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Operations Program Manager, Equity Center

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a Program Manager for the newly created Equity Center, reporting to the Director of Operations.

The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the “Equity Center”) is the University of Virginia’s newest collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities’ fundamental research missions, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

The Operations Program Manager position has three fundamental roles, all of which require exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and the highest standards of integrity. The first role is to assist with operations of the Equity Center and the Office for Community Partnerships, the second is to manage designated programs as assigned by the Executive Director for the Equity Center, the third is to support the research and community engaged teaching for the Equity Center faculty. The Program Manager will also help to establish and nurture collaborative relationships with academic and community partners and develop processes to strengthen student and staff engagement.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides operational assistance for the Equity Center and Center for Community Partnerships Office Hub to include event planning and space use coordination.

  • Assists the Director of Operations in administering the Center’s working partnerships through sustainable collaborative relationships that enhance academic and community engagement.

  • Develop systems and processes necessary for the recruitment, tracking, planning, and execution of projects.

  • Support the executive staff by facilitating project logistics such as scheduling meetings, reserving conference rooms and work spaces for community members, and conducting conference calls.

  • Ensure completion of deliverables and adherence to timelines, track milestones and timelines across projects, and institute necessary work flow, across personnel.

  • Serve as a liaison to UVA student groups who are working on Equity Center priorities. Help build a community for students.

  • Serve as the point of contact for communication and ensuring information is disseminated through social media and other mediums.

  • Work with Community Engaged Teaching courses to help set up events and experiences for students and faculty.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned by the Director of Operations.


  • Bachelor's degree with at least two years of relevant experience required. Six years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.

  • Ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.

  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.

  • Ability to make sound decisions based on competing and complex information from multiple sources.

  • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.

  • The analytical skills and judgment to interpret data and take the appropriate action in circumstances /situations.

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or terminal degree

  • Preference will be given to candidates’ knowledge and experience with Charlottesville and Albemarle County organizations working to redress racial and socio-economic inequalities.

For questions about the position, please contact Ben Allen, at

This is an exempt level, benefited position and is restricted as it is dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $60,000 – 70,000, commensurate with education and experience.

Preference will be given to applications received by May 20, 2022, though the position is open until filled.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0035727. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’ Complete an application online with the following documents:


•Cover letter

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Academic Recruiter, at

References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via SkillSurvey during the final phase of the interview process.

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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