University of Michigan – Director of the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center

Position Announcement


University of Michigan

Director of the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center


The University of Michigan, one of the great public research universities in the nation and the world, seeks an energetic leader, skilled administrator, and collaborative campus partner to serve as Director of the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center.


From the time of its founding in 1817, the University of Michigan has developed into a national model of a complex, diverse, and comprehensive institution of higher learning that supports excellence in research; provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; and demonstrates commitment to public service and engagement. It is one of only two institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten public universities. Many of its departments and professional schools are ranked among the top ten in the country. The University has an annual budget of over $7 billion and $1.3 billion in annual research expenditures. The Ann Arbor campus is located 35 miles west of Detroit, with regional campuses located in the cities of Dearborn and Flint.


The William Monroe Trotter House officially opened its doors as a Black student cultural center in 1971 and was named after publisher and civil-rights activist William Monroe Trotter. In 1981, the mission of the Trotter House was expanded to serve all students and, in 2004, its name was changed to the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center. Today, the Trotter Center is a vibrant hub that welcomes and serves all members of the campus community. In the fall of 2018, the Trotter Center will move to a new, specially designed 20,000-square-foot building located at the heart of the University’s central campus. Its new location will be emblematic of the important role the Trotter Center plays in the life of the institution. The new Trotter Center will serve as an iconic and programmatic symbol for all students, as an open and inclusive facility that fosters intercultural engagement and strengthens connections between and among communities, as a supportive home and environment to those committed to social justice and diversity, and as a space that celebrates the tradition and history of the Trotter Center and the activism of students.


The Director of the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center will be responsible for developing, directing, and administering all operations, programming, services, and resources that advance the mission of the Trotter Center and the core values of the University of Michigan and its Division of Student Life. Characteristic duties and responsibilities include: envisioning the next era of excellence and innovation for the Trotter Center and working with students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, alumni, and other stakeholders to establish support and capacity to implement this vision; partnering with academic and administrative units to implement initiatives that enhance student development, multicultural education, and campus climate; working primarily with students and student organizations and with other internal and external constituencies to provide activities, programs, and intellectual exchanges that engage diverse perspectives and identities, promote cultural competence, enrich campus climate, and foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusion; serving as a mentor and advocate for students, providing direct support and connecting them with the many resources available at the institution; working creatively with others to anticipate and provide constructive responses to challenging student and community issues; overseeing facility operations, marketing, reservation processes, maintenance, security, and other functions; managing the unit’s budget and supporting fundraising and grant development efforts; and coordinating the assessment and continuous improvement of operations, programs, and services. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Life, the Director will supervise two full-time staff and approximately 30 graduate and undergraduate student staff and interns. The University of Michigan is actively engaged in a capital campaign designed to increase resources for major diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including the Trotter Center.


Minimum requirements include a master’s degree and five years of related experience; a doctorate is preferred, as is eight or more years of progressive experience in student life, multicultural education, and/or a related field. The University of Michigan is seeking a thoughtful, energetic, and highly collaborative administrator who demonstrates a passion for working with students and helping them flourish on campus, is adept at both strategy and operations, and has a track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. The position requires an experienced leader of people and programs who communicates effectively, manages resources wisely, acts with the highest degree of integrity, and inspires the confidence and trust of others. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the commitment and capacity to serve as a caring adviser and mentor for students, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented groups, and the interpersonal skills, diplomacy, political savvy, and sensitivity to engage effectively with all constituencies, build consensus for change, and thrive in a highly complex and decentralized environment.


Review of applications will begin November 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to James M. Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


Spelman Johnson

University of Michigan – Director of the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center

James M. Norfleet, Search Associate


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