Special Consultant, Organizational Engagement and Communications
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
January 10, 2018
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A cover letter is required for 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.
To further enhance and support the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s (ODEI) ongoing DE&I strategic plan implementation efforts, the Special Consultant for Organizational Engagement and Communications will create and implement strategies designed to support culture change, alignment with the U-M Strategic Plan and improve overall institutional effectiveness. Please note this is a 50% regular appointment.
To further enhance and support the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s (ODEI) ongoing DE&I strategic plan implementation efforts, the Special Consultant for Organizational Engagement and Communications will create and implement strategies designed to support culture change, alignment with the U-M Strategic Plan and improve overall institutional effectiveness.
Specifically, this position will:
Work closely with the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer (DCDO) to further establish a shared vision for organizational culture in relation to DE&I among U-M executive leaders, deans, faculty, managers, staff, and students.
Manage internal communications to DE&I implementation leads, advisory groups and other relevant university offices.
Promote the U-M Strategic Plan and goals to build buy-in across the organization and support plan implementation.
Provide leadership positioning support to the DCDO designed to reinforce strategic goals, organizational values and vision through high-impact executive communications, including but not limited to written and digital communications, events, and stakeholder engagement, and reporting.
Create and implement strategies designed to help ensure every administrator, faculty, staff, and student has a “line of sight” to the strategic goals and vision, and understands how their unique contributions make a difference.
Support the organizational mission and values (and reinforce desired behaviors) by bringing them to life with tangible examples of how we move forward as a community with our specific DE&I action items in ways that demonstrate a commitment to U-M’s core values.
Work closely with the AVP to develop a suite of templates and tools designed to support plan implementation and keep unit-specific stakeholders informed of and engaged in the iterative planning process.
Collaborate with the cross-departmental and campuswide communications teams to establish an aligned internal communication strategy.
Serve as liaison to relevant offices on external and campuswide marketing and communications efforts related to the DE&I strategic plan.
Engage and inform key campuswide professional groups whose roles intersect with DE&I plan implementation (e.g., HR, budget administrators, student affairs, communications, etc.).
Work closely with the DCDO and others in ODEI to identify key challenges or implementation barriers at the unit and university levels, and develop new required tools and resources.
Recommend the type of position, duties and qualifications needed to sustain these types of activities.
Serve as a member of the Diversity Working Group (DWG).
Master’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Substantial experience with communication and engagement strategies for large scale, complex initiatives.
At least ten years of progressive experience managing large, complex programs or projects.
Demonstrated successful experience working within the University of Michigan, or other organization of a similar size and complexity
Creative approach to problem-solving with the ability to focus on details while maintaining the big picture view.
Proficiency in the Microsoft computing environment, particularly MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
Excellent communication skills.
Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
The ability to work both as part of a team and individually while meeting deadlines in a multitasking environment.
An excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues within higher education is desired.
Demonstrated success in working effectively with a broad range of stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff from diverse racial, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and ability backgrounds also is desired.
The ability to learn additional programs, as needed.
Knowledge of U-M business processes and systems including U-M employee and student records is highly desired.
TheOffice of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) at the University of Michigan leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, while fostering an inclusive and equitable University community. Our office also engages surrounding communities in mission-focused, mutually beneficial partnerships.
In support of this overarching effort, four units within our office - the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), Detroit Center, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), and Wolverine Pathways - all work closely with ODEI to further the strategic vision of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For..." survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.