University of Washington — DEI Program Manager

Since the founding of the UW School of Medicine in 1946, the Department of Medicine has been deeply dedicated to its mission of teaching, research, and patient care.  More than seventy years later, these commitments remain our core commitments.  Each year the Department of Medicine increases the number and size of grants in its research portfolio and remains one of premier research departments in the country.

The Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time DEI Program Manager.

As the primary administrative partner to the Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), the DEI Program Manager is responsible for planning, developing and implementing Department of Medicine (DOM) DEI initiatives to further the Department’s efforts of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the DOM and health equity for patients cared for by DOM faculty and staff.  The Program Manager will carry out DEI initiatives at the individual, program, departmental, and systemic levels through innovative programs and policies in support of all divisions and programs.

This position requires an ability to direct and manage multiple priorities, quickly analyze situations and make sound decisions utilizing effective time management skills, good business acumen and administrative judgment.  Creativity and excellent personnel management skills are very important.  This position must have a highly effective level of communication with the Chair, Vice Chairs, Division Heads, faculty and staff and the ability to work very independently to achieve the DEI goals of the department.

This position will lead key DEI initiatives and projects across the Department to align with the Department strategic plan, which includes staff, faculty and trainees.  The Department of Medicine is a complex organization and leadership roles are comprehensive and scope and include three mission critical areas of:


Program Management

  • Implement both the short- and long-term goals of DEI programs and initiatives to grow and sustain an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment for faculty, staff and trainees.
  • Working with the Associate Chair for DEI, lead DEI strategic planning efforts across the department divisions and programs.
  • Develop systems and tools for tracking activities, deliverables, and outcomes related to DEI program initiatives
  • Annually re-evaluate the effectiveness of current initiatives to address the overall diversity, equity, and social justice needs and goals of the Department and keep management informed of progress and issues through periodic reports.
  • Collaborate with the Academic HR and Staff HR Directors to strengthen outreach, recruitment, and hiring practices that focus on diversifying applicant pools and ultimately the faculty and staff population.
  • Communicate with DEI entities across UW Medicine to share best practices.
  • Identify, develop, and cultivate strategies to build a welcoming, inclusive workplace and culture that fosters respect for every individual.
  • Implement climate surveys of Department staff, faculty, and trainees
  • Track and monitor expenditures related to program budget

Training, Development & Consultation

  • Provide strategic direction for training initiatives that increase awareness and support the Department’s DEI values. Topics could include anti-racism, cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and interpersonal conflicts across differing identities.
  • Facilitate training for hiring managers and search committee members on best practices for mitigating bias, increasing diversity, ensuring inclusion.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on DEI-related training and education initiatives which may include 1:1 support for managers to support their abilities to create an inclusive work environment.
  • Manage the implementation and evaluation of strategic plans to deliver ongoing trainings and other educational programs
  • Consult with managers/faculty to develop cooperative strategies for complaint resolution
  • When appropriate, facilitate group meetings, use shuttle diplomacy, or negotiation skills to facilitate communication among parties in conflict
  • Participate regularly in professional activities to keep abreast of changes and new developments in Human Resources College and University Professional Associations (CUPA- HR) and DEI within universities

Committee Oversight & Coordination

  • Support the activities and events of DEI-related Department committees
  • Provide guidance and direction for ongoing and new division-based DEI committee and activities


  • The most successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to prioritize and complete projects within deadline, and a strong interest in social justice and health equity.
  • Education, experience, and training that demonstrates proficiency and the ability to perform the job responsibilities will be evaluated for equivalency to the required education and experience qualifications listed below.
  • Bachelors Degree or Equivalent Experience. Other essential qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Ability to use computers and software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams).
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Experience working in healthcare or higher education setting.
  • Advanced degree in healthcare administration or related field


This position requires an individual who is organized; works well under stress, and can juggle competing priorities.  The position demands a flexible schedule and the ability to work long hours due to workload and deadlines. A grasp of the overall mission and objectives of the department within the UW School of Medicine is essential.  The individual must be self-motivated, and able to work collaboratively as well as independently at both the macro and micro level.