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Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Events and Marketing Specialist to provide event planning and management of events for the Office of Academic Innovation.

Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and personalization at scale, Academic Innovation aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.

This new position is an exciting role, working within a fast-paced team to develop, support and launch new digital learning initiatives through collaboration with our world-class faculty of the University of Michigan. This position reports to the Associate Director of Marketing under the leadership of the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation. The incumbent will  plan, manage, and facilitate events supporting a variety of efforts with a focus on increasing awareness of and participation with the Academic Innovation Initiative, fueling faculty partnerships, increasing student engagement, and additional efforts aligned with the mission and goals of Academic Innovation.  Ideal candidates enjoy facilitating and managing events of varying scope and complexity, actively embrace challenges, thrive on solving tough problems, demonstrate passion about academic innovation and its impact on the future of higher education, and enjoy working within a dynamic, fast-paced team environment.


  • Concurrently planning, organizing, managing, and tracking results for numerous large, complex events for a multitude of audiences·including faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the public

  • Coordinating and implementing logistics related to venues, A-V, registration and attendance, publicity, and catering, including onsite event management

  • Collaborating on brainstorming sessions and contributing ideas for new events

  • Reviewing invoices for payment and assisting in budget projections for future programs

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • At least 2 years of demonstrated experience managing large, complex in-person events for a multitude of audiences

  • Impeccable communication skills across varying modes and styles of communication

  • Demonstrated excellence in proofreading, organizational skills for managing events, and customer service with attention to detail and follow-through

  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities and take initiative, while keeping supervisor and project leads in the loop

  • Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy, and service-oriented attitude

  • Strong commitment to teamwork and problem solving, as well as the ability to act independently

  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands

  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Familiarity with U-M venues, approved caterers and processes

Additional Information

Note: Three-year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of extension.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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