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Job Summary

The Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy (IRLEE), is a unit within the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) and reports to UMOR as well as the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations. IRLEE provides economic development intervention services to communities, companies, and organizations, particularly those experiencing economic transition and distress.  Most of IRLEE's activities are funded by State and Federal sponsorship.  IRLEE also has a mandate to research and communicate basic knowledge about the economy; to estimate the impacts of economic trends on the wellbeing of communities and regions; to distress; and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in contributing to innovative economic development policy.

Featured Project: Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) is a consortium of universities representing Michigan, Ohio and Indiana that provide technical assistance to communities and small- and medium-size companies impacted by the current defense procurement drawdown. This project will, among other activities, assist impacted companies across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio to find new markets, support business stabilization, and implement diversification strategies. This project builds off of a proven model developed during the Great Recession to assist communities and businesses impacted by layoffs across the auto industry and its supply chain.


Conduct diagnostic analysis of client manufacturing firms to determine strategies and projects

  • Develop and implement business plan strategies and diversification projects for manufacturing firms
  • Consult with and engage client management teams in the strategy and project development process
  • Supervise and direct student research associates in the development of business and project plans

Client project implementation

  • Manage consultants and service providers assigned to DMAP clients and client projects
  • Manage clients in the implementation of business strategies and project plans
  • Manage, supervise and direct research associates in the development and execution of business plans and associated projects
  • Develop request for proposals for professional services required for project implementation, research and other manufacturing and diversification projects with professional staff
  • Approve and monitor recommended revisions in DMAP program schedules and project goals
  • Participate in the overall evaluation of the performance and content effectiveness and value of DMAP program projects and services
  • Represent DMAP and the University of Michigan to sponsoring agencies and organizations as well as with the other research and educational institutions, community service organizations and public agencies

Participate in overall program budget development by establishing individual client project budgets and controls to monitor the overall budget

  • Evaluate and authorize payments for consulting services and professional fees for project implementation projects

Manage and supervise interdisciplinary diagnostic, instruction and research activities

  • Represent the DMAP program and the University of Michigan to organizations inquiring about the DMAP program and clarify policies, procedures and services
  • Explore new areas of training and research needs and plan new programs and projects to meet needs
  • Establish policies and procedures regarding DMAP projects and services

Required Qualifications*

A master's degree in business, engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; considerable business experience in a manufacturing and technology environment; strong understanding of business fundamentals i.e. financial strategy and marketing, a strong comfort level with technology, and ability to convey same; experience in project management and contracting.   Excellent writing ability and communication skills.  Experience in industry and market research and analysis.  Ability to work on multiple tasks in both a team environment and independently.  Desire to help firms improve their competitiveness and viability.  Ability to travel, especially in tri-state area. Strong computer skills in Office applications and Access.

Desired Qualifications*

Understanding of federal defense procurement processes. Advanced degree in marketing, engineering or finance. Consulting or business coaching experience, especially with small manufacturing and/or technology firms.

Additional Information

Term Limited Appointment: January 9, 2017 - May 31, 2018; with possibility of continued funding for additional years.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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