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Director of Equity Strategy

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The Director of Equity Strategy is a new position at the Michigan College Access Network. We are excited to expand the leadership team to include an additional voice of accountability for MCAN’s internal and external equity strategy. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Equity Strategy will support various initiatives and projects related to MCAN’s four priorities: Fostering a college-going culture, Identifying multiple post-secondary education pathways and facilitating smooth transitions, Improving college affordability, and Supporting credential completion.

Areas of Responsibility: 


The Director of Equity Strategy performs a wide range of duties including but not limited to the following:

▪ Lead MCAN staff members in completing ongoing equity audits of all programs, including sharing recommendations for improvement and amplification
▪ Partner with staff as they design and launch new programming to ensure equity is at the heart of all activities
▪ Be a collaborative trailblazer in building an anti-racist internal culture for the organization
▪ Serve as the lead for the staff and leadership equity task force teams to ensure progression and that equity is centered to inform the direction of the internal and external equity strategies; additionally serve as the primary staffing support for the Board of Directors’
▪ Collaborate with Local College Access Networks and other partner organizations to assist in their work to close equity gaps
▪ Seek opportunities to appropriately challenge communities and leaders to disaggregate data; explicitly name their equity commitment; and prioritize students of color, first-generation college-going students, and low-income students
▪ Ensure MCAN’s Board of Directors, staff and AmeriCorps members are well-versed in equity theory, strategies, and practices, are able to implement within MCAN, their roles more broadly, and across the state
▪ Speak publicly about MCAN’s equity strategy with a focus on our priority populations and assist other MCAN staff in their ability to do the same
▪ With the Executive Director as your partner, hold internal and external constituencies accountable for taking action to close equity gaps and challenge us to be better.
▪ Employ Targeted Universalism to move the needle on MCAN’s college access dashboard metrics
▪ Develop curriculum, training, and technical assistance around equity including embedding equity into our Collective Impact approach
▪ Create and advance a portfolio of work that you will be responsible for and manage
▪ Gather and analyze pertinent data to use in decision-making and presentations
▪ Perform other duties as needed to advance the mission of the Michigan College Access Network


The ideal candidate should possess:

▪ A passion for, and experience in, creating inclusive and equitable environments; and comfort in challenging the status quo to ensure equity is centered
▪ The ability to self-prioritize work, multi-task, work independently with minimal supervision, and accurately perform duties in a fast-paced environment
▪ The ability to solve problems, pay attention to detail, work efficiently, and adhere to established deadlines
▪ Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
▪ Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Products and Gmail, as well as knowledge of basic office and communication equipment and software
▪ Strong written and oral communication skills
The ideal candidate must:
▪ Have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; master’s degree preferred
▪ Have a valid in-state driver’s license for local travel


Priority will be given to candidates with:

▪ A Master’s degree in a relevant field.
▪ 8-10 years of related experience


As the leader of the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, enrollment, and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first generation college going students, and student of color. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s post-secondary educational attainment rate to 60% by the year 2030.

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Educational Background: 
▪ Have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. ▪ Possess strong communication and project management skills. ▪ Bring three to five years of data and/or grant management experience related to the role. ▪ Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Micros

Salary: $85,000-$100,000

Benefits: Full benefits package includes platinum health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.

Also includes education support program (with benefit options of tuition payment or student loan repayment), employee development program, 403b retirement plan (with standard 4% employer contribution and up to an additional 3% match), 240 hours of PTO, paid holidays, paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave, employee assistance program (providing resources to support employees with finances, legal issues, mental health and more including free professional consultations), paid/covered downtown parking and a fun, engaging work environment.

Additional Information: 

Application Deadline: April 28th, 2024: Position Open Until Filled    

Please upload a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references.

Organization Info

Michigan College Access Network

Lansing MI
51-200 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Increase college readiness, participation, and completion in Michigan, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color.



MCAN is an equity focused organization and values having broad, diverse representation and inclusivity on our team. This is critical to provide perspectives and lived experiences to help guide our work to have the greatest impact. We especially encourage people of color and first generation college graduates to apply.

Since our founding a decade ago, Michigan College Access Network has known that college changes everything — and perhaps even more critical to our mission is the belief that college is for everyone. 

We do what it takes to provide students in Michigan with a brighter long-term future, through college access and postsecondary certificate and degree attainment: doing the research, talking to agents of change, connecting resources, being a changemaker.

Why? By encouraging Michigan residents to earn postsecondary certificates and degrees, we not only help them earn more and promote their well-being — we also strengthen Michigan's talent pool, retain and attract businesses to the state and stimulate Michigan's economy in the process.

Through college access, we are also able to promote equity in our state. We work to ensure that every student in Michigan has the opportunity to attend college — especially low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color.




College is postsecondary education. 

We use the term college to refer to attainment of education beyond high school, including postsecondary certificates and academic degrees.

College is a necessity.
Postsecondary attainment dramatically increases an individual’s economic independence in a knowledge-based economy.

College is for everyone.
We work toward changing the systems that perpetuate inequities in postsecondary attainment.

College is a public good.
Postsecondary attainment is critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, thriving democracy, and healthy communities.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Apr 9 2024
Active Until: 
May 9 2024
Hiring Organization: 
Michigan College Access Network