You must apply online for consideration. A cover letter, CV or resume and 3 references are required for consideration. Cover letter and CV/Resume must be combined into one document with your cover letter as the first page. The cover letter should explain your interest in the position and describe your training and capacity to fulfill the position as described in the posting.
The University of Michigan-Flint serves over 8,500 learners and offers degrees in over 129 under- graduate and 63 graduate possible majors, concentrations and specializations, including a doctor of nursing practice and doctor of physical therapy. The University also offers programs in liberal arts and sciences, elementary or secondary education, health care, and business. The academic campus community is comprised of over 550 faculty members.
UM-Flint is a premier urban center for learning, research, and civic engagement. Chancellor Susan E. Borrego has a dynamic vision for UM-Flint that focuses on academic excellence, ensuring that a broadly diverse student body can benefit from the university’s educational offerings, and strengthening ties to the Flint community.
Guided by a strategic plan, Blue Ribbon Commission report for Academic Affairs, and supported by the combined energy and enthusiasm of its faculty, students, community, and leadership, the University has undergone a metamorphosis. It recently approved its fifth school, the School of Nursing; added two new buildings to the campus, expanding its usable space by 25%; and took ownership of its second residence hall.
One of three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Flint's development in recent years has paralleled that of its host city. Flint, population approximately 100,000 located about 60 miles north of Detroit, is in the midst of a similarly profound transformation. Although the city is best known as the birthplace of General Motors, shifts in industry have caused the area to become better known for its educational opportunities, cultural centers, medical facilities, shopping centers, and recreational activities. Visitors who return to the city after several years are amazed at the ongoing transformation, and UM-Flint has played a central role in the progress the city has made.
The University of Michigan–Flint invites visionary, creative and enthusiastic leaders who will champion advocacy, education, programming and policies that focus on promoting cultural and intellectual diversity awareness, equity and inclusion to apply for the position of Director, Intercultural Center.
The Director will report to the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life (CISL) and serve as a member of the leadership staff. In the role of Chairperson of the Diversity Committee, the Director will also have a dotted line reporting relationship to the Chancellor. The Director will be expected to mobilize and engage campus resources to achieve the goals of increasing diversity awareness and promoting equity and inclusion for the benefit of all students, faculty and staff through engagement, collaboration and research with measurable outcomes. The Director is expected to be an agent for change who is able to lead and cultivate successful intercultural programming, education and services that support the University’s vision for a culture and climate of equity and inclusion. Under the leadership of the Director, the University’s goal is to enrich and improve all aspects of University life.
Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Intercultural Center including staff supervision, training and evaluation and provide support for diversity initiatives as needed
Ensure unit complies with university policies and procedures
Demonstrate the ability to manage difficult conversations, relationships, and other challenging situations that require thoughtful and effective communication, verbal and/or written
Demonstrate ability to assist with strategic planning and implementation within the unit
Demonstrate responsibility for implementation of plans in accordance with supervisory direction
Demonstrate resource management and fiscal responsibility skills
Ensure financial resources are used appropriately and proper procedures are followed
Prepare annual and periodic reports as needed or requested
Conduct program marketing campaigns, promotion of events and services, while developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with campus constituents to assist in the visibility of the Center and its programs
Serve as a recognized Campus Security Authority and reporter under the Clery Act
Lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that support the University’s strategic plan and champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive culture under the supervision of the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life with a dotted line to the Chancellor for serving as Chairperson of Diversity Council
Plan, organize, manage and produce programs that highlight cultural, ethnic and racial diversity within and across ethnic communities; deepen students of color and majority students’ understanding of the benefits associated with working across communities
Create and implement a peer education program that assists in addressing campus programs, services, outreach, engagement, education and professional development of faculty, staff and students
Partner with student organizations and other campus entities as appropriate to implement related programming;
Plan, organize, manage and produce programs and initatives such as African American History Month, Arab American History Month, Hispanic History, Native American History Month and others that highlight cultural diversity within the campus community
