The Institute for Social Research (ISR), the world’s largest academically-based social science research institute, invites applications for a newly created Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to lead the implementation and continuous improvement of its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. As part of the University of Michigan’s DEI initiative, ISR is in year three of implementing its DEI strategic plan. The DEI Director will report directly to the ISR Director and will collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to provide strategic leadership and supervision for the consultative, analytical, and programmatic operations of the Institute’s DEI initiatives. The DEI Director will leverage the assistance of ISR leadership to ensure that the efforts are sustainable across all Centers and constituents within the Institute, with the goal of furthering ISR’s commitment to a diverse, respectful, and inclusive culture.
ISR is comprised of five research centers and one administrative center, the Center for Institute Services (CIS), the home center for this position. The ISR research centers include: Center for Political Studies (CPS), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Population Studies Center (PSC), Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), and Survey Research Center (SRC). Centers vary in size and structure, each with its own governance and administrative structures designed to support Center specific scientific and intellectual research agendas. ISR’s consolidated annual operating revenue is derived almost entirely from external research grants and contracts. ISR has 300 affiliated faculty and over 1,000 staff, including 600 contingent staff across the country. The Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM), housed at ISR, offers degree programs at the doctoral, master’s, and certificate levels.
Building on the ISR DEI strategic plan the DEI Director will develop strategies that may include, but are not limited to: a mentoring strategy for faculty; providing coaching to faculty, staff, and students as needed; and developing programs and processes intended to promote diversity and inclusion throughout ISR. The DEI Director will serve as an advisor to leadership on matters relating to and serving the interest of those underrepresented and educationally/economically disadvantaged. This position will serve as an advisor on diversity matters to faculty, staff, and students on a broad range of initiatives, while identifying current and emerging issues, trends, and opportunities, and will work collaboratively to foster a culture and climate of inclusivity across the Institute.
Leadership and Strategic Planning
Provide leadership in promoting and fostering an integral approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to faculty, staff, student recruitment, and ISR’s overall climate.
● Work with Institute leadership to create an environment where matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the culture.
● Lead in developing a culture and climate that promotes an environment supportive of a diverse population.
● Provide expertise to Institute constituencies and leadership to identify, develop, and support diversity best practices acting as an advocate.
● Manage implementation efforts and ongoing refinement of the strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● Manage the formulation and application of DEI policies and practices within the Institute.
● Work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs to ensure the Institute’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are aligned with University initiatives. Serve on University and/or Vice Provost task forces as needed.
● 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 DEI related programs.
Evaluation and Measurement
● Collaborate with leadership in creating metrics and monitoring systems in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students.
● Establish assessment protocols for DEI policies and programs. Identify appropriate methodologies and produce data (quantitative, qualitative) for measuring success and highlighting areas where improvements are needed.
● Provide regular reports on progress toward meeting the Institute’s DEI goals, including year-end annual reports to central campus.
● Regularly review and form observations from data to make recommendations for refinement and shaping of DEI strategies, policies, and practices.
Recruitment and Retention
Provide leadership, in partnership with ISR leadership and Human Resources, in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students promoting bias reduction and supporting diversity recruitment initiatives.
● Assist staff and faculty directors in the recruitment of underrepresented job candidates and prospective students, with an emphasis on measurably improving ISR’s reach into and attainment of diverse faculty, staff, and students.
● Assist with the identification and successful deployment of resources to expand and enrich the pool of diverse qualified job candidates.
● Collaborate with internal stakeholders to develop selection mechanisms that contribute to the overall diversity of the Institute.
Training and Professional Development
Provide leadership on the development and implementation of diversity related educational training, events, and programs to build the ISR Community’s knowledge, skills, and awareness.
● Develop new programs and processes intended to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and the retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students throughout the Institute.
● Determine needs and opportunities for enhanced skill development in the areas of cultural competence and
● Engage with a variety of committees and internal working groups to build mechanisms to receive employee input and support formal and informal DEI efforts and activities.
● Provide guidance and support to all ISR constituents in managing DEI issues, conflicts, or crises. Resolve complex cases/conflicts among constituencies involving the interpretation and application of regulations, policies, and best practices.
● Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline.
● At least three years of successful, progressively responsible experience in DEI or other relevant professional work.
● Experience and commitment for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
● Familiarity with multiple lenses such as: race, sexual identity, ability, age, and socio-economic status.
● Experience implementing successful policies, practices, and programs focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● Project management skills and ability to bring about change, including experience translating vision into strategy, objectives, goals, and actionable activities, with strong attention to detail.
● Ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies.
● Ability to recognize DEI related conflicts and crisis and to identify potential strategies and opportunities for resolution.
● Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
● Excellent organizational and time management skills.
● Creative and proactive problem solving skills.
● Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
● 5-8 years of relevant experience.
● Benchmarking and/or assessment expertise.
● Knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges related to DEI in higher education.
How to Apply
All applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to apply for this position. In order for the system to accept a cover letter, please include your cover letter as the first page of your resume document. The cover letter should address your interest in this position as well as how your education and experience have prepared you. Please also state your professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.