video, social media and marketing to connect with students and promote the program

  • Assist in the design of marketing and promotion materials in collaboration with Rackham Communications team and program lead

  • Provide feedback on the diversity statements submitted by program participants to fulfill the certificate capstone assignment

  • Hold office hours with DEI certificate participants

  • Address questions or inquiries emailed to the mailbox


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field

  • Demonstrated background knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Experience with issues in graduate education, student development, and DEI in higher education

  • An understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented and marginalized populations in higher education

  • Ability to effectively and efficiently develop and execute several key projects

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities

  • Ability to collaborate effectively on a team

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, prioritization, and follow-through

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate effectively and professionally with the University community as well as external community partners

  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently, as the task requires

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree in a related field

  • Two years' experience in a higher education environment with demonstrated progressively increased responsibility

  • Familiarity and experience with Rackham DEI student programming

  • Strong computer skills and experience utilizing technology to deliver programs and services virtually

  • Experience teaching, facilitating workshops and/or facilitating dialogue programs, both virtually and in person

  • Demonstrated skill in fostering new relationships and marshalling professional networks

  • Experience with fostering, planning and delivering virtual community engagement in various formats

  • Experience using Canvas Learning Management System

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.

Job Detail

  • Job Opening ID


  • Working Title

DEI Certificate Academic Program Specialist

  • Job Title

Academic Program Specialist

  • Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

  • Full/Part Time


  • Regular/Temporary


  • FLSA Status


  • Organizational Group

Rackham Grad School

  • Department

Rackham Grad Prof & Acad Dev

  • Posting Begin/End Date

8/14/2020 - 8/28/2020

  • Salary

$48,925.00 - $54,100.00

  • Career Interest

Academic & Student Services

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