Develop and oversee implementation of initiatives that foster theoretical sound practices for leadership development around issues of diversity, race, ethnicity and social justice among students and their organizations
Develop and implement trainings to promote cultural understanding and competency and a climate of equity and inclusion
Provide co-curriculum experiences, training, resources for student leaders and their organizations that are grounded in good practices for identity, leadership and community development, and other areas of specialized theoretical knowledge, research, and practices
Plan and coordinate annual Intercultural Leadership seminar (held during Spring Break)
Inform program and policy development work with knowledge of best practices and current trends in diversity and inclusion
Communication & Collaboration
Foster excellent communication and maintain partnerships among administrative offices, academic departments and relevant units
Collaborates with other university programs, offices and services on matters pertaining to student equity, inclusion and diversity
Implement an advisory board that encourages active participation in providing vision and guidance to the programming and support services of the unit
Meet regularly with the advisory board and collaborate on creating and implementing a strategic plan for the unit
At the Chancellor’s request, chair University of Michigan-Flint Diversity Council
Serve as a liaison between UM-Flint and Ann Arbor campus on issues related to diversity and inclusion
Provide excellent and timely service to students, staff, faculty, or community members seeking information on programs or activities of the unit
Respond to inquiries, complaints or requests from students, staff, faculty and community regarding events
Develop and implement communication strategies to promote inclusion
Promote UM-Flint’s commitment to a climate of equity and inclusion through interaction with various external and internal stakeholders
Foster relationships with external partners to help support the needs of students
Work closely with Faculty Fellow(s)
Assessment & Evaluation
Develop and implement a comprehensive departmental assessment plan including establishing key performance indicators, cohort tracking, satisfaction, evaluation and learning measures
Develop and assess student learning outcomes; recommend modifications to programs as needed based upon student satisfaction, efficacy in meeting student needs, student learning outcomes and changes in student culture trends
Oversees on-going evaluation of the unit’s initiatives to foster diversity, community, leadership and social justice among student communities
Provide consultation, training and general information to students and their organization, responding effectively to the needs/concerns of students and other campus community members involved in the intercultural initiatives; advise and assist in the development of problem identification, problem solving skills, program development and leadership development
Ensure ongoing attention to campus climate at all levels, benchmarking, and best practices with respect to diversity and inclusion
Masters degree required (doctoral degree preferred) in student affairs, social justice education, higher education administration/leadership or relevant field.
At least 7-10 years of experience in student affairs and/or student services, building and advancing institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, staff or faculty;
At least 5 years of experience in progressively responsible positions in student affairs including supervision of a related functional unit within student affairs.
Demonstrated experience working with diverse, underrepresented, marginalized and first-generation student populations. Sound judgment, awareness and sensitivity to the interests and concerns of these populations.
Proven administrative and organizational skills including the ability to be flexible, creative and able to work collaboratively with others – specifically students, faculty and staff.
A track record of engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and a commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues to craft a common vision and direction.
Ability to coach, mentor, and inspire students and colleagues.
In-depth knowledge of theory and practice with regard to organizational diversity and inclusion, student development, training and change management.
Political savviness and an ability to be astute at navigating institution’s political landscape.
Ability to respond to politically charged or sensitive situations.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and work cooperatively with others in a fast-paced, changing environment.
Strong interpersonal skills, including excellent written and verbal communication.
Direct experience, understanding and deep engagement with issues impacting intercultural students and those who have experience racial and ethnic oppression.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, ideologies, including personal and social orientations.
A record of accomplishment as a student advocate and a champion for student success in a higher education institution.
Experience in maximizing fiscal and human resources, effective problem solving, and innovative program development with evidence of change-oriented leadership.
Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills that encourage collaboration and cooperation.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities. In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship; student centeredness; and engaged citizenship. Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and best in their fields, professions, and communities.