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Job Summary

Established in 2001 as the inaugural Center of Excellence for counteracting clinical depressions and bipolar illnesses in the world, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMCDC) has excelled in bringing mood disorders into the mainstream of medical research, clinical care, education, and public policy. One out of every six people struggles with clinical depressions, bipolar illnesses, or related conditions; the incidence is highest in high stress occupations or in conjunction with other chronic medical illnesses. These illnesses involve brain and environmental interactions and lead the world in producing health burden, disability, and costs. The UMCDC has engaged in a variety of activities to address mood disorders, including basic genetic and molecular research; translation of advances into development of biomarkers (laboratory tests to identify causes); development of personalized, precise treatments, and programs targeted for specific vulnerable populations (e.g., students, athletes, new mothers, veterans, aging populations); education; and global collaborations to promote prevention. In recent years the UMDC has recognized a pressing need to extend its reach into the workplace.  Effective targeted programs would enable earlier detection of mood disorders, prompter delivery of effective treatments, lessening of absenteeism and “presenteeism” (being at work but ineffective), lowering of health care costs for businesses, retention of valued employees, and even saving of lives. The UMCDC recognizes that tailored programs for different types of workplace settings will be essential.

This position supports the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and expansion of comprehensive and sustainable U-M Comprehensive Depression Center workplace mental health programs.  This individual will serve as the liaison to corporations, smaller businesses and organizations interested in improving workplace mental health products and services. In addition, this individual will work with a Depression Center team that includes but is not limited to the Executive Director, Depression Center Associate Directors, and Depression Center and Michigan Medicine educational and marketing staff. The successful candidate will enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and must have excellent organizational, planning and communication skills. 


Responsibilities of the Project Manager for Workplace Mental Health Initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete a developing business plan for addressing mood disorders in the workplace that meets the following criteria:
  • Provides a clear path forward to accomplish both short- and long-term results that are consistent with the mission and goals of the Depression Center
  • Serves the public good by bringing evidence-based approaches and tools to the workplace
  • Leverages the extensive research capability and expertise of the UMCDC
  • Incorporates a strategy for national dissemination
  • Creates financial stability and increases revenue for the Depression Center
  • Capitalizes on the UM brand and enhances the reputation of the Depression Center
  • Identifies possible challenges/mitigations, including a risk analysis
  • Provides a detailed timeline and milestones for implementation
  • Creates a phased approach to market entry
  • Develop close working relationships with project collaborators, both within and outside of the institution.
  • Develop strategies for integrating the unique academic strengths of the Depression Center with the prowess of other entities, such as the Ross School of Business and the Business Engagement Center.
  • Initiate a competitive analysis of existing work place mental health programs and companies delivering programs to corporations to identify gaps and assess the competitive landscape related to mental health in the workplace.
  • Analyze the UMCDC to determine approaches and tools that would be most appropriate and adaptable for a variety of workplace settings.
  • Assist with compiling a portfolio of tools and services that could be tailored according to specific needs of businesses and corporations; prepare analyses for make-or-buy decisions.
  • Assist with the identification of businesses and corporations who are interested in partnering with UMCDC on work place mental health.
  • Conduct needs assessments for interested corporations that include employee surveys, claims analyses, and employee interviews.
  • Develop business case for interested companies as part of sales process.
  • Work with faculty to establish evaluation metrics for implemented programs.
  • Assist with the preparation progress reports for the Depression Center Leadership, donors, and funders.
  • Participate in the full range of activities required to prepare and submit workplace mental health grant proposals.
  • Assist with workplace mental health marketing, promotion, and outreach efforts.
  • Identify potential target markets.
  • Identify most-appropriate future partners for future dissemination.
  • Coordinate with Multimedia Communicator, Web Designer, and Communications Manager to launch a Workplace Mental Health section of Depression Center and other UMHS websites.
  • Be willing to travel to meet with businesses, donors, and other stakeholders related to the Depression Center’s Workplace Mental Health initiatives.

Required Qualifications*

  • A Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Health Services Administration, or related field.
  • A capacity for vision and strategic creativity combined with the ability to implement projects.
  • Experience writing business plans, developing business cases in support of proposals, and conducting financial analyses.
  • Knowledge of/experience working with corporate/business/healthcare organizations
  • Experience conducting needs assessments that involve interviewing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and maximum collaboration in a team environment.
  • Excellent project coordination skills including planning, organization, tracking, scheduling, time management and relationship management.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under pressure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work closely with a variety of internal and external contacts in a professional manner.
  • Commitment to be an onsite presence on a daily basis, with few exceptions.
  • Have at least 5 years of professional experience.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Basic familiarity with depressions, bipolar illnesses, related disorders, and their recommended treatments.
  • Experience in grant writing, public relations, and/or professional publications.
  • Knowledge of University practices, rules and regulations.

Additional Information

This position reports to the Associate Director of Administration.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

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.