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Anti-Racism Program Coordinator

University of Michigan

Job Description

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume/curriculum vitae. The cover letter should address reasons for your interest in this position and outline your directly relevant experience. In addition, please include contact information for three individuals who can serve as references.


The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) has an immediate opening for an Anti-Racism Program Coordinator.  The role provides strategic leadership for framing and executing NCID programmatic efforts to maximize impact and ensure alignment with NCID mission, vision, and values.

As a part of the U-M provost’s anti-racism hiring initiative, the NCID was charged with developing and hosting an infrastructure and set of coordinated activities for U-M community engagement around research and action focused on anti-racism and racial justice. As such, NCID is home to the Anti-Racism Collaborative which hosts a variety of activities such as grant programs, working groups, events, and seminars to stimulate interdisciplinary connection and collaboration around innovative research and scholarship, public engagement, and practice/pedagogical approaches. These efforts involve partnerships with a variety of U-M campus units in order to leverage, share, and apply the broad and deep scholarly and practice expertise on the U-M campus around racism, racial inequality, and racial justice in novel, synergistic, and impactful ways.

Under the guidance and supervision of the ARC Program Manager, the ARC Program Coordinator provides administrative, programmatic, and events coordination support for ARC activities. 

This is a 2-year term-limited position with the possibility of renewal.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) represents a commitment by the University of Michigan (U-M) to affirm the central value and undeniable importance of institutional diversity to the mission of all colleges and universities. Our vision is to empower people and institutions to leverage knowledge and skills around the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of diversity in order to create a truly equitable and inclusive society.  To create a more equitable and inclusive society, we produce, catalyze, and elevate diversity research and scholarship. In this pursuit, we also build intergenerational communities of scholars and leaders to integrate these evidence-based approaches in addressing contemporary issues in a diverse society.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off, including vacation time, sick time, holiday and season days
  • Maternity and parental leave options
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


The ARC Program Coordinator will assist the ARC Program Manager with providing:

  • Administrative support
    • Assist with drafting and/or editing email newsletter, webpage content updates, and messages to a variety of academic and non-academic audiences
    • Organize and summarize information to inform ARC activities, 
    • Maintain various spreadsheets, databases, etc.
    • Conduct quality control of video transcripts from recorded ARC activities and events. 
  • Meeting and Event support
    • Schedule and send calendar invites. 
    • Draft and send agendas and meeting notes. 
    • Draft Run of Show
    • Reserve and set-up venues 
    • Manage registration processes 
    • Order catering 
    • Arrange and serve as point of contact for vendor service delivery.
    • Secure audio visual equipment for synchronous activities; 
    • Moderate Zoom meetings and webinars
    • Draft polls, surveys, and post-event messaging
    • Other tasks as needed
  • Grants management and support
    • Assist with administration and management of ARC grants
    • Assist with developing and managing databases related to ARC recipients and activities
    • Organize & summarize information such as through internet searches and maintaining lists, spreadsheets, databases
  • Participate in NCID community activities and events
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, policy, social work, sociology, psychology,anthropology, ethnic studies, critical studies, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three to five years’ experience working within an academic community, particularly with faculty, providing administrative or project support.
  • Organizational, project management, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on numerous tasks, strong attention to detail, and meet competing deadlines.
  • Understanding of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and society, with a particular focus on anti-racism and racial justice, as demonstrated through coursework, student group involvement in higher education, community work, or previous employment.
  • Proven experience effectively collaborating with, and working on teams with a very diverse group of colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Intermediate proficiency in MS Office applications, Google Collaboration tools, and database management. Ability to learn quickly and adapt to new computer software and technologies. 
  • Experience with in-person and virtual event planning.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise a high degree of professional judgment and diplomacy.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Interest in or experience with graphic design, website maintenance, publishing software, community outreach and engagement, and/or social media platforms.
  • Experience communicating with diverse groups of scholars at all career stages.
  • Interest in or experience with research, and/or program evaluation and assessment.
  • Knowledge of U-M policies and procedures.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $43,200 to $54,000, please note a higher salary may be offered based on equity and the selected candidate’s experience.
This is a 2-year term-limited position with the possibility of renewal.

As one of the world’s great liberal arts colleges, LSA pushes the boundaries of what is understood about the human experience and the natural world, and we foster the next generation of rigorous and empathetic thinkers, creators, and contributors to the state of Michigan, the nation, and the world.

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA, please visit lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.

To learn more about LSA’s Mission, Vision and Values, please visit lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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.

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