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Job Summary

The Division of Public Safety and Security and the University of Michigan Police department (UMPD) are seeking a Program Manager to oversee the Empowerment Self Defense program.  Reporting to the Community Outreach Supervisor, the ESD Coordinator works collaboratively with the DPSS Student Life liaison to introduce and sustain Personal Safety Education (PSE) and the ESD program. 

Personal Safety Education (PSE) a unique approach to empowering self-defense, has been proven to, resist, and escape verbal coercion.  PSE is also proven to reduce the rate of completed sexual assaults on college campuses.  Teaches comprehensive skills, strategies, and tactic which individuals can use in the moment that someone targets them for harm.  PSE includes awareness, body language, social, verbal and physical skills which provide choices for recognizing, avoiding and responding to potential harm from known and unknown others.

Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) is a personal safety, assertiveness and self-defense training program geared toward empowering community members and enhancing life skills.  The program is part of our comprehensive effort to prevent sexual assault and other acts of interpersonal violence and boundary violations.  


  • Develop, launch and coordinate marketing for PSE and ESD at the University of Michigan
  • Monitor and evaluate both programs
  • Recruit and coordinate instructors and training

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Criminal Justice, Women’s and Gender Studies, Social Justice, and Higher Education or related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments and deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently with little supervision and in a team environment
  • Will be required to develop a working knowledge of all related community initiatives
  • Ability to manage relationships with community partners and programs and serves as liaison between them and committees
  • Plans and implements programs and activities
  • Promotes character education concepts and serves as a positive role model
  • Proven record of using proactive approaches to program management

Desired Qualifications*

  • Understanding of University of Michigan policies and practices, specifically those related to students
  • Excellent computer skills including use of program/project management tools
  • Documented examples showing originality and ingenuity
  • National certification in teaching an empowerment self-defense model of personal safety education


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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