University of Michigan — Ford School Diversity & Inclusion Officer / Lecturer III

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invites applications for our newly created Diversity and Inclusion Officer, which is responsible for championing the vision, implementation and on-going refinement of the Ford School’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. This position will collaborate with faculty, staff and students to create programs, initiatives and opportunities to further the school’s commitment to a respectful, diverse, and inclusive culture. This will include teaching periodically in our regular curriculum and providing guest lectures in Ford School courses. This position will report directly to our DE& I faculty lead and work closely with our Dean and senior staff to implement our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

* This is a full-time appointment, split between an administrative appointment (program manager) and a faculty appointment (lecturer III). The 50% administrative appointment will be a 12 month appointment. The 50% lecturer III appointment will be a 9 month academic year appointment from September through May of each year.

The Ford School is one of the nation’s foremost policy schools, housed at one of the world’s great public universities. We lead research that illuminates public policy challenges and opportunities. We prepare future policy leaders and analysts for dynamic careers in the public and private sectors here in the U.S. and around the world. We work with policymakers to inform and improve local, state, national, and international policies. We foster dialogue and understanding about the most pressing policy challenges and opportunities of today.
The Ford School has earned a reputation for academic rigor and excellence; a strong and growing commitment to diversity; and a collegial, welcoming, and stimulating interdisciplinary community. We are housed in Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, a celebrated facility in the heart of the University of Michigan’s central campus in Ann Arbor. To learn more about the Ford School’s mission and activities—including our academic programs and research —please visit

Manage implementation efforts and on-going refinement of the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

Develop new programs and processes intended to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the school, with an overarching goal of creating an environment where matters of diversity and inclusion are integral to the school’s mission and ongoing success. This will include determining the needs and opportunities for enhanced skill development in the areas of cultural competence, inclusive teaching, and community-engaged research.

Provide leadership and coordination in promoting and fostering an integral approach to matters of diversity, equity and inclusion in the areas of teaching/faculty support, student programming and staff programs/administration within the Ford School.


  • Consult with faculty on how to frame issues or examples that focus on diversity and inclusion in their teaching, provide assistance with addressing emergent issues in the classroom, and link faculty with resources.
  • Create and deliver guest lectures, in-class content modules and/or special training sessions.
  • Work with the associate deans and other faculty and staff around service learning and community engagement that expands diversity, equity and inclusion elements. Assist with identifying and creating engaged learning opportunities for students.
  • Periodically teach public policy courses within the Ford School curriculum.


  • Collaborate with student organizations to provide mentoring and a DE&I perspective on student events and activities.
  • Consult and collaborate with student services staff on student programming, training and recruitment strategies.


  • Collaborate with staff operational areas to provide DE&I related programming. This should include at least two staff professional development programs per year.
  • Review and evaluate results of programmatic activities.
  • Participate and provide input on school recruitment and hiring practices.
  • Identify various assessment methodologies and produce data (quantitative, qualitative) for measuring success and highlighting areas where improvements are needed.
  • Provide regular reports on progress on key objectives to the dean, executive committee and faculty. Create and publish annual reports on progress towards meeting the Ford School’s DE&I goals.


  • Partner with other schools and colleges on campus to address common issues related to recruiting, developing and supporting underrepresented populations.
  • Build and nurture internal and external relationships with key individuals and organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration on DE&I-related programs.
  • Work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs to ensure Ford School diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are aligned with University initiatives. Serve on University and/or Vice Provost task forces as needed.


  • Master’s degree required; doctorate preferred.
  • Five or more years of leadership experience impacting diversity and/or community outreach objectives.
  • Teaching experience, with a preference of teaching in higher education.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to present strong and persuasive oral and written communications and to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders.
    Ability to bring about changes; an execution-focused outlook with the ability to translate need into strategy and action.
  • Proven record of implementing successful programs focused on diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience in working with faculty in a consultative role.


  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to addressing diversity and inclusion issues.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including experience translating vision into strategy, objectives, goals and actionable activities, with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Ability to bring about change; an execution-focused outlook with the ability to translate need into strategy and action.
  • Creative and proactive problem solving skills.
  • Ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level with evidence of innovation and creativity in the classroom; familiarity with instructional technology.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and enterprise database applications, i.e. PeopleSoft (or comparable system).

The lecturer III appointment is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

This job opening is scheduled to be posted through March 13, 2017. You may apply for the position at Please reference job posting #137651.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.