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Director of Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Job Summary

The Office of University Development celebrates and inspires life-changing support at Michigan. When you join our team, you will connect with the passionate donors and volunteers who help make Michigan a world-class institution with global reach and limitless potential. 

The Director of Development (DOD) will serve an inspiring and strategic team working to ensure promising, diverse groups of students have access to a U-M education. You will connect donors with their passion for creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive higher education experience and expanding educational opportunities for all students.

As a member of the U-M community, you will build lasting relationships with colleagues across campus. Together, you will secure private support from donors who can give $25,000 and above in support of  the university’s diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives. Working closely with the Executive Director, DEI and U-M’s Chief Diversity Officer, you will collaborate with university leaders and others across campus to expand and promote fundraising for DEI programs campus-wide. You will report to the Executive Director, DEI. Frequent travel is required.

Each day, our work begins with the conviction that great universities solve great problems. Join us, and take part in advancing the efforts of a top-tier public university as it enters its third century of serving the public good. 

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. 

This is a full time, term limited position ending after three years from the hire date and is eligible for U-M benefits. Before the end of the term limit, it may be considered for a term extension or for transition to an open-ended position.

Who We Are

The U-M development community is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse and thriving workforce, and demonstrating respect and inclusivity for all.

Why Work at Michigan?

  • Generous time off
  • 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

Required Qualifications*

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent education and experience is required.

  • Demonstrate cultural awareness, knowledge, and competency.

  • Significant life and/or professional experience working with diverse populations. 

  • 7+ years of significant fundraising experience and/or relevant experience in sales and marketing, or other related fields. 

  • Experience working with five and six-figure gifts or sales and marketing accounts, including the ability to evaluate, qualify, and move prospects through the cultivation/solicitation cycle.

  • Strong writing skills. Experience working with high-level donors or clients.

  • Valid driver's license.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Prior planned giving experience.

  • Familiarity with complex organizations in higher education.

  • Familiarity with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

A full job description and all requirements will be provided to candidates selected to interview.

Application Deadline

Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration 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 directly related to this position.

To be considered for this position, apply directly here: To learn more about our development community, including other opportunities, visit:

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