Director/Advance Program

Director/Advance Program

Position Number: S-3224
Type of Recruitment: External

Position Summary:
The ADVANCE Program Director oversees National Science Foundation funded programs related to intersectional gender equity for faculty at CMU. The ADVANCE Program Director administers all aspects of the grant-funded program, including activities and initiatives associated with the grant, such as scheduling speakers, organizing workshops, or working with relevant departments to update policies and forms. This individual is responsible for analyzing and summarizing existing and anticipated program data. This position is also responsible for preparing reports for dissemination and ensuring reports are in line with grant and university guidelines.

Required Qualifications:
Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion theory, research, and best practices.
Experience with qualitative or quantitative research design, implementation, and analyses in a social science or related discipline.
Experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes and documentation.
Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
Ability to work with existing data to extract themes (e.g., through coding or thematic analysis) and summarize program outcomes to date.
Successful dissemination of research, such as through presentations or publications.
Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders, advisory board members, program facilitators and participants, and university administrators.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Proven ability to work independently and define goals and timetables in a self-directed manner.
Strong analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
Ability to work within budgets and maintain financial integrity.

Preferred Qualifications:
Doctorate in a field related to the work of the ADVANCE program.
Experience with qualitative research design, implementation, and analysis (e.g., interviews, focus groups).
Experience with quantitative research design, implementation, and analysis (e.g., survey design, statistical analysis), as well as measurement (e.g., factor analysis).
Evidence of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals.
Demonstrated effective leadership in program development, coordination, and implementation.
Demonstrated understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for differences among students, staff, and faculty including academic background, age, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, military status, race, religion, sexual orientation, dietary restrictions, and socio-economic status of students, staff, and faculty.
Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R), survey platforms (e.g., Qualtrics), and data/reporting tools (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Interest in higher education context and faculty experiences and career pathways (e.g., promotion and tenure).

Duties & Responsibilities:
Oversees resources and budget planning for the CMU ADVANCE program.
Oversees the daily operation of the CMU ADVANCE program.
Oversees and implements the programmatic components of the CMU ADVANCE program.
Organizes and coordinates CMU ADVANCE events.
Identifies and contacts prospective speakers for seminars and workshops.
Coordinates CMU ADVANCE activities with related offices on campus.
Establishes connections to identify resources available to faculty within the university and throughout the community.
Prepares policy materials for dissemination based on content analysis and literature review according to best practices.
Promotes awareness of the CMU ADVANCE program within the university and to external audiences.
Communicates directly with current and prospective faculty.
Provides content to University Communications and oversees social media interns and website content for the program.
Engages with the network of ADVANCE institutions to stay up to date on best practices and disseminates findings within the network and to the broader research literature.
Prepares annual and final reports as requested by the principal investigators.
Analyzes quantitative and qualitative research data and summarize findings for reports, presentations, and publications.
Assists with maintaining the Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol documentation and compliance.
Consults with and provides regular updates to the program's principal investigators and administration.
Performs other duties and tasks as assigned.

Supervision Exercised:

Employee Group: Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level:
Pay Range: $60,000 - $68,000 per year
Division: Academic Affairs
Department: College of Science & Engineering
Position Status: Provisional
Position End Date: 08/31/2026
Employment Status: Full Time
FTE: 1.0
Position Type: 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / weekends and evenings as needed
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Posting Ends:
Open Until Filled: Yes

About the Department:

About CMU:
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master's, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men's and women's Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It's part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state's largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions - Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more - are within easy reach of the city's central location in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU Leadership Standards:
Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.

Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.

Message to Applicants:
Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

This position will remain open until filled. The university reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified. For best consideration, please submit application materials on or before Monday, February 19th.

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CMU's Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:

Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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