Director at Women's Educational Center (WEC) and Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center (EBC) University of Michigan, Administration United States


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Director, Women's Educational Center (WEC) and Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center (EBC)


Flint Campus
Flint, MI




Flint Vc Std Affairs

Flint VC Campus Inclu-Std Life

4/11/2018 – 5/11/2018

$74,200.00 – $91,000.00



How to Apply

You must apply on line 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 job posting.  


Job Summary

UM-Flint Description:

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.


Job Description:


The Director of the Women’s Educational Center (WEC) and the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center (EBC) will supervise a newly emerging single campus unit. Although women and LGBTQIA+ students are the unit’s primary constituencies, it serves the entire campus community. The Director will provide visionary leadership for the integrated center’s growth and development, while mobilizing campus resources to create equity, inclusion and success; developing channels for advocacy and activism; and supporting learning and research that serve the unit’s constituencies. By adopting a purposeful, intersectional approach, the WEC/EBC Center at the University of Michigan-Flint will stand actively linked to local, national, and global communities to champion advocacy, education, and policy on gender and sexual diversity. Strong candidates will have a background in women, gender, and sexuality theory and practice within the context of higher education. The Director will serve on the Executive Committee for the division of Student Affairs and report directly to the Vice-Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life. The Director will also be expected to work closely with the Center’s Advisory Board. This is an administrative position which does not include a faculty component.



Administration & Supervision:

  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the Women’s Educational Center (WEC) and the Ellen Bommarito LGBTQ Center (EBC), including staff training, supervision and evaluation, and support of gender-related initiatives. 

  • Guide the integration of the WEC and EBC into a single unit that serves and supports a spectrum of issues and experiences related to gender and sexuality;

  • Serve on the Executive Committee for the division of Student Affairs;

  • Support substantive restructuring of the WEC/EBC Advisory Board to align it with the new vision and needs of the center;

  • Engage in a new phase of strategic planning with the Advisory Board, and oversee its implementation;

  • Provide strong, visionary leadership that develops staff capacity toward realizing the center’s mission;

  • Provide strong, visionary leadership that engages advocacy/policy work within the institution, and beyond;

  • Provide and supervise advocacy efforts on behalf of women and LGBTQIA+ students with respect to university policies and practices;

  • Exercise responsibility for VAWA-related compliance as it relates to students in coordination with the Clery Reporting Officer, Institutional Equity Specialist, and other related offices;

  • Serve as a recognized Campus Security Authority and reporter under the Clery Act;

  • Ensure unit complies with university policies and procedures;

  • Ensure that financial resources are used appropriately and proper procedures are followed;

  • Prepare annual and periodic reports;

  • Oversee programming, program publicity campaigns, and events and services;

  • Oversee department grant writing and grant execution;

  • Oversee administration of Critical Differences grants to help address student financial crises.

Student Engagement, Advocacy and Programming:

  • Deploy the center’s resources and knowledge to support UM-Flint in championing gender-related and LGBTQIA+ initiatives;

  • Produce programs that support women and LGBTQIA+ students with an inclusive approach that highlights intersectionality and the complexity of lived experience; 

  • Develop the WEC/EBC as a unit that welcomes, listens to, and hears women’s and LGBTQIA+ voices describing everyday experiences that affect university study and student life; 

  • Participate and lead in guiding and referring students to university services, academic opportunities, and relevant community resources;

  • Develop and lead staff in their development and implementation of programming related to prevention of, and education about, gender violence and sexual assault;

  • Collaborate to plan, organize, manage, and produce programs that highlight cultural, gender, and LGBTQIA+ diversity and generational differences within the campus community;

  • Partner with faculty and the Provost's office to implement the WEC/EBC Faculty Fellow Program;

  • Collaborate with the Women’s and Gender Studies program, as appropriate;

  • Partner with student organizations and other campus entities to implement programming that positions the center as a place for student initiative and creativity, enrichment and institutional problem-solving;

  • Develop and oversee implementation of initiatives that foster sound theoretical practices for leadership development around issues of gender and intersecting social positions;

  • Provide co-curricular experiences, training, and resources for students that are grounded in good practices for identity, leadership, and community development;

  • Seek opportunities for students to connect to the public world, including policymaking and implementation in areas connected to gender and sexuality in higher education, and more generally.

Communication & Collaboration:

  • Foster excellent communication and maintain partnerships with administrative offices, academic departments, faculty, and relevant units;

  • Inform the WEC/EBC Advisory Board regarding the work of the WEC/EBC, solicit Board feedback and input, and collaborate to incorporate faculty vision and guidance in programming and service support activities;

  • Meet regularly with the WEC/EBC Advisory Board Executive Committee and collaborate with the EC in developing Board agenda and the Board meeting schedule;

  • Attend all WEC/EBC Advisory Board Meetings;

  • Partner fully and meet regularly with colleagues in the division of Campus Inclusion and Student Life;

  • Participate in the University of Michigan-Flint Women’s Commission and provide leadership that promotes more inclusive policies and practices within the institution;

  • Collaborate with other university programs, offices, and services on matters pertaining to student inclusion and gender and sexual diversity;

  • 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 and requests from students, staff, faculty and community regarding events, programs, and service;

  • Foster relationships with external partners to the mutual benefit of UM-Flint students and the surrounding community.

Assessment & Evaluation:

  • Recommend modifications to programs or services, based upon evaluation of larger demographic or cultural trends.

  • Recommend modifications to programs or services, based upon evaluation of unit and efficacy in meeting constituent needs and satisfaction;

  • Oversee on-going evaluation of unit initiatives;

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive departmental assessment plan that includes key performance indicators and cohort tracking;

  • Oversee on-going evaluation of unit initiatives;

  • Recommend modifications to programs or services, based upon evaluation of unit and efficacy in meeting constituent needs and satisfaction;

  • Recommend modifications to programs or services, based upon evaluation of larger demographic or cultural trends.


Required Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree in a field related to the requirements of this position
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory and administrative experience
  • Several years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated commitment and understanding of issues significant to women and LGBTQIA+ persons
  • Demonstrated creativity and ability to conceptualize and lead development of student-centered programming focused on gender and sexuality
  • Exceptional written, spoken and interpersonal skills
  • Expertise in facilitating organizational change and development
  • Ability to work effectively and in collaboration with a wide range of constituencies including faculty, staff and students in a diverse environment
  • Solid working knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and related software applications


Desired Qualifications*

  • Doctorate in relevant field  
  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience with women’s or LGBTQIA+ programs in the nonprofit sector or higher education
  • Demonstrated competency in program research and evaluation
  • Knowledge and experince in Student Affairs


Additional Information

Posting will remain open until filled. For best consideration, please apply by March 30, 2018.


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 will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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