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Job Summary

Partner with WCED and WCEE directors and Program Manager to implement cross-disciplinary and cross-regional programs at the Weiser Centers. Holds primary responsibility for Weiser Centers’ programs with endowed project budgets ranging from $10,000-$200,000.  This position advises students and visiting scholars beyond the traditional classroom at LSA. The holder of this position will have responsibility over parts of applications and admissions processes at the Weiser Centers and is responsible for Weiser global initiatives programs, program development, intercultural learning development, health and safety compliance, and on-site leadership of programs. The position may have supervisory responsibility over support staff and student employees.

Responsibilities*

WCEE Student Project Coordination:

Work with a portfolio of partner institutions, organizations, field sites to administer undergraduate and graduate Eastern European International Internship Program. Initiate and foster relationships with partners in various countries in the region Europe/Eurasia, create employment opportunities in coordination with partner institutions and organizations. Manage undergraduate student placements in Eastern Europe for the LSA International Internships Program, develop and implement pre-departure orientation activities, collaborate with other University units as needed to execute programs, participate in cross-university meetings related to international education and develop connections with other University units.

Administer Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship (CES) and oversee Summer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe and Eurasia in coordination with II academic services for awards administered through Fluid Review. Organize and lead student showcase and funding info sessions. Manage the service agreement with the II Fellowships team (prepare the competition, devise and coordinate the publicity plan, serve as primary advisor, coordinate the review and award process). Administer disbursement of funds from various funds.

Supervise WCED/WCEE projects maintained by administrative assistant, academic services coordinator, undergraduate work-study employees, LSA II-ISS, LSA HR and finance transactions team. Develop web content and collect data for web pages on above programs as needed.

Program Development:

Independently manages the development, administration, and execution of the Weiser portfolio of sponsored academic programs and fellowships. These include:

Weiser Professional Development Fellowship Program.  Manages the annual competition and scholars’ residencies (immigration paperwork, payments, housing, travel, post-visit reports) for 7-9 scholars per year. Administers the budget and oversees expenses and initiates the processing of J-1 scholar payments in compliance with IRS regulations.

Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Manages the annual competition including the review and selection process for three postdoctoral positions. Manages hiring process and orientation. Coordinates fellows’ residencies; work with fellows to involve them in Emerging Democracies Graduate Workshop; serve as fellows’ liaison to Weiser directors and community. Establishes opportunities for fellows to engage with II directors and UM stakeholders.

Weiser Emerging Democracies Fellowship for Incoming Graduate Students (WCED) and Copernicus First Year Fellowship: Develops publicity and call for nominations; manage web content across two sites. Organize, develop and co-lead info sessions for graduate program coordinators and fellowship managers; liaise with LSA departments and other U-M schools and colleges to recruit nominations for fellowships. Work with department graduate coordinators and admissions chairs to finalize awards, prepare final packages; handle student award communication. Coordinate payments and awards disbursement. During the academic year, plan and organize Emerging Democracies Graduate Workshop; act as primary advisor for Weiser graduate students and support integration of opportunities into their degree programs. Strengthen and foster a community of emerging democracies scholars (graduate students and ED Postdoctoral Fellows); develop orientation for WCED Graduate Fellows.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in a relevant international or area studies field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have experience traveling abroad as a professional or a student. Ability to work independently. Superior interpersonal skills and familiarity with academic program administration; excellent communication skills; ability to handle a variety of tasks and meet deadlines, improve service and efficiencies; ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications*

A Master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; proficiency in at least one language of the region (former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe); two years University of Michigan experience with knowledge of University policies, rules, and administrative procedures (or equivalent). Strong preference for a candidate who has lived, studied, or worked abroad.

Additional Information

The target range for this position is $50,000-$60,000.  The actual salary offered may be higher based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.