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Job Summary

The School of Education has an immediate opening for a Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the Dean, serving as a key strategic advisor to the Dean and lead administrator for the School.  The Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the Dean will support the Dean with managing the short- and long-term priorities, initiatives and activities that relate to the strategic direction and operational imperatives in the School.  The Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the Dean also will have primary responsibility for the overall planning, allocation and stewardship of the School of Education’s financial, physical, information technology and human resources. 

The selected candidate will provide resource policy development and implementation, as well as analytical support and problem-solving to the Dean and other senior administrators on a wide-range of strategic issues.  He or she will lead a group of employees who provide the School’s financial, information technology, human resources and facilities management functions.  The successful candidate will possess excellent organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills.  A successful candidate will also have leadership experience, with a particular focus on planning and implementing a strategic vision in higher education.

The School of Education ( is one of 19 degree granting academic units on the University of Michigan campus with over 78 faculty and clinical teaching faculty and 43 lecturers; approximately 93 staff, 245 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students; approximately $9 million in research expenditures; and a total operating budget of approximately $35 million. The School's overarching objective is to study and improve education practice, policy, and the contexts of teaching and learning, even as the School educates the best education practitioners, policy makers, teacher educators, and researchers.


  • Assists the Dean with the overall organization and management of the School of Education, including strategic planning and execution, policy development and implementation and development, and resource allocation.  Develops programs and initiatives to achieve and maintain an effective and efficient environment within the School.
  • Advises the Dean and other senior leaders on matters related to the School’s long-range plans, and provides project management and strategic and analytical support for initiatives directed by the Dean.
  • Develops the School of Education’s annual operating budget in conjunction with the Dean and the Director of Financial Planning and Management.
  • Assesses the strategic and financial implications of new initiatives and activities and advises the Dean on the impact of resource allocation decisions and commitments.
  • Oversees the work of the School’s human resources department, providing administrative leadership and working with the HR staff to ensure excellence, effectiveness and efficiency of the School’s operations.
  • Oversees the School’s financial, facilities and information technology management functions.  Manages a team of staff members, providing leadership and supporting work activities and professional development.
  • Develops and implements effective policies, procedures, and controls for administrative functions.  Advises the Dean on University policies, procedures, and best practices across campus.
  • Advances diversity, inclusion, justice and equity initiatives across the School and University.
  • Represents the Dean and/or the School, as requested, on various committees and initiatives and in written communications with the School and with central and other campus units.
  • Conducts special assignments, as requested by the Dean.


Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in business administration and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Substantial experience in higher education administration and leadership.
  • Exceptional management and leadership skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, strategic planning, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, complex assignments with a high degree of organization.  The ability to respond to requests, prioritize, make independent decisions and execute in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated success in interpersonal relations, communicating to broad audiences, collaboration, reasoning, and exercising sound judgment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of the University budget system and policies, rules, regulations, and best practices, or the ability to quickly acquire and apply this knowledge. 
  • Knowledge of issues related to human resources, finance, information technology and facilities management in a diverse organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • A strong record of working effectively with supervisors, colleagues, and direct reports in a multicultural and diverse environment.


Additional Information

The University of Michigan School of Education is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We seek to be supportive and interested in individuals who may have had non-traditional career and academic paths.

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.